Today we are going to look at how Yog contributes toward’s children’s social-emotional development.
Do children as young as two and three years get stressed? Yes, it is called tantrums. It’s quite a challenge to be a child in today’s world. When I was working as a preschool manager, I would see parent paparazzi chase their children for photos; always expecting children to smile and look cute. Preschoolers and nursery age children are relentlessly performing for their parent’s social media accounts. Parents also expect their children to do well in school, sports and art. Often I see young children being shuttled between school and dance lesson, tennis lessons, swimming lessons and the list goes on. This leads to stress; stress because of the expectations of significant adults.
Also, new ways of communication and technology are teaching children instant gratification. Overindulgence of phones and iPads leads to a situation where instant gratification becomes a norm. These children are ill equipped to deal with delayed gratifications, something they invariably will face in the real world. A very common scenario in a preschool is, a child having meltdown because her nursery teacher asked her to wait for her turn.
Stress throws our endocrine system out of sync. Hormonal imbalance are on the rise among children. Some of the telltale signs of hormonal imbalance in children are anxiety, insomnia, weight gain, hyperactivity, poor immune system and inability to concentrate.
Yog helps children’s Social and Emotional Development.
Self-confidence – Yog is non-competitive. The first thing that one learns upon joining Yog class is to enter a posture comfortably and not ‘push’ one’s body. This is such a breather in today’s world; be yourself, do what you can, there is no rush, RELAX! This acceptance of self and body fosters the sense of confidence. This acceptance of self, leads to an internal joy that many of our children probably have not experienced.
Emotional well-being – Yog postures stimulate endocrine system and help relieve psychosomatic health problems. It relieves insomnia, hyperactivity, anxiety etc. in children and promotes emotional well-being.
Serenity – Yog means union. Union of mind and body, union of self and nature (Yog postures are inspired by nature). This union is important for a calm and serene mind.
Mindfulness – Yog encourages focusing on self. Observing breathing (mindful breathing) while in a posture helps children calm down. They learn to be in the present moment and connect with self and surrounding.
Here are few Yogasana (Yoga postures) for peace of mind and relaxation:
We need not take away new ways of living from our children, but we sure can empower our children to deal with modern day demands.
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