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Posted on Apr 19, 2022

Yoga in Children

The word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word yuj meaning “union.”

Yoga originated 4,000 or 5,000 years ago in India. Over time, yoga developed as a science, philosophy, and psychology.

The aims of yoga are the development of the following:

  • A strong and flexible body free of pain.
  • A balanced autonomic nervous system with all physiological systems, e.g., digestion, respiration, endocrine, functioning optimally.
  • A calm, clear, and tranquil mind.

Apart from this yoga practices are also intended to facilitate self-transformation at every level of functioning, with the goal of improving the overall quality of life.

Yoga and the Young Generation:

The present-day metro children are facing challenges which were probably very uncommon 30-40 years back. Common in the list are childhood obesity, increased incidence of psychological problems, issues with concentration and attention, anxiety, depression, various psychosomatic disorders, asthma. To write this blog I did some research on this subject and came across lot of published scientific evidence which indicates that yoga may prevent and add on to early recovery of a good number of above mentioned ailments. There is a Cochrane review on benefits of yoga in asthma and an American publication by American academy of pediatrics on various benefits of yoga in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and prevention of some medical ailments.

Yoga for Young Generation

  • Studies have shown that that yoga increases working efficiency, and overall ability to concentrate and focus. Yoga fosters relaxation and breathing in a very active way, enabling children to channel their energy into goal-driven tasks.
  • Yoga can also have an impact on stress management and obesity (also as a part of physical exercise).
  • Research has shown that educational curricula incorporating stress- management programs improve academic performance, self-esteem, classroom behavior, concentration and emotional balance. Additional potential benefits for school-aged children include improved concentration and self-esteem.

Various individual controlled studies have shown that yoga appears to be a promising complementary therapy and stress- management tool for childrenand adolescents, with very low reports of adverse effects. Yoga as a therapeutic intervention has positive effects on psychological functioning, especially in children coping with emotional, mental and behavioral health problems.