Yoga for Kids, as a concept, is catching up quite swiftly and executed for kids starting from the age of five majorly. It’s a great practice when implemented in the approved manner. Yoga can benefit all age groups including kids. It’s imperative to recognize that the kids at a young age may not fully understand the higher purpose which yoga practitioners strive to achieve but can be positively put into operation at the physiological level and to a definite extent at the conscious level.
For holistic wellness of kids, specially dealing with extreme stressors,, putting these practices into schools could be the difference between failure and success.
- Stretching postures facilitate immense flexibility, holding postures strengthen the muscles which when practiced regularly can offer all the benefits such as toning and sculpting besides improving postures and increasing height.
- Sun salutation is great for building memory power. Balancing postures such as tree pose can benefit in improving concentration which definitely aids in increasing the focus in all spheres of life that the child undertakes as part of his/her routine or future career.
- Yoga postures such as Warrior pose builds self-confidence and forward bending Child pose develops humility. Eagle pose challenges body mind coordination.
- The chanting of A-U-M and relaxation techniques benefit in soothing the mind which again has proven to be a great aid in instilling values such as patience, positivity, sense of calm especially in hyperactive kids.
- Along with the postures, following the diet prescribed through yoga enables healthy body and stable mind and an overall personality building program is instigated.
- Yoga facilitates children into learning the connection of their minds/bodies, teaches strategies for coping with anxiety and stress through breathing exercises, meditation and relaxation.
- Yoga sparks creativity: Yoga training can be also made enjoyable by introducing fun elements such as naming the postures by terms easy to relate to for kids. Visuals can be used to illustrate how the posture relates to those terms. Interactive games can be administered which will develop enthusiasm and build confidence in kids. Stories of ancient wisdom can be shared to make the class more interesting and build today’s kids into tomorrow’s super heroes.
- Children’s yoga classes can thus be made more effective by incorporating traditional yoga poses with breathing exercises, stories, music, visualization, meditation and mindfulness to create a unique experience that makes kids feel good both inside and out.
Author is Dr. Mickey Mehta, Global Leading Holistic Health Guru/Corporate Life Coach.