Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Yoga for children

 I quite like yoga and love practicing it with the kids.

Yoga develops both body and mind, and it can be a very beneficial exercise for the children's muscles and spinal cord, as well as for training their equilibrium. The different yoga postures work the muscles all over the body and teach the children how to maintain a correct posture. Yoga also teaches them how to breathe slowly with the abdomen, so that they learn how to relax and calm down.

As most of the postures refer to animals and things you find in nature, they are quite fun for children to learn and, given the great flexibility children have, they get them pretty easily.

A few days ago I went to a yoga with children workshop organised by Dideco in their shop at calle Príncipe de Vergara.

The workshop was for children from 4 to 8 years of age and was taught by a girl from the Asociación Duendeduca, who really made a great effort to make the children enjoy the activity. Even though the space was quite small, as the workshop took place in a little corner inside the shop, she managed to make the most of the time we spent there.

First, she began with a bit of breathing and a children's version of the Sun Salutation, followed by some typical yoga postures such as the cat, the tree, the fish and the cobra.

A little bit of Om to finish, and everyone went home happy and relaxed!

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