Nowadayswe have culture of sitting on dining table and eating with fork and spoon, same we are following with our children. But have we ever thought why our traditional way of eating was actually sitting on floor and eating with hands! Our elders also used to sit on floor and eat with hands.
So today I was listening to Dr. Rhutuja and can’t agree more, every word she said was true and just want to share the same with you all.
Nowadays we have nice and costly high chairs for our kids, and from starting we let them sit on high chairs with food and most of the time they are on chairs or sofas. Slowly this becomes their habit and they will not sit down on floor. Let’s discuss how this changing lifestyle affects our kids heath in long term.
Benefits of sitting down and eating:
1. Yoga posture (Sukhasana)
Our traditional way of sitting on floor while having food and if you have noticed while doing yoga also we sit on floor, so it’s a two way benefits as you are doing yoga also while eating (sukhasana).
2. Easy Digestion
While sitting on floor and eating we tend to move forward and bend to eat and by this way we helps our abdomen muscles in secreating digestive juices which helps in easy digestion of food.
3. Strengthen Lumbar region
Sitting down and eating helps kids maintaining good body posture, opening their hip joint and giving more flexibility to their pelvis and legs and strengthen their lumbar region of the body.
4. Family bonding
It’s not only kids will sit and eat, as a family you all have to sit down together and eat. This will help in some family bonding time also.
5. Improves Blood circulation
It helps in improving blood circulation by relaxing the nerves and calms your body, that helps in easy digestion too. As when you sit on chair your blood circulation is directed towards feet and while sitting in crossed legs position heart receive proper blood circulation.
6. Eating with hands
While sitting down we should also teach them eating with hands then with spoon/forks. Traditionally we eat with our all fingers as per ayurveda our five fingers are extension of five natural elements ( will discuss it in my next blog ). While eating with five fingers it energies the food and helps to keep all pranas balanced.
When your kids body is easy and flexible while sitting on floor, sitting on chair is not be hard. But if you let your kid only sit on chair everytime it will be hard for them to get flexible and sit comfortably on floor.
For encouraging kids we need to step forward and set an example for them, they love to do what we do so why not share some good habits that we had from our elders.