How to improve concentration in children – this is one question every parent is worried about these days.

How To Improve Concentration In Children With Yoga And Mindfulness
How To Improve Concentration In Children With Yoga And Mindfulness

With the rise of technology, children are distracted more than they were a decade ago. Their concentration level is at the lowest level than ever thought of.

Thus, for children to grow into healthy adults, they need to learn to be mindful not only in schools but also for the rest of their life.

I have explained about the need of mindfulness for children and the advantages of practicing mindfulness.

Mindfulness – is a state of awareness of your mind, which shows you a picture of where you are and what you are doing.

This awareness will reduce a lot many problems we see in children today. To  bring about mindfulness you need to have a healthy body and fit mind.

This is where Yoga pitches in -. Yoga is one such powerful tool that supports children to be more focused and balanced.

How To Improve Concentration In Children

A Child’s mind is more flexible than that of an adult. Thus, it is easy to train a child to adapt to new changes.

However what you train and how you train you child makes the difference between making him/her into a mindful person and not.

For concentration to improve you need your child to be able to restrict both the mind and body. So you need to begin with teaching simple yoga poses.

  • By learning yoga children get the ability to concentrate more as their nervous and cardiovascular system is balanced.
  • Yoga also helps regulating hormones and provides a relaxed body for the child to concentrate and focus.
  • Yoga enables your child to live a healthy life forever.
  • Yoga  enables the clarity and improves the ability to respond.

How To Teach Yoga To Children

Its not easy to teach yoga to children – however if you are a regular and disciplined you could make yoga and mindfulness a part of lifestyle of your children easily.

For this you need to begin practicing yoga yourselves and do that with discipline.

Begin by getting up at fixed time and getting the children up too – this time needs to be atleast half an hour before the stipulated time to practice yoga.

If on the other hand you are a person who can spend time int he evening with your kids, you could shift the yoga session to evening and make it a routine.

Yoga should be practiced in a consistent manner to bring about conditioning of mind which in turn would enhance the memory and creativity of children.

There are few yoga postures that keeps the child’s spirit boosted and increase their concentration power.

Children are fast learners and before long you can easily see how quickly they pick up yoga and mindfulness as a part of their life.

As a principle – begin with simple, easy to follow and effective postures, slowly you will find that both you and your kid are able to move towards complex poses.

How to improve concentration in children using yoga

Yoga Mudra

How To Improve Concentration In Children With Yoga And Mindfulness
How To Improve Concentration In Children With Yoga And Mindfulness

When asked how to improve concentration in children the first thing that comes up is to sit quietly in a place with certain yoga mudras or gestures that is the stepping stone to mindfulness.

Here is how you begin

  • Sit with crossed legs (Padmasana) and join the palms together.
  • Keeping the back straight, take deep breaths.
  • Close your eyes.
  • Bring the hands behind the back and hold the left wrist with the right hand.
  • Slowly bend forward and try to touch the floor with your forehead.
  • Breathe out while bending.
  • Relax in that position for few minutes and then slowly return to the starting position.
    Should be repeated 5 times.

    Benefits

    – Fills the body with energy and vitality
    – Boosts memory power

  • Done early in the morning – this is the best way to start a day

Sarvangasana

How To Improve Concentration In Children With Yoga And Mindfulness
How To Improve Concentration In Children With Yoga And Mindfulness
  • To do sarvangasana Lie on the back with hands by your side.
  • Lift the legs and back so that they come up on your shoulders.
  • Support the back with your hands.
  • Keep the legs firm and breathe deeply.
  • After staying in the position for 30 seconds slowly come back to initial position.
    Should be repeated twice.

Benefits

– Increases blood circulation to the brain and heart

Chakrasana

  • Lie on the back with feet apart.
  • Bend the knees and place the feet flat on the ground.
  • Keep the palms under the shoulders.
  • Inhale and by pressing the palms firmly, lift the shoulders and head off the floor by making the arms straight.
  • The feet should be on the floor firmly and the back should be rolled up to resemble a wheel. Hold for 15-30 seconds and then come back to the original position.
    Should be repeated 5 times.

