“A child is born to you to help him face his karma in this life. A child is not your ego; not a pet dog in the house; not a substitute for love. A child has nothing to do with that. A child is born to you so that you can prepare him to face time unto Infinity. “ -The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan—the Power of the Spoken Word
Yoga, is a practice and lifestyle that helps so much physically and psychologically. People worldwide and of all religions practice Yoga. We agree that yoga reduces stress, helps us breathe better, improves our quality of life and contributes to the well-being in all spheres of life (physical, psychological, intellectual and behavioural).
When we think of physical activity for our children, physical and team sports often come first into our mind. Yoga is a very beneficial activity: Yoga is essentially dynamic, light, varied and entertaining. These teachings include different postures (asanas) with themes of animals, therefor a language that is familiar to children. 911 x 317 Stress and anxiety are causes for many ailments and muscle pains, these affect as well children. Children may experience stress in different forms, such as, from educational requirements, fear of failure, competition, and intimidation …
Studies by various universities in the world have shown that yoga improves student behaviour, physical health and school performance, as well as their behaviour towards themselves.
Children are more flexible and agile than adults, the earlier they begin practicing yoga, the greater the benefits stay with them.
In addition to the many physical benefits as flexibility, balance, agility, coordination, movement and muscle building. Through yoga the child becomes:
Yoga offers a competition-free environment for children, so to say, without winners or losers. This is a perfect complementary to other activities for children. Yoga can be practiced by everybody, requires little or no equipment and it’s the participation that counts, regardless of the level of the child. It is important not to oversee the moment of relaxation that yoga offers which is a beautiful teaching for growing children!
Yoga for children is a healthy body, stable emotions and a powerful brain to better learning at all levels!
Mindfulness is the natural ability to be consciously attentive and present in the moment:
Careen is a qualified teacher of the method by Eline Snel, The International Academy for Mindful Teaching (AMT), for more information please click here
How to use this method?
You can do it at home, at school, or anywhere, children learn to sit still like a frog. Dealing with “storms or agitations” in their inner world, they learn to calm down.
Like adults, children are often too busy. They cannot sleep, are easily distracted and often restless. They have a head full of anxious thoughts. The “on button” works, but where is the “off button”?
By exposing children to mindfulness from a young age, they learn to observe and concentrate better, to be in touch with their bodies, and to relax.