Monday, July 11, 2011

The importance of doing yoga with your children.

As an instructor in Sampoorna Hatha Yoga, Massage Therapist, and a mother of a 3 year old and 1 year old son, I am constantly looking for ways to bond and calm nerves all at once. One way we do this is through a regular yoga practice. The benefits of yoga are numerous for adults, but for children outnumbered. Not only do the movements of the Asanas allow their bodies to flow in its natural motion, stretching those already growing bones and muscles (which ache from daily growth spurts), but it activates the left and right brain, strengthening the ability to coordinate not only in movement, but in breath, thought and concentration. The breath of yoga or Pranayam, also allows the child to learn how to control their emotions, physical responses and lower heart rate to calm nerves and release tension. Children who have been diagnosed with Autism, ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder), Down’s Syndrome or Hyperactivity find that the slower, calmer movements with yoga, such as the forward bend, down dog or the cat-cow allow them to relax and concentrate on the moment (these exercises are very good for children having difficulties sitting down for homework tasks).

The bond between parent and child in yoga is based on partnering, eye contact, listening and playfulness. When a family joins each other in practice for at least 10 minutes a day, a strength in trust is built and a support system grows allowing them to enjoy their new healthy discipline and past time together as a family. With teen parents, a regular practice of meditation and breath while in contact with their child spreads a relaxed and controlled healthy energy of non-violence or Ahimsa by teaching them how to deal with their own reactions to the often overwhelming task of parenting.

There are yoga mats that illustrate a routine in Hatha yoga, down to how many breaths to hold this pose for, which is a fun and private way to continue your discipline at home.

The town of Rincon provides a space at La Paz Yoga & Pilates Studio for families to unite in their practice of yoga. Whether a new parent or a seasoned one, our instructors allow you access this fun, strengthening, challenging, loving and peaceful practice together with your young children or young adult sons and daughters.

Vivienne Miranda works on individuals through massage therapy, as well as in groups to learn massage on one another. Shannon Lyons & Vivienne Miranda instruct families privately, as well as in groups in Hatha Yoga depending on the request of the family. Please contact La Paz Studio at: (787) 823-2885 or Vivienne Miranda at 787.315.9697 to make an appointment

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