Benefits

– Increases blood circulation to the brain

Surya Namaskar

How To Improve Concentration In Children With Yoga And Mindfulness
How To Improve Concentration In Children With Yoga And Mindfulness

The surya namaskar is a set of 12 asanas put together. It is a good way to keep the body and mind healthy. The 12 asanas are

Prayer Pose
– Hastha uttasana (Raised Arms pose)
– Hasta Padasana (Hand to foot pose)
– Ashwa Sanchalanasana (Equestrian pose)
– Dandasana (Stick Pose)
– Ashtanga Namaskara (Salute with eight points)
– Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
– Parvatasana (Mountain Pose)
– Ashwa Sanchalanasana (Equestrian pose)
– Hasta Padasana (Hand to foot pose)
– Hastha uttasana (Raised Arms pose)
– Tadasana

Should be repeated 4 times

Benefits

– Increases stamina
– Clears mind
– Boosts memory power
– Reduces weight

All the above yoga postures should be done along with the following pranayama or breathing exercises for more effectiveness.

How To Improve Concentration in Children using Pranayama

You can never answer the question of how to improve concentration in children without pranayama or breathing exercises.

Control of breath is the first step to know yourselves, the first step towards becoming a mindful being.

NadiShodan Pranayam or The Alternate Nose Breathing

This is the alternate nose breathing technique. As Nadis get blocked during stress, they are relieved with the practise of this technique.

  • Sit straight and keep chin mudra.
  • Use the ring finger of the right hand to control breathing of left nostril and thumb on right nostril.
  • Press thumb on the right nostril and breathe out through left nostril.
  • Now breathe in from left nostril and press the left nostril and breathe out through right nostril.
    To be repeated 20 times.

Benefits

– Calms mind

Bhramari Pranayam

This is one breathing exercise I seriously advice for children. It increases concentration and brings about inner peace.

  • Sit on Padmasana.
  • By using the thumbs to close the ears, place the other fingers over the eyes.
  • Apply gentle pressure to the sides of the nose.
  • Keep the mouth closed and breathe out slowly through nose by making a humming sound of Om (like a bumble Bee).
    To be done for 5 times.

Benefits

– Reduces stress

-Enhances memory
– Improves hearing power and concentration

Bhastrika Pranayam

Sit straight in Padmasana. Inhale and exhale rapidly. Make sure your mouth is closed. This rapid breathing helps increase the circulation of blood rapidly throughout the body.
To be done for 2 minutes

Benefits

– Clears the mind
– Boosts memory power

If you are seriously concerned with how to improve concentration in children you need to  begin the practice of Yoga and Mindfulness at an young age. tthis helps to improve concentration and teaches them to focus their mind. Keep the poses simple and allow them to enjoy the experience.

How To Improve Concentration In Children With Yoga And Mindfulness
How To Improve Concentration In Children With Yoga And Mindfulness

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65 comments on “How To Improve Concentration In Children With Yoga And Mindfulness”

  1. What a helpful post! Kids have such a hard time just “being” since they are used to being on electronics so much. These tips will help me so much! Thanks for sharing at the Ultimate Pinterest Party this past week!

  2. I totally agree with you, yoga not only helps you increase your concentration but increase your perception as well. It is very essential for adults and kids both to bring yoga in your life, specially the youth since they go through a lot of stress these days and yoga will help you sort things out and manage more effectively. Great article overall, thank you for sharing with us.

  3. I will have to try this with my niece and nephews, they are some hyper kids. Maybe this would help them.

  4. There are many benefits of yoga but I never thought that children can practice it as well. I think that my nephew will love that idea.

  5. I’ve always had a lot of trouble concentrating on one thing for too long and it was really bad when I was younger. I remember my Guidance counselor trying to convince me to try meditation and yoga, I totally should have listened!

  6. Kids doing yoga is the best things that can happen. And it can can teach them plenty of lesson that can carry on.

  7. A very helpful post. I love the idea of teaching children yoga. Being able to focus your attention is important and if yoga is able to help children do this, then I think its a great idea.

