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Start An Early Path To Well-Being: Babies And Yoga

Jul 15, 2008
Yoga, in its purest form, is a discipline that connects the mind, body, and spirit. It's more than a philosophy, it's a way of being. Forget the stereotyped, tree hugging, hippie mantras of naysayers. There is more to it than stretching, sweating, and breathing. Yoga has intellectual benefits and practical guidelines for healthy living. The practical aspects involved in the philosophy of yoga have become widely practiced due to their healthy and calming effects on the body and mind. Yoga is believed to impart balance, poise, confidence, along with internal balance and peace.

The west is beginning to accept yoga as mainstream for its genuine ability to promote a healthy body and spirit. Yoga has been shown to help those who have the desire to improve their health and vitality. Its chief benefits include a balanced endocrine system, improved posture, impart flexibility and elasticity to the spine and limbs, and even tone and shape the body. Yoga as a practical exercise is performed through the use of controlled movements, held postures, proper breathing, stretching, relaxing, becoming aware of the bodies signals, and blocking out the external interference or distractions. The result is evident during practice because the performer feels properly situated, at ease, relaxed, and in a spiritually calm state of mind.

Yoga is not just practiced and available for adults. The routines and postures have become adopted for young children and even babies. That's right, babies. This is not intended to mean that parents attempt to contort the child's body into odd shapes. Nor do they try to force the baby to perform in a class room on a yoga mat. Baby yoga is dissimilar to adult yoga. We know that it would be impossible to attempt to contort a baby's body, as it would be to try to get them to follow along. So, then, what does baby yoga involve?

Baby yoga is fact becoming an interactive routine performed with a baby and its primary care givers. Mothers and nurse-maids may help aid the baby into carefully developed movements that work well for the baby's tender body. The movements may include gentle stretching of limbs, and may also practice correct breathing while holding the babies so that the babies breathing may imitate theirs. Other methods include proper massage techniques, and calming sessions. Music or calm singing may also be used during session to help calm and sooth the baby during the exercises.

Additionally, aside form the bonding and flexibility that baby yoga may impart, yoga also has other benefits for babies. Yoga can help babies become aware of their own bodies younger in life. Yoga also aids in strengthening the spine, improves muscles condition, imparts flexibility to their joints, improves breathing and oxygen intake, helps them with balance, improves organ function, and helps prevent illnesses. Baby yoga has been proven to be safe.

Yoga is beneficial to the growth and development of babies. Their health, well being, and growth improve. If you are looking for an excellent way to improve your babies health and impart strength to the babies development, muscles, and immune system as well as help them learn to breathe and be calm, then perhaps baby yoga is what you have been looking for.
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Kevin Sinclair is the publisher and editor of My-Personal-Growth.com, a site that provides information and articles for self improvement and personal growth and development.
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