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Why Your Kids Should Learn Yoga Immediately

Why Your Kids Should Learn Yoga Immediately

Do you think that yoga is only for adults? Maybe because it has been around for 5,000 years and is usually associated with rather serious-looking grown-ups in unusual poses. Well, think again, because yoga is also great for kids! The overall benefits are that they can learn to calm down and become more aware of their bodies through proper breathing and self-control. In addition, it helps kids become aware of the importance of harmony between mind, body and spirit. Here are eight reasons why you should get you kids started on yoga so that they can really benefit.

1. Yoga helps with flexibility

Once kids start to learn the basics of stretching and correct breathing, they will soon start to gain in flexibility. This is great for preventing injuries and sprains when they do other sports.

2. Yoga can help kids to sleep better

The National Sleep Foundation has found that as many as 69% of kids under the age of 10 are not getting enough sleep. Doing a few bedtime poses such as Greeting the Moon or getting the child to hug her knees into her chest are great ways of winding down. These movements favor more restful and longer sleep. The book Sleepy Little Yoga: A Toddler’s Sleepy Book of Yoga has lots of great ideas to make the bedtime routine more enjoyable.

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3. Yoga is non-competitive

Sports can become over-competitive. and it is important to teach a child how to win and lose graciously. But yoga focuses on more than just the child’s athletic prowess: There is no emphasis on whether a child is obese, too thin or simply not fast enough—yoga can work for every body. It is also teaching kids to gain self-esteem—qualities which tend to be forgotten on the sports field.

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    4. Yoga helps kids to remain calm

    How many times have we had to tell kids to count to ten when they are about to lose it or throw a tantrum? When they learn yoga, they already know how correct breathing can calm them down. When these techniques are combined with yoga games and songs, kids can easily manage stress and regain inner peace when the going gets tough.

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    5. Yoga may help kids with ADHD

    A study carried out at the University of Sydney found that boys with ADHD benefited from doing yoga. There was an improvement in behavior, hyperactivity and attention span. Other studies have revealed similar benefits, although more extensive research needs to be done.

    6. Yoga can be fun for kids

    Children’s yoga can be child’s play. They can imitate the animal sounds of the poses they are doing, such as the Downward-facing Dog or the Cat pose. Colorful mats can be chosen so that they have some fun when doing the various exercises. Watch the video below for more fun activities with yoga.

    7. Yoga can help kids recover more quickly from illness

    Yoga has been used with success in helping children get over serious illness. It is especially useful in helping to tone muscles that have been inactive for long spells. A therapist at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in New York has found that it also helps older kids deal better with anxiety. Yoga can never replace essential treatment, but when used as a complementary type of therapy, it has proved to be quite beneficial for both kids and adults.

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    8. Yoga can help kids to focus

    Many of the yoga poses are connected with balance and coordination. In order to do these successfully, kids need to focus and concentrate. Improved attention span will also help them in their academic studies.

    As we have seen, yoga for kids (and adults!) will help them to be calmer and more relaxed while at the same time help them build their self-esteem and confidence. They will also be much more aware of the need for inner peace and harmony. Now tell me what other extra curricular activity offers all that in one package?

    Have your kids tried yoga? What were the benefits? Let us know in the comments.

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    Featured photo credit: Little Creations Yoga Class/Alex Burhmann via flickr.com

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    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

    1. Work on the small tasks.

    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

    2. Take a break from your work desk.

    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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    3. Upgrade yourself

    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

    4. Talk to a friend.

    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

    7. Read a book (or blog).

    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

    8. Have a quick nap.

    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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    9. Remember why you are doing this.

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

    10. Find some competition.

    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

    11. Go exercise.

    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

    12. Take a good break.

    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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