Our children today live life on turbo speed in a world of busy parents, school pressures and competitive sports. The bustling pace can have a profound effect on their innate joy and usually not for the better. Yoga can help counter these pressures. Yoga at an early age encourages self-esteem and body awareness with a physical activity that is noncompetitive. Children learn techniques for self-health, relaxation and inner peace, so they can better navigate life's obstacles.
Children derive enormous benefits from yoga. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination and body awareness. In addition their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improves. The act of practicing poses encourages children to clear their mind and focus on the effort. As a result of this single focus to achieve a particular pose or stay balanced, yoga helps children to concentrate in school. Yoga also boosts self-esteem and confidence. Yoga teaches children to persevere, be patient and work toward their goals. A yoga teacher can only offer guidance; it is the child who has to work to succeed. Therefore, when a child masters a pose, it gives him/her the confidence to succeed. Doing yoga children exercise, connect more deeply with the inner self, and develop an intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounds them. Yoga brings that marvelous inner light that all children have to the surface.
In yoga a child has the rare opportunity to experience play without worrying about being wrong. Yoga is an option for children who shy away from physical activity or group activities for fear of failure or being picked last AND it helps athletic children excel in other physical activities and sports. Parents may notice how yoga benefits their children, but the best judges are the children themselves. Children who have practiced yoga tell teachers and parents that they are able to concentrate better during the day, focus better on their activities, and pay attention to their tasks. Come and see what yoga can do for your children at Bikram Yoga Burr Ridge’s Children’s Class in November. Visit Bikram Yoga Burr Ridge for more details.
Lynsdey Hemmesch is an instructor at Bikram Yoga Burr Ridge in Burr Ridge.