As yoga becomes more mainstream in our culture, there is more clinical research being done about the effects of yoga and children. It is very positive! Below is a quote from the recent edition of Yoga Journal.
According to Harvard neuroscientist and yoga researcher Sat Bir Khalsa, yoga trial findings are important because new research shows that the majority of clinically significant indicators of mental health originate in adolescence, and most of those problems are related to stress.
Khalsa feels if these techniques were taught at an earlier age, we’d see fewer instances of lifestyle-related diseases like diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. “Yoga practices,” he says, “are an effective form of preventative medicine, because they enhance stress resilience and foster mind-body awareness, which lead to positive lifestlye choices.” What more could a parent ask for?
Excerpt from an article found in Yoga Journal October 2010 Teach your Children Well pg 76