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Children, today, are under a tremendous amount of stress from school, modern day environment, peer competition, and expectations from their parents. Stress affects the way children learn and interact with their surroundings. It affects their health, well-being, and confidence.

Yoga creates the ultimate learning adventure while helping children de-stress and relax.  Yoga, breathing and relaxation techniques help to combat the daily wear and tear of this modern, fast- paced, stressful life and i's a valuable and enjoyable activity. Even a few minutes of time spent on this activity, in a day, can give immense positive results.

Yoga is the art and science of living, and is concerned with the evolution of mind and body. It is a form of complete education that can be used on all children because it develops physical stamina, emotional stability, and intellectual and creative talents. It is a unified system for developing a total and balanced personality of the child.

This site in not intended for kids and you're better to get some Kids yoga books.  Most kids are generally supple and girls more so,  girls take to it more readily and boys need more support and encouragement as they tend to stiffen up at an earlier age.

It's far better to have them play on the floor, even when they're watching tv as it helps to keep their hips and legs supple.  Couches sedate their bodies and may cause health problems later in life.  If you're a parent,  giving them the book,r a dvd or instructions on youtube may be enough and they'll intuitively work it out. Or, you can do it too and make it a family affair. In schools dysfunctional kids do better with yoga and all who make the effort improve.

BREATHING

Pranayama or breathing techniques have a direct effect on the brain and emotions. Children can feel just as ‘stressed out’ as adults, particularly around examination time. The emotional stability, gained through Pranayama, frees mental and creative energies in a constructive way; and the child exhibits more self-confidence, self-awareness, and self-control.

RELAXATION

Relaxation reduces the stress of daily living experiences. It is an effective process for reducing a child’s stress and is especially helpful in building confidence for examinations, competitions, etc. Techniques, such as

Yoganidra, affect the physical, mental, emotional, and creative aspects of a child. In doing this, we create an open, clear, quiet space; and, therefore, we can train our mind to be calm, clear, and focused. What greater gift can we give our children than the gift of inner peace?

PUTTING YOGA INTO PRACTICE

There is always a complaint from the teachers that the child does not understand what is taught to him. However, practically every kid understands, as per his / her capacity and grasp. The ability to teach, and the ability to learn / understand, are two different issues. We need to make efforts to improve the child’s memory and concentration. If the kids are taught Yoga at an early age, it would help in developing their concentration, memory, creativity, and understanding level, with a sense of playfulness, freedom, and imagination. It is not sufficient by improving the teaching techniques alone. Therefore, give your child the gift that keeps him healthy and happy.

CHILDREN, WHO PRACTICE YOGA…..

  • Develop strong, flexible, and healthy bodies with increased height
  • Set a lifelong foundation for well-being
  • Foster creative expression, imagination
  • Improve focus, concentration, and self-confidence
  • Cultivate self-esteem, setting patterns of success and achievement
  • Experience a relaxed state of body and mind and sleep better
  • Cope with life stressors more effectively
  • Learn about anatomy and physiology
  • Discover a sense of awareness and respect for themselves, for others, and the world around them
  • Very good for emotionally disturbed, destructive, hyperactive children

Following is one of the most dynamic and beautiful postures for children, called Chakrasana, which is effective in increasing the height, memory power, concentration, and reduction of extra fat.  Most children like this Asana as it leaves them feeling exhilarated, it opens and makes them more extrovert and if that's a problem,  it needs to followed by some forward bends.

CHAKRASANA (THE WHEEL POSE)
Chakrasana is derived from the Sanskrit word, ‘chakra’ or ‘wheel’. It is a backward-bending posture, in which the body nearly forms a circle. This stretches the entire body and stimulates all the energy centres within. It helps balance hormone levels, improves circulation; to the brain in particular, and stimulates the respiratory system. It helps alleviate common skin and eye problems.

HOW TO DO IT

Charkasana or the wheel pose

  1. Lie on the floor – on your back. Keep your arms by your sides. Then, bend your knees and bring your feet close to your buttocks. Your knees and feet should be apart. The distance between both legs is supposed to be the distance between the two shoulders
  2. Raise your arms over your head, and bend your elbows to place your palms on the floor beside your shoulders. Your fingers should point towards your body.
  3. Arch your back to raise yourself, till the crown of your head supports your body.
  4. Inhale; straighten your elbows and legs as much as you can. Slowly raise your head off the floor, and then let it drop back so that it is raised in mid-air between your arms. Breathe deeply, as you hold this final position, for as long as you are comfortable.
  5. To return to the starting position, slowly lower your body until your head rests on the floor. Then, rest your back and hips down. Straighten your legs and arms, until you are lying flat on the floor.
  6. This is one round. Practice up to 3 rounds. Then, relax in Shavasana.
  7. Kids yoga books

Om Shanti

Article by Dr Rita Khanna
Dr. Rita Khanna’s YogaShaastra Studio
(An Exclusive Yoga & Naturopathy Therapy Studio)
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Ph: 040-65173344, 09849772485

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