Yoga for Kids this Summer at Carnegie Library

Published 10:02 am Monday, May 6, 2024

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By Liz Clarke – Crisp County Family & Consumer Sciences Agent

Yoga for Kids is being offered at the Cordele-Crisp Carnegie Library this summer. The program is offered by UGA Extension- Crisp County. The classes will be taught each Monday in June at 11:00 at the library. The classes will be instructed by Liz Clarke, Crisp County Family and Consumer Sciences Agent.

Practicing yoga as a form of physical activity can improve flexibility, strengthen muscles, and improve balance. Children need at least one hour of physical activity. Practicing yoga can help children incorporate more physical activity into each day and establish healthy habits that will be sustained long- term.

In addition to increasing physical activity and fitness, research suggest that yoga can improve children’s attention, relationships, self-esteem, and listening skills. Studies suggest that yoga may reduce anxiety and negative behaviors.

Yoga is non-competitive and individually focused. Children who lack interest in competitive team sports may enjoy yoga as a form of physical activity. There are no winners or losers, and everyone participates. Yoga also has benefits for young athletes, in that it helps with development of balance, coordination and focus. Yoga is inexpensive, requiring no special equipment and can be performed nearly anywhere.

Please join us in June at the library for Adventure Awaits Animal Yoga. Each class will feature learning yoga moves, story time with Animal Yoga Books, and special activities and learning games. Please bring a towel or yoga mat with you. If you have any questions contact Liz Clarke at 229-276-2612.