Yoga for Children

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Yoga for Children

Children are the future of a nation. It is very important that a child attains proper growth and development in his early phases of file in order to live a healthy life forever. This is the most ideal time for a child to begin yoga as it gives maximum benefits during the childhood period.

In today's scenario when the entire world is facing the problem of pollution, unhealthy lifestyle and many epidemic diseases, children are facing a general problem of overweight and reduced eyesight. Sitting near the computer for many hours, playing video games, watching TV and eating unhealthy and junk food are the major reason of these problems. These problems are the cause of common concern among the parents for their children these days. Yoga can help a child to maintain good health and avoid such problems in a healthy way.

Our experts provide a range to specific yoga meant for the proper growth and development of child in its early days. A child can start practicing yoga at the age of five only. In the beginning we start with simple asana and postures and in the later stages a little complex ones. A child can start practicing yoga for 10-15 minutes a day daily at the beginning and the duration may be increased with time. Childhood yoga session brings out great results for the child and results in:

  • Increase in mental ability, concentration, attention and retention.
  • Enhances the self-esteem and confidence.
  • Proper physical growth and development and thus helps in building a strong, flexible and healthy body.
  • Relaxation and calmness of mind.
  • Increase in imagination and creativity power of mind.
  • Enhancement of immune system of body.

Mahaaushadhi.com cares about the overall development of a child including the personality, mental growth, physical growth and spiritual too. To begin with, there are mainly three types of yoga that are recommended for a child. These are: Surya namaskar, Om Chanting and Savasana.

Surya Namaskar

Surya namaskar or Sun salutation is the most common practice of yoga in which a connoting obeisance is paid to the sun in 12 stages. It is very helpful for the development of both body and mind. The 12 stages can be described as:

1) Dakshasana: This is the first step towards surya namaskra in which you take the position for the same. To do this first concentrate your mind with a positive thinking and stand straight facing the east. Try to stretch your hands, neck and all body parts. Now, stand in a position such that your palms should touch your and pump up the chest. You eye should point your nose in this position. Dakshasana improves the respiratory system, promotes balance in the body and stimulates neck and back muscles.


2) Namaskarasana: Touch your chest with your thumbs by folding both the hands. Pump up your chest and try to pull your belly inward as far as possible. Your eyes should look straight at this position. The alignment of the head, neck and the body should be in a straight line in a straight line without any bent. Now, inhale deeply and hold it as far as possible and then exhale with your mouth closed. Namaskarasana helps in improving the digestive system and the flexibility in back and hips. It also tones your spine.


3) Parvatasana: Raise your arms and try to stretch your entire body backward as far as possible. Look upward in the sky with open eyes during this position. After that, inhale deeply and try to expand your chest simultaneously. Parvatasana enhances the circulatory system and the function of spinal nerves.


4) Namaskara Hastapadasana: In this first of all inhale deeply with your nose and bend the upper part of body forward with your knees straight in position. Now, leave both the palms at rest on the ground freely. After that, try to touch your knees with your forehead or nose and then, exhale with an audible sound. Namaskara Hastapadasana is for providing strength to hands and the wrist.


5) Ekapada Prasaranasana: Take a deep breath inside with your right leg moving backward, such that the knees and finger of the legs should touch the ground. In this step, your belly and abdomen should exert pressure on the left leg. Now, look and raise your head upward as far as possible. After that, push your waist downward and hold your breath. Stay in this position as long as possible. It stimulates the function of heart and enhances the blood circulation.

6) Bhudharasana: Take a deep breath and hold it. After that, move both your legs back in such a way that the thumbs of the feet, ankles and knees should touch each other. Keep your feet stable in that position for a while, and then bend forward. The head, waist, elbows and the back should lie in a same line during this position. Now, rest both palms on the ground in the same position. The position of your body looks like a bow during this posture. Bhudharasana gives strength to muscles of arms and legs and increases the flexibility of shoulder, neck and arms.

7) Ashthanga Pranipatasana: Take a deep breath and hold it; keep your knees on the ground at rest. Now, try to touch the ground with lower part of your neck with chin and chest. The upper part of forehead and nose should also touch the ground during this position. Both the hands should lie on each side of the chest. Now, pull your abdomen in so that it should not touch the ground. Now, exhale. Ashthanga Pranipatasana is a good position to tone the abdominal tract and stimulate the nervous system.

8) Bhujangasana: Keep yourself in the same position as in Ashthanga Pranipatasana and unfold your arms. Now, move upward and inhale, pump up the chest and bend your chest in backward direction. After that, move upward bending your head backward. The eyes should point the sky during this. Now, stretch your body backward as much as possible and exhale.

9) Bhudharasana: This is done in the same order as in step six. 

10) Ekapada Prasaranasana: Repeat the same process as in fifth position of namaskara except the position of the legs should be reversed.

11) Namaskara Hastapadasana: Repeat the same process as told in step four.

12) Parvatasana: Same, as done in position two. 

The same process can be practiced again from the initial stage and is quite beneficial for the proper the proper development of the body and the mind of a child simultaneously.

Savasana

Savasana, also called yogic nidra or yogic sleep means a posture of dead body. This is one of the simplest yoga to perform. For this to practice, all you need is a calm and serene ambience. To practice this, first of all, lie on a mattress on the ground and relax your body. Now, rotate tour legs in a clockwise and then anti clockwise for few minutes. Relax your arms freely on the ground with your palms heading upward. Now, move your head side to side for few minutes and then try to stretch the entire body to the maximum. Now, take a deep breath from the abdomen. Hold in this position for few minutes and try to concentrate on your breath. Try to feel every part of the body. This is the perfect exercise for relaxation and meditation. And is extremely beneficial for good health.

Om Chanting

According to hindu mythology, 'Om' is considered to be the root of all mantras and is a representation of god. Chanting of this mantra is said to be extremely beneficial as it has a simultaneous effect on the eyes, ear and tongue. Moreover, it is thought to clean the mind, increase the concentration and memory and provides complete mental and physical relaxation. Chanting of 'Om' charges the atmosphere with a positive energy, which is quite effective to provide the mental satisfaction.

Every parent wants to see his or her child healthy and intelligent. But due to lack of time in their busy schedule they are unable to take proper care of their child. Yoga is the ultimate solution for their concern as yoga for children ahs shown quite effective results in both the physical and mental growth of children.

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