Children, more than adults are highly susceptible to falling prey to contagious diseases. A major factor that leads to an increase in the number of ailments afflicting school-going children in particular is stress; whether it is related to a child’s studies, peer-pressure or home. This and several other factors contribute in weakening a child’s immune system, which can lead to serious health issues.
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.
Yoga helps kids develop better body awareness, self-control, flexibility and coordination. They can carry these skills beyond class and into their daily routines.
Yoga has also been shown to help the hyperactive and attention-deficit child. These children crave movement and sensory/motor stimulus. Yoga helps channel these impulses in a positive way. Yoga poses that seem to work especially well are the warrior pose and tree pose. They help instill calm, confidence and balance. The trick is to get beyond just “doing” the posture.
Our kids’ yoga classes are quite different from the typical meditative adult yoga class; in our classes children are animated, noisy and free–spirited!
Adults often have to work at yoga, but kids play yoga!
While “playing” yoga, children move about the room, play breathing games, make noises, act out stories, and pretend to be animals. They hiss like snakes in the Cobra pose, bark like dogs in the Downward Facing Dog pose and learn to balance on one foot while standing tall like trees.