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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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    Last Updated on May 15, 2019

    How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

    How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

    As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

    “Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

    When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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    Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

    We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

    But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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    So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

    It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

    1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

    Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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    2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

    This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

    You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

    3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

    This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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    4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

    How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

    So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

    If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

    And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

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