There are many benefits of learning and practicing yoga regularly. Yoga builds confidence and self-esteem. It helps in improve concentration and focus. Yoga is good, not only for physical fitness but also for mental wellness. It helps in promoting balance, flexibility, coordination, and strength. With the help of yoga, a number of children have become calm, and it has helped in creativity and imagination as well.
Some of the yoga poses for kids included below are standing while others are sitting poses. These yoga poses are all basic in nature. The beauty of these poses is that they can also be done by people of any age.
Down Dog Pose
To do this pose, stand with shoulder-width distance between your feet. Keep your feet firmly on the ground. Slowly start bending down at the waist, till the hands reach the ground or are close to the ground. Now, lean your body back slightly, so as to resemble an upside-down V. You will need to hold the position for 10 to 15 seconds, before you release the pose.
Squat on your legs in such a way that the buttocks are resting on the calf muscles. Place your hands in front of you on the floor. Stick out the tongue as much as you can and breathe out with force, at the same time make a roaring sound. It is recommended to do this yoga exercise several times a day.
This is a simple, yet confusing yoga pose. Sit like in the lion pose with your buttocks resting on your calves. Now, slowly rise up and stand on your knees, and try to reach behind and grab the soles of your feet. At the first go, it may be difficult to grab the soles, but with practice, it will become easy.
To do this yoga pose, sit on all fours. Arch up the back completely, similar to the way a cat does when it is angry. So that the kids have fun, a hissing sound can also be introduced. Slowly, let your back fall into a sway and then arch it up again.
Doing this pose is a lot of fun. To do this exercise, lie with your stomach down on the floor. The hands should be placed by your chest. Using your upper body, try to move upward/forward as much as you can. A hissing sound along with it completes the picture.
This is a great balancing posture. With this posture, you will be able to see how long you can stand without wobbling. Stand straight and find a point for you to gaze on. This will help you to focus. Exhale and place the right leg either on the left thigh or left leg calf muscles. Slowly, raise up your hands to do a 'namaskar'. Hold the position as long as you can.
Modified Triangle Pose
Stretching is always beneficial for children and adults alike. This yoga pose stretches the entire body well. Stand straight and spread the legs and arms to the sides. Exhale and slowly start sliding the right hand down the right leg keeping the left hand overhead. Slowly come up after holding the pose for about 15 seconds. Repeat the same on the other side. It is important to keep the back straight, and shoulders, hips, and knees well aligned.
All these yoga poses are of great help for hyperactive and attention-seeking kids. They help children in directing their energy and impulses in a positive way and in the right direction. Treating rigidity through yoga is a practice that has been implemented since ancient times, and has proved to be very beneficial as well. The tree pose and the modified triangle pose help children calm down, and also infuse confidence and balance in them.