Children derive enormous benefits from yoga. Physically, it enhances their flexibility,
strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition, their concentration and
sense of calmness and relaxation improves. Doing yoga, children exercise, play,
connect more deeply with the inner self, and develop an intimate relationship with
the natural world that surrounds them. Yoga brings that marvellous inner light that
all children have to the surface.
When yogis developed the asanas many thousands of years ago, they still lived close
to the natural world and used animals and plants for inspiration—the sting of a
scorpion, the grace of a swan, the grounded stature of a tree. When children imitate
the movements and sounds of nature, they have a chance to get inside another being
and imagine taking on its qualities. When they assume the pose of the lion (Simhasana)
for example, they experience not only the power and behaviour of the lion, but also
their own sense of power: when to be aggressive, when to retreat. The physical movements
introduce kids to yoga's true meaning: union, expression, and honour for oneself
and one's part in the delicate web of life.