In our time, no need to convince anyone talk about the benefits of yoga practice, even at some basic level. But that is why it is useful for children's development, said not so much.Something because different classes in yoga class from visiting sports team or dance studio.Therefore we denote a few ideas on this matter from the perspective of child psychology , and especially - Child Neuropsychology .
Let's start with self-regulation. This is a hard event, which includes the organization's own desires (motivations, needs, interests), the ability to plan every little piece of my life, will and experience to overcome the difficulties. At the level of a child's brain all these qualities are associated with the development of the frontal areas of: first motor regulation (control of movements of the body), then the elementary program (union movements in a sequence), the last stage of the programming and control of the activity (closely related to the development of speech). These departments complete their development quite late (12-15 years), especially in boys.
Well now, in fact, it is understandable why the possession of his body is the basis of self-control, and in this sense, yoga is useful as any other form of physical activity of the child: the usual street games, cycling and climbing trees. Besides, through the influence of yoga on subcortical brain centers of energy and ensures their optimum tone and feeding those same frontal areas in which energy flows into the last turn.
Yoga for children: self-control and tone of the energy
Tone of the energy
High energy level means first of all stability. If the child is listless, lethargic, lazy, it is clear that it needs to tone up. But if children are too fussy, restless, unable to stop myself for a long time in one place and in one situation, then this is also the energy problem. And they also need to tone up: do the energy of the body and brain is more smooth and controlled.
In yoga, there are several ways to work in this direction. First-breath: control and increase the proportion of respiratory quickly leads to stability in behavior. The child is less capricious, better sleep, wakes up at night, if he needed to use the toilet. Noticeably improve various properties of speech.
In addition, the performance of some of asanas (postures) gives extra pleasant feeling of peace and stability in the body. For example, pose a snake or different versions of the body tilts to the left / right / forward. It is also very useful oculomotor exercises.
Yoga for Kids: internal stability and peace
Against the background of a sufficiently high level of energy and self-conscious there is a deep, concentrated look (as opposed to a blurred and bleary-eyed.)
Recently become popular ideas of some American kinesiologists. For example, on how to stretch the Achilles tendon is useful as an anti-stress means and ways to improve speech and communication. Those people who have at least some experience of hatha yoga, you know that almost half of the asanas be the hard pulling back of the leg and toe "in itself."And yes, indeed, it brings a good sense of the body and an inner peace.
Anti-stress effect, if you extend the back of the legs
I must say that practicing gymnastics in 5-7 years, will not necessarily lead to the same result. There have been cases where children are severely depleted after training, and had to leave the sport, despite the good abilities and prospects.
I can confirm the results of his own professional experience: you can speed progress in language development in children 6-8 years, when it just "blooms" in a few meetings. The plan includes a correction, including several classic asanas, eye movement and breathing exercises.
Children's intelligence and speech
For the full development of thinking, feeling, speech, memory, attention, it is important to the development of various non-accelerated natural parts of the brain. And for that we need: energy, full experience for all the senses (sight, hearing, touch), motor activity, spatial perception, the relationship between the left and right hemisphere (cross and one-way traffic). All this can provide yoga for children.
Yoga can be used in pediatric neuropsychology for children with difficulties in reading and writing (dysgraphia, dyslexia)
The only thing that is also important to note: yoga - it is still learning, not entertainment.There may not always be fun and interesting as well as the conquest of any other vital tops.