Contrary to popular belief, yoga can be practiced by children and is in fact, beneficial to their development.
In their early years, children are highly receptive to the world around them and are generally quite active.
But as they grow up, naturally occurring pressure from school, friends and the general environment can cause
changes in eating habits, academic performance, behaviour and physical fitness.
Extensive studies have proved that yoga improves their academic performance by improving their ability
to concentrate and focus. Children show fewer tendencies towards stress and anxiety, and do not succumb to
peer-pressure. They show evidence for increased self-confidence, self-esteem and emotional balance, and are less likely
to show aggressive and violent tendencies.
In fact, several physicians have gone so far as to recommend yoga for those children suffering from ADHD, ADD, Autism, etc,
in which case it is used as a form of therapy.
While yoga is a proved therapeutic process to develop mental and spiritual health in the child, it also enhances the childs
physical capabilities. It provides a fun way for children to grow fit and strong, making them less susceptible to injuries
while doing sports. These children are likely to have better posture, coordination and flexibility.
Yoga provides for children a non-competitive, stress free, positive environment that allows for them to just be themselves.
Today, it has become one of the primary choices of activities for children.
Yoga for children at the YWC
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