Puberty is when children’s bodies begin to change as they transition into adulthood. This is the time when they go through the physical changes to reach sexual maturity and are able to reproduce. The stages of puberty follow a set path with a progression of physical changes. The emotional changes of puberty may not progress at the same rate as the physical changes. The physical and emotional changes of puberty begin and end at different ages for each child.
Puberty begins when a part of the child’s brain called the hypothalamus begins to produce a hormone to communicate with another part of the brain called the pituitary gland. which in turn stimulates the pituitary gland to release two other hormones. These hormones travel to the sex organs (ovaries and testicles), triggering them to begin releasing sex hormones (estrogen and testosterone). These messenger hormones cause the telltale signs of puberty to begin; which include rapid growth of bones and muscles, changes in body shape and size, and development of the body’s ability to reproduce.
Girls usually start puberty about two years earlier than boys. Puberty for girls usually begins between the ages of 8 and 13. Boys begin puberty between the ages of 9 and 14.
One of the biggest issues facing children going through precocious puberty is the stigma of body shame. Children can grow quickly at first and be tall compared to their peers. But, because their bones mature faster than normal, they often stop growing earlier than usual. This can cause them to be shorter than the average adult. Early treatment of precocious puberty, especially when it occurs in very young children, can help them grow taller than they would without treatment.
They also face social and emotional problems. Girls and boys who start puberty long before their peers can be extremely embarrassed by the changes taking place in their bodies. It can affect self-esteem and increase the risk of depression or substance abuse. However, there are things you can do to reduce your child’s risk of precocious puberty, including:
Keep your child away from external sources of estrogen and testosterone, such as adult prescription medications at home or dietary supplements containing estrogen or testosterone
Encourage your child to maintain a healthy weight
How mudra can help
Educate and encourage children to perform the Mudra Yoni (reproductive organ). Now, you might be wondering how a simple wave of your hand can help prevent puberty-related issues. Remember that yoga was taught long before medicine as a form of healing, and it worked well for centuries. The principles of yoga-mudra are based on the balance of internal vital energies which, in turn, keep the body tuned and healthy.
When girls hit puberty and start menstruating, they often experience severe pain and cramping. By practicing this mudra, they can experience pain relief in 15 minutes. It is also useful in menopause. However, this mudra should be avoided by people suffering from psychological disorders – depression.
Benefits of Yoni Mudra
Helps the mind withdraw the senses – reduces unnecessary chatter
Provides the required pause – necessary for a shift in perception
Helps greatly to bring a distracted mind to attention
Brings clarity of thought
Brings peace and harmony
This mudra has a special effect on the female reproductive system
It is very useful for women to solve their hormonal problems, menstruation irregularity, dysmenorrhea, cramps, etc.
How to do the mudra
Yoni Mudra is practiced with both hands and is associated with the uterus. This hand gesture is practical when combined with meditation or Pranayama. Here are the simple steps you can follow to perform Yoni Mudra:
Now slowly rotate the ring finger, middle finger, and little finger inward, making sure the backs of the fingers touch each other. The resemblance between the shape made by your hands and a womb is similar
(There are over 350 health issues that can be prevented/cured with mudras. Learn more at www.artofselfhealing.in)
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