What age should you start yoga?
- praveen guru
- Apr 21, 2020
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Namaskaram, contemperory yoga practices are not the real complete expression of traditional yoga. Before, we tell you the exact age that you can start practicing yoga… we will tell you what yoga is in its traditional context.
According to Wikipedia “Yoga Sutras were compiled prior to 400 CE by the sage Patanjali”
And Patanjali's verse expresses, what is yoga - “yogas citta vritti nirodhah”
It means that yoga is the ability to direct your mind towards an object and sustain unwavering focus.
This unwavering focus brings the ability to perceive and see beyond what others normally see. Leaders always see beyond what others normally perceive and that is why they are able to guide others. Much more benefits are associated with it.
Yes yoga is neither just a bending position of the body in the invariable direction nor it is a weird breath holding practice… it is all about unlocking the natural potential of a human being in all means. Even focusing on our daily work with full involvement is considered as a complete Yoga according to the sages.Therefore, we as 3mguru approach Yoga holistically.
Now let us reveal, at what age you can practice yoga…
· Appropriate age to practice Physical Asanas (without breath holdings) is above 8.
· Appropriate age to practice Breath Holding Pranayama Techniques is above 16.
· Above 16 you can do the breath control and physical posture combination.
These rules are normally not taken seriously by various yoga teachers…
But the teacher from traditional yogic culture always knows the above age restrictions.
Why breath holding pranayama techniques should have age above 16?
Breath is just not the air you intake and outtake… there is more connection between the breath and the entire human system.
For example, if you are angry you tend to breathe fast..
If you are sad you breathe differently, if you are in love you breathe differently…
There are subtle changes in the breath in the way we sit and stand.
Not only that, children below 16 are not matured enough to withstand the impact of breath holding pranayama.
The chances are more that they might practice it in the wrong manner and it may cause severe problems both physical and mentally.
Why should a child be at least 8 to start physical yoga asanas?
As I said earlier, physical asanas are also directly connected to the breath and mind. If you are sad you tend to sit with a bent spine.. If you are excited you automatically tend to straighten your spine..
Therefore, proper posture improves your ability, whereas improper posture may damages your system.
And that is why certain asanas are taught only for the kids above 8 who can understand and grasp.
What are the safest and effective Yoga practices that have no age bar?
There are many yoga practices that have no age bar but still have humongous benefits. Among them we share our best yogas.
How to do:
· Open your mouth wide open.
· Shout Aaah sound from the bottom.
· Then slowly close the mouth.
· While doing so, you have to observe the vibration that is happening in the body.
· For instance, while you do Aah sound the vibration is at the belly… Ooh sound the vibration is in-between the rib case joining spot of your chest… whereas Hmm sound is from the pit of the throat to the entire face.
When you open the mouth wide open producing aah sound and then close your mouth slowly… you will attain the proper AUM chant naturally…
You should repeat the chant for minimum 21 times.
Five Finger Breathing Technique
How to do:
· Open up your fingers of a hand
· Now point out the outer base of your thumb finger with the other hand
· From there slide up and down along with the fingers
· When your pointer finger goes up you inghale…
· When your pointer finger goes down you exhale...
- Repeat for a minimum 10 times.
This improves the blood circulation and improves the brain to perform better.
How to do:
· Stand up straight, keep your feet slightly apart. Face straight and loosen your shoulders.
· Hold your left ear lobe with right hand and right ear lobe with left hand.
· As you hold, slowly squat down and stand up.
· Repeat this for minimum 12 times.
Vruchaka Asana (Tree Pose)
This asana helps to increase the focus level of the brain in one direction.
How to do:
· Stand straight and keep your two feet touching together in V-shape
· Now slowly take your right feet and place it top of the left thigh. Whereas right feet should point downwards.
· Your left leg is firmly placed on the ground and perpendicular to the right leg.
· Stand there for 30 sec atleast…
· Now change your leg, keep your right leg down and shift your left feet up towards the top of the right thigh.
· Your right leg is firmly placed on the ground and perpendicular to the left leg.
· Stand for 30 sec atleast…
· Now relax your legs and stand with your feet touching each other in V-shape.
· Finally, hold Namaskar Mudra in your hands.
This asana helps to ignite and refresh the root of the spine. The base of the spine gets more and stronger as we do this asana regularly.
How to do:
· First sit down and stretch your legs straight.
· Now bring both the feet towards your pelvis by holding with your hands as shown in this figure…
· Then slowly flap your thighs up and down…
· While flapping try to touch the floor with your knees.
· Continuously do this flapping for at least 2mins
How to do
· Squat down and hold Namaskar mudra.
· Face your eyes straight towards a point.
These yoga practices have no age bar. Especially, if the kids practice these techniques from their early age, they will reap immense benefits. Children can improve their attention power and physical health by doing these practices in a daily routine.
Thank You Good Luck!