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Yoga for kids

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yoga for kids

Yoga for kids….. the hottest trend in yoga! with more and more people getting information about yoga and it’s benefits they want their kids to join yoga classes as early as possible. They want their kids to do as many number of poses as possible. Yoga for kids is now part of almost all yoga schools world wide.

I am writing on the basis of my observation I have done for the last few years through numerous kids yoga sessions. Here are my observations which may help in understanding the physics, chemistry and Biology of kids yoga.

1. The easiest thing you can do with kids is to either make them cry or make them happy if you try to do something else it needs presence of mind and immense patience.

2. Kids do not understand yoga they are there because their parents brought them there. Explaining the deep philosophies of yoga,  details of Chakras etc aren’t going to work.

3. No matter how much you try you cannot force them do yoga asanas. The only way through is do yoga yourself and show them that it’s super fun doing it.

4. For kids yoga postures are no different than playing on the ground.  And seriously kids don’t care about alignment, posture etc. The only way to make them do perfectly is to offer them rewards as in points in any normal game.

5. The more questions you ask kids, the more interaction you have with each and every kid better the class will be. After a certain days in class kids start to interact with other kids. Start calling them with different names etc. It is the best time to involve each and every kid. Some kids get left out and they remain in back throughout the whole experience.  Make sure you keep changing their position in the room everyday so that every one gets a chance to be more involved. It’s like giving every one a chance to score a goal in soccer.

6. Do not bring forward kids for the sake of pictures. Make kids believe that you are asking them to do yoga in front to give them  gifts / chocolates. It will increase their will to do better.

7. Make fun of yourself as much as possible. Adults may hold their laugh but kids don’t. Doesn’t matter if you would have dance like a monkey… do that. It’s the best way to break the boredom and the best form of warm-up exercises.

8. Do not tell them what NOT to eat; tell them what are the thing they can eat only if they do Yoga. Like chocolates, of course!

9. Instead of explaining how to control breath while doing yoga use examples like how would you blow balloons on your birthday. Take  deep breath do the required movement and blow ( to blow the balloon).

10. One more important thing. Instead of giving every kid a separate yoga mat use a big soft carpet kind of thing. It will give them enough room to move around, play around and still do yoga.

11. Yoga is not at all yoga for kids, it’s just fun with kids. Using accurate Sanskrit and english names isn’t going to help; Use Animal names with their voices..that helps! kids don’t remember asana names but what they do remember is their dogs and cats name.

12. The moment you show them that you are a teacher you got yourself in a big trouble better be Santa who organizes games and give gifts to a kids who love to make animal voices and copy their movements.

These are my personal observations and have no scientific basis but there is no scientific algorithm to make your kid like yoga either.
As per my style of saving the best for the end.

Never in your entire class mention the benefits of yoga asanas.. or the disease it is going to cure unless you want me to come over and stop kids from crying.

Mahendra Kumar

Staff writer
India’s premier yoga teacher training center
paramyoga.org

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It happens only in India

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Let me show another face of India and the life in the ashram. The way you look at India depends on the perspective. If you want to see colors you will find it, if you want to listen to music you will find it and if you want to find yourself you will definitely find thyself.


india pictures (3)

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ashram band

india pic

Divyadarshan Shrivastava

holi in India (2)

holi in ashram

holi

holi

holi in Paramanand ashram

 

Picture credits:

Former students and  Paramanand ashram staff.

Editing : Mahendra Kumar

Synergy Garden and tree house in the ashram

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Synergy Garden developed by
Jeferson Gerardi,
gerardi.j@hotmail.com

yoga teacher training in India

Yoga Teacher Training in San Francisco California

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Information regarding the US teachers training workshop.

us teacher training workshop

Name of the course:

1.Yoga Teachers Training Certificate 200 hrs (Yoga Alliance USA)

2.Yoga Therapy basic Certificate

Yoga Style: Traditional Paramanand Yoga (This includes all major streams of yoga styles Ashtang, Hatha, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Shakti and others)

Why Paramanand Yoga?

i. Traditional Yoga from original Sanskrit text taught in English

ii. Internationally reputed Institute with its yoga teachers in 54 countries

iii. Guided by Guruji (over 44 years’ experience in Yoga)

iv. Small Group (more personal attention and quarries solved)

v. On hand actual teaching experience

vi. Ongoing support

vii. Affordable

Venue:San Francisco, California

For more information visit: Paramanand Yoga Official website

Yoga is in only one language…

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Most of you would have thought about Sanskrit but that’s not what I am talking about. I know that all the Yoga scriptures were originally written in Sanskrit then got translated into several languages but that doesn’t mean it’s only for Sanskrit speaking language. In fact there are a very few people alive who can converse in Sanskrit.

As per my observation and research the only language which can help in truly understanding Sanskrit is BODY LANGUAGE. It’s your body which tells you which asanas you can do, which asanas you should do, which asanas may cause injuries or which asana may heal you.

Now isn’t just about asanas right, so what about meditation? well here you not actually required to do anything. Just concentrate 🙂

Well these were just my thoughts hope you will like it. 🙂

ONE WORLD   ONE LANGUAGE!

language of yoga

Mahendra Kumar
Staff writer
ParamYoga

Effect of meditation on brain

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As per our Guruji Meditation is the best medication, now that’s the theory. How to prove that? Well not us but researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital did a study on 16 people on the effect of eight week long mindfulness meditation course. They studied the brain scans of the people before and after the course. The study, published in the January issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, concluded that after completing the course, parts of the participants’ brains associated with compassion and self-awareness grew, and parts associated with stress shrank.

Effect of meditation on brain

Frontal lobe
This is the most highly evolved part of the brain, responsible for reasoning, planning, emotions and self-conscious awareness. During meditation, the frontal cortex tends to go offline.

Parietal lobe
This part of the brain processes sensory information about the surrounding world, orienting you in time and space. During meditation, activity in the parietal lobe slows down.

Thalamus
The gatekeeper for the senses, this organ focuses your attention by funneling some sensory data deeper into the brain and stopping other signals in their tracks. Meditation reduces the flow of incoming information to a trickle.

Reticular formation
As the brain’s sentry, this structure receives incoming stimuli and puts the brain on alert, ready to respond. Meditating dials back the arousal signal.

Meditation session in progress.

meditation session

meditation session

meditation session

Technically meditation calms you down and also the activity level in your body. Which sometimes matches the activity level during sleep. According to Shawn Achor, meditation can actually make you happier long-term: Meditation helps in rewiring the brain and helps you to relax. And it’s the most effective way to live happier.

Compiled by Mahendra
Courtesy- Adrienne, Brigida
Yoga Teacher Training Center in India
http://www.paramyoga.org
Original research source: http://www.massgeneral.org/about/pressrelease.aspx?id=1520

Karma Yoga in the ashram

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Lord Krishna in Bhagwat Gita said “A person who has given up all desires for sense gratification, who lives free from desires, who has given up all sense of proprietor ship and is devoid of false ego- he alone can attain total peace.” Karma Yoga is selfless work the work which you do without wishing for any fruitful desires. Here are the one of the best examples of Karma Yoga in the Ashram completed in the month of October 2013.

karma yoga

By Monique Clark

Karma yoga

By- Jeferson Gerardi

Compiled by- Mahendra Kumar

Yoga Teacher Training India Center
paramyoga.org