The benefits of yoga for children + Community Building Block Party

Posted June 30, 2015 in yoga, family, kids yoga, block party, community, volunteer, healthy living, healthy, fitness, workout, Buffalo County Community Partners, Just Breathe Yoga, Sweet Success Health Coaching

On Sunday, I got to be a part of the Community Building Block Party, which is organized by Buffalo County Community Partners.

It was a cute family event at Harmon Park. Kids went around to different stations, completed activities and got coloring pages after completing the activity. Some of the activities were Kids CrossFit with Kearney CrossFit, backyard hockey with the Tri-City Storm, tug of war with the Kearney Family YMCA and a bike blender with Activate Buffalo County. At the end, the kids could put their coloring pages together to form a book, and they got prizes.

When Buffalo County Community Partners asked me if I would like to have a station, I immediately said yes. Then I realized that I didn't have a great kids activity (Kids CrossFit was going to be there, so a workout was out). So I asked Trudi Flaherty of Just Breathe Yoga to partner with me and lead kids yoga. Luckily, she said yes!

Each station was also handing out prizes to participants, so I ordered Yoga Pretzel cards to hand out.

Trudi led groups of kids through a quick series of animal poses like flamingo, down dog, cat/cow, frog, etc. It was so cute to watch the kids give yoga a try.

Some of the boys were reluctant to try it, but Trudi reassured them that, "Real men do yoga," and they joined in.

There were kids of all ages trying it out. And some kids were super shy, so their parents joined in!

Seriously…kids doing yoga is the cutest.

Besides being super cute, kids can benefit from a regular yoga practice. According to the Yoga Journal, yoga enhances kids' flexibility, strength, coordination and body awareness. It can also improve concentration and create a sense of calmness and relaxation.

"Doing yoga, children exercise, play, connect more deeply with the inner self, and develop an intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounds them. Yoga brings that marvelous inner light that all children have to the surface." (source)

While Trudi led the kids yoga, I handed out the coloring pages, Yoga Pretzel cards, Sweet Success Health Coaching marketing cards and Trudi's business cards. It was a fun event!

I was also happy to get to know Trudi more. I've taken some of her yoga classes, and I love them! Go to Just Breathe Yoga to find out more about her classes.

Buffalo County Community Partners mission is to assess, strengthen and promote the health of Buffalo County. I'm on the board of one of their coalitions, Activate Buffalo County, which works to create awareness, advocacy and excitement about physical activity and healthy lifestyles. The Community Building Block Party was a kick-off to their annual fundraising campaign. If you're interested in learning more, click here.

Do your kiddos do yoga? What do they love about it?

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