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Children's yoga: the union of play and relaxation


Parents look for activities for their children that, in addition to entertaining them, have positive benefits for their physical and mental development and for their health. He child yoga for children it can be a good option to combine play with relaxation, concentration and balance. We will tell you more about this sport that you can practice as a family, both at home and abroad.

Originally from India, the word yoga means 'union', union first with oneself (the child meets himself, learns to know himself), and then with others (the little ones learn to relate and communicate with their environment).

However, children's yoga could also be considered a great way to tie the game together, as children have a great time doing it, with relaxation or concentration, which is what is achieved with the continuous practice of this discipline. As with other types of sports, yoga for children is a great way for children to exercise and, in this case, also to relax, while staying entertained and having a great time.

Experts agree that the best age for a child to enter yoga exercises is from 4 years old. At that age, the little ones already know perfectly what to expect and want from them and they already have the ability to perform and control certain body movements.

At that age, for children, the practice of yoga is a playful activity. However, thanks to yoga they manage to forget the possible situations of pressure or stress that appear at school or at home and relax, adopting a calm attitude, reducing tensions and facilitating their concentration and self-control. Yoga also favors your creative potential and enhances your talent.

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Yoga is a recommended activity for all boys and girls. The search for balance and harmony provides a good basis for children to enjoy a happy and healthy adult life in the future.

For the restless or active child as well as for the shy or embarrassed child, yoga helps channel your energy. It will help the most active to learn to relax and concentrate more, while also encouraging the quieter children to lose their fear of others and open up to the universe around them.

Yoga is an excellent tool for children to have a more active life, since it activates them and is a great entertainment to avoid excessive use of screens in leisure times.

But, in addition, as detailed in the 'Pedagogical proposal to promote the integral development of children 5-6 years of age through the practice of yoga' by Diana Pérez Pantoja for the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Colombia, children's yoga is also a A great way for children to gain self-confidence while building self-esteem and self-esteem.

Continuing with this research, it is appropriate to point out that children's yoga also promotes the values ​​of non-violence and inner peace. Therefore, it could be determined that this discipline has positive effects on both the bodily dimension and the cognitive, communicative, ethical and aesthetic dimension of children.

Consequently, depending on the temperament of each child, yoga classes will have to be planned with some types of exercises or others. You can't plan one standard yoga practice the same for all types of children, but first we have to study and analyze the temperament of each one.

Several characteristics must be taken into account that will later influence the formation of a personality and normal or deviant physical development. These characteristics are:

- Activity level of the child: frequency and speed of their movements.

- Regularity or irregularity in their physiological functions: sleep, hunger, etc.

- Reaction to new experiences such as a new bedroom or being with strangers.

- Minimum force or stimulus necessary to get your attention to perform a new movement or activity.

- Expansion energy in which you express your emotions, moods, desires, illusions, etc.

- Ease with which your attention is diverted from one activity to another due to some peripheral stimulus.

- Time of uninterrupted attention towards a simple activity such as watching television or towards a posture.

For all this yoga is a highly recommended activity for children, a game that encourages your development in every way and helps you relax, concentrate and lead a calmer life now and in the future, always maintaining a positive attitude.

Now that we know all the benefits that yoga can have for children, we are going to explore the possibility of proposing its practice to our children. There are several possibilities.

On the one hand, we can point them to an academy or gym where children's yoga classes or workshops are taught by an instructor trained for it. This is, perhaps, the most recommended option for children to always practice this discipline Safely.

There is also the possibility that do yoga at home, all together as a family. In this case, you must be careful so that no one gets hurt and take into account the following recommendations:

- It is better to go little by little. Start with the basics, and then increase the difficulty.

- You have to respect and listen to the body. When we push it too hard, we can hurt ourselves.

- You should all wear comfortable clothes and use a mat that does not slip.

- Better not do yoga right after eating.

- You have to stay hydrated.

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