The Importance Of Yoga

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The cultural practice I have selected is YOGA. Yoga is a part of our tradition since the ancient India. Our ancestors, yogis, kings and gurus all strongly practiced yoga. It has been a part of our gurukul education since the first dynasty. The word "Yoga" came from the Sanskrit word "yuj" which means "to unite or integrate. Yoga is all about the union of a person's own consciousness and the universal consciousness. Yoga is a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline; it is a form of Exercises which helps improve blood circulation, stimulate the abdominal organs and put pressure on the glandular system of the body and has different form of breathing techniques or Pranayama it helps with bodily exercises, weight loss, stretching, toning and exercise…show more content…
Children also derive enormous benefits from yoga physically, flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition by doing yoga, children exercise, play, connect more deeply with the inner self, and develop an intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounds them which leads to holistic development. Yogis developed the asana many thousands of years ago; they lived close to the natural world and jungle. They used animals and plants as an inspiration. Like the sting of a scorpion, the grace of a swan, the movement of a tree when breezy, walk of lion etc. We would introduce this by first calling our class “LITTLE YOGIS” While doing yoga with children doing only the breathing techniques and different postures can get boring for them. The greatest challenge with children is to hold their attention long enough to teach them the benefits of yoga: stillness, balance, flexibility, focus, peace, grace, connection, health, and well-being. Keeping in mind that most children love to talk, and they love to move (some are distractive and some fugitive) these two…show more content…
The curriculum and concepts are set age wise. Rhymes: Age 1.5 to 2.5 With the small babies we do rhymes a series of yoga poses following songs like “Old McDonald had a farm” while singing or listening to them. It’s a wonderful practice as it combines many modalities of learning and interacting. The children might not do perfect poses but they start getting introduced to the concept of yoga. Animal Kingdom surprise box: Age 2.5 to 3.5 At this age best way to teach yoga is we take a big box and fill it with all kinds of animal toys or pictures. We make all children sit in a circle then each child put his/her hand into the magical box and takes out a toy. Then, imitates that animal pose with all the other children and then holds it there. The child with the best pose well balanced gets a star on little yogi chart. To make this more interesting the teachers becomes the Animal Kingdom Fairy who hold a magical wand and with “yoga magic” turns the children into the animals that they pull out of the box. yoga story time: Age 4 to 6 for children age 4 to 6 yrs who really need something concrete to follow; show the children pictures in a book as we do the poses

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