Have you heard about yoga for children? Verónica Flores is a psychologist. While studying, she personally practiced this discipline and noticed that through this knowledge, she can help both the children and their families. That is the reason she specialized in this field.
She believes that this discipline is sowing the consciousness of exploring the body, from the inside out, at an early age. Consider that the little ones are very receptive and then it is easy to guide them to be introspective and learn to be more attentive and more aware of the world around them.
It is based on creating awareness of your body and environment through body movement. The fundamental difference with that of adults is that, in this case, the approach is ludic and goes beyond postures, meditation or breathing.
How is yoga for children?
Yoga for children is an excellent tool to deal with stress and have an introspective behavior, as well as to learn to know each other since childhood. It also has multiple benefits on a physical and emotional level. “It is done through games or activities that involve them. These will depend on the age of the children: it is not the same a class for those who have 2 to 4, that one of those who have from 5 to 7, is changing, “she says.
“I see that children have an awesome posture problem. I do not know what is happening at home or in the schools that allow them to be hunchbacked. I think a great benefit is to create awareness of what is correct, and this is involved with the way of learning, concentration, recognition of emotions and what they do with them, or connect with their breathing. I have had the opportunity to see how this practice helps a lot to the question of self-esteem to children, “she says.
“Moms bring their children because they probably have behavioral or emotional problems, so they tell me they think yoga is just for relaxation. When they arrive, you realize that it is not only that, that they are other things that surround their lives. This is a help that goes beyond learning positions. The issue is to make many actions in children’s lives better, “she says.
A support that goes beyond physical development
Veronica affirms that doing this is a great responsibility, and that although there are certifications that endorse you as a teacher of yoga for children, some last three days, others a year or six months, but the essential thing is also to have tools in education, pedagogy or psychology to work with these age groups.
“You have to be prepared for any type of situation, from the group control to if someone arrives crying telling you something that happened at home or at school. For example, the topic of bullying in the classes comes out a lot. One as a teacher cannot remain silent: you need to give them some guidance, even if it is not a therapy, “she says.
“Fortunately, yoga awareness is being created for children with special or different abilities. I have had the opportunity to work with children in this condition, and although it is not easy and it is a very complex challenge, they learn a lot. It has been proven that it is very good as part of a therapy as an accompaniment to the patients of autism, Attention Deficit Disorder, Down Syndrome and even with paralysis, you are helping them. Yoga is totally inclusive for both children and adults, “she says.
What kind of yoga for children is and from what age is it suggested to practice it?
The type of yoga that is taught to them will depend a lot on the teacher. Some of those that exist are Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Hatha, Iyengar, so the trend that the instructor has is the one that will apply. There is no specific yoga because the child is taught more generally. The style of Vero is Hatha, which is based on the practice of asanas or body postures, which give the muscles firmness and elasticity.
There are teachers who give these classes to children from two years of age and before that, there is a style that involves mom and baby, she adds. “What I recommend is to segment, a class focused on those of 2, maximum 4, and thereafter. Although being sincere, the ideal thing is to start from 3 or 4, “she clarifies.