The practice of yoga has several benefits. It helps us to connect to the true nature which comprises of our body, mind and spirit. Apart from the inner happiness, it also offers several health benefits for adults and children. As of late, many preschools and day care centers for children have even started including yoga as a part of their curriculum.
Today, small children are facing issues like stress, behavioral problems, anxiety and more. It is very important for us to help them in any way that we can, and yoga is the best way to build a strong personality. It works towards their emotional, physical, mental and social well-being.
The following are some very innovative and creative ways to introduce yoga to children:
- Pose Demonstration
This is one of the best ways to introduce them to yoga. The instructor can start with any initial pose and also explain to them how to do it. It can be a great group activity for children. You can also do this with the help of pictures of different poses.
- Pose Detective Game
Give them a challenge about showing a particular pose, which is easy to demonstrate.
- Breathing Exercise
Breathing is an important aspect of yoga. It calms the mind and improves concentration.
You can tell them stories where you demonstrate different poses. It can inspire them to do those steps.
- TV Shows on Yoga
You can increase your child’s awareness of yoga through TV shows and other media. You can sit with them during the show and inspire them to do it. These days DVDs on child yoga are also available.
- Yoga Music
Utilize music typical associated with yoga training, which can make the environment more suitable and relaxing. Also, try to teach your child a bit of chanting.
- Yoga Workshops
These can be conducted for a group. Ask children to demonstrate different poses. Each child will try a different posture. Tell them the benefits and if possible, give them some goodies after the demonstration.
All the above mentioned tips will definitely make children interested in yoga.