Yoga is a group of physical, mental and spiritual practices for development of body and positive energy. Yoga maintains harmony and balance our body system.
Today’s kids live more in a technology and competition-based world. They have their set of time table where they are packed completely. We being parents challenge our kids to prove their talent by enrolling in extra-curricular activities and put them in high stress.
Yoga is one of the best ways to help kids to balance the stress and have positive thinking. Academic performance improves along with confidence in physical abilities. Nowadays yoga is introduced in schools for the physical and mental development of the kids. They include simple yoga poses to increase the strength, flexibility, and coordination of the body moments.
Teaching Them to Understand Yoga.
It is difficult to teach yoga to kids as they have sit for long time, get the posture correctly and grabbing there attention is also hard. So early yoga is taught in toddlers which are in the form of games or activities. They intend to make it more fun loving by incorporating animal sounds and give creative names for the poses.
As a parent, you can teach them basic stretches like bending and breathing exercises. Don’t force them to sit for a long time, let them enjoy yoga as an activity. Count numbers 1 to 10 or sing rhythms to make it interesting.
Benefits of Yoga for Kids.
- Increases their body awareness and mindfulness
- Mange their anxiety.
- Enhances concentration and memory.
- Develops children’s strength and flexibility.
- Maintains emotional balance.
- Helps to protect the negative energy/ negative behavior in kids.
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Basic stretching and bending poses.
Let’s start with some warm-up before starting the yoga poses. These stretching exercises can be taught in a creative way by signing rhymes or counting numbers. Basic bending towards front and back, left and right. They help to warm out the body by improving the blood flow.
It is one of the simple yoga poses which helps in balancing the body and increases the concentration power in kids.
It is done in a standing position where one of the foot is placed on the inner thigh. Bend your knee and place your left foot on the inside part of the right leg. Relax and straighten the left leg on the floor, shifting your weight into the foot.
Sit on the floor in a salutation pose. Bend your knees and bring your feet inwards touching each sole. Flap both legs up and down like the wings of the butterfly. Slowly straighten your legs in front and relax the body. It helps in stretching the inner thighs. It helps in normal blood circulation in the lower part of the body.
It helps in gentle stretch for the back, hips, thighs, and ankles. It promotes flexibility and relieves stress and helps circulation to the muscles and joints.
Sit on your knees, bend down touch your head to the ground. Inhale and exhale slowly. A child’s pose helps in proper digestion, releases tension in the back, and helps relieve stress.
Squatting is one of the most effective ways to tone the entire lower body. It works the quadriceps, hamstring, gluteal, and calf muscles of the legs, plus, it strengthens the lower back and core.