Mini Review
Volume 7 Issue 8 - 2018
A Brief Overview of Yoga for Children with Physical and Mental Needs
Ram Kumar Gupta*, Kankan Gulati, Shirley Telles and Acharya Balkrishna
Patanjali Research Foundation, Haridwar, India
*Corresponding Author: Ram Kumar Gupta, Patanjali Research Foundation, Haridwar, India.
Received: July 17, 2018; Published: July 31, 2018
Citation: Ram Kumar Gupta., et al. “A Brief Overview of Yoga for Children with Physical and Mental Needs”. EC Paediatrics 7.8 (2018): 807-809.
Yoga is increasingly being used for its benefits in promoting positive health as well as in preventing and treating certain disorders. Yoga has improved health in children with physical and mental needs. This mini review covers three physical disorders viz. Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), cystic fibrosis, cerebral palsy and three primarily mental/ psychological disorders viz. attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), mental retardation and autism. Yoga improved mobility, breathing and lung functions in DMD. Yoga improved the psychological state in cystic fibrosis. In ADHD yoga practice improved sensory-motor performance, processing ability, academic performance and reduced symptoms of ADHD when children were rated by their teachers and parents. Yoga also improved intelligence quotient (IQ) and social adaptation in mentally challenged children. In autism, yoga improved classroom behavior of the children. Hence yoga can benefit in children with physical and mental needs.
Keywords: Yoga; Children with Physical and Mental Needs; ADHD; DMD; Autism
Copyright: © 2018 Ram Kumar Gupta., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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