  8. I love your tip about practicing yoga yourself as a parent. Kids really look up to their parents, so it’s very important to lead by example. I’m sure patience is important in the beginning as kids are kids, meaning things often don’t go as planned or as perfectly as you may have imagined.

  9. Yoga is a great practice for children! It helps with their mindfulness and will help them in the long run!

  10. True, technologogy has really messed up our kids concentration span. Also, I don’t know which child will leave their phones or x-box to do this; but I want to try this alone, because I have been postponing my trying out yoga.

  11. Such a good read. I never would of thought of having a child do yoga . That is great. This can instill great qualities starting at a young age!

  12. I hear children yoga is becoming more and more popular. I wish I yoga was around when I was a kid I am not good at it as an adult.

  13. This all sounds so good, but I wonder how easy would it be to get children to follow it…it’s so difficult to get the gown-ups to follow a routine…and children are so hyper active and restless ..getting them to sit for an asan seems almost unbelievable…and if they do at what age would be good to get them to do yoga?

  14. Yoga not only improve concentration in a child but also their mind health.

  15. Yoga definitely helps in improving concentration in a child and also their mind Heath.

  16. I really appreciate the effort you are putting in homeschooling. A schedule does great things when it comes to disciplining children and ourselves too. But sitting for a few minutes idle is great for concentration

  17. LOVE this so much! When my daughter was young, she had a lot of behavioral issues and one thing I did was take her to “kids yoga” and you are absolutely right it definitely helped.

  18. I took yoga in High School and always found it so calming and relaxing. I never even considered the benefits it could have to my children for focus and concentration.

  19. This is a great article! I do not have kids yet but I already try to implement Yoga as part of a routine for myself and will definitely love to do that with my kids too. Thank you for sharing the type of Yoga pose to do too 🙂

  20. We just started homeschooling this year, and while it’s “just” preschool as my son is only 4, I let him dictate our schedule. I just don’t think it’s fair to expect children to sit still and focus on one thing for hours at a time with no break. We have a weekly work load that needs to be done and some days he will sit for over an hour just devouring the work I give him, other days it’s a struggle to get through 5 minutes of school work.

  21. The school my children goes to offers yoga prior to big exams and state testings. The started it last year, and the results were amazing. The school’s rating went up and the average of students grade also improved. They only offer it during the final ams and state testing, But I think that if they offered this at the beginning of the day it would help so much more.

  22. This seems like such an awesome option and alternative for help kids star focused. I have loved yoga when i took it in high school but never considered it for my own children.

  23. I agree with everything you said! Yoga is as important for kids as for adults! ❤

  24. Yoga is very useful and important for all age of group of people. Specially for growing kids it is the best thing to do Beacuse it helps them to grow and develop perfectly. It’s very useful for kids for growing concentration for studies. Even I and my daughter both does the yoga practice in the morning

  25. I have bookmarked your blog post, as I do agree with you 100%. It’s so important for children to be mindful, just as it is for adults. As a governess, I teach a 5 year old girl and I will try and implement more mindful exercises into our routine.

  26. Yoga is anicent and proven practice that does help every one in different way. Yoga is a way of life I would say, and it would be very helpful for our kids if introduce them when young.
    Thank for explaining everything so well.

  27. Such an awesome read. Loved how you gave detailed steps along with benefits of yoga for kids. I am totally going to follow this with my girls.

  28. Yoga is really great for mind and body but I’m not sure how i’m going to keep my classroom quite lol. but i’ll try it

  29. This is a great idea for children, however I find it’s the same thing as with oneself… you know it’s good, you want to do it… but you don’t find the time! Hopefully one day!

  30. wow, these are some wonderful tips. Mindfulness, meditation, and yoga are now a must to be followed amidst such hectic life schedule of ours and kids.

  31. I absolutely believe yoga is a wonderful practice for children…. Our PT started doing it with my son and now I do it with him daily…. it helps him stay balanced and find his zen for the day…

  32. This is an awesome post! I don’t have children but I can imagine the huge benefits it gives them and its probably great to learn it young so they can carry this through to their adulthoods! Very insightful!

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