Role of Yoga in Tension Outlets of ChildrenChildren now face stressful situations at a more early age. It has ahuge impact on the child’s personality and maturity. It affects theircoping up ability for the latter part of their lives. Hence, it has becomenecessary to look into the physical, mental and emotionaldevelopment. More attention is given towards behavioral and socialaspect of a child. TENSION OUTLETS OF STRESSED CHILDREN Physical Thumb Sucking, Bedwetting, Stammering, Breath holding Eating disorders, Diarrhea, Abdominal Pain Mental Poor Memory and Concentration Emotional Destructive activity, Fear, Anger, Anxiety, Temper tantrums, Aggressiveness, Irritability Social Solitary behavior, mistrust, Ethical values are neglected If these signs and symptoms are not recognized and treated, it will lead to • Health problems • Psychosocial complications • Triggers existing diseases YOGA PRACTICES Heritage of yoga and spirituality is gaining sharper focus through modern scientific research. Even young infants can be taught certain simple child friendly asanas with the names of animals, birds, trees and mountains. What are the Yoga practices that a child can do? • Respiratory training – Pranayama • Postural training – Asana (physical postures), • Concentration training – Trataka • Relaxation
• Meditation and Silence 1. How does Respiratory training benefit the child? • Harmonizes breathing Slows down the breath Cleanses the airway Prevents respiratory problems Improves concentration Calms the mind Names of Pranayama Nostril Breathing (Anuloma Viloma) Alternate Nostril Breathing (Nadi Shuddhi) Bellows Breath (Bhastrika and Kapalabathi) Complete Yoga Breath / Sectional breathing (Vibhagha Pranayama) 2. How does Asanas benefit the child? • Increases the stamina and Strength of muscles and ligaments • Helps in quicker relaxation • Decreases muscular tension • Minimizes inattention and impulsiveness Loosening exercises
3. Concentration training – Trataka Enhances memory Helps to discipline the child Increases attention spanTratak (fixed gazing) is a method which involves concentrating on a singlepoint such as a finger or a candle flame. As we are able to cease therestlessness of eyes seeking something or the other, by fixing its gaze, therestlessness of mind too comes to a halt. Tratak enhances the ability toconcentrate. It increases the power of memory and brings the mind in a state ofawareness, attention and focus. It stimulates the nervous system.4. RelaxationShavasana:Children learn the art of relaxing the body and breathing,and develop a sense of deep awareness.
5. Meditation Silences the mind Removes negative feelings Increases self-awarenessMeditation is to simply being present. Thinking about what happened or whatwill happen is exhausting, but being in the present is not just energizing, it isalso the essence of having fun! Real fun can happen in the present only.Meditation is training the mind to be focused on the here and now. In order tohave strong muscles, we have to use them again and again. In the same way,to train the mind to be one-pointed, one needs to focus it again and again.Meditation techniques Chanting OM - AAA, UUU, MMM Silence
Do not expect children to be young adultsDo not rob them of their innocence and Joy