What is yoga?
Yoga, in simple terms, is a mind-body practise that dates back more than 5,000 years to ancient India. However, yoga is not a part of any religion and can be practised by anyone. Yoga means union. It is a way of bringing together the body, the mind, and the breath.
In recent years, it has become a popular form of exercise and has spread all over the world. However, yoga is much more than just physical exercise because it also has the ability to calm the mind and emotions.
Why yoga for kids?
Today we are living in a very fast-paced and high tech world. Many times children go directly from school to various tuition classes. There is a high demand for children to do well in life and to succeed. When children are not in classes or school, they are often attached to some kind of electronic device. The modern pace of life leaves little time for the mind to be at ease and at peace. This may lead to a chronic state of stress in children. Research has shown that yoga has stress-relieving powers for children.
The practise of yoga poses (asanas), breathing exercises and meditation can improve academic performance and make students feel more at peace. Children learn to regulate their own emotions through the practice of yoga. Yoga poses help children to gain more flexibility, balance, and focus. Breathing exercises help to regulate the breathing and calm the mind and the body.
When children practise yoga, various benefits can be observed. Yoga enhances their physical flexibility, helps with balance and coordination, develops concentration and focus, and strengthens the mind-body connection. All of these things enhance the overall well being of a child.