Yoga has been accepted as a universal form of exercise by everybody on this planet. We Indians take pride of its origin here. Yoga has proved to be beneficial and we can even see people of other countries practicing this form of exercise. The most integral part of yoga is that breathing is considered to be vital among the exercises. And this helps people in regulating their daily stress. But kids’ health is of utmost concern in this era as the times have totally changed. The present generation has got busy in too many works that they have no time to keep their health in check. Kids are too much engrossed in the inter net and smart phones and don’t really bother their health.
Here are a few yoga exercises you need to teach your kids so that they stay Hale and hearty
Widely known as the chair pose this exercise is quite simple to practice and highly helpful at the same time. From a standing posture you got to bend on your knees as if you were sitting on a chair. Raise your arms high towards the roof and keep them parallel to your ears with palms looking at each other. There you have your chair pose! This pose strengthens the calf muscles. It also strengthens the ankles, the knees, the feet and the thighs. Not to mention the benefits to the hip region and the waist.
Also known as the tree pose, this might seem straining but has its own perks. Lift your right leg while you are in your standing position and point your knee away from the other leg. Perpendicular to be precise. Place the right foot above or below the left knee depending on what suits you comfortably. Raise your arms high to the roof and hold the posture for around eight counts of breath before you switch your legs. This exercise increases your balancing capability and also gives stability to your legs. It is also said that it boosts your self confidence.
It’s also known as the plows pose internationally. This exercise requires you to lie down on your back and bring the knees close to your chest. Your arms are supposed to be along your sides while your palms press down the floor. Breathe out and lift your legs over your head until it stretches out to touch the surface behind your head. This must look as if you’ve forward bent. The only difference is that you’re upside down. Take the help of your palms to support the hip and hold for 16 counts of breath or as long as you’re comfortable. This pose provides ample stretches to the backside of the body.
This is popularly known as the candle position or the shoulder stand. This position could be derived out of the plow pose. It’s just that you got to get back your legs straight up in the air while you lie on your back until the hamstrings stretch and you feel it. The legs are supposed to be perpendicular to the neck. This pose improves blood circulation to the brain and also tones down the legs and abdominal region. It also proves to be beneficial in lymphatic drainage. The stretching of hamstrings also help in flexibility of the muscles.
Savasana is the most popular among the yoga exercises and also pretty simple to practice. It is also called the bliss pose. This exercise doesn’t actually demand much of flexing from the one who’s practicing it. You have to lie on your back while your arms are placed along your sides. The legs must be parted slightly away from each other. Concentrate on your inhaling and exhaling of breath and relax yourself completely. Rest in this pose for around fifteen minutes. This asana provides complete relaxation to all the systems of human body namely skeletal, muscular, and digestive, immunity and cardio respiratory systems. It’s also known to provide guided visualization.
Now that various yoga postures have been suggested it is up to you parents to learn them and be aware of the benefits that can be derived from these simple exercises. Yoga has never failed in producing satisfactory results. Once you know these exercises you can help your kids in learning them. It’s vital that you make sure they practice these exercises on a regular basis. Your kids might retort in the beginning but it’s your job to keep them going. After all the health of our coming generation is very crucial.