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International Yoga Day special: Importance of cross lateral yoga postures for pre-schoolers and children with special needs
Cross lateral yoga postures are capable of stimulating brain functions and hence learning or cognition to some extent and can be used with advantage with pre-schoolers and children with special needs.

In cross lateral movement, the body limbs are made to cross mid-line to energize learning among children with neurological problems. It has been found useful to rehabilitate stroke victims and improve hand-eye coordination.

Neuroscience informs that the left side of the brain controls the right side of the body and vice versa. But with adapted yoga for people with special needs, for example, when they cross an arm or leg over one side of the body to the other. With cross lateral yoga, the two sides of the brain communicate to improves coordination, attentiveness and alertness

Try the dynamic yoga postures in which you touch the left foot with the right hand, the left knee with the right hand and then the right knee with the left hand. Repeat in reverse. Speed up the movement and perform for an entire minute. Standing and touching the right elbow to the left knee and the left elbow to right knee is another version of this exercise.

Simple cross lateral movements such as opposite hand to foot touches can be done several times a day to wake up the brain. A session in the morning or before sitting down in a classroom setting may help improve concentration and thinking skills. Athletic cross-lateral drills are valuable during the warm-up as they prime you for agility and coordination you'll need during a game or competition.

Natraja and Krishna postures are also recommended for children with special needs. However, for them, this type of yoga is to done in one-to-one basis in clinical setting under the supervision of a therapist.

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