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Yoga and Children: Nurturing Mind, Body, and Spirit through Playful Practice with Sakura

"Yoga and children" is a topic that holds a special place in my heart. We often discuss the benefits of yoga, so why not introduce it to children through the joy of play? Yoga captivates their attention and engages them physically, emotionally, and mentally. There are no competitions; instead, everyone is rewarded by discovering their unique abilities and inner resources. The word "yoga," derived from Sanskrit, means "to unite." The aim is to bring together their strengths and potentials, helping them uncover their talents while learning essential values like self-respect, kindness towards others, love for life, and appreciation for their surroundings.

Yoga can be instrumental in addressing various challenges children may face, such as hyperactivity, behavioral and learning disorders, insecurity, and low self-esteem. It promotes body awareness, mindful breathing, and freedom of expression. As a teacher, my role is to convey the essence of yoga by guiding and directing their energy through moments of focus, meditation, and the practice of asanas. Through these experiences, children develop a deep understanding of their bodies and the space they occupy.

Encouraging freedom of movement is crucial for their creative growth. It is equally important to stimulate their imagination by engaging them in activities like creating and coloring mandalas. Mandalas are symbolic images based on geometric shapes that have been used for centuries to enhance awareness and concentration. The Sanskrit word "mandala" translates to "center," and its significance in yoga is profound and healing. Coloring mandalas allows children to immerse themselves in a relaxing activity where there are no rules for coloring. The colors and combinations they choose will be a reflection of their unique personalities. Just like blank canvases, children can fill the canvas of life with the vibrant "colors" of yoga!


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