Kids Need Yoga as Much as We Do
Yoga for children can help counter the stress experienced by little ones living in a hurry-up world. Learn the benefits of teaching yoga to kids.
Our children live in a hurry-up world of busy parents, school pressures, incessant lessons, video games, malls, and competitive sports. We usually don’t think of these influences as stressful for our kids, but often they are. The bustling pace of our children’s lives can have a profound effect on their innate joy - and usually not for the better.
It is very important that early in life, a child gets exposed to the right things, things that work from within because arrangements we make in the world around us can only be managed to a certain extent. As long as your well being is subject to and enslaved to the external situation, your being well is going to be accidental because nobody has 100% control over the outside situations.
Children derive enormous benefits from yoga. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition, their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improve. Doing yoga, children exercise, play, connect more deeply with the inner self, and develop an intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounds them. Yoga brings that marvelous inner light that all children have to the surface.
When they start seeing the benefits of these, when they see that this can set them apart in a group of people in terms of capability, they will naturally pursue higher forms of yoga. As they grow up, their yoga should also grow.
Yoga Netri is coming up with Yoga for kids workshops in Austin in december.
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