In today’s time, being a kid is as difficult as being an adult. Like adults, children too have to deal with daily stress and the constant pressure of school work and extracurricular activities, and many distractions, temptations, and overstimulation of the digital era. The sedentary and unhealthy lifestyle brings them a number of health problems which act as an obstacle to their overall growth and development. Everyone wants their children to be healthy, active and fit and, to achieve the same, yoga can help you the best.
Be it for adult or children, yoga is known to be the ultimate healer. Children practicing yoga on everyday basis remain healthy and disease-free. The different postures and deep breathing exercises heal, improve and strengthen all the vital parts of the children’s delicate body and enhance their overall health.
Here is a list of 5 simple yet effective yoga poses that have the potential to cure several pediatric conditions. Take a look:
Mountain Pose or Tadasana: Ask your child to stand straight on the ground with feet together. Instruct them to relax their shoulders, back, and overall body. Ask your kid to balance the body weight equally on both the feet.
Benefits: The pose helps children to maintain good posture and experience.
Bridge Pose or Setu Bandha Sarvangasana: Instruct your kid to lie down on the floor on their back. Make sure his knees are bent and feet are flat on the ground. Ask your kid to bring the heels close to their head as much as possible. Make them lift his hips off the ground as high as possible. Let him hold the posture for as long he is comfortable. Next, ask your kid to lift their hips off the ground as high as they can. Let your kid hold that.
Benefits: The pose reverses the blood flow in kid’s body, The inversion of blood flow re-oxygenates the body and improves the overall flow in your kid’s body, improving their energy level.
The Happy Baby Pose or Ananda Balasana: Let the kids lie down on their back and draw on their knees towards the belly. Ask them to grab the outside of their feet with both hands. Now, ask them to open up their knees in a way that they get as wide as the torso. Let them press their heels and pull them down with the hands. While they are performing the pose, make sure that their tailbone remains on the ground.
Benefits: The pose will help your kid get a strong spine and more flexibility. It makes the spine aligned the way it should be and opens the hip area. Overall, the pose increases your kid’s flexibility.
Butterfly Pose or Baddha Konasana: Let your kid sit on the floor. Ask him to bend both the knees inwards in a way that the soles touch each other. Let him hold the feet with both the hands and press them into the floor. Ask him to place his elbows on the thighs and press them down. Instruct him to flap the thighs like the wings of the butterfly back and forth.
Benefits: The pose opens up kid’s hip area and provides a good stretch to the ankle. It helps maintain a good body posture and keeps the spine erect.
Downward Facing Dog Pose or Adho Mukha Svanasana: Ask the child to reach on their hands and feet in a tabletop position. Make sure that his hands are directly under the shoulders and knees under the hips. Ask him to slide their hands a few inches forward than the shoulders and extend the legs behind, keeping them straight. Now, help them raise their hips high towards the pelvis so that his body forms an inverted ‘V’ shape with the ground. Ask him to drop down their shoulders and head, and look towards the belly. Let him hold the pose for a few deep breaths.
Benefits: The pose reverses the blood flow and re-oxygenates the body. The pose also strengthens different parts of the body and provides stability and better balance.
Invite yoga in your children’s lifestyle and keep them disease-free, healthy and unbeatable in all areas of life.