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SHOULD KIDS DO YOGA?

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The Benefits of Kids Practicing Yoga:

Yoga can help eliminate most of the pressures and negative thoughts in your child’s life. Here are some of benefits of teaching your child yoga:

  • Reduce Stress – When children learn techniques for self-health, relaxation, and inner fulfillment, they can cope with life’s challenges a lot easier without causing themselves unnecessary stress and anxiety.
  • Improves Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence – Yoga improves a child’s self-esteem and self-confidence using a physical activity that is noncompetitive.
  • Cooperation and Care – Yoga encourages teamwork and compassion instead of conflict and hostility. This is a great gift to give our children.
  • Improves Overall Health – Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness.
  • Focus Yoga improves a child’s concentration
  • Reduces Your Child’s Restlessness Yoga helps children become calmer and in result they are able to relax
  • Keeps Kids Fit – It’s great exercise for kids
  • Helps Kids Find Themselves Kids learn to connect more deeply with their inner self, and they become able to develop an intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounds them.
  • Improves Their Creativity When yogis developed the asanas many thousands of years ago, they still lived close to the natural world and used animals and plants for inspiration. For example, they used the sting of a scorpion, the grace of a swan, the grounded stature of a tree for inspiration. When children mimic the movements and sounds of nature, they have a chance to get inside another being and imagine taking on its qualities. When they assume the pose of the lion (Simhasana) for example, they experience not only the power and behavior of the lion, but also their own sense of power: when to be aggressive, when to retreat. Not only does yoga build on one’s imagination, but also it teaches children not to act on impulse and to do what is right.
  • The Ability to Think Out of the Box Yoga encourages them to be open minded and to try new things in life
  • Improves Irritable Bowel Syndrome Science has also noted the positive effects yoga can have on children: Studies have found that yoga can improve symptoms in adolescents with Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Improves ADHD Science has also noted that yoga can help children with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).
  • Asthma – Yoga can help people who have asthma learn to breathe more easily
  • Multiple Sclerosis Yoga can help people who have multiple sclerosis
  • Lose Weight It is an effective way to help obese teens lose weight
  • Fatigue – Yoga can improve fatigue
  • Improve Grades Yoga can improve kids’ grades
  • Help Sleep Conditions Yoga can help kids fall asleep at night
  • Improves Communication Skills Yoga helps improve children’s communication skills by exchanging their own knowledge and experiences with others.

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Author: txnaturalpediatrics

By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives. In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.

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