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by , 5th Feb 2014

Children live a busy life. Just as adults deal with the hustle, bustle and pressures of daily living, children do so, too. School pressures, constant lessons and competitive sports are among the daily stresses children deal with.

Adults have found yoga to be helpful for inner health and relaxation. Young children, who start yoga at an early age, see these benefits as well as the practice of yoga encourages self-esteem and body awareness with non-competitive physical activity.

What is Yoga

Thousands of years ago, the practice of yoga started in India and has recently become very popular worldwide. The the word “yoga” means “union” in Sanskrit and is called this because yoga is the union of mind and body.

Yoga is a system of physical exercises or postures, called asanas. These postures build strength, flexibility and confidence while promoting strong breathing to help calm and refresh the body and mind.1

Age to Begin

Surprisingly, children can begin practicing yoga as early as the age of 2-3 weeks, with the help of their mother, of course, as part of their mother’s yoga routine or baby massage to help digestion.2 As children get older, they can learn to do positions on their own and basic techniques for relaxation. Proper breathing techniques can be taught at any age.

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Benefits

Yoga for children, like adults, benefit the mind, body and spirit by improving mind/body connection, encouraging a healthy lifestyle and promoting an overall sense of well-being. A child who learns yoga will develop essential skills for a life of health and wellness.

Yoga for children benefit their body, mind and spirit individually in the following ways:3

Body:

  • Helps with neuromuscular development
  • Encourages motor development
  • Develops a strong, flexible body
  • Increases balance and coordination
  • Develops core strength to improve posture
  • Reduces injuries
  • Improves digestion and circulation
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Relaxes the body, promoting better sleep

Mind:

  • Brings a feeling of calm by reducing stress and anxiety
  • Relieves tension
  • Increases concentration, focus and attention span
  • Promotes thinking and memory
  • Balances energy

Spirit:

  • Builds confidence and self-esteem
  • Develops discipline and self-control
  • Supports a sense of universal connectedness
  • Inspires respect for self and others

Whether a child is learning Warrior One, breathing in Child’s Pose or mastering Downward Dog, they’ll be soaking up all of the numerous benefits of yoga. Their body, mind and spirit will grow stronger at a young age and will lay the foundation for a calm, focused and relaxed life in the future.

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  • terzic.igor08@gmail.com' igor terzic says:

    Surely that yoga in its own way may seem stimulating to children in order to further encourage her to try out new things that can help them to grow and live better.
    Yoga kids have to deal with because it focuses on its internal peace which is necessary to make other things easier to solve , and better and thus reduce the impact of harmful emotions that can overwhelm our body and mind but we are not even aware of .
    This form of relaxation and improving mood has its stronghold especially for those adults and children who have a busy schedule of its indispensable obligations imposed on them their way of life and that through practicing yoga can act preventively if they are not load for life in general , but to be part of the daily activities that can help us to develop more easily and efficiently .
    Normally that doing yoga does not require much effort and sacrifice brings a lot of benefits and well-being to that which is practiced because yoga leads to a state of balance our mind and our body , thus successfully overcomes all the problems that can be removed in this way .

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