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Benefits of Therapeutic Yoga for Kids

September 17, 2015

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The use of yoga as a therapeutic tool is gaining popularity as research shows the positive physical and emotional effects of practicing yoga. Yoga can benefit children diagnosed with a variety of special needs, including one of the most common childhood disorders —attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

ADHD symptoms often make it difficult for children to focus, pay attention and control behavior. Children diagnosed with ADHD are often the hyperactive or impulsive type and may feel overwhelmed or rarely in control of themselves or their thoughts.

Yoga can help children with ADHD by:

  • Engaging their imagination
  • Releasing mental and physical tension
  • Regulating oneself (increase or decrease arousal levels) through awareness of breath
  • Encouraging the follow of multi-step directions
  • Planning body movement coordination
  • Promoting a sense of stillness and awareness
  • Reducing the hormonal “fight or flight” response

Yoga also can help children understand their emotions. Studies have shown that 20 to 30 seconds of stillness allows children to reorganize, center the mind and allow the body to prepare for the next part of the day. Work with your child to try holding poses or attempt slow, mindful breathing for 20 to 30 seconds, and you will see immediate results.

Learn about therapeutic yoga for children with unique needs by calling 1-888-44-REHAB (73422).