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Yoga for Children

Yoga for Children
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Author(s): Camila Ferreira Vorkapic (Federal University of Sergipe, Brazil & Tiradentes University, Brazil)
Copyright: 2018
Pages: 17
Source title: Research-Based Perspectives on the Psychophysiology of Yoga
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Shirley Telles (Patanjali Research Foundation, India) and Nilkamal Singh (Patanjali Research Foundation, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2788-6.ch007


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Yoga is an ancient mind-body practice originated in India more than 2.000 years ago and is described systematically early on. The research on the psychophysiological benefits of yoga in children has been found to improve concentration, attention, memory, resilience, mood, self-control, academic performance, psychomotor and cardiac functions, as well as metabolic parameters. Consequently, yoga seems to help children with attention problems such as ADHD, and with special needs or during physical rehabilitation. Therefore, yoga might represent an important life skill tool for all children to deal with health issues, cognitive challenges and emotinal self-regulation. In this chapter, the supporting evidence of yoga for children will be discussed, as well as the effectiveness of frequency, duration and the issue of age appropriateness. Among many reasons, but specially due to their brain maturity, children's yoga is not a version of yoga for adults, it is a unique practice where children should allow to have fun while they experience the well known health benefits of yoga.

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