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edyych

USA
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Posted - Feb 14 2016 :  5:58:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Message
hello all, we are thinking of choosing between ballet classes and meditation classes for our 6 year old daughter. i read a very useful tips here http://www.yogapratice.com/kids-yoga/ but would like any personal experiences.
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yogani

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Posted - Feb 14 2016 :  6:13:32 PM  Show Profile  Visit yogani's Homepage  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi edyych:

Six years old is pretty young to be training in meditation. Of course, it depends what kind of meditation. It would not be recommended with the AYP deep meditation technique, which is very powerful.

For more on "yoga for our children" see Lesson 256: http://www.aypsite.org/256.html
...or with additional content on over-sensitivity here: http://www.aypsite.com/plus/256.html

As mentioned in the lesson, light asanas (postures) are fine, but getting into more intensive practices like we have in AYP is not advised for young children.

Ballet sounds very good for a 6 year old. They are so cute in their tutus...

All the best!

The guru is in you.

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edyych

USA
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Posted - Feb 15 2016 :  02:09:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you. We just want her to concentrate more at school and felt maybe a not-so -intense yoga (meditation) would be okay for her.
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jonesboy

USA
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Posted - Feb 15 2016 :  08:55:44 AM  Show Profile  Visit jonesboy's Homepage  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
You can try 5 minutes of breathe, watching the belly rise and fall. That shown some really good results.

A nice documentary http://youtu.be/mJvGZmOhCDo

All the best,

Tom
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Ecdyonurus

Switzerland
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Posted - Feb 15 2016 :  2:59:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi edyych, actually meditation is one of the most intense yoga practices, despite the fact that it looks so gentle. And beside that, I think that most children could not be able to sustain such a practice. For young children, I would suggest to look for something that allows them to play and have fun - that's what childhood is for IMO.
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jonesboy

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Posted - Feb 17 2016 :  11:07:32 AM  Show Profile  Visit jonesboy's Homepage  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
Just for clarification.

I don't teach my kids to meditate but there are many societies where they do with no issues. Also if your child suffers from ADD meditation has shown positive results and is a much better alternative to drugs.

https://www.davidlynchfoundation.org/schools.html

10% improvement in test scores—and a narrowing of the achievement gap

Highly effective for increasing creativity

Improved teacher retention and reduced teacher burnout

Greater happiness, focus and self-confidence

Reduced ADHD symptoms and symptoms of other learning disorders

86% reduction in suspensions over two years

40% reduction in psychological distress, including stress, anxiety
and depression

65% decrease in violent conflict over two years

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