Yoga for Kids: Holistic Approach to the Health of Our Children

Yoga is a "preventive medicine" for children and adults. However, the world is not embracing preventive measures. Just see hunger, global warming, healthcare and poverty. Now you see some people take action, but many don't.

Educating the public about the many benefits, which children experience from practicing yoga, is a full-time job for some yoga teachers. Although most people believe that yoga poses are a "moderate" form of exercise; There are many different aspects of practicing yoga.

Yoga is a holistic, integrated approach to health. Yoga teaches proper breathing, diet, exercise, meditation, relaxation techniques, and many other natural solutions to health problems.

Yoga and Ayurvedic medicine have dietary practices based on a person's constitution or dosha. This same classification can be made for an exercise routine. The Ayurveda doctor will likely recommend specific exercises based on the patient's dosha.

The whole approach to Yoga and Ayurveda relies on preventive measures. There are also solutions to "harm control", when a person has an existing disease, but any doctor can agree that many of the current health problems are preventable.

Let's look at global obesity. The public is so tired of hearing about obesity. Spam filters run overtime to pull all "instant weight loss" methods from your email inbox. If you read the spam, you will notice that the spammers want to sell the pill, not the permanent solutions to obesity. A spam sender's approach is to make money quickly from the audience.

When the majority of our population refuses to exercise, the easy money is selling pills, instant weight loss, and "snake oil." There is a solution, but most of us won't like it. The yogic diet is full of fruits, vegetables, and natural food. Even in India, it can be seen that diabetes is on the rise, when people eat "junk food".

As the Indian economy improves, so has the "middle class appetite" for processed foods. This parallels Western socio-economic patterns.

What does this have to do with yoga for kids? Yoga is a lifestyle and the earlier your children introduce good healthy habits, the better your child's health.

As parents, we have many options, but establishing good healthy habits, within our children, is an obligation. We also have to eat right and exercise with our children. If you can't go to a yoga class, you can always take your child for a walk. Parents are role models, and any child will copy the image you create for him or her.

Yoga lessons for kids are a parent's gift to good health. Yoga gives children a better chance to develop good habits, deal with stress, find natural solutions to good health, and lead a good life.