There is a growing epidemic sweeping the nation that is affecting our most valuable and precious resource - our children. With adults making poor lifestyle and family choices, a trickle down effect has reached our youth. As a result, the percentage of overweight or obese children is growing at an alarming rate. 30% of children and 15% of adolescents are now considered overweight or obese.
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Previously we discussed the role of the hamstrings and the psoas muscles in regard to a painful low back. If tight, both muscle groups have the ability to pull on the lumbar (lower) spine, creating pain and even injury*.
As we discussed in part one of this series, the majority of those who suffer from lower back pain do so because of muscular imbalances that we can correct with some simple exercises.
Most of us, at some point, will experience some form of lower back pain. Whether it is from sitting on a plane for too long, from gardening or from something more serious, like a disc injury, it is one of the most common complaints I hear from my students.
For years, I had the hardest time wrapping my brain around meditation. It seemed like a daunting task that required a great deal of skill. I remember saying to myself, “I really want to learn how to meditate”.
What Are Chakras?
There are seven main energy centers (chakras) of the body which resonate with the seven rainbow colous. Anyone who is familiar with Acupuncture will realize that there are, however, a large number of minor chakras throughout the body, totaling something in excess of 300.
Many dedicated yogis experience wrist pain at some point in the journey of their practice. Every day I see people on their mats trying to grimace through the pain and I want you all to know it is NOT necessary! Our yoga practice should make our bodies feel spacious, energetic and alive, not full of pain.
We strive for mental peace all the time. The more we strive for it, the more it seems elusive. Due to our living ways, we keep accumulating tensions within us. We try to do things to make us feel happy, we run after all kinds of luxuries and escapism for that peace of mind, but to no avail. We forget that to resolve tension one must look within rather than the external surroundings.
Better health and improved lifestyle - at a young age, these are two of the things children can be well equipped with in the early stage of their life if they join and participate in Yoga exercises. Yes, yoga is not only intended for adults who are in need of a way to exhaust tension from their bodies and release stress. Although Yoga is primarily noted in helping people achieve these things, Yoga for children can help in improving their posture, their self esteem, and yes even their flexibility.