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Kids Can Learn to Appreciate the Discipline of Yoga

April 12 2017, 18:10pm

Posted by James Broussard

Well, think back to your own childhood… feeling overloaded with homework assignments, pressure to compete with other children in school and sports, lots of after-school obligations. While it may not compare to the pressures you have today, it can be a substantial burden for a child. But just as you have discovered the benefits of yoga to deal with pressure, children can also benefit from the cleansing practice.
Yoga experts and some child psychologists claim that yoga can help kids cope with any number of stressful situations such as school problems, peer pressure, and self-consciousness, and also teach them self-control and improve their mobility and coordination.
In addition, yoga has also been proven to help children with hyperactivity and attention deficit disorders, two conditions that create a constant desire for movement and outside stimulus in children. Learning the discipline of yoga can help children cope with the conditions and teach them how to control their body and emotions.

However, initially getting children to join in a yoga session is a challenging first step. Even for children not suffering from conditions like ADD, their general restlessness may make getting them to sit and meditate a difficult chore.

And just because a parent has an interest in yoga won’t automatically mean that a child will have the same interest automatically.
A number of yoga experts think that the best way to get children interested in yoga is to let them see you participating and enjoying it, rather than forcing it on them.

When children witness their parents enjoying yoga on a daily basis, in addition to seeing the calming effect it can have on their parents, they will be more likely to develop a curiosity in the practice.

Some yoga experts recommend performing yoga in the home to demonstrate to children how it is conducted and some of the movements associated. The natural curiosity of children, experts say, will make them want to try some of the more “fun” positions in the practice. Poses like headstands and certain balancing moves mimic the regular playtime activities that children take part in every day, so seeing them in yoga will spark their interest.
Once children display an interest in the moves and positions, yoga instructors say, you can begin to introduce them to the meditation aspects of the practice. Yoga instructors recommend beginning with breathing exercises that can teach them to relax.

Next, try poses such as the Warrior pose and the Tree pose, two movements that can teach them confidence, calmness and balance. The idea, the experts say, is getting children to go beyond the mere movements and to get them to think about what the poses represent. For instance, ask them if the Warrior pose makes them feel strong and confident.

Does the Tree pose make them feel tall and strong?

The goal, the experts say, is to get them to mentally identify with the poses and the emotions that they create.

By combining the two feelings, experts say, children will learn how to connect their mind and body, which can bring an improvement in many aspects of their life, from school to outdoor activities.

Children who learn to make the connection between the two, the experts state, will learn to develop confidence in their abilities.
Other aspects of yoga and meditation can be introduced at this stage, such as chanting for peace and harmony (tapping into a child’s natural instinct to sing and chant, the experts state) and developing an appreciation and respect for the world around them.

Getting children to listen to the wind in the trees or notices the smells of a meadow become a much more enjoyable experience for them when they learn to develop a confidence and awareness from within.

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Is Yoga Just for Women?

April 12 2017, 18:08pm

Posted by James Broussard

While the majority of adults currently state that they do not participate in weekly exercises activities due to a lack of time, millions of people are reaping the benefits that yoga can provide.

Years ago yoga was referred to as an activity much like Tai Chi that was common for women to practice as a relaxation therapy.

While that may be true as far as being compared to Tai Chi, it is not just for women and it can effect the way your body looks, feels and thinks.
Yoga is not your average gym workout as it does not require any machines, heavy weight lifting or extreme cardio activity.

That is what makes yoga so amazing as it has the ability to transform your body much like those other more vigorous workouts can, but without all of the additional stress on your joints and increased endurance needed to take part in them. You can be at any fitness level and begin to take up a yoga program. It is for the young and old and many people with disabilities can also join in on the fun.

Yoga is a practice of posing your body into stretching positions and holding them there for a few seconds or minutes while utilizing the set breathing patterns.

It sounds easy because it is easy, you can burn calories by doing yoga as well as change the entire shape of your body. Most forms of yoga will burn up to 300 calories per hour, with some advanced types of yoga burning over 600 calories.
While practicing yoga you will gain an increased level of flexibility which can greatly help you in other daily activities.

Imagine having chronic back pain that causes you to experience difficulty just to bend over and tie your shoes, or to simply get up and out if bed each morning. It is chronic pains such as those that can be repaired rather quickly through yoga.

Begin at your own pace and only perform the poses that you can do with very little effort at first.

Gradually increase your level of yoga poses as the weeks progress and try to hold them in that position as long as you can before moving onto the next pose.
Incorporate different methods of yoga by using a balance ball or rolling pad to mix it up each week. You can begin taking part in yoga activities by finding a local class or hiring a trainer to have private yoga lessons.

For those that may want a bit more privacy or something less expensive to begin their yoga programs you can pick from the endless selection of yoga videos that are in every local store currently.

Wear comfortable clothing that you can move around easily in while practicing yoga and stay hydrated with water before and after your workout.

Enjoy the progression your body will make and continue your yoga poses for life to obtain a permanent sense of inner peace that you simply cannot obtain weight lifting.

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Benefits of Yoga

April 12 2017, 18:06pm

Posted by James Broussard

No other form of exercise gives the benefits that yoga can provide, especially not one that is loved by both men and woman, of all ages. Not only does yoga tone different parts of the body with targeted poses but it is deeply relaxing.

Yogi is not an exercise restricted to the gym like many others. Some people who travel around the can do yoga poses in their hotel room or on the beach, for example, to relax the body and get over jetlag.

If you want to lose weight or increase your strength then you are in luck. Yoga reduces levels of cortisol in your body and helps it to burn fat. Yoga benefits every different muscle in your body, strengthening them and improving your endurance.

Using the breathing exercises, called pranayamas in daily life can decrease stress. Yogis take slow, deep breaths of air, a transferable technique to everyone’s lifestyles.

For pregnant women, benefits include better flexibility and mental preparation for the birth. Some poses can be used during labour to reduce pain.

If someone has injuries, such as knee and back pains or pulled hamstrings, yoga is the sport most often prescribed during rehabilitation or to help solve the problem. I had a back pain after falling down and was advised to start practising yoga. It has certainly helped. There is something in it for everyone.

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