The origins of yoga are debated, however two things are for sure: it originated somewhere in India and it’s very old! Since it’s beginning, yoga has been tied in very closely to spirituality and practiced strictly by people looking to benefit themselves mentally, physically and spiritually. Yoga gurus introduced the practice of yoga to the West and in the 1980’s it gained popularity as a form of physical exercise in the Western world. It became so popular that people like Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr swear by it!
These days, yoga is a popular pastime for parents to get their kids into. Yoga for kids is a little bit different and as most kids have bags of energy, it incorporates lots of physical elements whilst using things like listening and communication. Parents can do yoga with their babies, or their kids can do yoga themselves once they’re a little older!
Did you know?
The Guinness World Records currently lists 85-year-old Bette Calman from Australia as the world’s oldest yoga teacher. However, 90-year-old yoga teacher Gladys Morris from Royton, Oldham, is petitioning the Guinness World Records to be recognized as the oldest. Yoga to be kidding me!
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3 reasons to get into Yoga
Yoga gives children confidence.
No two bodies are alike and everyone has different strengths and weaknesses. Children will be able to see that not everyone can do everything perfectly in yoga and that everyone just does their best and enjoys the class. This will serve them well later in life and teach them about the importance of their own strengths and weaknesses.
Yoga teaches kids how to quiet the mind.
Yoga is about being calm and relaxing the mind, so it helps kids to preserve their seemingly limitless energy! Baby yoga tends to be about calm interaction with the other children, and soothing movements their parents carry out with them.
Yoga teaches kids about balance.
Balance is very important for young children as they are starting to become comfortable with their bodies. For even smaller children, it’s important so they can start walking and moving about. The balance isn’t just physical though - it teaches kids the importance of balancing their busy time with equal quiet time and relaxation.
Yoga is just good for you.