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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

Time to get back on your feet

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I was watching “the lion king” and it reminded me of something which I forgot for a while now. There is one famous dialogue in the movie which brought back ‘Simbha’ to his kingdom. “Remember who you are”, said by his father when he was young. I believe no matter what; there is always some-one out there looking for you, perhaps your grandparents, family members etc from up there in the sky.

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Now why am I saying this in a yoga related post? Maybe I want you to think that you were not built to suffer all day long in your office suffering from back pain, you were not built to sit back on your chair and keep worrying about knee joints, you were not built to see the blurred image of this beautiful world. You were meant to walk free, travel around the world, eat what you like, do the job you like.

Don’t allow a mere disease to hamper the prosperity of your life. Don’t allow your medical bills to eat up your bank account. Try something new to solve your problems. The reason I have a little bit of love for mathematics is fact that it tells that there are numerous ways of solving a single problem.

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So here I am asking you to hop on the internet try to look out for ailments for your disease which you haven’t tried yet. Don’t be a couch potato and surrender yourself. There are a whole lot of medicine techniques which you haven’t heard yet. Try them….

The girl was not able to walk for 8 years but now she can. 🙂

This video is in hindi. It’s about a girl who got cured through Yoga therapy in the ashram. She was not able to walk for years but now she can.

Well, I am no one to push you beyond this but let me tell you that I have seen people walking on their own, the same people who were not able to do so for years. I have seen kids crying out of joy when they stood up on their feet once again after a long time.
I have seen people crying out and getting rid up of a lot of stuff from inside. I have seen people eating dinner because they love it not because they have too. There is huge difference when you are eating with a smile on your face. J

Listen, I have learned a lot from my mistakes, and through the hard way. May be it’s time to love mathematics again try a different formula. I work in a yoga ashram but I am not saying yoga is the only way, try Ayurveda, Homeopathy, meditation, Chinese medicines and hell of other things. Just do yourself a favour think for a minute and ask yourself don’t you want to roar like Simbha again J??

Just remember who you are right now and who you want to be……

Mahendra Kumar

Staff writer: paramyoga
Yoga teacher training center in India

Yoga and traveling in India

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Now this is interesting… Yoga! and that too in India cool. BUT this isn’t something for which you just pack your bags and leave. It takes months of preparation and planning. Based on my research; I have gathered some important instructions which is advisable while pursuing your journey of the lifetime.

1. Select the yoga school very careful. Cross check their credential on yoga alliance website.

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2. As per my interaction lots of yoga teachers. Prefer not to go to a place having hundreds of students every month. You will miss out on the one on one interaction with teachers which is very vital. And believe me when I say it, I have spent two years with yoga teachers and students I know that this kind of intellectual interaction is better than 1000 hours of yoga exercises.

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3. Now selecting a city is also very vital. I have been to both kerala and Rishikesh. Both cities are beautiful and famous for yoga and Ayurveda. But if you forgot to check weather before coming then it would be a mess. Rishikesh isn’t a good choice in Winter and in rainy season. While Kerala isn’t good for summer. Central India is very hot in summers however rest of the time it’s fine.

4. Now after selecting the place next is the booking of the flight ticket. Now this isn’t a big issue for globe trotters but for few it is very vital. It always helps, asking for assistance from the place which you are going to attend as sometimes there are offers which are only known to members of some clubs, travel sites etc.

5. Now, after reaching India..next is local means of traveling.  Airports won’t take you everywhere. Sometimes you need to take bus or trains etc.  It’s very important to book train ticket very early. And here is something very important tip:

  • International credit/debit cards won’t work on official Indian railway website but if you find a way to create a account in the website then you can use cleartrip to book Indian train tickets. Cleartrip accepts foreign cards.
  • For bus : Use redbus.in  . It offers a facility of cash on delivery.  Book the ticket online and pay cash to the delivery guy who delivers the ticket at your place.

6: Language: However in most of the cities, people do understand little bit of english. But if you know any language other than english then better find a friend who know any regional language or english.

7. India offers a whole lot of adventures and surprises but make sure you are ready for it.  Each and every place is known some something different. Every 100 km languages change, food habits change. North is famous for mountians and south for beaches.

