Aspen Camp is excited to announce a new addition to summer camp activities: yoga! Campers will now be able to choose between yoga and ‘Camp Fit’ for the daily morning exercises.*
After research about the countless benefits of yoga routines, the team decided to introduce it to Deaf* youth this summer. Yoga is a noncompetitive group exercise that enables kids and adults to grow physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually together. Here are the top five reasons we are adding yoga to summer camp.
Many people misunderstand yoga as simply stretching. What many don’t realize is that yoga is a very good way to build strength. Kids will learn different poses and what part of the body each pose works with. They will also learn safety techniques to ensure that the risk of injury is reduced, much like all other form of exercises. With a stronger body, campers will be able to digest food better, maintain a healthy weight, maintain a healthy immune system, and improve the ability to carry a heavy load such as while backpacking.
Holding some poses require good balance. With practice, each camper will improve their core strength and balance skills. This also assist in developing focus skills, even those who struggle with different attention challenges. Studies have found that regular yoga practice improves coordination, reaction time, memory, and even IQ scores. Imagine what yoga can do for your camper in school or out on the court!
The combination of breathing exercises and focus techniques will help kids connect to how their body feels and reacts to various things. Their lung and breathing capacity will improve along with the quality and length of their focus. Yoga allows campers to build a strong connection with what they see and do and express themselves. Youth who have a healthy self-awareness are often more confident, strong, and have better posture and breathing skills.
Did you know that what our great grandparents learned in one year, we learn in one hour of our lifetime. We live in an information overload society and can feel caught up in many things. The relaxation yoga brings kids will help decrease stress and improve healthy hormones. Yoga can help campers deal with a chaotic environment where constant stimulation is the norm. Yoga has also been proven to help with anxiety and depression.
Yoga is meditative by nature. The different sequences available teaches campers the calming energy of moving a series of poses. Younger campers will have something to do as they rest on their mats and think of their favorite color, toy, or place. There are countless research of how mediation can positively affect the growth of youth.
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* Even though we do not promote or favor any religion at camp, parents can opt out of yoga for their campers for religious reasons.