Yoga helps to gain strength, flexibility, focus and relaxation. Its philosophy is about gratitude, kindness, awareness, positivity, getting rid of habits and addictions.
Many years ago, when people studied animals and nature, they realized they everything is in a perfect harmony. They thought that if nature had such a harmony, so could humans have, and they invented yoga by implementing nature itself. They created poses that provides to balance the breath and create awareness.
Our children grow up in a world full of hurry and stress. Their parents are busy, they feel pressure about school, classes, videogames and competition. Yoga helps body to move easier, gain strength and relax the mind.
Children connect with the animal that they imitate the posture of. They connect with the lion’s not only physical pose but its instincts as well when they practice lion pose, for example. When they practice tree pose they learn to stay solid like a tree with strong roots. Children start to develop awareness between their bodies as surrounding and understand they we are all a part of the whole.
By practicing breath, body and awareness we help mind to calm down. Susan Kaiser Greenland compares an uneducated mind to an elephant. This elephant has potential for greatness but needs to be trained. The elephant will first try to fight and escape, but it will calm down. An uneducated mind is also impulsive and jumps from one thought to another like an elephant. With the exercise of breath awareness, mind and body start to relax. We observe what is happening at the body and mind when we stay at the felling of breath. We experience living the moment without controlling or changing the breath.
Yoga is a research of body. Children and teenagers learn the feelings at the body when they move or meditate, and to create space for this feelings.
They understand that someone else’s body is different than theirs and feel more secure in an environment without competition. By working with dignity and performing our best we learn to respect the boundaries that limits us. Real learning happens when the competition is done.
Especially teenagers can be very hard and criticising on themselves. If they learn to respect their body and honour it, their self-esteem develop as well. By pushing the boundaries and performing postures that they think as impossible, self-confidence and motivation develops.