Fit­ness

HOW DO KIDS BEN­E­FIT FROM YOGA

Doctor's Plaza Health Magazine - - Contents - Aye­sha Samji

The first ques­tion most peo­ple ask is What is Yoga? In sim­ple terms, yoga (mean­ing union) is a prac­tice that is ac­ces­si­ble for all and in­te­grates us in the uni­verse by con­nect­ing the mind, body and spirit in the purist of in­ner har­mony and peace.

Re­cently we have seen a trend of yoga be­com­ing pop­u­lar amongst adults as well as with chil­dren. A num­ber of stud­ies have been done and have shown how yoga ben­e­fits chil­dren. As chil­dren we en­counter greater emo­tional, so­cial, and phys­i­cal chal­lenges or con­flicts dur­ing the younger years and the de­vel­op­ment stages. There­fore, to have a ded­i­cated and in­ten­tional yoga prac­tice that in­cludes breath­ing tech­niques, be­hav­ioral guide­lines, and phys­i­cal pos­tures is ad­vised for all chil­dren.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Yoga for Well­ness Tan­za­nia, Jabeen Ban­dali has been able to seen no­tice­able re­sults in chil­dren who have been at­tend­ing reg­u­lar chil­dren’s yoga ses­sion at Yoga for Well­ness Tan­za­nia. She fur­ther con­tin­ues to ex­plain how breath­ing tech­niques, con­cen­tra­tion/med­i­ta­tion and the poses, has led to chil­dren be­ing more fo­cused and in­quis­i­tive. The ar­ti­cle ‘More than just a game: Yoga for school-age chil­dren’ by Mar­lynn Wei, MD, JD, speak about how yoga “im­proves bal­ance, strength and en­durance in chil­dren. Yoga and mind­ful­ness of­fer psy­cho­log­i­cal, can im­prove fo­cus, mem­ory, self-es­teem, aca­demic per­for­mance, and class­room be­hav­ior, and can even re­duce anx­i­ety in chil­dren”. Chil­dren to­day need to know how to man­age stress and bal­ance life more so than ever. Through reg­u­lar yoga our fu­ture gen­er­a­tions are be­ing molded in be­ing con­fi­dent, in­de­pen­dent, com­pas­sion­ate hu­man be­ings while man­ag­ing stress and de­creas­ing stress re­lated health is­sues.

YOGA IN­TE­GRATES US IN UNI­VERSE THE BY CON­NECT­ING THE MIND, BODY, SPIRIT AND IN THE PURIST OF IN­NER HAR­MONY AND PEACE

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