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ed­i­ta­tion cen­tres and calms the body and mind. With such train­ing in the early for­ma­tive years, a child will be bet­ter equipped to tackle life’s chal­lenges and ob­sta­cles,” ex­plains Dr. Sun Ock Lee, chore­og­ra­pher, dancer, and pi­o­neer of ZenDance, a form of dance med­i­ta­tion. Kids grow­ing up in the fast pace of city life de­serve some down­time. While most kids like to re­lax with a video game or even a run around the park, ex­perts are now re­al­is­ing the benefits of yoga and med­i­ta­tion for chil­dren.

For some, the thought of a class of lit­tle peo­ple prac­tis­ing down­ward dogs is a waste of time and money when they could be at­tend­ing more tra­di­tional en­rich­ment ac­tiv­i­ties. But spe­cial­ists such as Dr. Lee are full of praise for lit­tle yo­gis, en­dors­ing the the­ory that grasp­ing im­por­tant stretch­ing and mind­ful­ness skills early on will as­sist kids’ prob­lem-solv­ing and cop­ing abil­i­ties now, and in later life – so does yoga teach this?

Yes, says a study per­formed jointly by US and Nor­we­gian re­searchers. Pub­lished in the jour­nal Fron­tiers In Psy­chi­a­try in April 2014, the study found that “yoga can help with stress and so [it] con­trib­utes pos­i­tively to bal­ance in life, well-be­ing, and men­tal health.” The sci­en­tists also con­cluded that “yoga in schools helps stu­dents im­prove re­silience, mood, and self-reg­u­la­tion skills.”

So, are our kids more stressed out than they used to be? It seems so. The Nor­way/US study sur­mised that “the dom­i­nant pres­ence of mul­ti­me­dia de­vices and the time spent on them by chil­dren are clear in­di­ca­tors of the shift in life­styles and pri­or­i­ties of our new gen­er­a­tion.” While the re­searchers do not dis­count the use­ful­ness of th­ese re­sources in a child’s life, they dis­cuss con­cern re­gard­ing

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