Advanced SearchSearch Tips
Yoga for children
facebook(new window)  Pirnt(new window) E-mail(new window) Excel Download
  • Journal title : TANG [HUMANITAS MEDICINE]
  • Volume 1, Issue 1,  2011, pp.4.1-4.4
  • Publisher : Association of Humanitas Medicine
  • DOI : 10.5667/tang.2011.0008
 Title & Authors
Yoga for children
Ganpat, Tikhe Sham; Ramarao, Nagendra Hongasandra;
  PDF(new window)
Excessive stress is harmful to academic performance in children and may lead to dropping out of school. To meet the demands of a modern life-style which is full of speed, stress and tension, an all-round child health program is crucial. The use of yoga for children has diverse applications in maintaining and developing their physical, mental, intellectual, emotional and spiritual levels. Yoga, through its physical postures (asana), breathing practices (pranayama), cleansing techniques (kriya), meditation therapies (dhyana) and relaxation training (yoga nidra) yields a positive effect in the management of stress in children. Yoga practice benefited children by improving their eye-hand coordination, attention span, levels of concentration, competitive performance and relaxation. Visually impaired children showed a significant decrease in their abnormal anxiety levels when they practiced yoga for three weeks, while a program of physical activity had no such effect. Socially disadvantaged children in a remand home showed significant improvements in sleep, appetite and general well being, as well as a decrease in physiological arousal after yoga. In one study, it is found that a 4-week program of asana and meditation lowers the aggressive behavior of children. Meditation helped to reduce problems related to maladaptive behavior, increase emotional and physical health and psychological well-being in children. Finally, the possible role of yoga in improving the mental state and general well-being of children with cancer is being explored.
 Cited by
Naveen KV, Srinivas R, Nirmala KS, Nagarathna R, Nagendra HR, Telles S. Differences between congenitally blind and normally sighted subjects in the P1 component of middle latency auditory evoked potentials. Percept Mot Skills. 1998;86(3 Pt 2):1192-1194. crossref(new window)

Chen TL, Mao HC, Lai CH, Li CY, Kuo CH. The effect of yoga exercise intervention on health related physical fitness in school-age asthmatic children. Hu Li Za Zhi. 2009;56(2):42-52.

Haffner J, Roos J, Goldstein N, Parzer P, Resch F. The effectiveness of body-oriented methods of therapy in the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): results of a controlled pilot study. Z Kinder Jugendpsychiatr Psychother. 2006;34(1):37-47. crossref(new window)

Bhola P, Kapur M. Child and adolescent psychiatric epidemiology in India. Indian J Psychiatry. 2003;45(4):208-217.

Jensen PS, Kenny DT. The effects of yoga on the attention and behavior of boys with Attention-Deficit/ hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). J Atten Disord. 2004;7(4):205-216. crossref(new window)

Naveen KV, Srinivas RS, Nirmala KS, Nagendra HR, Telles S. Middle latency auditory evoked potentials in congenitally blind and normal sighted subjects. Int J Neurosci. 1997;90(1-2):105-111. crossref(new window)

Deshpande S, Nagendra HR, Raghuram N. A randomized control trial of the effect of yoga on verbal aggressiveness in normal healthy volunteers. Int J Yoga. 2008;1:76-82. crossref(new window)

Deshpande S, Nagendra HR, Raghuram N. A randomized control trial of the effect of yoga on Gunas (personality) and Self esteem in normal healthy volunteers. Int J Yoga. 2009;2:13-21. crossref(new window)

Printz C. Better care with a personal touch. Cancer. 2010; 116(16):3751-3752. crossref(new window)

Radhakrishna S. Application of integrated yoga therapy to increase imitation skills in children with autism spectrum disorder. Int J Yoga. 2010;3(1):26-30. crossref(new window)

Radhakrishna S, Nagarathna R, Nagendra HR. Integrated approach to yoga therapy and autism spectrum disorders. J Ayurveda Integr Med. 2010;1:120-124. crossref(new window)

Roth M, Lin J, Kim M, Moody K. Pediatric oncologists' views toward the use of complementary and alternative medicine in children with cancer. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2009; 31(3):177-182. crossref(new window)

Telles S, Hanumanthaiah BH, Nagarathna R, Nagendra HR. Plasticity of motor control systems demonstrated by yoga training. Indian J Physiol Pharmacol. 1994;38(2):143-144.

Telles S, Naveen KV. Yoga for rehabilitation: an overview. Indian J Med Sci. 1997;51(4):123-127.

Telles S, Narendran S, Raghuraj P, Nagarathna R, Nagendra HR. Comparison of the reduction in autonomic and respiratory parameters of girls after yoga and games at a community home. Percept Mot Skills. 1997;84(1):251-257. crossref(new window)

Thygeson MV, Hooke MC, Clapsaddle J, Robbins A, Moquist K. Peaceful play yoga: serenity and balance for children with cancer and their parents. J Pediatr Oncol Nurs. 2010; 27(5):276-284. crossref(new window)

Uma K, Nagendra HR, Nagarathna R, Vaidehi S, Seethalakshmi R. The integrated approach of yoga; a therapeutic tool for mentally retarded children; a one year controlled study. J Mental Def Res. 1989;33:415-421.

White LS. Yoga for children. Pediatr Nurs. 2009;35(5):277-283, 295.