From school to tuitions, sports to recreation extracurriculars to homework, children’s schedules are as hectic as that of any adult. Their blossoming minds are hard at work, absorbing information in a myriad of fields. It is a crucial time of their lives where their mind and body collect and gather the information that will mold their functioning throughout the rest of their lives. They are surrounded by new experiences and observations that affect or impact their budding minds at various levels.
A parent may wonder how to fit into
this sensory adventure that their child experiences and enjoys. Though Yoga may
seem to suit an adult’s taste, the facts of its connection to children is
• It is a form of knowledge that was
designed to be imparted to children of very young ages.
• It prepares the budding mind for a
life of perfection and fulfilment.
• The physicality of asanas is best
suited and achieved by children due their able, young bodies.
• It builds a strong connection
between the body and mind at a very early stage.
• It reduces anxiety and stress which
is very commonplace in children of our current time.
• The child develops a character that
is more balanced, harmonious and filled with positivity.
• The physical exertions which they
easily perform and enjoy helps build their self confidence and improves their
body sensitivity and coordination.
• It sharpens their memory.
History tells us that this sacred
task of moulding these young spirits was entasked to a Guru. Within the sacred
shade of the Gurukul, little minds were given this ancestral wisdom that would
take them down the path of perfection. We may still uphold this tradition yet.
Parents are the perfect guides who could assimilate the role of a guru and use yoga to form a connection, an unbreakable bond with their young ones. Here are a few Yogic activities you can perform with your young ones to nurture them and the bond you share with each other.
It is a subtle introduction to the
physical aspect of Yoga. It is the playful side of yoga where children and
adults alike practice asanas and other physical movements to develop the taste
for yoga and to introduce the body to this new form of physical growth. It
opens up the mind and creates new channels within it, developing the sensors of
the body and its physical capacity as well.
Yoga asanas :
Asanas are the perfect tool to
mastering the body. They give the practitioner the ability to control their
bodies both during movement and stillness. Performing Surya namaskar every
morning with your child is an ideal way to bond with them, simultaneously
working on the health of all those involved. Each asana is unique in its
positive effects on the human mind. The asanas stated below are especially
beneficial for children. You may begin your child’s journey with these easy
asanas and help them build their curiosity to explore a lot more and add to
their repertoire of asanas.
• Begin by standing in Samasthithi.
• Lift you right leg off the floor
and balance your body weight on your left leg.
• Place your right foot on your lift
• Place it as close to your pelvis as
• You may support your foot with your
palms to bring it in place.
• After you find your balance, join
your palms in Pranam Mudra at your heart chakra.
• Raise your Pranam towards the sky.
• Straighten your elbows and ensure
that your head is in between your arms.
• Focus your gaze forward.
• Repeat the same with the alternate
Inhale and exhale normally while
practicing this asana.
Formation of the Posture:
• Lie down on your back.
• Bring your upper body 45° off the
• Pivot your body weight on your hips
and lift your legs 45° off the floor.
• Try to prevent a bend in the knees.
• Keep your arms parallel to the
ground and pointing forward.
• Tighten your abdominal muscles.
• Straighten your back.
• Hold the posture for six counts.
Inhale before raising the upper body
Hold the breath while holding the
Exhale as you lie down
Practice of various asanas is an
explorative adventure for the child and is essential for their physical growth
and mental wellbeing.
This is the aspect of yoga that takes
responsibility for the child’s mental growth, their all-round personality,
character nourishment and peaceful, calm outlook. A parent’s involvement
during this practice is a divine bond indeed.
• Sit down facing away from each
• Rest your backs on each other.
• Cup your palms , face them upward
and place them on your knees.
• Close your eyes and focus on your
• Breathe calmly with deep inhales
• Ensuring that your facing away from
your child helps them lose self-consciousness.
• But resting your back on each other
shows support to your child in a subconscious level, making you the guide for
their inner journey.
This practice helps your child grow
holistically, taking into consideration the various facets of human
It further strengthens the connection
between parent and child and is equally beneficial for all the participants
Yoga is a great gift to the human life. It is beneficial for all ages and stages for life and is hence the best medium for connection of spirits.