Friday, August 22, 2008

Child's Play

Recently, I have read quite a few articles relating to children practicing yoga. Yoga Journal has an extensive article explaining that the benefits we as adults enjoy can, through some modification, also be enjoyed by youth. In her article, Marsha Wenig gives us this advice:

"Children need to discover the world on their own. Telling them to think harder, do it better, or be a certain way because it's good for them is not the optimal way. Instead, provide a loving, responsive, creative environment for them to uncover their own truths. As they perform the various animal and nature asanas, engage their minds to deepen their awareness. When they're snakes (Bhujangasana), invite them to really imagine that they're just a long spine with no arms and legs. Could you still run or climb a tree? In Tree Pose (Vrksasana), ask them to imagine being a giant oak, with roots growing out of the bottoms of their feet. Could you stay in the same position for 100 years? If you were to be chopped down, would that be OK? Would it hurt? "

Anything that gets our kids moving and exercising is wonderful and “yoga may help counter stress created from living in a hurry-up world.” I encourage you to try it with the children in your life. For more information on children's yoga click here.


Anonymous said...

I do yoga with my two sons, one of whom is a bit hyperactive. I find that yoga is a great way for him to focus and relax, and greatly improves discipline and focus. I would definitely recommend yoga as a way to connect with your children in a safe, gentle way.

Anonymous said...

Hello. I do believe that yoga is useful spiritual tool. Just now I read another blog which mentions that yoga can't cure but can improve the quality of life. In that blog this statement has been established using neuro science and long term case studies. I can remember two of my friends died of cancer even after sincerely doing pranayama for more than 6 months. So I think, We must have some long term case studies to come to any conclusion. Most of the studies were done for max 1 year.