Many studies have now shown that child yoga not only improves self-confidence and balance, but can also improve children’s ability to concentrate and think. I have been teaching children’s yoga for many years now and am always happy to hear that children can now concentrate better at school thanks to yoga. Some of my yoga students have already told me that they can now write more properly, others have simply become better at school or can follow the lessons better.
But at the same time I also know some children who have difficulty concentrating at school. And that’s exactly why I got yoga from the book for you and your child* Andrea Helten selected exercises for increasing concentration that you can now take part in at home:
The knee platter
This crossover exercise promotes coordination and activates the connection between the right and left brain. This then improves the ability to concentrate.
Knieplattler: Raise the right leg and clap it with the left hand.
The stand: Your starting position for the Knieplattler
The knee platter to improve concentration: Now lift the left leg and clap it with the right Hand off.
You can do this exercise very slowly first. If it works well, you can always go faster.
The Courage Mudra
I find the "Mut Mudra" particularly great, because you can do this finger yoga exercise anywhere – even quickly before a class at school. While you touch the thumb with the individual fingers one after the other, you can repeat your positive affirmation again and again e.g. "I’m fully focused" or "I’m very brave". Incidentally, an affirmation is a positively formulated, autosuggestive saying and has a calming effect on the brain. That’s how it’s done:
Start by touching your thumb and index finger. Then you can bring the thumb together with each finger in sequence:
Another tip: You can also speak the sentence "I am fully concentrated" softly or even repeat it several times for you.
Interview with Andrea Helten
Since the topic of “concentration” is not always up-to-date at school, I asked children’s yoga teacher Andrea Helten for her opinion and advice on the topic:
1) Which yoga exercise or exercises help improve concentration in children?
2) What are your experiences with balance exercises for children??
3) How can parents support their children so that they can better e.g. can concentrate in school?
Well, I’m not an educator, so I don’t want to give advice on education. But I think what has been said above also applies here: relieve pressure and create a positive learning environment. With the child deal without distraction. Go for a walk together. Have time for each other.
Thank you very much for the interview, dear Andrea, and for letting me introduce exercises from your book to my blog readers!
By the way, I personally also like this exercise very much to relieve tension and get in a good mood:
The laugh beetle:
Here you can stretch your arms and legs bent upwards from your supine position. Then you shake it out at your pace and start giggling. The giggle may turn into a laugh. Then you can laugh and shake until all tension is giggled out of your body and you feel very relaxed and light.
Book tip: Yoga for you and your child
If you know of any other yoga exercises for children that are included help, I would be happy to write to promote concentration. Since I find the topic so exciting and I keep being asked for tips to improve memory and concentration, I plan to write another article on the topic soon. I am pleased about your comment!
Have fun with parent-child yoga and namasté,
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