The popularity of yoga is increasing by the day. Its health benefits are proven and more people are adopting it as a fitness routine. Yoga is very good for children as it promotes better posture, ensures good sleep and emotional balance as well.
Described in brief below are the benefits of 10 simple asanas your child could do. Tadasana (mountain pose) helps children grow taller. Vrikshasana (tree pose) improves stillness and concentration and helps calm the mind. Utkatasana (chair pose) strengthens the ankles, calves, inner thighs and back.
Balasana (child pose) helps relieve stress while Shavasana (corpse pose) is a highly restorative pose usually practiced after a session of strenuous asanas. Titli asana (butterfly pose) is fun to do apart from exercising the thigh and hip region. Padmasana (lotus pose) refreshes the body and makes the mind alert. It teaches your child to sit straight and regular practice keeps the knee, hip and ankle joints strong and flexible.
The ‘downward facing dog pose’ strengthens the back and is excellent for overall body flexibility. The ‘cow and cat pose’ relaxes the spine. The ‘rainbow pose’ will strengthen your child’s arms, legs, back and belly and teaches balance and concentration.
To teach your child how to do the asanas mentioned above, show her this clipbook
The mountain pose or Tadasana can be practised by people of all ages. The minimum age should be ten years. This helps in increasing the height of children. It improves concentration, balance, and posture.
For this yoga pose, children need to stand straight on the left leg, bend the right leg and place the right foot on the root of the left thigh. This standing pose requires stillness and concentration that helps calming the mind.
This is a pretty cool posture for children. It's really good for the back. It tones the leg muscles, stretches the chest and shoulders, strengthens hip and back and stimulates the abdominal organs.
When it comes to the best yoga poses for children, you simply cannot ignore the Child’s Pose. This is a restorative pose that helps release stress. It relaxes the back, shoulder, neck, and hip strain.
Children love this simple exercise and it is so much fun for them. This pose benefits the legs and helps to relax and stretch the muscles. It relieves stress and tiredness. It is also good for the digestive organs.
Shavasana or the corpse pose is the most restorative pose of all. After a long intense yoga workout, it's always nice to fall back into this pose. It relaxes the whole body, calms the mind and relieves stress.
Padmasana or the lotus pose is one of the most popular yoga poses. Your feet are brought as far as your hips. It's a great meditative posture. It keeps the spine straight and helps your child to develop good posture.
The downward facing dog pose primarily engages the upper back of the body. This yoga pose is good for children as it strengthens their back and also relieves the stress that is accumulated there.
This pose relaxes the spine and alleviates back pain, improves posture, stretches the hips, increases coordination, stimulates organs in the belly, like the kidneys and adrenal glands.
This pose strengthens the arms, legs, back, belly and teaches balance and concentration. It also stimulates organs of the abdomen, improves posture and alleviates body pain and stress.