Best Yoga Poses for Kids

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

  1. Improves concentration and makes him focused
    Asanas like Trikonasana (Triangle pose), Dekasana (Airplane Pose), Vrkasana (Tree Pose),Virabhadra III ( warrior III) will help the child to improve his concentration levels and stay focused in any activity he is executing
  2. Helps in creating awareness maintain flexibility and strengthens growing body
    Virabhadra I ( warrior I), Virabhadra II ( warrior II), Viparita Virabhadrasana, Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (Mermaid Pose), Dekasana (Airplane Pose) asanas will help the child to understand the growing needs of the body and generates strength,flexibility in the body especially when a child is involved outdoor activities.
  3. Acts as a Stress Management tool and encourages to maintain Peaceful, Relaxed State of   Body and Mind
    Present generation kids are loaded with mental, physical and emotional pressures which are dragging them towards depression. Yoga acts as a tool to scoop up the stress and makes him feel safe. It also teaches the importance of peace and staying relaxed.  
  4. Asanas like Marjaryasana (Cat pose) ,  Bhramari Pranayama (Bee pose), Savasana (Corpse Pose), Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose), Anjali Mudra (Salutation Seal),  Ananda Balasana (Happy Baby Pose), Simhasana (Lion Pose) will help the child to stay calm.
  5. Helps the child to develop social interaction
    Asanas like Navasana (Partner Boat Pose/Double Boat Pose) needs partners to execute. This help the child to work in a teamand improve his interactions keeping race, religion and outward appearance aside.
  6. Incorporates Self-esteem,Discipline and Responsibility
  7. When the physical and mental state of a kid is flawless, it will automatically uplift the confidence in him and a committed practice in young age teach him to accept the life as path with good days and bad days.

Yoga for Kids with special needs

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.

Conclusion

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)