Yoga is an ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation. Yoga has a lot of benefits it helps in flexibility, breathing, staying calm, and much more. Looking at the benefits this Indian practice has people all across the world have started practicing yoga. Experts recommend that yoga should be introduced to young children as well. The benefit of this is they will start building on their immunity and health and also stay calm and centred right from the very beginning.
Getting children to practice yoga may seem like a task as they have a lot of energy and a short attention span. In this blog let’s look at how one can make yoga fun for kids:
1.Exercise with your children: children follow what they see rather than what you tell them to do. So if you want to inculcate the habit of practice yoga in your children, then you should be doing the same. In fact, practice with them.
2. Make the practice fun: yoga involves a lot of holding of postures, breathing, etc. it is slow, and getting children to focus for long can be a challenge, so make it fun. Mix stretching and breathing and alternate so that it doesn’t become monotonous and boring for them. Also associate poses with objects like peacock/ tree pose or snake pose so that they can relate to what they are doing and enjoy it.
3. Children’s yoga class: there are special yoga classes for children these days. It is basically advisable to send them to a yoga class so that they learn the basics and practicing yoga in a group involves a different energy. However, pick a class that is fun. Let your child attend a demo class and only if they think they would like to go for it, send them. Forcing a child to do any activity never works.
4. Talk to your children: it is important to talk to your children about the importance of yoga and its benefits. Yoga helps children enhance their concentration, improve their memory, and boost their self-esteem too.
5. Leave your phones aside: it is important to leave your phones aside not just while practicing yoga but in general while interacting with your child. The moment you give your phone attention, they too are attracted to it and will want to spend time on the screen. Try your best to disconnect and respect your children while talking to them or spending time with them.
6. Yoga helps children connect with their body: doing the breathing asanas helps children connect with their breath, connecting in with the self, and eventually helping them connect with others. There are many benefits that occur from taking time to mindfully connect in with the special parent-child relationship.
7. Help calm children down: yoga is a slow transitional practice and it is all about holding each pose for a few minutes. When a child does yoga practices daily it helps channelize their energy and it tends to calm down.
Yoga has a whole range of benefits for both children and adults. However, children need variation and the best thing to do is to make it fun for them. Do partner poses with them, play music to help them concentrate, or anything else that works for them. We ask you to only remember one thing – whatever you do, do it with utmost safety and if you think you are not confident about it, send them to a fun professional yoga class instead.