Yoga Therapy for Kids

Reprinted from the Child Trauma Academy Newsletter, February 2010

Children are not simply small adults. They learn differently – often making sense of their world through motion and touch. They even express their feelings in physical ways – when angry, they hit and kick. Because kids do not have the cognitive abilities to understand and control their feelings, in order to change how they feel, they may need to actually manipulate their physical state. Traumatized children are especially prone to confusing and seemingly uncontrollable physical sensations and feelings. Yoga, a form of exercise, relaxation, and meditation is particularly beneficial for these children, and for reasons beyond why exercise in general is helpful.

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