Are you looking for ways to help your child be strong, calm and focused?
Adults of all ages have discovered the many benefits of yoga for both physical and mental health. But how about sharing those benefits with children? This week’s guest, Jessica Rosenberg, chats with Marti and Erin about how the interactive fitness program, The Adventures of Super Stretch, is being used by both families and schools to support children’s optimal learning, health and behavior. Whether your child has special needs, such as ADHD or autism spectrum disorders – or just could use some practical strategies for managing life’s daily ups and downs – you’ll be interested in this new child-focused approach to an ancient, proven practice.
How have you or other adults you know incorporated yoga into your own health and wellness activities? What do you think about the possibilities of yoga for children? Please share your thoughts in our REPLY space!
Jessica suggests the following book and article resources:
“Spark, the Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain” by John J. Ratey, MD for how yoga helps people relax according to MRI’s, p. 259-260: http://www.johnratey.com/newsite/index.html
“Teach Your Children Well” in Yoga Journal, Oct. 2010, p.76: http://www.yogajournal.com/lifestyle/2558
“Play Power: How to Turn Around Our Creativity Crisis” in The Atlantic by Laura Seargeant Richardson: http://www.theatlantic.com/life/archive/2011/05/play-power-how-to-turn-around-our-creativity-crisis/238167/
“Smart Jocks” in Scientific American Mind by Steve Ayan, p. 43-47: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=smart-jocks
“Yoga for Kids: A Good Idea?” by Mayo Clinic Staff: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/yoga-for-kids/MY01401/METHOD=print