FUN SALU­TA­TIONS We all know yoga is good for us but is yoga class re­ally a place for kids?

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their “con­stant com­pe­ti­tion for a young­ster’s at­ten­tion.”

Cham Lay Peng, in­struc­tor at COMO Shamb­hala Ur­ban Es­cape (­boshamb­­ga­pore), 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

Malaysia at: Su­per Yoga Kids 81A Jalan Bangsar. Tel: 03-2282 4980. www. su­peryo­

Fi­tol­ogy 9 Jalan Ri­ong, Ta­man Bukit Pan­tai. Tel: 03-2201 4311. www­fi­tol­ Cinq En­er­gies A4-3- 03, So­laris Du­ta­mas.

Tel: 03- 6207 8914.

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