Yoga for Kids [Pediatric Therapy, Core Exercises for Kids, Bedwetting, Bedwetting Stories, How to Stop Bedwetting]
Yoga is a new craze! In the media, you can find goat yoga, yoga on stand up paddle boards, and yoga used in hospitals. Everywhere you look, it seems as if people are talking about yoga. So what is the craze all about? “Yoga is a mind-body practice that originated in India at least 2000 years ago”, and it includes practices and exercises that focus on specific postures, breathing and relaxation, sometimes termed meditation1. Yoga is now being used as supplemental treatment in therapy because of it’s usefulness for improving attention, relaxation, flexibility, and much more. Below is a list of beneficial effects yoga can have on a child’s body, and also different diagnoses or conditions it has been studied in.
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Effects of Yoga on a Child’s Body:
- Yoga can help to improve: “planning and execution time for simple and complex tasks”, as well as “motor performance...(and) memory” . This means that when your child practices yoga, it can help them learn new skills, whether that be cognitive skills or physical skills. This is because yoga helps them achieve a calm, focused state, and improves their attention and relaxation, getting them ready to learn.
- Yoga can help “reduce levels of fear and anxiety” 2. It can reduce “stress and negative emotions” 1 in children.
- Yoga improves relaxation by lowering your heartrate and your blood pressure1.
- Techniques in yoga focus on “self-control, attention, awareness and adaptive skills”, which can help when a child is learning a new task, or needing to pay attention for long periods of time in class.
Yoga for Kids is Helpful for these Diagnoses:
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Especially if it “used with existing treatment”. It can help to improve “time spent on a task”, meaning your child is paying attention longer. It may even be helpful when trying to “reduce dosage of medication”, and it helps to improve your child’s quality of sleep.
- Asthma: Yoga can help improve your child’s ability to exhale, especially being able to blow out more air. It can also help decrease the “weekly number of asthma attacks” .
- Yoga helps with anxiety and depression  because of it’s focus on relaxation and positive meditation. Yoga has a primary focus on connecting the mind to the body, and on self-reflection.
- It can help with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), or abdominal pain. Some of the results in a study yoga for IBS mentioned reduced anxiety and pain, which may be related to the improved relaxation and stretching.
Did You Know That ...
... yoga is also a great way to build your child's core muscles?
Please check out our guide on yoga poses that helps kids to de-stress and focus (GREAT resource for school too!):
For more information, check out these articles:
Birdee, GS, Yeh, G, Wayne, PM, Phillips, RS, Davis, RB, Gardiner, P. Clinical Applications of Yoga for the Pediatric Population: A Systematic Review. Acad Pediatr. 2009; 9 (4): 212-220. doi:10.1016/j.acap.2009.04.002.
Galantino ML, Galbavy R, Quinn L. Therapeutic effects of yoga for children: a systematic review of the literature. Pediatric Physical Therapy 2008; 20(1): 66-80. [PubMed: 18300936]
Herbert, A and Esparham, A. Mind-Body Therapy for Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Children 2017; 4 (31): 1-13. doi:10.3390/children4050031.
 Birdee, GS, Yeh, G, Wayne, PM, Phillips, RS, Davis, RB, Gardiner, P. Clinical Applications of Yoga for the Pediatric Population: A Systematic Review. Acad Pediatr. 2009; 9 (4): 212-220. doi:10.1016/j.acap.2009.04.002.
 Herbert, A and Esparham, A. Mind-Body Therapy for Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Children 2017; 4 (31): 1-13. doi:10.3390/children4050031.