Why I believe in Meditation and Yoga for kids

My son is a thinker.

He is a very well behaved, caring boy who is well beyond his years in maturity. Of course I am biased, however this isn’t just my words.

What I have found goes with this is overthinking, analysing and worrying a little too much about other people’s feelings (to the point of not wanting to say ‘no’ to anyone).

At night he used to have trouble sleeping and switching off. For a 7-year old (now 8) this worried me.

Last year his grade one teacher introduced him (and me) to Smiling Mind. It’s a Meditation App for children and adults and has a range of different meditations you can do each day. The children’s meditations go for about 5-10 minutes and have been great for my son and he will do them a couple of times a week.

At night now we also play classical music and lullabies for about an hour while he drifts off to sleep. I have found it helps him to switch off and relax.

My daughter (now 6) was also introduced to Smiling Mind this year and loves it, although she is not a thinker and not a single thing in the world bothers her. She doesn’t need music at night as she is asleep before her head hits the pillow! If I put music on, she pulls out her Irish dancing moves!

What my daughter does love is the fun-key yoga sessions we play on Little Rockers Radio. She gets herself on the floor into all manner of positions and has a ball.

I hope that incorporating meditation and yoga into their lives at a young age will help them as they grow.

I think teaching children to ‘stop, breathe, stretch and be’ for 10-minutes a day is a great tool they can practice and enjoy now, that hopefully becomes habit as they grow.

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Smiling Mind Meditations for children can be heard each weeknight on Little Rockers Radio at around 6.30pm (AEST).

Fun-key yoga for children can be heard daily on Little Rockers Radio at 2pm (AEST). It’s 10-minutes of animated yoga fun.