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People always say children are like sponges and that’s true but each is different kind of sponge. Children absorb and process information through moving, seeing, listening, touching and even singing. Using of all these, we help develop every aspect of a child’s mind, body and spirit. No two children learn in exactly the same way.

According to Howard’s Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences, developed in 1983 and described in his first book, Frames of Mind ... there are seven intelligences all people exhibit:

  1. verbal/linguistic,
  2. logical/mathematical,
  3. visual/spatial,
  4. musical/rhythmic,
  5. body/kinesthetic,
  6. interpersonal and
  7. intrapersonal.

 

The more ways information can be processed, the more likely it will be stored in a variety of networks, and the more accessible it will be. Its like cross-referencing your mind, no matter which route you take to retrieve the information, you will be able to get to it.

In the mid-ages, Gardner added “naturalist” to his list of intelligences, bringing the current count to eight, eight ways in which we understand the world and eight ways that children learn.

Verbal/linguistic intelligence is the ability to read, write and communicate with words (Children who love rhyming, writing, talking, jokes and story telling are showing their linguistic ability).

Logical/mathematical intelligence is the ability to reason and calculate. Kids who love counting, math, problem solving, logic games and baseball statistics show strength in logical/mathematical intelligence.

(these two kinds of intelligence are typically the most valued in our mainstream education system)

Visual/spatial intelligence refers to the ability to draw sculpt, paint, build or navigate, These children love coloring, building blocks, jigsaw puzzles, sailing and chess.

Body/kinesthetic intelligence processes information through touch, movement, dramatics and of course, yoga. These kids love sports, dancing and any kind of movement system.

Musical/rhythmic intelligence involves recognizing patterns and rhythms, playing instruments, singing, rapping and chanting. Most children learn the alphabet through this intelligence. Music and rhythm are powerful hooks to memory.

Interpersonal intelligence includes the skills of communicating, relating, sharing and co-operating. These kids love working in groups and playing with other kids, and are often quite charming and personable.

Intrapersonal intelligence is the introspective intelligence. These children generally develop insight, intuition and self reflection. They enjoy writing in journals, reading, spirituality and philosophy.

Naturalist intelligence involves an awareness and interest in nature and their personal environment. These children love the outdoors, nature walks, taking care of plants and animals, watching nature shows and reading stories about animals.

Make yoga a special time for you and your child. Let go of expectations. Move out of your habitual way of being with other people. No ordering or judging. Just fun . They’ll get the poses on whatever level they can be.

What can you expect from yoga sessions from our Center:

  1. One hour class routine
  2. Principles behind postures
  3. Scientific and philosophical aspect of the program
  4. Therapeutic aspects or benefits of the program
  5. Precaution
  6. Photos/DVD of sessions
  7. Questions to ask to evaluate if student understood the content on which they will be marked (15 questions along with the answers)

(a) One hour class routine:

Om Chanting - 3 times

Namaste - 10 minutes

Simple stretches - 10 minutes

Sun Salutation - 12 postures (3 times) - 10 minutes

Asanas: Standing
  1. Talasana – 4 variations
  2. Chair postures utkatasana (2 variations) 10 minutes
  3. Konasana angle posture (3 variations)
  4. Tree posture (ek padasana)
  5. Bird posture
  6. Natarajan asana
  7. Warrior postures (3)
  8. Garudasama
Asanas: Sitting
  1. Parvatasana (4 variations)
  2. Butterfly posture (bhadrasana)
  3. Janu shirshasan
  4. Paschimottanasana
  5. Camel posture
  6. Dog and Cat posture (moo and meow)
  7. Naukasana (boat)
  8. Gomukhasana
  9. Ardha matsyendrasana
  10. Trataka
  11. Yoni mudra
Asanas: Lying (supine)
  1. Hastapadagushta (4 variations)
  2. Leg raises (rt, left, both)
  3. Leg raises (touch head to knee) (rt, left,both)
  4. Pawan muktasana
  5. Matsyasana
  6. Setu bandasana
  7. Side leg raises (ananta asana)
  8. Bhujanasana (5 variations)
  9. Shalabhasana
  10. Dhaurasana
  11. Shalabhasana (variation)

(b) Principles behind postures:

What is yoga: The word YOGA means to join to unite or merge and it comes from the Sanskrit root YUJ. Yoga is a science and an art. Yoga is a system of physical and mental wholeness and personal growth. It is an approach to health care that promotes the harmonious working together of the human’s beings three components i.e. body –mind– spirit. Yoga is a complete science that originated in India many thousand years ago.

Who can practice yoga: Anyone can practice yoga but the preferred age for children who want to practice yoga is generally 5 years and above.

Where and when and how should one practice yoga: Yoga should be practiced in a well ventilated clean room early morning or late evening. The floor should be leveled and if it is not possible to practice indoors, you can practice on level ground outdoors. One should not eat a meal before the practice of yoga. Two hours gap is to be given. Wear comfortable clothes, have a bath 15 minutes after the exercise.

The general key principles of yoga are:

  1. Proper relaxation
  2. Proper exercise
  3. Proper breathing
  4. Proper diet
  5. Positive thinking and meditation

(c) Scientific and philosophical aspect of the program:

SCIENTIFIC ASPECT:

It improves circulation vital to the proper functioning of the body Nourish, stimulate and maintain the vital balance of the endocrinal glands which govern growth and development.

Helps functions such as digestion and respiration so that there is more energy available for the growing child.

Increase the supply of fresh blood to the brain thus enhancing the mental capacity.

Strengthen the nerves whereby the endurance capacity improves.

Promote proper structural development by working the joints.

PHILOSOPHICAL ASPECT:

In time, anyone who continues with the regular practice becomes aware of the subtle change in their approach to life, through persistently toning and relaxing the body and stilling the mind, you begin to glimpse a state of inner peace which is your true nature. It is this that constitutes the essence of yoga, the self-realization that we are all seeking, consciously or unconsciously and towards

(d) Therapeutic Aspect or Benefits of the Program:

Every asana has manifold benefits. Yoga is an elixir for all diseases. It purifies the body and the mind. It increases self control, self discipline and self confidence. It improves physical and mental health and enables one to manage body and mind well. Yoga cures diseases like diabetes, blood pressure, cancer, kidney, lung diseases, asthma, back pain, insomnia etc. It strengthens the immune system as well.

Helps a child to become self-controlled and less prone to extremes of behavior (which tends to occur during adolescence) by regulating endocrinal functions.

Check excessive aggressions and excitability through the regulation of the adrenal glands.

Correct brooding and melancholy in girls by regulating pituitary and pineal functions.

Check laziness and lethargy which sometimes characterizes this phase.

Builds up self confidence.

 



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