Virginie Dreyer of Tiny-Om creates symbolic jewellery for little girls. Yasmine Mamoudieh, founder of myKidsy, helps parent to find the best courses, creative activities and workshops in London. A conversation around the benefits of yoga for kids started between us.
Yoga is a fun way for children to develop important skills in a non-competitive environment. There is no judgment in a yoga class about how a child does a pose or plays a game. Doing a pose ‘perfectly’ is not the aim of yoga, which nurtures a child’s inner strength and self acceptance. With yoga, kids develop strength, coordination, flexibility and balance, but also body awareness, concentration, and self confidence.
I feel yoga gives kids that inner strength and power they need at an early age to be self reliant, to find that stillness in them, growing up in a noisy world, a place to retreat to whenever they decide”. Said Yasmine. “For me it’s more the meditative yoga and breathing yoga called pranayama that is so powerful . If learnt at an early age it will empower them for the rest of their lives, they will be able to deal with difficult times that life will always have, in a more relaxed way. It is a power that no one can take from them and that will stay with them a lifetime. The practice of yoga and mediation is the practice to consult our inner voice for guidance and not external ones and not blame circumstances for out destiny, It is about taking responsibilities for ourselves and nurturing our souls.
Since I was a little girl, I always saw my Swiss grand-mother doing sun salutations at dawn, but I only started practicing yoga in my late twenties. Knowing how much it helped me in life, I didn’t want to wait too long for my children to get all the great benefits it brings. A year ago we found a wonderful class that they love. When my daughter asked her best friend to join the course, I was confronted by the parent’s skeptical attitude. It was really not obvious to them what it could bring to their daughter. Children who practice yoga are more grounded and centered. Body awareness equals good coordination, focus, determination, discipline, responsibility, patience, a higher self-esteem, a better ability to manage stress and emotions. The immune system is boosted through deep breathing and stimulation of acupuncture points. When the body becomes more flexible, the mind also gets more flexible (less tantrums!). I hope this post helps some of you parents understand more about yoga and how it is beneficial for children.
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