YOGA

Yoga has many benefits for children and teenagers. Research points to its many health benefits, including increased strength and flexibility, mental peace and reduced stress. Despite its popularity, many misconceptions as to what yoga is still remain. For instance, many people often assume that yoga is just the physical postures and believe that you already have to be flexible in order to practice yoga, an image which is unfortunately perpetuated by social media.

However, yoga is a comprehensive system of philosophy and lifestyle practices that includes much more than some fancy exercises. And particularly when it comes to managing a pain condition, not just any yoga class will do.

 

Why choose yoga classes at Perth Paediatric Therapy?

As well as being an experienced Yoga Therapist, Theresa has also undergone training in Yoga Therapy for Kids with Zenergy Yoga, and extensive training in child musculoskeletal and cognitive development as well as rheumatological conditions  As such Theresa can adapt sessions and classes to meet the individual needs of the child or youth with conditions such as:

  • JIA
  • Connective Tissue Disorders such as Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome
  • Chronic pain
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • ADD
  • Diabetes
  • Digestion Issues
  • Lower Back Issues
  • Focus/Attention/Concentration
  • Weight Management Difficulties
  • Stress & Anxiety
  • Depression

 

How is yoga therapy different to a general yoga class?

A general yoga class often includes the postures, some breathing techniques, relaxation and possibly some meditation. There are also many different styles of yoga available today, some of which can be quite strong, dynamic and fast flowing. While a yoga teacher will always do their best to accommodate the varying injuries and health conditions that students may present with, its not possible to always adequately cater for the unique needs of individuals, particularly those who may have a chronic pain condition. Furthermore, a teacher may not necessarily have specialised training in pain or other chronic health conditions. As a result some people may find that pain can be exacerbated in a general class.

Yoga therapy is a personalised and holistic approach that caters to the unique needs of individuals and is particularly suitable for people who have chronic pain conditions or injuries and for whom a general group class may not be appropriate, initially at least.

While it is based on the traditions of yoga, drawing more extensively from the broad range of practices available, yoga therapy is also evidence-based and complementary and draws on the skills and knowledge of modern medicine.

A yoga therapist is an experienced yoga teacher with additional training and knowledge in various health conditions and is able to work with a client to develop a self-empowering programme that is appropriate to their needs and health and wellbeing goals.

 

Benefits of yoga for children and teenagers

Yoga has many benefits for children and teenagers. The postures increase strength, flexibility, and balance and the mindful movement assist to develop coordination, body awareness and body confidence. Concentration and focus may be improved and breathing and relaxation techniques are taught which are important for self-soothing and calming the nervous system, which research has shown is vital in managing pain.

In particular, yoga is non-competitive and allows children and teenagers the opportunity to explore their potential by trying different poses and techniques in a safe and supportive environment. The techniques learnt on the mat can be taken away and applied in everyday life.