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Why Yoga and Kids Go Together

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What Exactly is Yoga?

Yoga has been around for thousands of years. Yoga is a practice that started in India, and is now very popular in the United States and around the world. It has gained a lot of attention lately — maybe because it is a fun and easy way for both adults and kids to feel healthy and happy.

The word “yoga” means “union” in Sanskrit, the ancient language of India. Quite simply, yoga is the “union” or coming together of mind (thoughts and feelings) and physical body. Many people feel an overall sense of well-being when they practice yoga.

There are many aspects to yoga. In short, yoga is a system of physical exercises or postures (called asanas). These asanas build strength, flexibility and confidence. Yoga is also about breathing (called pranayama), which helps calm and refresh the body and mind. We are going to focus on these basic two aspects of yoga, but there are many other parts to practicing yoga. For more information about yoga and young children, visit Next Generation Yoga.

Yoga for Kids

Yoga is about exploring and learning in a fun, safe and playful way. Yoga and kids are a perfect match. Here is what children (and adults!) can learn from yoga:

  • Yoga teaches us about our bodies.
    When we practice the physical postures or exercises (called asanas), we learn how to move more freely and with greater ease and awareness. These postures help our bodies become strong and flexible.
  • Yoga teaches us how to breathe better.
    When we breathe deeply and fully (called pranayama) and become more aware, we can bring peacefulness or energy to our bodies.
  • Yoga teaches us how to use our energy more effectively.
    When we practice yoga, we learn how to use the life force energy in our bodies (called prana) to feel more relaxed, focused, or motivated.
  • Yoga teaches us how to quiet the mind.
    When we practice yoga, we learn how to be still. This helps us to listen with attention and make good decisions.
  • Yoga teaches us about balance.
    When we practice yoga, we learn to be more aware about the need for balance in our lives. This could mean equal stretching on the left and right sides of our bodies or making sure we balance our very busy time with equal quiet time and relaxation.
  • Yoga teaches us to be the “boss” of our bodies.
    Yoga teaches us to listen to our bodies by modifying or changing poses that are too hard or cause pain. (We will talk about how to modify poses in a later section.)
  • Yoga teaches us about taking care of ourselves.
    Yoga is a great way to move our bodies and feel healthy. And teaching children how to take care of themselves is one way to show love. As with all forms of exercise, a good yoga practice can mean a good night’s sleep!

The beauty of yoga is that children can practice alone, with a friend or with a group. Many schools are now teaching yoga to young children, and there are many choices of after-school or weekend classes for kids and their families. Everyone can enjoy yoga – from tots to great-grandparents!

Professional organizations that focus on children also support the idea behind yoga. For example, The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and The National Association of the Education for Young Children (NAEYC) recommend that children should participate in activities that support the development of the whole child. This is exactly what yoga is about!

  • http://www.blurbpoint.com/link-building-services.php Link Building Services

    These days we have heard many time about the yoga. People drive at yoga the more in this modern age. Yoga be helpful for mental peace and for physical fitness. Now a days many of the celebrities do yoga for maintaining the figure and body. And for children yoga be helpful for the well growth from the child age. And from the past civilisation , we can get this effective gift of yoga so we have to be thankful to them.

  • http://www.veronicawolkow.com/ Veronica Wolkow

    I teach a Family Yoga class each Sunday morning at Yogaworks South Bay (El Segundo, California). It’s one hour of absolute fun for the children, parents and caregivers who attend. We make animal poses and animal sounds taking trips to the barnyard and the zoo without ever leaving our mats. Pure joy.

  • Carlos Ale Silva

    Namasté for all this info! The text is great and I was wondering if you have this info about Yoga for kids in Spanish. Thanks!

    • shakta

      I have an article about yoga for children in Spanish on my site, http://www.childrensyoga.com. It is here: http://childrensyoga.com/media-gallery/ Our training program is in Spanish as well as English and many of the materials for children’s yoga are in Spanish too.

      • Carlos Ale Silva

        Thank you for sharing! I’ve found some schools in South America (where I’m at) are officially incorporating Yoga in their curriculum, so all this information is very interesting! Namasté!

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