‘Yoga improves concentration and calms the child’

Introducing children to yoga at an early age can help them learn healthy lifestyle habits and set the foundation for a fit future. Similarly, Hiral Shah, Founder of wellness Chotu (kids holistic health), conducted a yoga workshop for children at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2018

 

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  • Yoga not only helps you become physically fit, but also helps you to become mentally conscious about the life as a whole.
  • For two consecutive years, Hiral Shah has been the official Kids Yoga partner for Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2018. She conducted an energetic session February 11, along with a team of 15 teachers and volunteers.

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Hiral Shah, Founder of wellness Chotu (kids holistic health),who has designed many games and now trains other teachers in conducting her style of kids wellness said, “The workshop witnessed participation of around 90 kids, from the age group of 5-15 years. Some kids were accompanied by the parents. While, the others were from an NGO and a Girgaon-based school from Mumbai. ”

Hiral Shah, Founder of wellness Chotu (kids holistic health)
Hiral Shah, Founder of wellness Chotu (kids holistic health)

In the workshop, the kids performed Vrikshasana (Tree Pose), Shashankasana (Rabbit Pose), Veer bhadrasana 1 (Warrior Pose 1) and Adho Mukha Shwanasana (Downward facing dog).She added, “I have tried to combine yoga with creative group games which will not only impact the child’s physical and mental health. But, will also improve social skills — team building, communication skills, positive attitude, failure and so on.”

As per Hiral, “Yoga enhances flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. It relaxes, improves concentration and calms the child.”

Hiral who believes that today’s young kids will be leaders of tomorrow explained, “It’s important for kids to learn how to tackle emotions and feel comfortable the way he/she is. I urge parents to focus on raising happy and confident kids. And encourage kids to lead a healthy life.”

The kids as well as the parents took home the message of staying fit to keep all the diseases at bay. Jia Thakker, one of the participants of the workshop said, “I liked the yoga workshop. And I will practice yoga regularly.”

To help children adopt healthy lifestyle, Delhi government has approved a scheme for providing good sports training/coaching for children in Delhi government schools. Under this, private sports academies, sports clubs and private sports coaches will be allowed to use the government school playgrounds and other sports facilities. Since, childhood obesity, gadget addiction is increasing amongst the children. So, this move can be helpful.

Recently, Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar took to social media platform with the message of ‘transforming India from being a sport loving nation to a sport playing nation’:

He said, our eating sessions are bigger and sporting sessions are shorter and emphasised on building a sporting culture in the country, otherwise a young, unfit, unhealthy India will be recipe for disaster.

He raised the issue of India being the diabetic capital of the world with over 75 million people affected by the disease, and when it comes to obesity, India ranks third in the world and the economic burden of these diseases will not allow the country to progress. He emphasised on building a sporting culture in the country, otherwise a young, unfit, unhealthy India will be recipe for disaster.