Yoga not only for adults
Tablets, smart phones, Internet, noise, buzz, rush. We are constantly exposed to various stimuli and information that affect us, we let it all in through our senses. This constant uncontrolled sensory overloading makes it difficult for us to ensure the stimuli proper selection and cutting off. While as adults we are aware of it and we can at least try to deal with it, in case of children the matter is even more difficult. One of the ideas to solve this type of problems can be yoga for children.
Even for 3-year-olds
Children from an early age imitate their parents. Already three-year-olds children can involve in a joint yoga practice with their parents. Those who have already tried, know that it is enough to spread your own mat and children cannot leave it. Thanks to the exercises, we not only actively and pleasantly spend time, but above all spend it together. Pre-school and early school age children have a very high need for movement. Unfortunately, as time passes, it decreases, but if kids get good habits through their parents' attitude or regular physical activity, it will certainly pay off in the future.
It strengthens the mind and body
A child has yoga in himself. Yoga for children should be first of all interesting and pleasant. Children practicing yoga maintain natural flexibility for their age, strengthen their muscles, improve concentration and make good use of their energy resources. Yoga will give them self-awareness, which allows them to know themselves. Playing asanas is a great way to get to know your body as well as becoming attentive. Yoga is beneficial for children of all ages, but it has been proved to have a particularly positive effect on children with special needs. Studies have shown that yoga is beneficial to children with autism and ADHD. The researchers talked to the teachers of one of the American primary schools, which introduced a daily yoga program and found out that the program significantly reduced the aggressive behaviour and hyperactivity in children, compared with the control group of children who did not practice yoga.
Yoga improves self-esteem
Practicing yoga can be a rare opportunity for a child to experience fun and focus without worrying about "doing something wrong". Yoga is an alternative for children who avoid physical activity or group activities due to fear of failure or being the last to be chosen. That is why discipline in yoga for children is not the most important thing. Yoga for children should be interesting and dynamic. It should be a spontaneous, joyful game through which children develop. It is important to encourage children to engage in activities that will help them maintain their overall physical skills, as well as develop their ability to concentrate.
Learning through play
Currently, some yoga schools have classes for children in their program. There is also a fairly wide offer of so-called Yoga holidays, a combination of yoga and physical development with holiday rest, which gives children even more freedom. Activities for children usually do not contain philosophical aspects of yoga. Toddlers are focused on playing and performing individual asanas, called in a way suitable for small children: the position of "dog with head down", "tree" or "lion". The kids first of all get acquainted with yoga positions and develop awareness of their own body. Exercises usually begin with a play involving senses and imagination, with the help of which the children attempt to communicate with their body. All you need to do is to provide them with an exercise space - a mat (such as a Marshmallow mat from JOY in me), and the yogic world will open up to them. What is important during the classes is that children learn the first work with breathing. The adventure with breathing allows them to integrate more with themselves. The respiratory system is compared to a balloon that grows with the breath and decreases with the exhalation. The belly becomes a balloon, the children become balloons which, after exhaling, fall down to the floor. This is a great introduction to conscious breathing. Instilling the child with basic respiratory principles may later turn out to be crucial in crisis situations, when crying will be able to calm down thanks to the habit of regulating the breath taken from yoga.
Exercising yoga from an early age avoids many postural disadvantages resulting from a sedentary lifestyle. Yoga is an excellent correction gymnastics, leads to the correct positioning of the pelvis and spine (the most common posture defects are associated with these areas) and strengthens the muscles of the whole body. Children who practice yoga longer have an upright figure and strong abdominal and back muscles. Yoga is also one of the few disciplines in which foot muscles work hard, has a very good effect on correcting such defects as flat feet or feet and knees valgus.
Regularity is the basis for success
Just like in all areas of life, regularity is also important when exercising yoga. Cyclical yoga classes (on a specific day of the week and regular hour) will allow a child to systematically practice exercises. It is important to emphasise that the results will be visible when the classes are going regularly. Gradation of difficulties strengthens persistence in overcoming physical and emotional barriers. Regular exercises help to get rid of stress and tension. Children learn not only physical effort, but also the art of effective relaxation.