Yoga For Children
By Madhu Lodha
Instructor, Cabrillo Community College ECE Department
Thousands of years ago, people in India invented ways to exercise based on the movement of insects, animals and birds. They also thought that if human beings could imitate the shapes of bridges, wheels and trees and at the same time learn to relax, their muscles and mind like animals do, they could become healthy, strong, balanced and aware. Yogic exercises lead to the union of the mind, and body to create harmony and balance. At a deeper level, yoga focuses on building self-esteem, based on what lies within you. A well-rounded yoga practice involves forward bends, backbends, inversions, side bends, twists, hip openers, shoulder openers, supine poses and relaxation.
Why Yoga: (Benefits of Yoga)
- Physical well being including toning of muscles and organs, flexibility, strength and blood circulation.
- Sensorial awareness
- Stress reduction including calming down and nurturing the mind
- Breathing awareness and deep relaxation for energy renewal
- Literacy growth in the areas of dramatizing of postures, vocabulary enhancement, learning of body parts, sequencing of movements to attain a particular posture, listening and following directions
- Brain development and neuron growth in learning movement sequences
A few Considerations:
- Do not exercise just after eating a meal. Your body needs an hour to digest the food
- If you have a yoga mat, exercise on it, otherwise use a folded blanket
- It is best to be bare feet
- Light clothing helps you to move easily