When you think of yoga, preschoolers might not be the first group of people that jump to your mind. But, preschool yoga is growing in popularity thanks to its ability to relax, calm, and help children sleep.

Because children (especially young children) can have trouble "shutting down" at night, yoga can be a great way to help them slow down and calm down so they will be ready for a restful night's sleep.

Yoga's calming ability isn't its only benefit, though.

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According to an article on Parents.com, yoga can help children in a variety of ways; from increased flexibility to boosted self-confidence, yoga has many potential benefits for young children.

  • Yoga enhances physical flexibility. It promotes physical strength by teaching children to use their muscles in new ways.
  • It improves balance and coordination. The balancing poses in yoga were created to encourage mental and physical poise.
  • It boosts self-esteem. Yoga can help boost a child's self-esteem by teaching them to "persevere, be patient, and work toward their goals."

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To learn more about the benefits of yoga for your child, visit Parents.com

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