We are excited to offer two weekly kids yoga classes at Children’s Therapy Connection. These classes are facilitated by a physical therapist and our very own Jazmin Rambeau, a certified yoga instructor and author of this article. See our Yoga Program page more details. To join one of our classes: call (317) 288-7606 or complete this form.
Written by Jazmin Rambeau
Within the last several years, holistic practices, such as yoga and mindfulness, have gained popularity and it seems that more and more people are embracing them – but why? In this fast-paced and technology-based culture, perhaps people are searching for tools that will help them truly connect. A growing body of research now suggests that yoga and mindfulness practices can help children cultivate wellness on every level.
Yoga is classified as a complementary, integrative treatment method by the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH). It offers many physical poses that help to improve overall strength, flexibility and balance in the body. Yoga also focuses on conscious breathing, which calms the nervous system and creates a more peaceful state of mind. A systematic review of literature conducted by a group of physical therapists determined that “yoga seems to be a multitasking modality that simultaneously treats physical impairments and psychosocial issues such as stress, anxiety, or hyperactivity” (Galantino et al., 2008).
Additionally, yoga improves cognitive and language development, especially for young children. During yoga classes, kids are encouraged to interact with peers, follow directions, play games, sing songs, remember poses, and maintain overall body awareness. Yoga helps kids develop these skills in a fun and supportive way. Another study conducted by occupational therapists found that a group of children with ASD decreased problematic behaviors in the classroom by participating in a daily yoga practice (Koenig et al., 2012).
Finally, ancient yogic principles suggest living with a kind outlook towards others and oneself. Through practices like gratitude, helping others, and choosing positive thoughts, yoga can also help children develop resilience and compassion. The word yoga directly translates to “yuj” meaning to yoke, or unite together. By engaging with the body, breath, mind, and heart, the whole being can be connected and healthy.
We hope that you will join us and give your child the opportunity to connect with their strong, calm, and confident nature. See our Yoga Program page more details. To join one of our classes: call (317) 288-7606 or complete this form. Also, stay tuned for more posts about yoga and mindfulness for kids!
Galantino, M.L., Galbavy, R., and Quinn, L. (2008) “Therapeutic effects of yoga for children: A systematic review of the literature.” Pediatric Physical Therapy 20, 1, 66-80.
Koenig, K. P., Buckley-Reen, A., and Garg, S. (2012). “Efficacy of the Get Ready to Learn yoga program among children with autism spectrum disorders: A pretest-postest control group design.” American Journal of Occupational Therapy 66, 5, 538-546.