The Thing Called ‘Yoga For Kids’
Our world revolves around our little angels. With our hectic schedules to match, we don’t get enough time to be with our kids these days. We often regret not spending quality time with them. Today we have found out a way where we can bid good bye to our deep rooted regret. There is something both the parents and the children can do together, in the comfort of their own home. Every day in the morning, with the sun rising up, you can both indulge in some yoga and meditation. It will be fun and will have many benefits as well. And yes, there is a thing called Yoga for kids.
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The yoga techniques in India are more than 5000 years old. Our Vedas lists the poses of yoga which lead to better health and also uplifts an individual spiritually. Solving the behavioral issues of children and keeping them away from sickness can be the most vital benefits you can reap from the regular practice of ‘Yoga for Kids’.
There are a few poses which you can very easily do with your children. Once they will master the art, it will channelize their energy and will make them more aware. They will feel fresh, cry less and will be more calm and composed. Their growth will increase leaps and bounds and they will develop their intelligence to a level of excellence. So, gear up, all you need are two yoga mats and you are good to go.
The Salutaion Seal or the Anjali Mudra is one of the easiest of asanas where you along with your child can sit side by side. Cross your legs, inhale and bring your palms together to a pose of namaste. Bow your head just a little bit and keep breathing deeply. Sit in this aasan for 5 minutes daily. It will reduce your stress and make your child calm. “Yoga for kids” makes a child’s energy system stronger and boosts their immunity as well. What more can you ask for.
The Happy Baby Pose
This aasan is very well adopted by the kids and they enjoy doing a pose which is very similar to their regular lying down positions. Along with kids, the mamas can also relieve their back pain from this aasan. It will reduce their stress and will increase the blood flow to the gluets i.e the muscles on the hips. For Happy BabyPose or the Ananda balasana, you have to lie on your back and with an exhale bend your knees into your belly. Then, inhale and grip the outside of your feet with your hands. Open your knees a little bit and bring them towards your torso. Always remember to keep your shin perpendicular to the floor. Create resistance by pushing inwards with the hands and outwards with the feet. Yoga for kids and with kids will not only help you manage your stress, it will help you relieve your pain as well.
The cobra Pose or the Bhujangasana, is also the a really easy aasana to practice with your kids. For Bhujangasana, lie on the floor with your back facing upwards. Place your hands under the shoulders on the floor. Then with an inhale, start to straighten your hands. Your upper body will lift and you will be in a cobra pose. Hold the pose for 20 to 30 seconds and let go slowly. Please make sure that your legs, thighs and pelvis is touching the floor firmly. This pose strengthens the spine, stimulates abdominal organs, opens the heart and the lungs and increases the body heat which cures the health ailments.
Bow Pose is popularly known as Dhanuraasana. While doing the pose, ones body looks like an archer’s bow. For this pose you can lie on your stomach and place your hands alongside your torso, palms up. Exhale and bend your knees, bringing your heels as close as you can to your hips. Reach back with your palms and take hold of your ankles . Keep the knees at the same width as the buttocks.
Inhale and lift your heels away from your buttocks and, at the same time, lift your thighs upwards from the floor. This will have the effect of pulling your upper torso and head off the floor. Keep the back soft and open your heart. Hold the pose for 30 seconds and release slowly. Dhanuraasana will relieve constipation, back ache and other aliments of the abdomen. It will give your kids a better digestive system and will help in their growth.
We are sure your kids will love doing this. Lion pose also called as Simhasana, is one of the easiest of aasanas. Kneel on the floor and cross the front of the right ankle over the back of the left. The feet will point to the sides outwards. Sit back so the perineum touches down onto the on the top (right) heel.Press the palms onto the knees and widen your fingers like that of a stretched claw of a lion. Inhale deeply, open your mouth and stretch out your tongue. Contract the muscles of your neck, curl your tongue towards the chin and widen your eyes. Exhale while making the “haaaa” sound. The affect will have your kids enjoy this pose.
“Yoga for kids” is not just about making them do asanas or poses. You can spend some quality time, the child can have fun while doing the poses and there will be numerous added benefits which you will in a child’s physical and mental health if he practices the poses regularly. Yoga for kids is a trend in pre schools and is catching up as a main stream health practice in schools as well.
So, what are you waiting for, order the yoga mats and get started. Don’t forget to share your experiences.
Penned by:Kriti Sharma
Disclaimer: This is a personal blog that chronicles my own experiences. Readers must take proper medical advice before trying anything at home. You can always learn from a Professional Yoga Practitioner.