When we think of childhood we see it as a time of boundless energy and activity – yet kids today are less physically active than ever.
The loss of school recess, the over-scheduling of extracurricular activities, screens everywhere providing distraction through passive media consumption, the lack of safe community spaces in which to play outdoors – there are plenty of reasons for our epidemic of sedentary lives and poor health outcomes.
Yet kids need to move – not just for physical fitness but good cognitive health, too. Humans evolved to learn while in motion. Anthropological studies tell us as much, and current cognitive research consistently reinforces the fact that physical exercise boosts brain power.
More, kids want to move. It’s one reason why we’ve seen rising rates of fidgeting and acting out in the classroom. As they’re forced to sit for longer periods of time, having to pay attention, the more their bodies let them know that this is unnatural for them. They need a release.
Yoga can be that release!