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Enjoy Scottish Children Doing Yoga and Chanting at School

Enjoy Scottish Children Doing Yoga and Chanting at School

One of Ed’s most rewarding experiences was teaching yoga to schoolchildren in India. They just loved it and would giggle continuously as smiles covered their young faces from ear to ear. Now, a recent BBC report shows Scottish children in a run-down and deprived area of Glasgow, not just practicing yoga and chanting at school, but also really enjoying it. Yoga is being taught in 15 different schools there, and appears to be increasing concentration in lessons (especially math!) as it generates greater ease and relaxation among the students:

Children Learn Yoga at School

For those who know and practice yoga, this will come as no surprise. What could be more invaluable to children as the yoga postures or asanas make the spine more flexible, stretch the body, oxygenate the blood, improve circulation, and is beneficial to the whole bodymind and spirit!

However, most yoga practitioners are doing it because they know yoga is good for them, and not because a parent or teacher is telling them they have to do it! That these children are enjoying the movements, sitting still and chanting Om (to calm the mind), and even doing it at home on their own, is a great example of how receptive children can be to anything that makes them feel good.

It is also heartening to see these schools are embracing yoga in this way, given that they are in a largely Protestant and Catholic country, proving that hatha yoga (the physical movement versus the philosophical) is free of religious connotations and is simply a wonderful tool for greater awareness, peace and good health.

Google “yoga” and “Christianity” and you will unfortunately uncover hundreds of websites dedicated to proving that yoga is anti-Christian, a tool of the Devil, voodoo, spiritually dangerous, that it worships the sun-god as well as other deities. Although yoga may have its roots in Hinduism, it is an entirely separate system, and the benefits of hatha yoga go far beyond religious connotations. People in all religions get stressed! A practitioner can easily do their own meditation or prayer at the end of a hatha yoga class, as some Christian practitioners do.

Do you practice yoga? Do you know children who love to do yoga? Do comment below.


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2:06AM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

Sounds great. Thanks.

4:14PM PST on Feb 14, 2013

Wonderful . . . .

2:51PM PST on Jan 28, 2013

Sounds a wonderful idea, it should be brought to the rest of the UK.

7:52AM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

anything that helps to calm me is something I want to learn. I've been nervous & anxious all of my life. People would ask me what's wrong? And that would make me even more nervous. I flush, tremble and my startle reflex is off the charts. Also, sweat when I'm uncomfortable. Doctor has no idea other than to prescribe me anti-depressents.

So thanks for this wonderful post & the new ideas (to me) in it.

9:12AM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

its a positive move, i hope others also follow the same.

12:19PM PST on Mar 9, 2012

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8:39PM PST on Mar 1, 2012

Sounds like a good idea.

5:35PM PST on Mar 1, 2012

I think it is a great idea for children to learn yoga, I believe it will help keep them focused. Well done Glasgow.

4:21AM PST on Jan 29, 2012


1:23AM PST on Jan 29, 2012

Thank-you for the interesting article.

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