On the last Expressive Mom Show, I had my guest Teresa Anne Power cover the topic in regards to children’s health. The fact of the matter is, children nowadays are less active, eating more quickly, and poorly, and are becoming less healthy. Many children are overweight and obese, and are diagnosed with illnesses such as Type 2 Diabetes. Mandy children would rather sit home and watch TV, or sit at the computer for hours instead of playing outdoors like many kids did decades ago.
I honestly do not remember obesity being such a problem when I was a child in the 80’s. That is because kids played outside a lot! During the summer, playing games like tag was common. Bike riding was a common activity. During the winter on milder days, kids went toboganning or built snow-people. There was no internet back then, and sitting around and watching TV seemed less appealing from what I remember anyway. Either way, back in those days kids were in better shape overall. Today, outdoor play is less appealing to kids. Evolving technology is definitely playing a part in that.
Teresa discussed how kids nowadays can remain healthy and get their exercise, and incorporate yoga into their routines. She covered the health benefits of yoga. Not just physically, but this exercise is great for their minds as well. It is incredibly helpful for kids who have autism and ADHD, and she spoke about that as well during the podcast.
Teresa has been a yoga teacher for over 10 years (and has been practicing for 30 years), and helps children unleash their imagination while doing yoga. The poses in her book, such as frog, swan and shark, are easy to learn and accessible to children ages 3-8. The ABCs of Yoga for Kids will delight and bring joy to the early yoga practitioner. Listen to the podcast below.