As the president of the International Children's Yoga Association, Ulan believes that kids and teens who practice yoga and meditation will be better equipped to handle stress and anxiety in their daily lives. In today’s world, all the computers, phones and instant pictures can be a major cause of stress. During meditation.Close your eyes, just listen. They get into a little zone. It definitely eases anxiety.
She says，yoga also helps develop auditory skills, which are being lost, because everything is visual nowadays.
More and more studies have found evidence that meditation can have lasting benefits on young people, from scientific journals like the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences to peer-reviewed studies. They show that practicing mindfulness, or being conscious of one’s present state of being through meditation, helps improve brain development and behavior while increasing one’s “self-awareness and self-regulation.”
For patients who have issues with self-esteem, self-control or attention, Ulan recommends yoga because of its mind/body connection.
It’s really good for kids who struggle with self-control issues and who may not be cut out for team sports. She tells us：“Everybody can do yoga. You don’t have to shoot the basketball well or run fast; everything happens on your mat. Nobody puts you down. It's accepting. You take that time-out and then can go back to your homework or to school with a clearer mind, less anxiety and more focus.”
Yoga also promotes bonding as a family, since everybody can do it together.
A lot of families these days don’t spend a whole lot of time together, so to take an hour or hour and a half and do something that’s physically and mentally healthy together is great.
Local hospitals and outpatient facilities are also incorporating yoga into their wellness regimes. The biggest benefit they sees in those who start yoga at an early age is more self-confidence.
Not all kids are good at sports, but with yoga you can go at your own pace and be successful individually.
The paradigm that exists for young children, preteens and teens, from a physical, mental and social perspective, is that yoga becomes a prevention measure for stress reduction.
A study published last July in Biological Psychiatry showed physical changes in the brain in people who practiced meditation. Among those who practiced meditation, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain responsible for memory, planning, organization, regulation and control, showed increased activity during brain scans, and more communication with other parts of the brain responsible for reactions to stress.
Yoga helps them gain flexibility and stability and helps them understand the way the body should feel when it’s in proper alignment. It’s so important because it sets them on the path for longevity, of having flexibility and stability in the long term.