The Benefits of Family Yoga

Forms Bonds With the Community. Whether you're in a room with strangers or practicing yoga with family and friends, each person participating in the class will leave feeling more connected to one another. Some parents have expressed that their kids get more excited to see the people they know than actually doing the class. Whether or not the class is geared towards a specific age group or is diverse, it creates an opportunity for people to bond.

It's fun. Yoga is dance, gymnastics, meditation, acting and visualization all rolled into one. Enhancing strength, flexibility, balance, alignment, focus and concentration, it allows all family members to benefit. It builds stamina and confidence and allows everyone to connect more closely with their inner wisdom and guidance. Above all, it's fun.

Kids especially enjoy the playfulness of balancing like a tree or the creativity of mimicking an animal. Adults have the opportunity to be more youthful and practice handstands and backbends.

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Yoga parents have expressed that exposing their family to yoga has helped them to better understand one another. It gives the family more insight to a piece of their life that is special and sacred to them.

However, all things come to fruition at their own pace and in their own way, and yoga may not be the path for everyone. Yoga teacher and mom, Debbie Berardi says, "Yoga is not something you can force. As much as I would love for my family to have a regular yoga practice, I realize that everyone comes into the practice at their own time."

For those that do resonate with the practice of yoga and choose to share it with their family, it becomes a positive way of being, of living and of connecting with yourself, with your family and with others.

More: Yoga for Kids: Ideal for Developing Bodies

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Laura Waite

Laura Waite is a yoga teacher and certified massage therapist in Dana Point, California.
Laura Waite is a yoga teacher and certified massage therapist in Dana Point, California.

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