By Blanca Raniolo
These days there are many different types of yoga for all kinds of people and for all ages, and more than 16 million people take yoga classes. Likewise, there have been many studies about the benefits of yoga on general wellbeing, health, and stress management.
In this article, I would like to focus on the importance of Yoga Calm as an important socio-emotional component of childhood development.
Yoga is for all ages, so you can start doing yoga with your kids early on. Between 3-4 years old is a good time to start; at this age your children can learn to recognize the parts of their body and to have inner peace, self-control, and control of their physical space. This discipline of yoga focuses on more than 200 physical and emotional techniques that are good for children with different capabilities.
The implementation of Yoga Calm in school is very beneficial for students, and for their teachers as well. For example, if a teacher notices that his students are very anxious about the state testing, the teacher can apply some breathing and relaxation techniques before and after the test. These types of exercise help to reduce anxiety or stress, increase self-control, and support better concentration. Both teacher and students work together to respond to the needs of the moment.
In our BLC program after school, we offer sessions of Yoga Calm for any students who need or want to participate. We have observed in many cases how it helps reduce anxiety, improves relations between students, and increases emotional balance through various techniques for relaxation, breathing, and physical activity.
Why yoga in Spanish?
The combination of both disciplines in an effective manner allows children to achieve complete socio-emotional development. When dealing with a dual immersion program, we are talking about introducing a second language gradually, in this case Spanish. Implementing the techniques of yoga into this learning style will allow children to continue adding to their vocabulary, improve their critical thinking, and increase their creativity, memory, and conflict resolution. In addition, it will improve their relationship with other students.
All dual immersion schools should incorporate this new approach into their curriculum, to build up the child as a whole.