Yoga is becoming an increasingly popular way to improve physical and mental health in children, and best of all, can be fun and build many important skills, such as attention and concentration body.
The “Academic Pediatrics” journal cites studies that have shown benefits in children with autism, ADHD, mental retardation and eating disorders, although more research is needed to improve the methodology. Children can practice yoga postures in class made just for kids, at home with mom and dad and even at school.
It is important to follow any special precautions for children and of course consult a pediatrician if your child has special needs or medical problems.
In general, because children have more mobility in your joints and muscles than adults, it is best to encourage holding postures for a minute or less. Breathing exercises can be very beneficial for children, but children need supervision and specific training, as they may be more prone to exaggerate.
Children with low muscle tone are susceptible to neck injuries due to instability in the spine, so you should avoid postures involving extreme bending or stretching the neck. With all children, it is important to ensure that the child is in alignment and the arms / legs are not hyper-extended. It is best to keep a slight bend in the elbows and knees and keep your hands in an open position. Yoga is a form of exercise; therefore it is important to drink plenty of fluids and avoid running positions on a full stomach.
Yoga poses for kids: Animal
Children love pretending to be animals and often do not realize they are exercising. In Butterfly Pose, the child gets tight feet and knees bent. A fun game is called “Knock-Out Butterfly”, where children take turns rolling a ball on other children in the butterfly position. Children should keep the butterfly represent at all costs to avoid being hit by the ball. The child can then move in Cat Pose on a four-legged position and pretending to be a (arching your back and bend your head down while whistling) and a “cat Nice” (lifting the head up and meowing and purring “Cat Mean”).
Other animals common posture is facing downwards Dog Pose, where the child raises the rear or “tail” to heaven, pushing hands on the floor or carpet and try to bring your heels to the floor with your legs straight.
Yoga poses for kids: Nature
Children benefit from images provided by the yoga poses imitating the natural world. They can be a strong high mountain, standing with feet hip width with a slight bend in the knees, bent pelvis, chest lifted, arms to the side, dropped shoulders and head facing forward. To turn a mountain into a volcano, the child can get their hands on your heart, and, bending the legs to prepare, jump both legs out and press your hands into the sky to explode like a volcano.
Tree Pose is a valuable pose to improve balance and concentration. To become a tree, the child should start by changing the balance of one leg, and then begin to slowly raise one foot off the ground to rest against the other leg, placing it above or below the knee. The child can keep your hands (subsidiaries) in your heart or gradually extend them to the sky, keeping his eyes focused in front for balance.