This article explores the use of a series of movement therapies and relaxation techniques for management of health conditions among children. The research looked at use of movement therapies and relaxation techniques in children for treatment of various health conditions, as reported in the 2007 US National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), and also examined variations in use across various sociodemographic categories. Yoga was used primarily the control and reduction of anxiety and stress (31.4%), asthma (16.2%), and back/neck pain (15.3%).
The research suggests that early training on movement therapies and relaxation techniques can be seen as a useful tool that can help prevent or manage certain health problems. The article states that, in addition to an examination of their role in primary prevention, the use of movement therapies and relaxation techniques should be explored further to determine how these therapies work with respect to specific health conditions.
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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
This article discusses yoga as a potential tool for children to deal with stress and self-regulate. The author looks at how children and young people are exposed to new demands, standards, and options and to increased pressure to succeed
in school. A central idea in the article is that yoga may help children and young people cope with stress and thus, contribute positively to balance in life, well-being, and mental health. It presents research literature suggesting that yoga improves children’s physical and mental well-being and that, when used in schools it can help students improve resilience, mood, and self-regulation skills pertaining to emotions and stress.
2014 Hagen Yoga for children and young people’s mental health and well-being research review
This pilot study examined the effects of a classroom-based yoga intervention on cortisol concentrations and perceived behaviour in children. The study took place over ten weeks in two classrooms. Cortisol levels were measured and teachers recorded their perceptions of the effects of the intervention on students’ cognitive, social, and emotional skills. The results suggested that school-based yoga may be advantageous for stress management and behaviour.
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This article reviews 35 trials that assessed the role of yoga in reducing the signs and symptoms of anxiety and stress. 25 of the trials found a reduction in stress and/or anxiety symptoms when yoga was implemented. However the authors noted that many of the studies had limitations such as small populations, lack of control groups and lack of randomisation that make their results inconclusive. In summary, the literature suggests that yoga may help to relieve anxiety and stress, but further research is needed, with larger populations, longer duration, appropriate control groups and randomisation before yoga can be recommended as a treatment.
2012 Li The effects of yoga on anxiety and stress