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ParenTalk- Yoga for The Little Ones

ParenTalk- Yoga for The Little Ones

Happiness, anger, sadness, fear, being impulsive… these are the emotions our children undergo day in and out. Meltdowns, tantrums are part of our lives as children cannot handle their emotions. We, as adults need to understand and help process big emotions, feelings and how do we do that? YOGA!!

Practising yoga on regular basis is as important for kids as it is for adults. Yoga not only improves balance, flexibility but also help children during emotional flooding. There are plenty of research that shows, yoga can improve focus, memory, self-esteem, academic performance, classroom behaviour and can even reduce anxiety and stress in children.

Sleep… Along with emotional flooding, disturbed sleep is common amongst children. Overstimulation of mind, excessive screen time and incredible imagination can lead to constant nightmares. Yoga asanas along with pranayama helps sooth the mind and reduce the stress hormones. Consistent practise of yoga can help children be emotionally resilient and create mindfulness.

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Due to the sedentary lifestyle our children are at a larger risk of health issues like obesity and bad postures. Incorporating yoga from young age, helps children not only being physically and mentally strong but also reduces illness in the long run. The chances of depression, depressive symptoms, obesity, PCOD/ PCOS is drastically reduced along with better understanding of their body posture.

Babies are born natural yogis, performing mudras and asanas within mother’s womb. You can always see babies sleeping in child pose; kids performing cobra pose, mountain pose without any training. By practising yoga they will only retain their flexibility which most of us tend to lose as we age. Let us nurture this natural quality/ flexibility with proper guidance. 

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