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For them, Yoga is just child’s play

The two- and three-year-olds have just done a variation of an asana which helps digestion. Mumbai’s youngest yoga pupils, some of whom have barely learnt to walk a few months ago, cannot follow instructions more complex than that. Kiran Wadhwa tells more...

india Updated: Sep 08, 2008 01:50 IST
Kiran Wadhwa

It begins to rain, and the snails curl into their shells.

The two- and three-year-olds have just done a variation of an asana which helps digestion. Mumbai’s youngest yoga pupils, some of whom have barely learnt to walk a few months ago, cannot follow instructions more complex than that.

These sessions at Little Bo Peep, a playschool at Khar Danda, are attended mainly by children from upscale nearby Khar and Bandra. Even Kid’s Concept at Pali Hill, Bandra, has yoga sessions for toddlers.

“Nowadays, competition and stress begin at a very young age. This will provide them with some ammunition and focus for the years ahead,” said Poonam Mirchandani, founder of Little Bo Peep.

“My two-and-a-half-year-old daughter has become more flexible. Earlier, she could not even sit cross-legged,” said Nandani Singh, a parent.

But child psychologist Ambreen Pradhan said, “Parents sending their toddlers to several classes without recognising a child’s need is worrying.”

Deepak Ugra, of Indian Association of Paediatricians, Mumbai chapter, cautioned: “Care has to be take to ensure that muscles aren’t too stressed.”