Yoga is considered to be beneficial not only for adults but also for children. This International Yoga Day, learn the benefits and introduce the art of practising yoga to your child…
Recently, I have started doing yoga, and the best part is that my 4-year-old also accompanies me. It is such a pleasure to see her do the asanas and then finally chant Aum.
When my daughter started doing Yoga, I started taking a keen interest in her and read more about the correct poses and postures for children along with their benefits. It is believed that yoga helps to build self-esteem in children. It is very good for children who don’t like to indulge in physical activity and helps the athletic children to excel in their sports. Also, it is a widely held view that yoga creates self-discipline, empathy, truthfulness, gratitude and feelings of not harming anyone.
Dalai Lama has stated that “If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.”
Here is how yoga helps the little ones:
- Increase in physical flexibility: Yoga helps in promoting the strength of a child physically, as the muscles are used efficiently.
- Promotion of balance and coordination: The key element of yoga is considered to be balance. The poses which require balance allow the child to enhance the physical and mental capabilities. Coordination, on the other hand, provides overall accomplishment to the body.
- Develops concentration and focus: Practising yoga helps to clear the mind of children and enables them to focus better.
- Gives a boost to confidence and self-esteem: Teaching children to do yoga helps them learn the importance of their mind, breath and body. This, in turn, helps them to focus and concentrate.
Here are some yoga poses which you can introduce to your children:
Here’s wishing you all a very Happy International Yoga Day!!!
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