Yoga as a complementary therapy

This article focuses on the progressive trend toward use of yoga as a mind-body complementary and alternative medicine intervention to improve specific  physical and mental health conditions. The aim is to provide clinicians with therapeutically useful information about yoga, and the evidence
evaluating yoga as an effective intervention for children and adolescents with health problems is reviewed and summarized. The article points out that the majority of studies indicate benefits to using yoga as a therapeutic intervention and show very few adverse effects, though it must be said that many of the studies have methodological limitations that prevent strong conclusions from being drawn.

2010 Kaley-Isley – Yoga as a complementary therapy for children and adolescents – a guide for clinicians

Young people explain the benefits

The aim of this exploratory study was to explore how young people explain the benefits of yoga using a qualitative approach. This research study was done with a group of students between 11 and 13, who had been voluntarily attending the after school yoga classes for between one month and a year, although some had previous yoga or meditation experience. The young people described a range of physical and psychological benefits from the yoga classes and responded positively to it being taught in schools. This study also gives a greater insight into the mental health needs of young people and how negative influences, such as stress and pressure, can be reduced.

Morgan Young people explain the benefits of mindfulness based yoga