(San Francisco, CA) Between the high bar of academic achievement, increased extracurricular demands, and greater access to the very-adult content of the 24-hour news cycle, kids today are under more stress than ever before. And, as they head back to the classroom this month, the pressure they feel is only going to increase.
“Adults are finally realizing that kids are under stress, too,” says Social Worker and Children’s Book Author, Laurie Jordan. Jordan wrote Yawning Yoga (Little Pickle Press, 2017) to address the sleep problems she saw mounting in America’s young people. “I was seeing more and more reports of kids unable to sleep because they were overwhelmed with their schedule, their social demands, and the world around them. In adults we know that poor sleep leads to many other health problems. I wanted to be part of the solution so that spiral didn’t happen to our next generation. I wanted to help kids develop the inner resources to calm themselves in any situation.”
Jordan and other experts around the country are now urging parents to consider including yoga and other forms of self-care in their kids’ daily lives and say the benefits go far beyond a better night’s sleep. “By combining mindfulness techniques, breathing exercises and balancing postures children learn to manage their emotions, handle stress, control impulses, and develop self confidence,” says Jordan, “Plus, they can be more engaged in learning when their minds are focused and calm. Which means the classroom is at least slightly less stressful the next day.”
To celebrate National Yoga Month during the month of September Jordan will be challenging families across the nation to 30 Days of After School Self-Care. She’s encouraging parents and kids to make self-care a regular part of their routine by posting an image of their self-care activity of the day to instagram with the hashtag #BacktoSchoolBacktoSelf. For more on the challenge visit Jordan’s instagram at instagram.com/jordanyoga.
Yawning Yoga is available via Sourcebooks at www.sourcebooks.com/store/yawning-yoga.html.
To learn more about Laurie Jordan and her Kids Yoga Trainings visit www.jordanyoga.com.
Yawning Yoga is illustrated by Diana Mayo. To see more of Diana’s work visit www.dianamayo.com.
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