Yoga is actually a Sanskrit root ‘Yuj’, meaning ‘to join’ or ‘to yoke’ or ‘to unite’.
The practice of yoga is starting to become popular in school because we are starting to realize both the physical and psychological benefits.
In honour of International Yoga Day (June 21, 2019) the following is a list of ways in which practicing yoga will benefit our kids:
Yoga helps children to practice patience with themselves and with others
Todays world is incredibly stressful for children. We don’t often think that children can be stressed out or anxious or even depressed but if we take a close look at the fact that they are growing up in a crazy fast-paced world where they need to learn to be kind…to be patience with themselves and others.
There are certain types of yoga that are restorative and relaxing and that will teach children to be present and patient. When children learn to care for themselves, learn to be patient with themselves this will be projected onto others. It’s like a smile or a laugh, it is contagious.
Yoga will calm a child’s mind and body
When things don’t go as a child plans they will sometimes have difficulties expressing feelings or understanding how to deal with those situations.
Yoga helps the child to learn techniques that will help them to calm themselves in situations they can’t control and they will learn how to react in different situations in a calm and positive manner rather than throwing a tantrum. Yoga will help the child “chill out”, calm down and then focus.
Strength and flexibility
Yoga will not only help the child with posture and balance but will challenge groups of muscles that will make them stronger.
Yoga enhances their flexibility, strength, and coordination and is therefore an incredible physical activity!
Focus and concentration
Children have so much going on in their lives with school work, with sports, some with part-time jobs and then we add in the overuse of technology and children.
Yoga teaches children poses and ways of using breathe that will help them to clear their minds of all those thoughts that don’t serve them in a positive way. By removing the things, from their minds, that are not necessary, not positive children are better able to focus and concentrate on what is important such as school work or other activity where they are improving their skills.
Yoga can help improve a child’s self-esteem and confidence
Yoga is about learning to take care of your body and mind, in a non-competitive and relaxing environment. Yoga will, with time, teach a child to be comfortable with who they are and develop a new appreciation for their bodies. Learning that with patience and perseverance they can accomplish any goal they are working towards, but understanding that to reach that goal it takes hard work. It provides a place for children to be focused and challenge themselves without worrying about doing it wrong.
So go ahead and start practicing yoga with your kids and why not start on International Yoga Day or World Yoga Day which is celebrated every year on June 21. And also this Year the World Yoga Day 2019 will be celebrated on 21 June 2019 across the world. There is no public holiday on this day. It is a day for people to create awareness about Yoga throughout the world. Check out events in your city and have fun!
The main objective of International Yoga Day (Yoga Diwas) is to raise awareness about Yoga and to make people aware of the benefits achieved through yoga. International Yoga Day in India is celebrated by the Ministry of “AYUSH”.