How yoga can help to develop life skills in kids

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Yoga is a great way to holistically build one’s body, mind and soul…and it’s no different for kids. In this article, Divya Nichani tells us all about the benefits of Yoga for kids during their early years and right through their growing stages and more!

Yoga for young bodies and young minds – it’s a thing and you all better believe it! Yoga can be such a boon right from the conception stage to, straight up to their growing up years. The benefits are several – Yoga at a young age for kids helps them to develop a range of life skills through movement, breath understanding, music, chanting, reading and more.

Benefits through the early years

With a supportive and encouraging environment kids learn many different emotions through their bodies. This is not all, through Yoga they also are able to increase the flexibility of their minds which in turn helps them to adapt to different situations and challenges that come their way.

As a mom and an Iyengar yoga teacher myself I guide my little yogis to be honest, free thinking, respectful and sensitive in a completely non-competitive environment – and you can do the same too! – says Divya Nichani

Along with physical postures and breathing techniques they also gain the confidence to communicate, express and address not just theirs but everyone’s feelings around them as well.

Benefits through the growing stages

As your kids start growing up, they begin to face added pressure not just in studies but all also in their extra-curricular activities like sports, debates, learning new languages, musical instruments, theatre etc.

With the correct Yoga techniques, they can learn to focus concentrate and relax without any added pressure from the outside world. By practicing yoga, kids learn to respect time, learn teamwork and they also start to think differently – in a more dynamic manner.

And the good things don’t just stop there. Practicing Yoga also allows them to explore, get more creative, learn time management and make appropriate decisions.

To being practice, you don’t have to necessarily find the perfect class. Yoga for kids can start right at home! You can begin with the basics of Yoga with more than 10 simple Asana’s that your kids can do. They are easy, they are not time consuming and they are very enjoyable. Try doing these with your kids initially as it’s a great way to get them interested (and you’ll get to squeeze in some special bonding time as well).

You can also introduce a simple breathing exercise to your kid’s routine which is easy and requires only 30 seconds! After the Asana session in Pranayama, simply ask your kids to imagine ‘breathing in’ like they were smelling a flower, and ‘breathing out’ like blowing on a bowl of hot soup or a fallen feather on the floor. Breathe in for four seconds. Breathe out for six seconds. Repeat three times and you’re done!

As a mom and an Iyengar yoga teacher myself I guide my little yogis to be honest, free thinking, respectful and sensitive in a completely non-competitive environment – and you can do the same too!, Once you start, you’ll realise that doing Yoga has not only improved their ability to focus but has also developed their mind and bodies in a beautiful way. In just a few classes you’ll see how accurately they are able to name and connect the emotions and express how they feel.

At the end of the day, it’s a wonderful feeling to see your kids evolve into responsible yogis of this beautiful world. So, now is the time to embark upon this lovely journey together!

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