Yoga: Tap into the many health benefits
Chronic stress can lead to a variety of health and
emotional problems. Yoga can be an effective method to reduce stress and
anxiety. See how to get started.
By Mayo Clinic staff
Your kids are demanding the latest video game, your boss wants that
report done yesterday, and your partner wants to know what's for dinner.
Stress and anxiety are everywhere. If they're getting the best of you,
you might want to make like a cobra or a mountain and try yoga.
Yoga's series of postures — some with names from nature — and controlled
breathing exercises are a popular means of stress management and
relaxation. Today, yoga classes teaching the art of breathing,
meditation and posing are offered nearly everywhere — from trendy health
clubs in big cities to community education classes in small towns to
hospitals and clinics. If you're looking for more do-it-yourself
techniques for stress reduction, see how to get started with yoga.
YogaKids 14 Elements
All children love to move and all children are curious to learn. But each child learns in his own unique way. YogaKids was developed after founder Marsha Wenig tried to teach children yoga the same way in which she taught adults… it didn’t work!!!
YogaKids is based on the Multiple Intelligence Theory developed by Howard Gardner, a Harvard educator. The theory states that there are 8 different ways in which children learn: through linguistics, logic, visual stimulation, movement, rhythm, communication, introspection and personal environment.
YogaKids incorporates 14 elements using yoga poses as a foundation, which stimulate and teach, reaching every child’s ability to learn. They are based on themes, and include music, math concepts, ecological facts, anatomy, non competitive games, language games, art work and breath play/relaxation.
YogaKids encourages some of our first steps towards self awareness, self esteem, compassion and health, empowering them with tools to help cope with daily stresses, and learn about and respect the world they live in.
The 14 Elements of YogaKids
Are designed to stimulate and teach a multitude of ways to perceive and access information. Together they create a matrix for learning. All of these elements integrate exercise and physical learning with intellectual growth and creative life enhancing skills.
The first two elements for instance are:
POSES AS PATHWAYS
— is the spring board for this whole mind/body learning system. When the body moves into a pose the brain creates new neural pathways and increase it’s learning potential. Poses are the stepping stones to the teach a myriad of the elements below, which then create even more avenues to learning.
- BODY BENEFIT
— Kids love to learn about their own bodies and how they work. "The Body Benefit" of a certain pose might be, teaches them how to let off steam safely or remove tension from their shoulders after carrying their school bags all day. etc.
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