Yourwellness Magazine Looks at Yoga for Children

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Following a launch of a new exhibition on the history of yoga, Yourwellness Magazine explored the benefits of yoga for children.

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A new exhibit in Washington shows the complex dimensions of yogi life, BBC News reported October 25th. According to the article, “Sackler Gallery exhibit shows yoga's complex history,” the world's first exhibition exploring the visual art of yoga, entitled “Yoga: The Art of Transformation at the Sackler Gallery of Asian art,” has revealed that in the 2,500 years of its known existence, there has never been one single type of yoga. Debra Diamond, curator of the exhibition, commented, ‘Five years ago I did think I would find that single yoga tradition, but yoga constantly transformed and developed over time. Although there are a couple of main goals, there's nothing that shows up in every single yoga path.’ (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24617961)

With this in mind, Yourwellness Magazine looked at the benefits of yoga for children. Yourwellness Magazine noted, ‘As complementary wellness practices go, yoga has really stood the test of time. This ancient practice has gained mainstream popularity with serenity seekers and exercise enthusiasts alike, but what about your kids?...Not only does [yoga for children] give your children all the benefits of an adult yoga class – including stress reduction, mood elevation, fitness, weight loss, higher self-esteem and increased concentration – yoga for children allows your kids to play and use their imaginations.’ (http://www.yourwellness.com/2013/10/yoga-for-young-ones-could-your-kids-feel-the-benefit/#sthash.eVe7JOVD.dpuf)

Yourwellness Magazine outlined three poses that have been specially adapted to suit children:

1. Happy Baby. This pose is fun, and provides a resting posture that stretches children’s hamstrings and massages the back and internal organs – all of which are very beneficial.
2. Road Runner. Boys, in particular, love this pose and can greatly benefit from it. The Road Runner is a variation of High Lunge, and works by stretching the the hamstrings and hips where boys tend to be more tight. There is also a “Ready, set, go!” variation that gets children increasing their heart rate for more of an aerobic exercise.
3. Surf’s Up. This pose is a variation of the Warrior III and uses the core muscles and lower back muscles.

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