We are mind, body, heart and spirit. These layers are inextricably woven into what we call the human being. Each layer is directly affected by the other. How our bodies, mind and breath function affects our levels of vitality and wellness. Just like the spokes of a wheel, if one spoke is shorter than the others the wheel will not move forward with ease. So too our holistic selves. If one part of us is not functioning at its optimum or at least in balance with the other parts, we will experience imbalance, frustration, disease, lack of joy and low energy levels. A regular practice of physical exercise (and Yoga) and healthy eating, positive thinking, relaxation and the proper use of breath helps to keep body, mind and spirit in balance, sickness at bay, energy levels intact and our mental attitudes conducive to a happy and fulfilled life.
Children are super sensitive, highly intelligent beings. They are totally receptive to their environment and are affected by their surroundings in profound ways. They are influenced by so many external factors such as parental pressure, stress, peer pressure, school pressure, competitive sports, TV, videos, game consols (play station, Wii, and all other technological advancements), chemicals and pesticides in foods, bad eating and the list goes on. Childhood illnesses are also on the increase; ADD, ADHD, anxiety, insomnia, obesity, low muscle tone, low levels of self esteem, lack of self worth and fear are prevalent problems in our society.
Modern day children are born with huge amounts of energy and with much higher levels of intelligence than we have ever seen before. They are often difficult to calm or settle, they get bored easily and need constant attention and stimulation.
Yoga offers children a place to download all this sensory input. Yoga classes are designed to teach children tools to self calm, de-stress, find inner balance and manage this intense energy so it can be used in effective and constructive ways. It’s a place where children are encouraged to accept and love themselves and others just the way they are.
Yoga helps children feel safe
It improves low self esteem, increases self worth and builds confidence. It helps children communicate better and express their emotions. It improves focus and concentration. It improves low muscle tone, increases flexibility, strength and coordination.
Yoga helps alleviate aches and pains and helps with respiratory disorders.
Yoga helps children with sleep disorders.
It helps with depression and anxiety.
Yoga helps develop personal responsibility and self-discipline. It reminds children of their connection to source and their unlimited creative power.