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Yoga Is Fun and Great for Kids

Kids have great imaginations and lots of energy and they love to play, so it’s not surprising that they enjoy doing yoga. Pretending to be dogs, cats, cobras, and camels is great fun, and they really enjoy the challenge of moving their bodies in new and different ways. This fun activity has lots of benefits.  For example, balancing poses not only develop children’s sense of balance, but also teach them to be still and to concentrate. They become more coordinated while cultivating strength, flexibility, endurance, and stamina. Especially valuable for older children is the fact that yoga postures help regulate and balance the production of hormones, which is very helpful as they approach and pass through puberty.

Beyond the merely physical, yoga also gives kids valuable tools to help them cope with the stress they often face in their lives. This stress may be in the form of pressure at school, sports competition, problems at home, and so on. Yoga postures, breathing, relaxation techniques, and yoga dance all teach them how to calm the mind and release tension from the body. 

Yoga Diet

According to the science of yoga, we can compare our bodies to vehicles that we use to travel the path of life. The food we eat is like the fuel we put in the gas tank—the better the fuel, the better the vehicle performs. What we eat has a huge impact not only on our physical well-being, but also on our mental and our spiritual well-being. So our diet is a vital component of the yoga lifestyle.

Yoga Lifestyle Tips for a Good Night's Sleep

Sleep is a wonderful thing. A good night’s sleep not only gives us a restful break between one busy day and the next, but it’s also a chance for our bodies to heal and rejuvenate. That's why when we miss our sleep, we generally feel lethargic and out of sorts the next day. We may become irritable and stressed, especially as the day wears on, and this can affect our work as well as our relationships with others. Lack of sleep can also depress the immune system, making us more likely to catch whatever virus is going around. So getting a good night’s sleep is really quite important.

Checking in with Your Body

As you may have noticed, getting on your yoga mat for an asana session is a way to check in with your body. You notice where it's tight, where there’s tension, and which areas you need to work on to build strength and increase flexibility. (You may also realize that you've waited too long between sessions!)

A True Yogi

Sometimes people who practice yoga asanas become proud of their ability to bend and twist their bodies into advanced yoga postures. They like to show off their skill and may be quite competitive in their practice. But this desire for recognition reveals an agitated mind and a sense of false pride—not the signs of a real yogi.

True yogis are humble. They may not be doing extreme backbends or advanced balancing poses; in fact, they may not be practicing asanas at all. But because they have achieved inner peace and calm through meditation, they have attained yoga’s higher goal.

German scholar

A German scholar was preparing to leave for India to learn yoga. His colleagues asked him if he was going there to learn the yoga siddhis, or mystic powers. The scholar replied that he was not. He said that the yoga siddhis or mystic perfections were already being duplicated by modern science and he was therefore not interested in them.

He told them, "The mystic yogi struggles for decades to achieve the power to levitate or the power to stay underwater for long periods of time. But with the development of airplanes and submarines, modern scientists have achieved the same aim."

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