A CHILD'S WAY PROGRAM

Yoga, Reiki and Meditation for kids

 

At what age can children be introduced to a world of peace and tranquility?    Our children live also in a hurry up world due to the parent’s busy life.  They too live in a society of school and peer pressures, video games, shopping malls and competitive sports.  We as adults do not think of these influences as stressful for our kids but often they are.  Our kids too live in a bustling pace of life that can have a profound effect on their innate joy and usually will impact in a not so good way as teenagers then as adults. 

 

A CHILD’S WAY
 

PURE has initiated a program called  “A Child’s Way”.  We have found working with children as young as six to thirteen teaching yoga, meditation and Reiki are provide children a set of tools that help counter the pressures children feel in their society.  When children learn techniques for self-health, relaxation and inner fulfillment, they can navigate life’s challenges with little more ease. It fosters cooperation and compassion instead of opposition.  What better gift to give our children, right? 

 
Tools like meditation, yoga and Reiki when learned at an early age encourages self-esteem and body awareness with a physical activity that is not competitive. 

 

YOGA derives enormous amount of benefit to children.  Physically it enhances flexibility, strength, coordination and body awareness.  It brings a sense of calmness and relaxation.  Children connect more deeply with the inner self and develop a relationship with the natural world when developed thousands of years ago using animals and plants for inspiration i.e. the grace of the swan, sting of the scorpion, the grounded stature of a tree. 
 
In Yoga, the imitation of the movements and sounds of nature has the innate ability to allow the child to experience the true meaning: union, expression and honor for oneself in the delicate web of life.

 

Meditation for Children
 

Around eight years old, a child's fundamental personality has formed and his or her body begins a process of preparing for puberty. Changes begin to occur in the brains around the age of eight, and these changes reach a peak during puberty. When children learn techniques of meditation to this age group, PURE’s main aim is to support balanced of physical and mental. This helps the child be better mentally prepared for the onslaught of feelings, desires, and urges that arise during puberty. It also supports the child's ability to take in knowledge at school, and to develop a relaxed focus and good memory.

 

Children learn three practices to foster total physical, mental, and spiritual development. These are Breathe for the body; alternate nostril breathing for the brain and mind, and mantras (repetitive phrases) for the deeper mind and spirit. These practices can slow the onset of puberty and balance its effects by acting on the subtle channels that flow in the spine. Mental development then has time to catch up to physical changes.

 

Excessive stimulation of the physical channel alone that occur in the normal social environment, causes imbalanced development and can make puberty a rough process. The yogic practices taught children at this time stimulate both channels equally, to stimulate physical and mental growth at the same time.

 

The practice of Breathe (breathing) balances the life force, preventing it from becoming jammed up in the chakra centers. We never hold the major poses or breathe for extended periods, as they will over stimulate the physical systems and can cause imbalanced development.

 

Alternate nostril breathing is a pre-meditative practice that balances the flow of energy in both ida and pingala. This pranayama directly affects the physical and mental systems by balancing both sides of the brain. Do not teach breath retention to children. Simply get them to observe the flow of the breath in on one side and out on the other, alternating sides. This will calm and balance them.

 

Mantras are the main meditative practices taught to this age group, as they powerfully affect the brain and its development. The main mantra taught is one which stimulates a different part of the brain to stimulate our intelligence.

 

REIKI is a complete system of natural healing. It is 100 percent pure, organic, natural and holistic. Reiki works with your whole being on all levels. It is the most primal and basic form of healing available.  Everyone has the ability to perform Reiki healing and anyone can learn it. 
 
It is ideal for children because in the process of learning Reiki, they learn about their bodies, their inner spirit, their personal power and their connection to the universal life force, which is universal love.

All of the practices listed above, as detailed for younger children, will support a child's ability to learn, to take in and digest information at school, and to develop individual interests.

 

Teenagers
 

Our children in the teenage stage can engage in more classical forms of meditation. We can teach them techniques that further support their mental development so that they can stay relaxed, control anger, frustration and empower them to concentrate during these most important learning years.

 

Again, one of the best practices to teach is yoga nidra. This time we can use the adult form, rotating the awareness through the body parts and then taking awareness deeper into the breath and mind.

 

Visualization techniques are wonderful for this age group, and techniques that develop memory and mental power are particularly useful. For example, we can ask children to visualize an imaginary computer screen and see themselves creating their own computer game, following their hero through any story they want to create.

 

For home-schooled children, breath meditations are useful for helping students to to remain relaxed and receptive, and to take regular productive and relaxing breaks from study. They can, if they wish, use that time to mentally review their work.

 

Fact of the matter is, the sooner children are introduced and learned techniques to counter life’s day-to-day pressures; we in turn create a new calmer society in general.  Imagine the impact this would have in the general population of our public school system setting a course nourishing minds, bodies and a child’s spiritual perspective. 
 
The future of our children is a stake here join us in developing good techniques teaching self-awareness, encourage children to be themselves and help them face life with greater belief in their potential.