Why choose Yoga?
At Icanwin Sports, we recognise that children live in a busy world filled with various pressures. The bustling pace of a child’s life can have a profound effect on their innate joy—and usually not for the better.Children derive enormous benefits from yoga. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition, their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improves. Doing yoga, children exercise, play, connect more deeply with the inner self, and develop an intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounds them. Yoga brings that marvellous inner light that all children have, to the surface.
- Yoga builds self-esteem. A child is always perfect in yoga.
- Anyone can succeed at yoga. The integrity is in the effort and even non-athletic children will excel in the practice.
- Yoga is theraputic. Yoga can be used as therapy for the entire spectrum of special needs, physical, emotional and mental.
- Yoga has physical benefits: Strength, balance, focus, flexibility and coordination are just a few of the physical benefits of yoga.
- Yoga benefits children mentally and emotionally: Children who practice yoga perform better in academics, behave better in everyday life, and have increased levels of self-control.
- Yoga helps children cope with stress: With all the stresses kids experience growing up these days, yoga provides children with tools for coping with insecurities and challenges.
What will the children learn?
Over the course of a term, sessions focus on the physical, emotional and psychological development of the children. They introduce simple breathing and relaxation techniques through stories, music and various themes. Mini games are introduced to help the children learn the technical language and a range of key ‘holds’. Also, as the sessions develop, the children explore ways that yoga can be beneficial in their everyday lives.
What are the key elements of the club?
As the term progresses, the children will focus on:
- Breath awareness techniques and relaxation exercises that are suitable for different age groups
- How they can use the skills they learn in mindfulness and meditation sessions to enhance their everyday life
- How to create a meditation and ‘mindful space’ at home or in school
- How their awareness of their senses can benefit themselves and others
- The benefits of mindfulness
Top mediation tips:
Mediation is key to yoga, try each one of these three simple techniques for a few days, and stick with the one you feel relaxes you the most.
- Mala Beads
Go to a Hare Krishna temple, a spiritual book store, or an Indian-themed outpost, and get a string of mala beads to use as your counting device.
Sit comfortably with your eyes closed and with your mala beads in hand. There’s usually a tassel on every string of malas. Start by holding onto the one bead that is attached to the tassel, and take a gradual breath in and out. Then advance your fingers to the next bead. After each exhale, keep moving your fingers along the string to the next mala bead, until you return to the tassel.
This meditation will last about five minutes, or 108 breath cycles, and you should feel mentally and physically recharged by the end.
- Japa Meditation
Japa is a fancy way of saying mantra repetition. Pick a mantra that works for you, it could be “ “Love,” “Peace,” “Jesus,” “One Love,” or whatever sound appeals to you as you think it softly to yourself.
Next, sit comfortably with your eyes closed and begin repeating your chosen mantra to yourself, almost as an afterthought. Try not to focus on your mantra. Just think it easily.
If your mind wanders off to unrelated thoughts, it’s OK. Just start softly repeating your mantra again when you remember that you’re meditating. Meditate like this for about 5 to 10 minutes. By the end, if you refrain from focusing too much, you should feel mentally refreshed.
This is the simplest and most well-known of the three forms of meditation presented here. Again, you sit somewhere comfortably, close your eyes and bring your awareness to your breathing. Begin to gradually breathe in a little deeper and then breathe out a little more than usuall. Fill up the lungs, and then empty the lungs.
Do not strain or make yourself uncomfortable. Keep your body relaxed. And if it feels good to do so, take a tiny pause in between breath cycles. Expect your thoughts to drift away from your breath from time to time. And when you become aware of it, just return to your breathing. Do this for about five minutes, and afterwards you’ll feel like you’ve had a powerful mental reset.