Yoga, Dance, Fitness

Daily exercise is crucial to each child's development and an absolute requirement for a long, healthy life. Yoga is a regular part of our exercise program. Practicing basic yoga postures, plus breathing and deep relaxation techniques, has been proven to reduce compulsive behavior, lower stress and increase mental and physical vitality.

 

Yoga promotes physical strength and flexibility because kids learn to use all of their muscles in new ways. Whether a pose is done standing, sitting, or lying down, each one can challenge various muscle groups while helping a child become aware of his body and how it efficiently functions.

 

Yoga also provides a rare opportunity for children to experience play and focus without worrying about being wrong. It is comfortable for children who shy away from physical activity or group activities for fear of failure or being picked last, and it helps athletic children excel in other physical activities and sports.

 

Dance is another regular component of our fitness practice. The ability to start dancing develops in children before they can even form words! Dance is a primal part of human experience across all cultures and time periods that unites us all no matter our age. The benefits of dance on early childhood development include physical development, social awareness, cognitive development, and emotional maturity. 

 

Through dance, children have the opportunity to learn in a comfortable social setting. They must take turns, work as a group, cooperate, share, understand space, form lines, watch and support one another, perform, and interact. They learn that communication can occur through immediate and effective movement to express an idea. The group dynamic in dance classes also challenges young ones to respect others as they share and move through space in unison. 

 

Because dancing is also an art form, children are learning how to creatively express their emotions as well. There are endless opportunities to share and be aware of various emotions as students experience one another and themselves through movement. Dance classes provide a structured outlet for a healthy physical and emotional release that helps develop emotional maturity.

 

Yoga and dance are examples of structured exercise. All children need structured and unstructured exercise every day. For kids, unstructured exercise means playing and being physically active. 

 

Kids who are active will:

 

Besides enjoying the health benefits of regular exercise, kids who are physically fit sleep better and are better able to handle physical and emotional challenges.

 

As parents, one of the best ways to get your child to be more active is to limit the amount of time spent in sedentary activities, especially watching TV or playing video games. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends these limits on screen time:

  • kids under age 2 should watch no TV at all

  • kids older than 2 should be restricted to just 1-2 hours a day ofquality programming

 

So, how much exercise is enough?The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) offers these activity guidelines for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers:

 

Age

Minimum Daily Activity

Comments

Infant

No specific requirements

Physical activity should encourage motor development

Toddler

1 ½ hours

30 minutes planned physical activity AND 60 minutes unstructured physical activity (free play)

Preschooler

2 hours

60 minutes planned physical activity AND 60 minutes unstructured physical activity (free play)

 

Infants and young children should not be inactive for prolonged periods of time — no more than 1 hour unless they're sleeping. 

 

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