KT Vlogs: What yoga can do for your child
The power in combining breath with movement
Today there are many forms of yoga on sale to us commercially - power yoga, wheel yoga, hot yoga, yoga for better sleep.. you name it its out there. But the fundamentals of yoga have maybe been a little bit lost amongst all the marketing tools aimed to target the vulnerable.
Through my interest and basic practice of yoga over the last year, I learnt the basis of all yoga stems from hatha yoga. A quote from Sadghuru - world reknowned Indian yogi, mystic, poet and bestselling author who also founded the Isha Foundation, a not for profit organization which offers yoga programs around the world says: " Hatha yoga is a preparatory process of yoga. The word "ha" means sun, "ta" means moon. "Hatha" means the yoga to bring balance between the sun and the moon in you, or the Pingala and Ida in you. You can explore Hatha yoga in ways that take you beyond certain limitations, but fundamentally, it is a physical preparation - preparing the body for a higher possibility."
After interviewing yoga teacher Angelique Michel who trained in Inida at Svyasa University and now teaches at a newly opened institute called MindBodySoul in Business Bay, Dubai, Angelique gave me a better insight as to why yoga for kids can be a positive step forward for their growth.
Angelique trains children between 4 - 12 years old to do very simple movements combined with breath work to start with. "It may seem basic but this simplicity creates awareness" she says. "Awareness of the depth of breath, bringing more oxygen to the brain which in turn brings a better clarity of mind, brightness and energy overall to the child. This together of course creates expansion of capability."
Of course children are easily distracted and always want something fun so Angelique also incorporates visualisation to feed their creativity. She says "This way they have a chance to explore themselves. Knowing ourselves can be our greatest gift and take us beyond our limits. In children this can give them a platform to express themselves, challenge themselves, subconsciously handling their emotions on there own and becoming more confident in their own skin"
We all want our children to be the best version of themselves and from speaking to Angelique, "yoga for children" (if taught by a specialistic) can really transform a child's ability to take ownership of themselves and expand their horizons.