How cute is that pic! Let’s face it, nobody likes to be super stressed. And it breaks our yogadork hearts to hear about kids having to deal with anxiety and tension at such a young age. They have the rest of their lives for that! Just kidding, of course.
We keep hearing news that more and more kids are dealing with high levels of stress, especially those growing up in high-crime or poverty areas, which can lead to depression, anxiety and even hinder cognitive skills. And that really stresses us out! Thankfully, researchers like at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health are looking for hard evidence and support in providing tools to help kids deal.
[Researchers at Johns Hopkins] found a 12-week yoga program targeting 97 fourth- and fifth-graders in two Baltimore elementary schools made a difference in students’ overall behavior and their ability to concentrate. They found students who did yoga were less likely to ruminate, the kind of brooding thoughts associated with depression and anxiety that can be a reaction to stress. The findings, which focused on a pilot program that took place in 2008, were published recently in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. One program is still active, and researchers are now applying for federal funding to expand the effort into schools across the city.
Yoga to the rescue! And it’s making a difference.
“I just be so deep into my meditation, I fall asleep,” said Ja’naisa Brown, 9. She tries to draw on her yoga skills when she’s frustrated, she said. “If somebody gets on my nerves, my mother tells me to go into the house and do yoga. I sit on the floor in my room, put on my music and breathe.”
We know there are some super kids yoga programs out there and we say keep up the great work! Because heaven help us there are more Ja’naisa Browns out there who are just needing a little space to sit and breathe.