The benefits of incorporating mindfulness and relaxation into your day.

Christmas can be a very busy time! So many things to do, people to see and excitement for when Father Christmas will arrive. It’s important for children not to be too overwhelmed by it all, so here are the benefits of incorporating mindfulness and relaxation into your day.

We all know how children get around Christmas; excited, tired, and emotional. Christmas can be such a magical time in a child’s life, and we want to encourage them to love it for as long as possible. We, as parents, want to keep the magic of Christmas alive for a very long time. But what happens when the children get a little tired, but we have so many more Christmas activities planned? They get overtired, and a little cranky. What if I could give you a secret to be able to manage this, this holiday time? Read on to find out…

The simplest thing to do, and sometimes the hardest when there is so much going on around us, is to plan some relaxation time. We need some quiet time for our bodies and our minds to rest, and relax before the next big, exciting Christmas adventure.

Yoga is a practice that combines physical postures, breathing exercises, and meditation to promote overall well-being. Recently, there has been a growing interest in incorporating yoga into primary school physical education as a way to teach children mindfulness and relaxation techniques. You never know, as more of the schools we work in have booked in for Mini Me Yoga classes, your child may already know some moves that they could teach you!

The benefits of yoga for children are numerous. Physically, yoga can improve flexibility, strength, balance and coordination. It can also help children to develop a healthy body image and a positive relationship with their bodies. Mentally and emotionally, yoga can help children to develop focus, concentration and self-awareness. It can also help reduce stress, anxiety and depression.

We can use it as a relaxation method during the Christmas holiday time to regulate the children’s emotions when they have so much happening at that time. The children may not be able to regulate themselves and need some help to do so. Yoga is the perfect activity for it.

Here are a few poses you could do with your child to help them relax.

When incorporated into physical education, yoga can provide children with a break from more traditional, competitive sports and activities. This can be especially beneficial for children who may not excel in those areas or who may feel self-conscious about their physical abilities. Yoga allows children to move at their own pace and to focus on their own bodies, rather than comparing themselves to others.

Furthermore, yoga can be an inclusive practice, which can be beneficial for children with disabilities or special needs. Yoga can be modified to suit different abilities, and can be done seated or standing, making it accessible to a wide range of children.

Incorporating yoga into schools physical education can also help children develop important life skills such as self-regulation, self-care and empathy. Yoga encourages children to take responsibility for their own well-being and to develop a sense of inner peace and self-awareness.

If you feel like your child and their friends may like to have these sessions in their school, talk to the teacher and see if they have anything available, or alternatively contact TLE Sports Coaching on admin@tlesportscoaching.co.uk and see what availability we have. If we have enough interest, we could even start an after-school club?

When it comes time to relax over Christmas, we need to ensure we make time for it. It is very important for the body and mind to relax when there is a lot going on. You could look up simple yoga for children video on YouTube or have a look through our social media page and see if you can see some previous videos all about the yoga, and how to do it.

In conclusion, incorporating mindfulness and relaxation techniques through yoga can provide children with numerous physical, mental and emotional benefits. It can also be an inclusive practice that can help children to develop important life skills. Therefore, it is key to make time for periods  of relaxation over the Christmas holiday time. You deserve  to enjoy Christmas just as much as they children, so make some relaxation time and do some self-care, yoga or otherwise.

If you want to find out more about the Mini Me Yoga that TLE Sports Coaching offers take a look at www.tlesportscoaching.co.uk/minimeyoga/

Don’t forget to share your relaxation time on social media and tag us so we can see it!

Enjoy your Christmas holidays and we will see you in the new year!