Yoga for Children

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Enhancing Intelligence with Kids Yoga Stories

To enhance intelligence with Yoga, storytelling is a useful tool that provides a young mind with external stimuli to focus on, while the physical Yoga poses help the child work out excess energy, stress, or other negative emotions. Stories can be told from books, from story boards, or even from memory, as the instructor uses the stories to pace a Yoga asana series and to emphasize certain poses.

Kids Yoga Relaxation Techniques

Another excellent suggestion for better relaxation is to engage the children's imaginations. A Yoga session, that consistently ends with a trip into an imaginary or solitary place that kids imagine, under an Yoga teacher's direction, can help them release stress or worry. Some Yoga instructors direct children to think about putting each of their problems into an imagined hiding place, like a cookie jar in their grandparents' home. A method like this, allows young people a feeling of control over troubling situations in their lives.

Can Kids Yoga Enhance Attention Span?

Yoga can do remarkable things for children. It allows them to take a break from often over-stimulated days, giving them a much-needed break from every day anxiety. Yoga teaches us to relax and bring our focus inward, which are valuable and lifelong coping skills.

Why Kids Yoga Stories are Popular

One of the best ways to address the particular challenge of teaching Yoga to kids is to incorporate stories into the class. Not only does weaving stories into the series engage the attention of children, but it also encourages them to focus their minds on something external, which can naturally help to settle the excess energy of children. Yoga stories are also particularly well-adapted for pose changes within a series and can aid a Yoga instructor in shortening posture holds for children.

Telling Stories for Kids Yoga Postures

Depending on the age of your Yoga students, they will most likely be ready and willing to make up a story or two. To help, you can set the scene, and identify a problem the characters will face, before beginning to tell the story. You can let each child tell a part of the story, breaking it up into the beginning, middle, and end; or you can let the story flow in different directions. Remember that the importance of the story lies in the Yoga postures - not whether the story makes perfect sense.

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