FUN SALUTATIONS We all know yoga is good for us but is yoga class really a place for kids?
their “constant competition for a youngster’s attention.”
Cham Lay Peng, instructor at COMO Shambhala Urban Escape (www.comboshambhala.com/singapore), regards yoga as a form of mindfulness training that “enhances one’s attention span” in all aspects of learning. Fellow yogi Sylvia Low, who sends her eight-year-old daughter for classes, believes her progress is a testament to its benefits. “She never used to be able to sit down for more than five minutes at a time,” says Low. “Now she’s able to focus on a task for longer periods. She enjoys her sessions, and can’t wait to show me what she learnt.”
Yoga classes for kids at COMO Shambhala are taught by internationally accredited instructors and welcome children as little as three years old. They are taught basic postures and breathing techniques, with a focus on makebelieve and play, often using stories and music to help engage kids, too – using role play, young yogis are taught to emulate different creatures or pretend to exist in an alternative environment.
Children practising yoga and meditation regularly “will be better equipped to succeed at overcoming conflict, achieving milestones, as well as excelling at tasks they put their mind to,” says Dr. Lee. “The positive effects can most definitely be seen over time when it comes to attention, comprehension, and general instruction in the classroom.” Dr. Lee believes that yoga often helps in building up children’s maturity levels. “A child is in a better position to handle life’s tribulations with the right disposition.”
Finding a moment of quiet on a yoga mat can be just as rewarding to small people as it is to us. Today’s kids have so many opportunities as well as challenges. As parents we need to make sure they have the tools to deal with constant high expectations and stressful situations. Learning a little inner peace it seems is a certainly a promising head start. Exciting yoga sessions for kids are available in
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