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YOGA: For beating stress PHOTO: S. MAHINSHA
YOGA: For beating stress PHOTO: S. MAHINSHA

SANGEETH KURIAN

Yoga promotes fitness and well being.

If you thought stress management is only for grown ups, think again. Children who live in a world of incessant lessons, homework, video games and sports too are a stressed lot. A training programme in Yoga can serve as the perfect stress buster for your child. According to the practitioners, yoga's physical and mental benefits for children are same as that for the adults. It helps to improve their mental strength, balance, flexibility, coordination, focus, and the ability to deal with stress. Children of the fast-paced, media-saturated 21st Century can turn to yoga as an avenue for relaxation, they say. 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 improve.

Improves strength

The practitioners also argue that while doing yoga, children exercise, play and connect more deeply with the inner self, and develop an intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounds them. Nevertheless the most important advantage yoga can give children is a strong sense of self-esteem and self-confidence. Scientific studies too have shown that children who practise yoga demonstrate improved relaxation responses and motor control. So next time when you stretch like a dog, balance like a flamingo, breathe like a bunny, or stand strong and tall like a tree, remember the practice offers something for every participant.Realising the inherent potential, the Holistic Medicine and Stress Research unit of the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College has been conducting yoga classes for candidates in the age group of 10-30 years for the last five years. This year the programme will begin on April 17. For more details contact ph: 0471-2444440. Yet another institution offering yoga class for children in the age group of 6 to 14 years is Yuj Wellness Centre run by yoga acharya Tara Laju. The classes here will begin on May 1. For details contact ph: 2438254


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