Celibacy/Abstinence/Yoga for kids

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Dear Dhananjaya,

Further to the link below:

http://en.allexperts.com/q/Celibacy-Abstinence-3564/2011/5/Pranayama-Yoga-Brahma

What yoga practice do you advise for children (say pre-teenagers/early teenagers) so that they excel in studies and other co-curricular areas and become more focused and determined?

Many Thanks,
Ganesh

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All the Yogic practices (including chanting of 'OMKAR' in Padmasana) can be gradually applied on children above 5 years of age. Pranayama can be practiced once they cross 8 years of age. Children established in Yogic practices find it easier to take up Brahmacharya on reaching adolescence.

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Questions concerning the practice of 'Brahmacharya' to know the self, & the means required are dealt with here.

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The term 'Yoga' is a derivative of the Samskruth verb 'Yuj' which refers to union. 'Yoga', also called 'Brahma vidy‚' is the eternal dissolution of the individual 'Aham' (Ego) into the Atman (self) for 'Mukti' (liberation). Mere indulgence in '¬sana' or physical postures is not Yoga. ¬sana is only one limb or 'Anga' of Yoga. The eight limbs viz. Yama, Niyama, ¬sana, Pr‚n‚y‚ma, Praty‚h‚ra, Dh‚rana, Dhy‚na and Sam‚dhi are the means to Yoga. Brahmacharya or spiritually based continence is one of the important components of 'Yama'. 'Brahmacharya':- "Brahmani charyathey ithi" - "To surrender one's Ego and go with the will of the Almighty."

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Bachelors degree in Engineering.

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