Self-esteem encompasses the mind, the body, and the spirit. While education is the backbone of confidence the well-being of our bodies is equally important in strengthening self-esteem. The fast-paced life around us requires children to learn how to cope with stressful situations at an early age. Children experiencing homelessness have to deal not only with daily life stress but also past emotional trauma.
Yoga is a holistic approach to stress that naturally involves the mind, the body, and the spirit by helping offset stressful factors. Taking time to reflect while engaged in physical activity can help children in several ways. First, yoga enhances physical flexibility that strengthens all body muscles. Second, it refines balance and coordination – achieving physical balance can help children achieve mental balance. Third, it develops focus and concentration – practicing to focus on yoga poses helps children focus on their studies too. Finally, it boosts self-esteem through physical achievement. All these factors contribute to the overall well-being of children experiencing homelessness and that is why the practice is part of our summer program activities. Here are our little yogis and their teacher Jen.