yoga teacher trainingBy Sangeetha Saran 

Yoga is an ancient system of physical postures, breathing techniques and relaxation exercises that promote well being on all levels. Classes that are geared for kids are no exception. The systematic practice of Yoga offers well-documented benefits to students physically, psychologically and spiritually. Classes that are geared for kids can help a child or teenager to feel better both physically and emotionally.

Of course, practicing asanas (postures) on a consistent basis will help a young person to feel stronger, lighter and more flexible. On an emotional level, this new level of physical fitness and aptitude will boost a young person’s sense of self-mastery and self-esteem. Emotionally, a higher level of both mastery and self-esteem are very important in supporting a young person in reaching for his or her dreams. The mastery of Yoga postures on the mat will support a sense of self-confidence as a young person continues his or her journey out into the world.

Kids Yoga classes can also promote emotional healing by reducing anxiety and easing depressive symptoms. Many kids today suffer from being constantly stressed by their academic, social and familial obligations. Succeeding in today’s competitive world is challenging at best and at times, very overwhelming. This overwhelming sense of being crunched for time and energy on a frequent basis can cause too much cortisol and adrenalin to be released into the bloodstream. When these stress hormones stay too high for too long, they can cause a sense of being unbalanced, anxious and depressed. A regular practice of Yoga will help a child to lower his or her anxiety level and to settle, ground and feel less overwhelmed.

Many children and teenagers today also struggle with ADHD. This disorder is marked by unbalanced brain chemistry, an overactive nervous system and an inability to focus and concentrate on important tasks. Practicing Yoga asanas will release pent-up energy. Incorporating regular pranayama exercises with asanas will also help to balance the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems allowing for a greater sense of ease and well being. The concentration that a vigorous Yoga training session requires, will also develop a child’s ability to focus on one task at a time. This power of dharana or concentration can also be honed by a brief period of meditation at the end of a kids’ class. These are some of the ways that a consistent practice of Yoga can alleviate the symptoms of ADHD and support a child’s continued emotional healing and well being.

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