Chil­dren do­ing yoga? It’s not such a stretch

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RE­LAX­ATION skills and mind­ful­ness are not only ben­e­fi­cial for adults. With child­hood stress in­creas­ing, it is never too early to de­velop re­lax­ation skills in our lit­tle ones.

Chil­dren ex­pe­ri­ence the same ben­e­fits from sim­ple yoga and mind­ful­ness ex­er­cises.

The mind-body con­nec­tion is a ba­sic prin­ci­ple of yoga. It high­lights our ex­pe­ri­ence of the mo­ment.

But to en­gage chil­dren, the ex­er­cise also has to be play­ful. Yoga pos­tures com­prise sim­ple ba­sic move­ments such as for­ward bends, back­ward bends, bal­ances, twists and side stretches – all move­ments that chil­dren can do nat­u­rally.

Chil­dren are nat­u­rally flex­i­ble and have a good sense of their own ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

They de­light in the knowl­edge that they can do some­thing that is dif­fi­cult for less flex­i­ble adults. Con­ve­niently, yoga pos­tures are of­ten named after an an­i­mal or nat­u­ral ob­ject.

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