Yoga for Children – Introducing Kids to Yoga

What Kind of Yoga Should Children Learn?

Q: Is there any particular yoga for kids?

Sadhguru: There are simple forms of yoga that children can do after six or seven years of age. But it is very important that certain practices are not taught to them. I see in some places that children are taught padmasana. This should not be done. When the bones are still growing and tender, sitting in postures that put a certain amount of stress on the skeletal system can make their bones bend.

People who transmit yoga must know what is suitable for a child. Yoga is taught according to the requirements and situations of each individual. Not everything that is taught to adults should be taught to children. Even among adults, if you are in family situations, we teach one kind of yoga. An ascetic learns yoga in a completely different way. It is very important that you do not do the same thing for everyone.

How Should Yoga Be Taught to Children?

Q: How do we introduce yoga to kids. How do we instill the thirst for yoga from an early age?

Sadhguru: There is something called Nada Yoga, which is the mastery of sounds. Nada yoga is the simplest and subtlest way for a child to begin. It will lead to wellbeing and the proper development of body and mind. There are also practices like Yoga Namaskar, which can be learnt even at six or seven years of age. There are also upa-yoga techniques , which both children and adults will find useful. When they start seeing the benefits of these, when they see that this can set them apart in a group of people in terms of capability, they will naturally pursue higher forms of yoga. As they grow up, their yoga should also grow.

From Isha Foundation website