Today’s generation of kids is very smart and knowledgeable. World is getting smarter, IQ scores have significantly gone up. Kids are more into technology than the adults. No wonder, you may see 7-year kid teaching an adult how to operate smartphone. Kids nowadays live a past paced lifestyle juggling between school, tuition, sports and activities. It may not seem but they are have to deal with stress of competition and finding balance between academic and non-academic subjects.
Teaching yoga to children at a young age has tremendous health benefits. There are so many choices available to parents for activities; like dance, martial arts, gymnastics etc. What makes yoga distinct?
Yoga is an ancient science, which promotes optimal physical and mental health. Its helps in overall well-being by building awareness, strength and flexibility in body as well as mind. Yoga for children is certainly one way to ensure that our kids grow up healthy and happy. Following are few benefits of introducing yoga to kids.
Focus – The practice of balancing postures helps to increase focus. Yoga will help them clear their mind and increases ones ability to concentrate.
Physical Exercise – Many schools including famous international schools don’t have playgrounds in the campus. In this Technology Era, kids spend time on Internet and Television instead of playing games on playground. Yoga promotes physical strength because kids learn to use all of their muscles in new ways. Whether a pose is done standing, sitting, or lying down, each one can challenge various muscle groups.
Balance and co-ordination – Balance is the only one aspect of exercise at which adult are better than kids. Balance is a key element of yoga. Coordination is closely tied to balance and promotes overall dexterity.
Along with these, yoga also teaches them some valuable lessons like mindful breathing, connecting to self and learning in non competitive environment.
Kids are fun-loving and they are full of energy. Hence the asanas should be dynamic, intense and challenging. Using metaphors such as stretch like a dog, lunge like crocodile and be tall as mountain helps them to understand a pose better. Kids should learn asanas playfully. They should not be forced as they lack muscular strength.
“Childhood is a process of change, from fragility to strength, from immaturity to maturity and from simplicity to complexity” ~ Geeta Iyengar.
Schools and parents have an opportunity, and responsibility, to teach healthy initiatives to young children to help them deal with the stress. Role of Yoga teacher is very important is this venture.
Integrating a yoga practice into young children’s lives is easier now with yoga available in schools.
“Yoga is light which once lit, never dims” ~ B.K.S Iyengar
Give you kids this gift of yoga, which may become their lifelong practice and they will always grateful to you.