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Yoga for Preschoolers to Help with Self-Regulation

Self Regulation, Yoga and Preschoolers

A yearlong study was published on yoga for preschoolers to help with self-regulation. The Journal of Child and Family Studies reported on 29 children ages 3-5 to evaluate the effectiveness of mindfulness-based yoga intervention on self-regulation skills.  Sixteen of the preschoolers participated in a mindful yoga intervention group taught by the classroom teacher.  Parent reports and assessments were completed on children’s self-regulation (i.e., attention, delay of gratification and inhibitory control).

Results of the Study on Yoga for Preschoolers to Help with Self-Regulation

The results of the study indicated the following:

  1.  the assessments showed significant effects of the mindful yoga intervention on all three indices of self-regulation.
  2. some evidence showed that the children who were most at risk of self-regulation dysfunction benefited the most from the mindful yoga intervention.

Why Use Yoga for Preschoolers?

Starting yoga with preschoolers has many benefits. Not only will yoga for preschoolers potentially help with self-regulation it will also increase physical activity time per day, improve muscle strength and increase flexibility.  Children will have fun while they improve the mind body connection.

Suggestions for Yoga for Preschoolers

It can feel overwhelming if you simply google yoga for preschoolers.  Where do you start? Are there preschool yoga cards? How do you progress forward? How do you incorporate yoga with learning initiatives?

One of the easiest ways to start yoga in the classroom with preschoolers is to use a full program or curriculum.

The Movement & Mindfulness Curriculum integrates stories, exercise & self-regulation to improve fitness, attention, early literacy, direction following, learning readiness, self-control, and responsible behavior.

The Movement & Mindfulness Curriculum integrates stories, exercise & self-regulation to improve fitness, attention, early literacy, direction following, learning readiness, self-control, and responsible behavior.   You can implement as is or integrate its variety of components and activities into your existing schedule! Enjoy fun video classes, effective self-regulation techniques, and innovative lesson plan themes with 200+ activities. FIND OUT MORE.

Yoga in the Classroom will help you powerfully teach yoga in the classroom with this wide variety of digital downloads incuding books, cards and posters!

Are you looking for resources to include yoga in the classroom at your school?  Perhaps you need new yoga resources to spark your imagination, provide ideas, and save you time?

Yoga in the Classroom will help you bring yoga into the classroom, therapy room or clinic with this wide variety of digital downloads including books, cards, and posters!  You’ll have the confidence and new ideas to hit the ground running!

Created by a yoga instructor with a Masters of International Education, the vast and carefully curated library of Kids Yoga Stories resources will help you become a yoga powerhouse in the classroom. FIND OUT MORE.

Reference:  Razza, Rachel A., Dessa Bergen-Cico, and Kimberly Raymond. “Enhancing preschoolers’ self-regulation via mindful yoga.” Journal of Child and Family Studies 24.2 (2015): 372-385.

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