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The lives of children today are all about school pressures, video games, competitive sports

and busy parents. We usually don't realize that these influences as stressful for our kids, but

in reality, they often are. And the answer to these problems is: Yoga. According to a popular

yoga teacher and enthusiast Alexandra De Collibus, “Yoga, which also means union, is the

practice of accessing and integrating all aspects of our true nature -- body, mind, and spirit --

in the pursuit of inner harmony”. When children learn techniques for self-health, inner

fulfilment and relaxation, they can navigate through life's challenges with a little more ease.

The following are some of the many benefits of teaching yoga to kids.

1. Yoga teaches acceptance and tolerance of others. In practicing yoga, kids learn early in

life that all living beings are to be cherished and respected as they are.

2. Yoga supports positive mental health in children. When children learn to accept and love

themselves for who they are, to see the good in others, to focus and calm their minds, and

to be aware of their innate capabilities, they learn tools for resilience. They are more likely

to be positive and optimistic about life and their abilities, and will hopefully be less likely to

succumb to anxiety, depression and other mental health issues that are so prevalent today.

3. Yoga encourages healthy habits. It also encourages a healthy approach to eating and the

ability to calm oneself amid all distractions and focus well. It also keeps them physically

active and fit.

4. Yoga brings the inner light that all children have to the surface. By practicing yoga,

children exercise, play, and connect more deeply with the inner self. They also develop an

intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounds them.

5. Yoga boosts confidence and self-esteem in children. Yoga teaches them to persevere, be

patient, and work toward their goals.

6. Yoga sparks creativity in the imaginative minds of children. It also teaches discipline and

responsibility to kids.

A child’s innate trust in others, combined with his lack of inhibitions, allows him to receive

the teachings of yoga well and grow in beautiful ways. So, if we can lead our kids there, they

will not only benefit from it, but will enjoy it immensely.