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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