8. Minor suggestions:

  • Travel in AC compartments in trains whenever possible.
  • Always carry water with you.
  • Inform your yoga school/hotel know when you are reaching India so that they can make arrangements for you from the airport.

Mahendra Kumar
staff writer
Yoga teacher training school India
Paramanand Ashram
http://www.paramyoga.org

State of pure bliss

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If there exists a state of pure bliss then it can be achieved only through meditation. Considering the fact that I am an engineer; believing in this kind of thought without any factual data is a bit difficult for me therefore I decided to try meditation myself.

Meditation isn’t something you can read in a book or watch a YouTube video and you’re done. It takes hours of guided teaching and then self practice. I was lucky to have a professional instructor. My earlier post on meditation was a third person view, an observation. However this time I was doing it myself.

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In the beginning its kindda odd you close your eyes and then a million thoughts come into your mind and you start to think why you are doing this. Then comes a point of concentration where you start to take everything seriously and enjoy the session however this happens only if you let your thoughts to flow on their own. There is a huge difference between thinking about something and letting your thoughts come on their own.

After a lot of practice and guidance you finally find yourself in a place so blissful that you don’t wanna comeback from there. There are no thoughts just immense sense of fulfillment and happiness. You instructor might ask you to come back after sometime but you are in a place of zen and peace and you don’t want to be back. This is where real meditation starts.
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I had a great time doing this and I am doing it everyday. When I am in meditation I feel like I am in Ireland… may be because of the movies/songs. Hope to see you there.

Mahendra Kumar
Staff writer:

Paramyoga
Yoga Teacher Training center in India
Affiliated by the Yoga Alliance,USA

 

It’s not just about a certificate or a course

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People go to colleges or universities not just a degree they want to experience the life of the university. The environment really matters. You may learn yoga while in your home when it comes to becoming an expert in it. You need highly competitive environment. You are required to study a lot. In group and on your own.

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Yoga ashram

 

Self Study

Self Study

The studio which is just down the road is fine too but deep in your heart you know thats taking you no-where.Let me give you a simple example.which sports game you would like to watch a local club match or the olympics?Which award show you value more, the local community award or the Nobel prize?

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I am not telling you to start watching Olympics or the Nobel prize show. That you already do 😉 I am telling you to select a yoga place very seriously, that’s going to be the best one / two or perhaps maybe several months of your life. I have witnessed myself a lot of transformations happening.

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PS: I know you want to come to India. Maybe now is the time to take yoga and your dream seriously.

 

Mahendra Kumar
Staff writer: Paramanand Ashram
www.paramyoga.org

Yogic Environment

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Learning Yoga is one thing and practicing it everyday is a different thing. When you learn it in a school everything seems easy because the company you have is highly competitive and they keep practicing in front of you that encourages you to work hard and stay focused.

But the moment you leave the school you are on your own. And if by any chance your friends and family are not into yoga then you are in deep trouble buddy because no matter you wake up at 5 AM if the person next to you is sleeping then chances of you waking up decreases more than 50% and I bet my facebook account on this and by the way my FB account is priceless. 🙂

Environment plays a big role in the development of the human nature and personality, this is the reason people study a lot in Harvard, Oxford and the MIT because the environment is highly competitive. There is no way you can waste a single day without studying. The same applies with Yoga practice. The same person who used to practice for 6-7 hours will find it difficult to practice for 1 hour.

Hope you find the company to stay focused.

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Paramanand Yoga

Writer: Mahendra Kumar
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aramanand Institute of Yoga Science and Research
www.paramyoga.org

Graduation May 2013

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There are very many moments in life which are worth relishing upon. One of them is graduation day. All though students graduate every month here but every graduation ceremony is unique in their own sense.  Swamiji graced the occasion himself. We were blessed by his kind blessings and prasad,

This graduation was special in many respects..

1. Respected Swamiji was present to grace the occasion

2. We had two students ( Katee and Satya) who were here for almost 3 months

3. One of the students (Kat Bickert ) completed her 6 months Advanced Course

4. Students got Yoga teachers training, therapy and Ayurveda certificates.