Should Children Do Yoga?
So you think adults are the only ones with anxiety? Children daily encounter challenges in communication & adaptation. External factors in our day-to-day create physical stress & emotional frustrations. These experiences build up to tighten even children’s muscles – contributing to bad posture & decreased flexibility. Our youth endures more weight than we imagine.
As Baron Baptiste, pioneer of power yoga, put it – “We spend our entire lives stuffing down emotional and physical injuries, but these wounds don’t really disappear. Cellular memory is a powerful thing, and deep within all of us is a record of every feeling we tried to suppress, every emotional scar we keep buried, every physical ailment we thought was healed. To truly heal from the inside out, this psychic debris must be brought to the surface so it can be released.” The adult build-up is an accumulation of years withstanding such injuries, but if we address these mundane obstacles tolerated by children at an early age, we are ensuring freer muscles and better health of this cellular memory.
The Yoga Journal put it beautifully. “When children learn techniques for self-health, relaxation, and inner fulfillment, they can navigate life's challenges with a little more ease. Yoga at an early age encourages self-esteem and body awareness with a physical activity that's noncompetitive. Fostering cooperation and compassion—instead of opposition—is a great gift to give our children. 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.”
Serve Yoga offers a yoga that connects the breath, mindfulness & specific postures to deliver a well-rounded, wholesome practice that offers solace in moments of struggle & chaos. The practice is never easy, not even for the most advanced practitioner. It requires patience, acceptance, discipline & control to hold the poses & even transition in & out of them. Children who practice this yoga are able to develop these qualities earlier on in life, securing a future with stress-management & greater emotional stability.
Parents Magazine discovered: There are studies connecting [children’s yoga] to improvements in asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, ADHD, and autism. "Mind-body practices can be very helpful for a variety of conditions worsened by stress and anxiety, as well as stress or anxiety itself," says Gurjeet Birdee, M.D., a pediatrician and assistant professor.
Serve Yoga answers YES – children should practice yoga.