The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and The National Association of the Education for Young Children (NAEYC) recommend that children should put through activities that help to unfold a child.
With yoga,we can createa basic structure for total body movement and development. Through this,the kids can connect with the energy and philosophy of the practice such as calming, centering, and self-acceptance. It also helps in the development of gross motor skills and makes them ready to take any challenges in strength, agility, and endurance, as well as cooperation.
By making a child practice yoga, following changes can be observed
Yoga can also act as a tool for kids with special needs. Louise Goldberg’s in his book “Yoga Therapy for Children with Autism and Special Needs” wrote “Yoga therapy affords children an opportunity to play and learn in an environment that embraces their uniqueness and supports their strengths. To develop a therapeutic plan that addresses the diverse qualities of each child, it’s useful to have a greater understanding of his or her condition.”
Yoga, by its nature, is flexible and adaptable to everyone. A 2012 New York University study revealed enormous therapeutic advantages for special needs children. The study showed that autistic kids who did yoga daily for 17-minute showed less aggressive behavior, social withdrawal, hyperactivity and a reduced stress. It also helps him in focusing, listening makes them less reactive.
Most kids love doing yoga as it is fun and safe. There is no particular order to do yoga postures. First allow your child to try various postures and gradually evolve it into a fullsequence program.
Few yoga postures that may serve helpful for kids with Disorder are Mountain pose, Singing star pose, Butterfly pose, Kissy Knee poses, resting pose.
Specialists say that these classes should use dim lights, gentle music and a soft tone of voice. Starting and ending of the class should remain same.
Teaching yoga to kids is a way to encourage them to have a healthy lifestyle. The researcher believes that there is a remarkableimpact of yoga asanas on kids. Major task lies in teaching them gradually making them practiceregularly.
Trikonasana (Triangle pose)
Vrkasana (Tree Pose)