Expert Opinion

The health-giving qualities of yoga have been pronounced by the ancients for thousands of years. Now science and medicine are providing empirical data confirming what Eastern cultures have intuitively known for ages.

The first Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research (SYTAR) was held in January 2007 to begin to accumulate and disseminate some of these research findings. Indications are that children who practice yoga may not only be better able to regulate their emotions, manage stress and calm themselves, they may also choose better foods to eat and get more physical activity than children who do not.

Body image issues resulting in conditions from anorexia to obesity plague our children today. Studies shared at SYTAR suggest yoga may help. The movement, focus on breath awareness and relaxation inherent in a yoga practice can help children develop better body awareness and improved self-esteem - both powerful components of a healthy body image.

From Yoga Chicago

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Yoga for Children - Now Proven Effective!
By Mira Binzen

Yoga for Children? YES!
By Shakta Kaur Khalsa