2 Dec, 2020
Children live in a hustle-bustle world consisting of school pressures, incessant projects, homework and extra-curricular activities. We usually don’t think of these influences as stressful for kids, but most often they are. The bustling pace can have adverse effects on their innate joy. Yoga helps children to help cope with stress and anxiety, builds physical strength, increases flexibility and body awareness and boosts concentration and memory of children. Kunjan Paul, an expert on Yoga, Pranayama and prenatal Yoga discusses the need for Yoga and it’s benefits for children.
Yoga can help children to cope with pressures. When children learn techniques for self-health, relaxation, and inner fulfilment, they can navigate life’s challenges with a little more ease.
Yoga enhances a child’s flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition, it helps with concentration and gives a sense of calmness and relaxation. While doing Yoga, children exercise, play and connect more deeply with their inner self, and develop an intimate relationship with the world that surrounds them. The physical movements introduce them to yoga’s innate symbolism of union, expression, and honour for self and one’s purpose in life.
Apart from increasing concentration, focus and memory power, children learn how to cope with increasing competition in the outer world, as they learn patience and dedication which helps them to keep a balance in life. During Yoga sessions, Paul gives children, dynamic postures named after animals tasked it more fun and interesting. She also makes them do deep breathing and alternate nostril breathing exercises.
Yoga aids children learn to be in the present moment while relaxing and gaining a peaceful state of mind, which ultimately improves their emotional regulation. Yoga also boosts children’s self-esteem. Perfecting a pose or improving their balance and flexibility can give young children a sense of personal empowerment.
Children always imitate their parents. So, parents should also take a keen interest in Yoga, so that children will automatically follow the path of Yoga from an early age.
Yoga can reduce challenging behaviours in the classroom by providing a physical outlet for children to express themselves. It also teaches children about discipline as they work on clearing their minds and perfecting their poses.