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8. Yoga For Children
Unfortunately with a fast paced lifestyle that we lead these days even children get affected by the stress of modern day life.
So can they benefit from Yoga?
Yes they certainly can and the sooner that children start doing yoga and training themselves to relax and reduce stress the better off they will be for the whole of their life.
Children tend to learn exercises rapidly and they quickly start seeing the benefits of having more flexibility with a reduction in the incidence of injuries that they get while performing other sports.
This in itself will make life a lot easier as they get older as they won’t get the normal aches and pains from injuries if they don’t get injured so often.
It is also good for children to learn how to cope with life by being able to relax at will and put any stressful moments into perspective.
With the increasing rates of teen suicides anything that can help young people to have a more balanced life and cope with lifestyle stresses will go a long way to reducing those rates.
Very often the young mind gives a distorted picture of the world they live in and Yoga helps to bring them back to the basic needs of life and the natural state that we should be living in which is one of relaxation, energy and good health.
It is also been shown in studies that yoga helps people to build higher levels of self-confidence and self-worth. By becoming more balanced, more controlled and more flexible a person with the added coordination that yoga brings will feel confident to achieve a lot more in their life and as they realize these achievements so the confidence builds.
For young children while they are still growing it is best to seek the advice of a trained yoga professional to ensure they are not stretching or performing any poses that could be detrimental to their health and well-being.