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Wondering about yoga for kids and when they can be introduced to it? We have compiled a list of 10 easy asanas your kids can begin with.
Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
We inherited the world from our forefathers as a legacy, to be handed over to our kids in future. For them to be able to accept this responsibilty, it is of utmost importance to be healthy and fit. But in this rat race, where every child is under this constant pressure to excel not only academically but also in co-curriculars; how do even save energy towards staying fit and healthy?
By the time they finish school, tutions, activity classes and sports; barely any interest and energy is left for ensuring physical and mental wellness. What adds to the gravity of the situation is the ready supply of junk food, and adultered food & fruits. In such a scenario, it becomes extremely essential to devise some way out which shall, in addition to driving some energy and fun in their monotonous routines, also help them stay fit.
Fortunate are those children whose parents sow the seeds of yoga early in them, for these would bear fruits for years to come.
Yoga for kids is a boon in all aspects. It improves flexibility, concentration and strength in them. Proper and regular excercising helps flush out the toxins in them, boosting their immune system against all sorts of infections and diseases. Amidst all forms of stress, it shall be a platform to attain peace and physical and mental well being.
Most importantly, yoga for kids can be used as a medium to foster body awareness in them and making them learn how to use their bodies in a healthy way. Apart from strengthening and energising, it shall also help to turn them away from their insane addiction towards TV, video games and other harmful electronic devices.
Owing to its multiple benefits, this habit of yoga must be inculcated in kids either as a part of classroom activity in school or weekend clubs or child-parent sessions.
Nowadays, children as young as six weeks can be introduced to ‘baby yoga’ where they learn to develop bonding with their parents. However, it is widely considered that 6-7 years of age is apt to introduce this magical science to them.
Here is a list of asanas of yoga for kids along with their videos, that must be promoted amongst them for their all round development-
This asana is considered helpful for improved blood flow and reoxygenating the body.
Learning this asana is necessary for improving flexibility of the sides of the body.
This asana is designed for deep breathing and enhnacing concentration and tightening of muscles.
One of the most sought after asanas, this one is particularly useful for posture, body balancing and increasing height among kids.
This is greatly effective for stretching of hips, ankles and regulates periods amongs girls.
It is designed for helping generating energy and strengthening back and abdomen.
Bhujangasana is meant for relieving discomfort of neck and alleviating stress and depression.
One of the most important asanas, this one is for learning to sit straight and meditating.
Effective in building confidence, calm and balance among children.
By far the most effortless and fast result giving asanas is Pranayam. It is important for learning correct breathing techniques and energising the body and the soul.
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