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The Importance of Yoga for today's children

Yoga- it has got a vast history. Right from the ancient days Yoga has an important role in our lives. Yoga knowledge has been preached in Vedas. Extensive studies were perfomed on yoga. The result of the deep study of vedas , Shastras and all other holy books concludes that the first Guru of our ancient Rishis is almighty "GOD". Studying the vedas and holy books all our ancient rishis/gurus/ acharyas have been teaching us yoga nad the omportance of yoga.

Yoga has become a hot commodity in America, especially in this busy world. We see it every where in the local health clubs, recreation centres and the YMCA's. All kinds of books and video tapes on yoga are found in most of the bookshops and the super markets. Yoga- is a group of ancient spiritual practices originating in India. The sanskrit term yoga has wide range of meanings. Most common meanings include- joining or uniting and related ideas.

The sage Patanjali is regarded as the founder of the formal Yoga philosophy. This is also knon as Rajya Yoga-which is a system for control of the mind.

Yoga is being practiced by elders as well as the children in this fast moving world. Children long with the parents are also facing the stress with their school work, endless after school activities and other extra ciricular activities adds upto to this.Teaching Yoga to children, helps them develop better body awareness, self-control, flexibility, coordination, and concentration.Yoga has also been shown to help the hyperactive and attention-deficit child.Yoga, practiced regularly, helps children become aware of themselves from the inside out. From this awareness, changes and growth in new and positive directions can blossom.It also offers the children the mindfulness which removes evrything stressful from their mind.

With mindfulness and concentration, we can send the energy of the breath throughout the body, releasing tensions, supplying strength, and bringing stillness to areas where we are troubled. When practicing yoga, we often discover parts of our body that are tight, sore, numb, or painful of which we were not even aware. This is the process of developing mindfulness.

Children derive enormous benefits from yoga. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition, their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improves.

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