By Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500

Many parents struggle with solutions to put their child on the fast track to success, and one such solution is not usually far from home. It is your local Yoga studio or wellness center.

How will Yoga change your child’s life? The difference could be, as simple as, keeping your child away from peer pressure that can lead to drug abuse, joining a gang, or another negative influence. Although, the answer is much deeper, Yoga will give any child the tools necessary to become a success in life.

Goal setting skills (a major component in Yoga training) make a huge difference in anyone’s life. By making accomplishments, your child develops a positive self-image. This “positive self visualization” becomes academic and athletic success.

Children want structure, and they crave interaction with other children. This makes them feel secure in family, school, and public settings. Within their Yoga training, they find structure, discipline, and the ability to pursue their goals.

Social skills, (like good manners), eye contact, and public speaking, are developed in each lesson. As your child advances in his or her practice, he or she will develop leadership, and inner confidence skills.

Let’s face it – we live in a time of video games, Internet, cable TV, and fast food that tastes good. Globally, Type II Diabetes is on the rise in children due to inactivity, high calorie diet, our lifestyles, physical education cut backs, reduced recess time, and lack of time for exercise in general. Yoga gives children a positive way to burn calories, and socialize with quality friends, in a safe setting. Kids Yoga also keeps them away from the television.

Find a studio or wellness center that prides itself on the positive development of its students. We have many success stories – from academic achievements, to losing pounds of unwanted weight. If you want to make a positive change in your life, or that of a loved one, your local studio or wellness center is always there to help.

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