In today’s world, we adults are usually overwhelmed, over-stressed and overworked. We can go day to day feeling drained. Sometimes we blame it on work, stressed home-life and sometimes we even say “I’m just getting too old for this!” But, what about the young ones? What about the kids? Do they ever feel overwhelmed, over-stressed or overworked? The answer to that is…YES, they do. Very often we expect our kids to feel good or happy about everything. We fail to realize that they could be overwhelmed with things too. These days school can be very overwhelming for our little ones. Here are three ways that yoga meditation is beneficial for our little ones.
1. Boosts Confidence. Children are born with high self-confidence, but often it is eroded by emotional trauma of varying degrees. At times kids can be cruel to each other and to protect themselves, they put up emotional walls. Meditation can help increase confidence in a number of ways. One way is that it can help them gain flexibility in their attitude which can then lead to an increase in their self confidence. I will write a separate blog on other ways that yoga meditation boosts confidence in children.
2. Enhanced Concentration. Yoga postures, such as Sun Salutation, help increase blood circulation to the brain. As a result, there is increased alertness and awareness. The mind does not stray from the exercise you are doing and you are also able to perform it by concentrating better thus enhancing concentration.
3. Self Awareness. Yoga will make your child aware of his or her breathing and of the posture of their body. They will learn to control anger and calm down their mind by themselves. Self awareness has been shown to improve empathy or the ability to understand what another person is feeling, which improves their awareness of others and helps to build positive relationships.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many other benefits of yoga meditation for kids. It has been found that thirty minutes of meditation daily could improve symptoms of anxiety and depression in adults. In children, about fifteen minutes a day would do wonders. Dali Lama once said…“If every 8 year-old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.” I couldn’t agree more. Namaste.