By Faye Martins
Kids Yoga can be utilized for healing injuries. Of course, this depends on what kind of injury we are talking about! A pulled hamstring is very different from a severe head concussion. Many minor injuries, strains, sprains, aches, and pains can be alleviated by a regular practice. Classes that are geared for kids incorporate the same traditional standing and sitting poses as adult Yoga classes. Many minor injuries can be addressed and healed by a consistent asana practice. In the case of serious injuries such as a concussion, broken bones and so on, please consult with your family physician before enrolling your child in a Yoga class.
Yoga is an incredibly therapeutic system of physical postures and exercises for strengthening, stabilizing and balancing both the body and mind. Many injuries arise because of the misalignment of the spine, overuse of a particular group of muscles and weakness in one or more parts of the body. Yogic postures help to strengthen, stretch and balance the entire body in such a way as to ameliorate current injuries, speed up the healing process of these injuries and prevent future injuries.
For example, if a child has injured his shoulder during wrestling practice or her hamstring during ballet practice, practicing postures (asanas) will help to gently stretch and strengthen the compromised muscles and ligaments. Gentle exercises will help to bring fresh blood and nutrients to the areas that are injured speeding up the recovery process. Asanas will also help to balance and strengthen the entire body so that a particular set of muscles is not overused and more vulnerable to future strains and sprains. Overuse of a specific muscle or group of muscles on a repetitive basis is one of the primary causes of minor muscles injuries.
Yoga can help children to improve the level of their overall health by strengthening all of the core muscle groups and increasing their level of flexibility so that minor injuries may be avoided in the future. If a child is contending with a more serious level of injury, it is best to get the approval of your family doctor before engaging in any new exercise regime, including Yoga. If your doctor gives you the “green light,” you may still want to consider a few private lessons with a certified instructor in order to safely initiate a therapeutic Yoga practice for your child. A certified Yoga instructor will be able to help your child learn how to practice a series of postures safely in order to enhance and support the healing process.
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