Children these days have to juggle so many things, long days at school, homework, extra-curricular activities, super stimulating media and environments, maybe even peer pressure and all sorts of things that might be going on at home. Yoga is a great way to help children develop skills of self regulation, manage overwhelming situations, and infuse energy and confidence into their personalities.
Benefits of Yoga for Kids
Develops awareness of body, mind, and breath
Builds attention span and concentration power
Supports imagination and creativity
Relieves mental and physical fatigue
Boosts energy levels and provides deep relaxation
Fosters a positive self-image and increases confidence
Increases lung capacity
Exercises, strengthens, and lengthens different muscles in the body
Encourages healthy food habits.
“Every child has creativity in them and this finds an expression when they practice yoga and meditation.” —Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Yoga Poses for Kids
School-age kids benefit enormously from the supportive, non-competitive environment of a yoga class. And if they wish to continue a yoga practice at home, here are a few postures that might be good for them to add to their practice..
Tones the arms and legs.
Helps strengthen the back, thereby increasing height.
Increases concentration, power, and focus, certainly a great help with homework.
Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand pose)
Nourishes the brain by increasing blood flow to it.
Strengthens the arms and legs.
Keeps the spine flexible
Tones the arms and leg muscles.
Helps improve balance in the body.
Surya Namaskar 12 Postures (Sun Salutation)
Relaxes the nervous system.
Strengthens the back muscles
The overall well-being that comes from doing Surya Namaskar cannot be underestimated.
Strengthens the arm and leg muscles
Makes the back strong and flexible
Helps relieve stress and fatigue
Rejuvenates the body
Releases stress and fatigue
Calms the mind, improving concentration
Stimulates blood circulation, energizing the body