A recent CDC publication was released about the use of complementary health therapies among children and young adults.
A highlight of this paper is the growing presence of yoga, as a healing modality in the lives of our youth!
Data from 2007-2012 show a significant increase in the use of yoga from 2.3% to 3.1% of children and young adults. In the report, yoga represented the strongest growth area for prevalence of use. Despite these findings, there is a significant gap in the research on complementary health approaches among children. Coupled with data that suggest an increase of chronic health conditions among children, the time is now to be looking into these therapies.
The importance of this study resonates both on a national and organizational level.
Yoga for Arthritis is currently looking to expand the reach of our services to serve people with arthritis across the lifespan. Specifically, YFA is looking to develop a yoga program for children living with arthritis. Join us as we set out to pioneer this innovative new line of research and bring the ancient healing arts of yoga, coupled with modern medical knowledge to our youth who are clearly seeking complementary approaches to help improve the wellness of their minds, bodies and spirit!
If you have experience teaching yoga with children, we want to hear about it as we begin formulating a program and specialized teacher training! Feel free to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts and perspective.
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