Yoga for children


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Children nowadays live in a busy world of

school pressures, video games and

competitive sport.  This bustling pace can

sometimes have a bad effect on our

children; however, yoga can help

counteract these pressures.  Yoga practice is beneficial to kids in many ways; it teaches children techniques for

focus and concentration and can boost self-esteem and confidence.  Physically it

enhances flexibility, strength, co-ordination and balance.

Yoga can be made fun, and can be used to stretch their imagination.  They can stretch

like a dog, balance like a flamingo, breathe like a bunny, or stand strong and tall like

a tree.  As they perform the various animal and nature asanas this will not only

engage their minds but also help their growing bodies become stronger and more

Also when we practice yoga we learn how to be still.  This can help children with their

concentration and listening skills.  The deep relaxation techniques used in classes

cultivate a peaceful, relaxed state of body and mind.  Even if only for a few minutes,

this can help children understand the importance of this peace and carry it with them

Children can practice yoga anywhere and the breathing, concentration and poses can

help them in everyday situations.  Plus yoga is portable and no special clothing or

equipment is required.  But the most important thing is that for kids, yoga is fun!

Author: Jojoba

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