Should children practice yoga? Yoga Teacher Training in India

Should children practice yoga? Yoga Teacher Training in India

Should children practice yoga? Yoga Teacher Training in India

Children really can learn everything, all you have to do is create a space for them to explore and experiment.

I have a question about yoga practiced by children – those in elementary age – 7-13 years old. Should children practice yoga? Once I came across information that children should absolutely not do yoga, which I do not understand a bit, because from PE classes I remember exercises that resemble some of the asanas.

I often see pictures of small children in schools on yoga classes online. I ask because for some time I have been thinking about my son, who is not quite able to deal with emotions, he is very sensitive. Intellectually, it is a few years ahead, and emotions cannot keep up.

I would like to help him calm down or at least deal with the tension when he is upset, which often happens for a reason. Can you offer me something that will help me in this? Maybe some positions, which I can smuggle somehow in passing, so as not to discourage him? He is 10 years old

A great topic! Personally, I haven’t run a group of kids yet, I have it planned for now! However, I conduct research on this subject (my child is growing quickly!), I have a lot of my own ideas (because sometimes I am a child myself). So I will share what I have learned and what I came up with.

 

Should children practice yoga?

yoga for children

Yoga for children?

YES!

Children really can learn everything, all you have to do is create a space for them to explore and experiment.

They can also learn to calm down and even meditate, despite their natural spontaneity and hyperactivity.

Especially very emotional children need help in learning how to control their unpleasant feelings (anger, anger, regret, sadness, fear, etc.).

By teaching a child yoga, we give him another opportunity to deal with his problems.

First of all, classes with children require a lot of spontaneity and ingenuity, it is supposed to be FUN.

There is no place for boredom, which does not exclude the possibility of focus.

It is enough to direct the thoughts of a young man – give him a tool with which he will be able to keep his attention for longer. When planning your asana session for children, there are a few useful tips to consider:

 

Use a story

When conducting classes for children, you must become a semi-Scheherazade.

The body tells the story told by the leader.

Each asana becomes an exercise for the imagination and a physical embodiment of the story.

This is great fun for the group and at the same time keeps the child’s attention on themselves.

Do not worry about the tradition and the stiff form of asana – Let the dog with its head down sometimes raise its leg to mark the area and pomerda with its tail or let it dig a hole with one paw!

Many asanas have animal names , so it’s not difficult to come up with an interesting story.

If you want to teach asana and you have no idea for it, rely on children. Show them asana first and ask them what they associate with, which reminds them, it does not have to be an animal. They will surprise you with their ingenuity, they will easily focus on the task and maybe they will start working together to find the best idea.

Should children practice yoga?

yoga for children

Engage the child’s senses

Vision, hearing, smell, touch, taste.

In different situations, especially in relaxation, ask children to focus on these senses.

Bring musical instruments (with calming and calm sounds, ringtones work very well) to engage the sense of hearing, suggest that children observe eyelids from the inside and, for example, name the color they see, let them try to feel the touch of the floor, the air around them.

Smaller children will need a real touch and differentiation of textures – give them a wooden block, soft mat, cotton strip and let them try to guess what object they are.

 

Refer to the imagination

This happens every time you create a story background for the asana name.

There are so many possibilities! Cobra, arch, bridge, tree, cat, plow, fish, lion, frog, butterfly, camel, crow.

You can dress the usual slope forward in the story of a small woodcutter who wants to chop wood as well as possible.

To do this, he must raise his ax as high as possible, take a lot of air and lower it with exhalation (for a more disciplined group you can risk: let the lumberjack shout ‘haa’ when leaving the ax)

yoga for children

Use the props

Use blocks, belts and other yoga equipment in an unconventional way.

  • For example, you can build an obstacle course. Ask the children to build a fortress of ‘silencing’ around them with blankets and yoga blocks. Determine that the fortress / castle is a flat of silence and you can only stay inside with your eyes closed. Go to a meeting of silence and listen to it for a few moments.
  • Pass it on: rolled strip or foam block. Put the children one by one or in a circle. Have the children bend forward several times (Paƛcimottanasana) and give them their chosen object. Do a few laps in a circle; in the ‘one by one’ setting, the last person with the prop goes to the beginning of the queue. By the way, children improve the ability to cooperate in a group.
  • Train. Children sit cross-legged one after the other. Let them close their eyes and imagine the places where the train takes them (think of some interesting places for children, e.g. an amusement park).
  • ENCOURAGE JOINT FUN! Encourage children to think of how they can ‘do’ an asana together. If they are younger they may need your help, suggest:
    – a tunnel with Paripurna Navasana – let the children sit with their faces to each other, grab each other’s hands and slowly connect their feet and lift them up. A tunnel will be created underneath, which the cobra will slide through!
    – dancing forest – children in the Vrksasana position (tree) imitate wind- torn trees. They try to maintain balance while tilting sideways and waving their hands. Then the wind calms down and the trees can take root firmly.

 

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