The benefits of yoga for children are so great that we do not realize how much our children are missing by not practicing yoga. Yoga for children increases their confidence and self-esteem, so that children who practice yoga are on the right track to becoming responsible and happy adults.
Discover how your child can learn yoga with some simple poses that will entertain him and encourage him to continue on the path of yoga:
1. Salute to the Sun
They are a series of postures that serve as a warm-up for a yoga session. Helps to keep fit, stretch the whole body and can be a lot of fun (especially when done at high speed), the sun salutation for children is a good, enjoyable and fun way to introduce them to yoga. Do you know that in India, the cradle of yoga, they organize contests of how many series of sun salutations children can do at one time? Yes, children love to play!
2. Posture on the shoulders (the candle)
A posture of confidence and balance, most likely your child already practiced it before playing without knowing that it was part of yoga. Of course, the child should be accompanied by an adult to work this exercise and thus avoid falls or pain. A posture with great physical and mental benefits, among others helping to improve the mood, provides confidence and strength, rest the feet and legs favoring blood circulation and is also very fun.
3. Back flexion or pincer
This posture greatly helps reduce digestive disorders by promoting digestion. In addition to helping to stretch all the posterior muscles of the body. Highly recommended for children to gain flexibility, strength and confidence.
4. The Wheel
It serves to complement the previous posture, children love to do this exercise, strengthening their legs and arms, opening and releasing the heart, expanding the thorax, increasing lung capacity and they can also play with each other by passing under each other.
5. The relaxation posture
This posture should be practiced by all, children and adults. It is a good way to end a yoga class, to calm the body and mind, and you can also take advantage of that moment to pay attention to breathing, become aware of movement and the importance of breathing in the body. Let the imagination and creativity of the little ones flow.
Other important and well-known postures are the tree, the triangle, the twists, the fish, the warrior and many more that we will learn about in future articles.
Something that should accompany the practice of yoga for children is a balanced and nutritious diet where fruits and vegetables play an important role so that from a young age they learn healthy lifestyle habits.
You can also encourage your child to practice yoga if you two do the exercises together at home , it is a good way to share free time together, get to know each other better, increase trust between you, have a fun time and instill taste and the fondness for yoga.
So get to work and have a fun time with your children, playing yoga.