The practice of Yoga that originated in India has reached unfettered to every part of the world. The International Day of Yoga is celebrated every year on 21 June as declared by the United Nations in December 2014.
Acknowledging that Yoga “continues to grow in popularity” across the world, the UN said, “Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolising the union of body and consciousness.”
The UN declared that this year’s theme for International Yoga Day would be ‘Climate Action.’
Yoga for children
However, the health and body benefits of practicing Yoga aren’t confined to adults or elderly people. It is as much beneficial for children as for others. These days, even a child’s life is not-so-easy. They are being snowballed all the time with the pressure of aiming for the top and that’s something indeed worrying. Their school assignments, incessant lessons, need to participate in different classroom activities, competitive video games, etc. act like add-ons. Children can derive a lot of benefit from the practice of Yoga. It can help them to counter all the difficulties which they come across in their daily lives.
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Stretching their bodies
Physically, Yoga helps to enhance the flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness of children. It is indeed the best exercise suited for children. In contemporary times, children are least aware of their outside world. Most of their knowledge is shaped by the virtual games, classroom activities and childish indoor observations leaving no room for them to connect with their natural surroundings. Thus, practicing Yoga for an hour under the Sun can help them to fulfill the exigencies they suffer from.
A feeling of relaxation
The practice of Yoga is coveted considering the hectic schedules of children. In addition, their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improves. While doing yoga, children exercise, play, connect more deeply with the inner self, and develop an intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounds them.
Can counter challenges more easily
Most people say that they miss their childhood because that was when they enjoyed themselves the most devoid of any responsibilities. But, the world is changing too fast and thus the lifestyles of people. Furthermore, children are burdened to be excellent in different field, all at the same time. Consequently, Yoga could be a lot of use for them to regain their consciousness about their surroundings and to introspect. It helps to delve into themselves and do self-navigation.
Focusing on the inner-self
Yoga helps children to be aware them about their bodies through deep breathing and body movements. All these postures, asanas, movements equip them to feel more energetic, strengthened, and enthusiastic. With increased self-esteem and confidence, children can head on towards their day with a feeling of joy and happiness.
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Udisha Srivastav is an intern with Shethepeople.TV