Level 2 certified yoga teacher at Swasti Yoga Center
My short story - It seemed difficult for me to introduce my 1year old kid to yoga. I love doing yoga and I wanted to introduce my kid to the culture of YOG. Initially, I found it difficult because I was trying to teach her yoga Asanas but then I realized that we can't force them to do anything. Then I started doing some of the yoga postures in front of her. I started to bring her into my yoga class. And to my surprise, she herself started doing some of her favourite asanas. Kids do what they see as they always observe elders. So as a parent we need not force them for anything instead we should do things in front of them what we like them to do
Kids these days are busy with electronic gadgets. In fact, we are so busy in our lives that we barely notice the growth and development of our kids. There are very less outdoor activities for them to play because they are busy with their electronic gadgets and televisions. Also with wrong food habits, kids are suffering from different diseases in such a small age.
Yoga should begin at an early age. Yoga helps kids to relax, relieve stress and anxiety, sleep better, improve emotional regulation, increase empathy and improve mood, Increase in their concentration and helps them to cope up with difficult situations in their life.
Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition, their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improve. Yoga brings that marvellous inner light that all children require.
Practising yoga with kids also teaches them how to be more mindful, which happens to be just one of the many ways in which we can teach mindfulness to kids.