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Dr. Steven Odzer: 4 Yoga Practices to Impart Gratitude in Children

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Yoga is known as a wellness practice that has therapeutic effects. It is not just another physical exercise for serious practitioners though. This practice can also be a means to teach and inform. Young children can especially learn valuable lessons through various yoga practices. For parents who are passionate about yoga, finding the right routines to teach important life lessons is an invaluable thing. Dr. Steven Odzer, a renowned pediatrician who has helped parents understand their kids better, says the following about yoga practices that can teach gratitude...

Tadasana (Raised Hands)

This is one of the most common poses in yoga. The basic pose comprises of raised open hands. The pose is one of the easiest to demonstrate the power of gratitude. Raised open hands to signify receiving gifts and having an open heart. Young children can learn an important lesson about receiving and giving. Tadasana not only teaches about the gratitude in receiving but also the thankfulness that comes with giving. The pose is accompanied by slow breathing and an upward gaze.


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This pose is commonly known for its great benefits for the spine. There are many great remedies for spine problems today. According to, a combination of ingested remedies and physical exercises like yoga is great for a healthy spine. Uttanasana is not only about good health though. The pose also teaches gratitude. When the body is bent forward with the hands touching the toes, the feet are the only part that is balancing the awkwardly placed body.

This pose thus induces a feeling of trust in the feet. With the realization of the importance that comes with the balance provided by the feet, the kids can understand gratitude for their healthy and strong bodies.

Savasana (Resting pose)

Savasana is one of the most revered poses in yoga. This pose is revered because of its powerful symbolism and also its therapeutic benefits. The pose is a basic resting pose on the back with hands resting on the floor, palms facing upward. This pose is important for teaching kids the benefit of resting and letting go of difficulty. The pose is not only therapeutic but it also inspires meditation about freedom.

Gratitude is thus clearly understood by the young ones through the freedom that they feel when they do this pose. Savasana is also one of the most comfortable poses to do and the young children will enjoy it.

Steven Odzer on Dedication

Finally, Dr. Steven Odzer reckons that it is crucial to start every yoga session with a dedication. Dedication involves creating a simple write up that mentions what the child would like to do. It is also dedicated to a person that the child admires and would like to do yoga or other things with. Doing this kind of dedication is important because it teaches the young ones the gratitude of having friends and important people in their lives. It also teaches them to be dedicated to their relationships. This increases their awareness of the meaning of good relations and cooperation.

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