Imagine your entire day was rushed from the very start and the family is barely hanging on to their sanity. It seems that there can be no peace – nerves are on end and arguments erupt like spurts from a rice cooker letting off steam. The family scatters to their rooms into self-imposed solitary confinement. The sun is going down as everyone tries to find serenity in the brief evening hours before a new day dawns. This is not what you imagined for your happy family.
Now imagine a different scenario: devices are put away and the family meets in the living room for some gentle yoga. Sitting in a circle, you take turns leading the family in some deep breathing connected with simple movements and gentle stretches. A satisfied calm descends upon them and even a few giggles erupt when arms and legs reach out across the rug and lay upon one another. This sense of peaceful togetherness is what you always hoped for within your family.
Yoga is good for everyone regardless of age, when adapted to the needs and capabilities of the individual. Even teenagers say they enjoy yoga (although you won’t believe it by the expression on their faces!). Younger children like yoga, too, although we may need to adjust our expectations of how they engage in it, along with the duration required to match their attention span.
Yoga can be done gently and easily with minimal experience or even through direct instruction at home with YouTube videos, streaming online service such as YogaGlo®, or a customized session with a certified yoga teacher in person or through Skype.
Kristen Lee Fewel is a freelance writer