Yoga Poses for Kids.
Learning about Yoga early on in one’s life and developing a practice of doing it regularly - without fail - is a wonderful habit for young children and for adults, too. It gets kids and adults moving and engaged in a fun physical activity, and it also helps them in feeling more and more focused, calm and less stressed. It also evolves the spiritual aspect of their mind.
In Yoga, Asana refers both to the place in which a practitioner sits and the posture in which he or she sits. Asanas are performed as physical exercise where they are sometimes referred to as "yoga postures" or "yoga poses". Asanas promote good health, although in different ways compared to physical exercises, "placing the physical body in positions that cultivate also awareness, relaxation and concentration".
Institutes for Kids Yoga in Ahmedabad include Soham Yog Mission, Cub’s Den, etc… There are a lot of asanas in Yoga. A few different yoga poses for kids are –
1.Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana): "Any inversion that reverses the blood flow is beneficial for re-oxygenating the body. This is important for full-body circulation and energy levels."
To accomplish this position, have your child lie on her back and bend both knees so that her feet are flat on the ground. Have her bring her heels as close to her bottom as she comfortably can and then lift her hips high to the sky. Most kids have a very flexible spine, so they can press their hips up very high. This pose is also great for leg strength, ankle stability and energy.
2.Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana): "This pose is not only great for oxygenating the body (again due to reverse blood flow), but it becomes a resting pose for stability. It also serves as a "home base" for yoga. When positioned properly - with heels reaching for the ground, shoulders relaxed and elbows spiralling outward while pressing through all fingers and through the palms - this is a strengthening stability pose. The yogi is fully grounded through both hands and feet. The more effort put into the physical position, the more the mind is free from wandering."
3.Crescent moon (Ardha Chandrasana): "Most injuries are caused by overextending the body because the side of the body is typically very tight." Your child should extend her arms into the air and stretch her fingertips off to both sides, which will cause her to balance the weight of the torso while at the same time strengthening obliques and adding the necessary flexibility.
"The most important reminder to give is to remember to breathe while doing this pose to allow the full stretch to occur”.
4.Tree (Vrkasana): "This is a pose to quiet the mind and work on balance. Holding the tree takes concentration and tightening of the core. Stability comes from within the bandhas. Most children find difficulty quieting the mind and drawing focus within. This is the perfect pose to quieten the mind, pull everything in and hold the tree while breathing in and out through the nose."
Standing steady on two feet, have your child press one foot firmly into the mat while lifting the opposite heel. When she feels stable in this position, she can turn out the knee with the heel lifted and bring the heel to the inner ankle.
5.Mountain (Tadasana): "This is excellent for posture, peace, lengthening and strengthening. It is so simple yet so powerful.”
"Have your child plant her feet strongly into the ground, reach through the tip-top crown of their head and relax their shoulders. This will bring the maximum length and strength. Equal weight in both feet is very important in this pose."
To learn more about the different kinds of Yoga Poses For Children, you can go through Sarah Bregel’s Blog about Yoga For Children.