Ahimsa for Children

The principles inherent in Yoga are gradually being incorporated in general training programmes and business management and will in time enrich all education by total awareness and training of each individual who chooses to accept personal responsibility.

The qualified yoga teacher offers children a vital system of education complementary to the existent system in schools. It teaches a practical way of building total health of mind and body.

Teaching children is like gardening –we sow seed ideas and concepts in their consciousness.

This can be done by presentation not only of the physical and psychological health rules but by reminders of the universality of cultural and spiritual principles.

One of the most important of these principles is that known in Yoga as Ahimsa or non-violence.  This is applied in all spheres of life. In training the body, gentle persuasion is used to train the body to achieve and by this approach even the most extreme disciplines can be mastered.  It is conveyed to students that in physical exercise there is no element of competitiveness but rather each is learning to master themselves.

In regard to psychological culture gentle encouragement also applies. They are helped towards self analysis, self appraisal, self improvement and self discipline. The same gradual culture of a child who is aware of physical potential, emotional and mental awareness begins to feel free to express themselves without aggression and gaining in self confidence.

The yoga teacher, with full co-operation with parents, seeks to nurture each child by the simplest of training through relaxation, exercise, gentle breathing, postural control, and by imparting the non- violent ideas and philosophy that is the foundation of spiritual life and respect and appreciation of nature.

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