Children today are under a lot of stress. Homework, pressure to compete with other children, endless after-school activities, over-scheduling — it all adds up. And just like their parents, kids today are turning to Yoga to help them relax. Everyday is stressed in some way. Yoga teaches you how to deal with this stress. With different stages of yoga it will help anyone, beginner, intermediate or advanced. Yoga has had a positive effect on people, including pregnant women. It helps them to handle the pain of pregnancy, labor and childbirth as well as proper breathing techniques. But what about yoga for kids? It makes since that they are stressed with school, peer pressure, sports, and all the other everyday stress that comes with life.
Yoga for kids is an excellent way for a child to exercise and has many other benefits for a child’s health. Not every type of yoga can be used as yoga for children though. It must be taken into consideration that children’s’ bodies are still growing and cannot cope with the strenuous exercises of intense yoga sessions as it can affect both their bodies and minds.
Yoga has also been popular for kids lately and it is having a positive response. With yoga kids learn new techniques and ways to deal with stress. Instead of reacting before they think it out yoga is teaching them how to deal with it mentally and physically before they handle the situation. Yoga is helping the kids become more in touch with their self. They learn how their body and mind reacts to everything and then they are taught to handle it in a very positive way.
The Benefits Of Yoga for Kids
* Yoga enhances the stamina, ability and mental balance.
* It enables you teach the kids alphabets and numbers in a singing mode and they can learn about their body in a fun manner.
* The songs and the chants that they practice in yoga classes improve their speaking skills.
* Yoga strengthens the digestive system and helps get rid of various internal complexities like, gas and constipation.
What is a child yoga program like?
The main focus of a child yoga program is on fun. Often the children will pretend to be the animal for which the pose is named. For instance, when they are doing Cat Pose, they become the cat and may even meow. If they are doing Downward Facing Dog with their butts high in the air, they will often bark, as they become the dog. The children are encouraged to fully participate in and enjoy the ‘game of yoga.’ Sometimes the instructor will create an entire story about the poses that the children are in so as to make the class interesting and to fully engage them. The children don’t realize how much they are benefiting from the practice; the only thing they know is that they are having a good time.
If teaching children who are not your own, it is often a good idea to avoid mixing strong religious messages or opinions with the yoga lessons. The children’s parents may have different religious views than you, and thus may not want you teaching their children your views. Religion can be a very sensitive subject for some people. For the same reason, if you are sending your children to a yoga class or buying them some sort of yoga media, you may want to review it first and make sure you find its messages suitable.
If you decide to let your children do yoga, there are many ways to start them. You can find classes that offer yoga to kids. You can also find Yoga for kids videos, as well as other media. You can even do the yoga routines on the videos at home with your children. Good luck and have fun!