Nowadays kids are getting equally stressed as adults do. With too many things to finish each day like school, homework, project, tests, extra-curricular activities, bullying etc. kids are super-stressed. The pressure created can be sometimes overwhelming for kids. So as a parent you might be worried thinking out how to deal with it.Even though you can’t bear the stress for them, but definitely can help them to develop healthy ways to cope with the stress. Definitely, Yoga and breathing techniques can help kids handle the pressures associated with peers, workload, and school.
One way to get de-stressed is talking to someone – parent, friend, teacher, counselor – they can help you find out what went wrong and solutions to come out of it.
Like adults, one of the best ways to ease stress within the kids is through exercise. It can put them in a better mood.Yoga can make them feel stronger which in turn boosts their confidence and also it includes lots of stretching exercises which makes them feel relaxed.
Yoga also focuses on breathing and meditation, which help them to have calm thoughts in their mind.In addition, their concentration and coordination skills improve.By doing Yoga, they develop a deep relationship with the natural world that surrounds them.
Here are some yoga poses that kids will enjoy practicing:-
Stand tall with your feet together or slightly apart. Try to balance equally in both feet. Pull in your belly. You can let your arms hang down by your sides, palms facing forward, or lift them straight above your head and bring your palms together. Think as if you are a mountain. Breathe in and out. Imagine and feel you are tall, strong and sturdy.
Stand on one leg. Bend the knee of the other leg and place the sole of your foot on your inner thigh. Think high. Imagine that you can touch the sky. Say I’m tall. Find the balancing by thinking you are firmly rooted deep down.
Lie on your stomach and gently lift your chest, arms, and legs off the floor. Think that you are flying up in the air. Keep breathing in and out through the nose. Let your dreams fly!
Bend forward and place your right hand on the ground about slightly in front of and to the outside of your right foot.Lift your left leg parallel to the floor and then lift your left arm and reach for the sky. Look up at your hand. Feel the happiness. Think that you are dancing full of joy.
Sit on your buttocks with a tall spine. Keep it long. Bend your legs with soles of your feet together. Flap your legs like a butterfly. Imagine a garden full of flowers and you are butterfly flying from flower to lower. Be cheerful.
Downward Facing Dog
Downward dog is a wonderful pose to increase strength and flexibility. Be on your hands and knees, with your toes curled under.Lift your hips into the air. Straighten your arms and legs. Draw your heels toward the floor. Press down as you lift up and away. Pretend to be a dog. Bark at your friend. Have fun!
The most important pose of all. Lie down on your back. Let your legs straight and your arms by your sides, palms facing up. Let the leg fall apart naturally. Close your eyes. Keep calm and relax. Imagine that you are floating on a cloud.