By Grace, Blessed Elements Create
Yoga has long been recognized for benefiting the mind and body but now it is being recognized in professional medical groups for the benefits it creates in physical therapy. The techniques are successfully being used for children.
Positions in yoga are accepted and confirmed as a very effective ways to correct posture, strengthen muscles and tendons in areas of tight heel chords, neck and lower back problems in children.
It is also becoming widely accepted that Yoga positions are exceedingly successful in developing language skills, motor and social development besides being used in physical therapy for medical needs.
Yoga helps strength, increase flexibility, balance, and coordination but is also contributed to improving attention and relaxation.
Besides using yoga positions to help in motor skills and coordination, yoga is now being used for children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD.
Children diagnosed with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism/PDD, Development Delay and other learning disabilities are now also being encouraged to practice the correct yoga positions to help in areas needed to strengthen skills.
- Some other conditions that yoga is being used to aid are:
- Sensory Dysfunction
- Neurological Disorder
- Torticollis`tilt, a condition causing a rotation or flexing of the head and/or neck.)
- Sports Injuries
Practicing yoga is found to improve children’s awareness to their body allowing them to quickly identify if they are stressed or tense in situations so they can remedy it. Relaxation practices can be achieved in school and at their desk with out bring attention to themselves.
My grand daughter was diagnosed with tight heel chords and extra cervical rib and lower back pain. Her exercises to correct these conditions are all yoga positions.
- A few of the positions recommended that she enjoys are:
- angry cat stretch
- prayer stretch
- the bridge
Yoga is a fun approach for children as they enjoy the names and find it a great way to increase flexibility and enjoy seeing their progress in mastering positions at first not easily accomplished and then mastered as they improve their bodies.