Summary: This blog focuses on informing its readers about the importance of yoga and how certain postures can help in physical and mental growth of children.
Yoga is for everyone. And, by ‘everyone’, we mean it is an art form which has resources and space that caters to every human being; whether a man or a woman, fat or thin, meek or strong. Similarly, Yoga is not just for adults; yoga is for the little ones too.
We usually live our lives focusing on how to deal with issues, stress (mental and physical), lethargy that we counter in our daily life as an adult. However, a child’s mental and physical well being demands just as much attention and detail, probably even more than an adult’s. They need external aid that can help them develop better on both, physical and mental level. Kids have their own set of pressure and strain to deal with. This persistent pressure and strain affects them and hinders their growth process. In such a scenario, yoga comes as the perfect companion and guiding light for them.
Yoga provides a massive catalogue of exercises that are highly beneficial in promoting excellent overall development of children. Let us discuss six most important yoga poses ideal for kids daily yoga practice:
Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog)
This is an ideal yoga posture for children suffering from flu like symptoms. The practice of this yoga asana helps relieve congestion in the chest and strengthens the immune system. It opens respiratory tracts and eliminates nasal blockage as well.
Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation)
Regular practice of Surya Namaskar has magical benefits on physical and mental well being of children. It relaxes their nervous system. Additionally, it helps build confidence, focus, and concentration in them. This helps them overcome various issues like anxiety, restlessness, stage fright, etc. The practice of Sun Salutation series also helps increase flexibility and balance in the body of kids. It also develops flow and fluidity along with building overall strength in the body. It is ideal for kids interested in performing gymnastics. It has been known to improve memory as well.
Virabhadrasana (Warrior Pose)
This is an excellent yoga asana for kids dedicated to sports, dancing, acrobats, etc. The pose helps build strength, stamina, and endurance in a kid’s body. It also improves body’s balance along with providing definition and tone to their arms and leg muscles.
Vrikshasana (Tree Pose)
An amazing yoga asana for increasing height in kids. Vrikshasana or the Tree pose strengthens the back, arms, and legs of the kids. This helps them actively participate in various activities as well. It also enhances concentration, power and focus – helps them study better. It is a proven yoga posture for enhancing as well as restoring the mind-body balance in a child’s body.
Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand pose)
Sarvangasana is an excellent yoga exercise for improving the flexibility of spine through which children can explore a wider range of activities like acrobatics, gymnastics, martial arts, etc. It increases blow flow and oxygen flow in the entire body and helps them study for longer hours while staying mentally and physically active.
Shavasana (Corpse Pose)
Shavasana or the corpse pose is an ideal yoga asana that is performed at the end of each yoga session for restorative purposes. It instantly rejuvenates the body and releases any pending stress or fatigue. It calms the mind and improves concentration. It effectively energizes the body and stimulates blood flow in the entire system.
With regular practice of these yoga asanas, kids shall witness the wonderful transformation in their body. They would feel mentally uplifted, revived and progressive in life. Hence, it is strongly advisable to keep them dedicatedly hooked to their yoga practice for their overall mental and physical development.