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Report Shows Rise in Yoga Meditation among Children

2019-02-08 22:31
ACCORDING TO A RECENT C-D-C REPORT, THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN USING YOGA AND MEDITATION IS RISING. JUDI BAR, YOGA PROGRAM MANAGER AT CLEVELAND CLINIC, SAYS KIDS OFTEN THINK YOGA IS FUN, BUT IT CAN ALSO TEACH THEM EFFECTIVE WAYS TO MANAGE STRESS AND SELF-SOOTHE. CG: Judi Bar /Cleveland Clinic “There’s a natural curiosity and something that feels fun for them to try, and it’s just kind of like slipping vegetables into their meals, or sometimes maybe they don’t know it, not realizing how much yoga can really help and calm them to help themselves soothe.” :19 VO (B-roll:1st graders in yoga class at school, kids at home doing yoga) THE REPORT LOOKS AT DATA FROM THE NATIONAL HEALTH INTERVIEW SURVEY BETWEEN 20-12 AND 20-17. IT SHOWS THAT YOGA USE INCREASED AMONG CHILDREN BETWEEN THE AGES OF FOUR AND SEVENTEEN – FROM ABOUT THREE PERCENT IN 20-12 TO ABOUT EIGHT PERCENT IN 20-17. AND MEDITATION USE INCREASED AS WELL – FROM LESS THAN ONE PERCENT IN 20-12 TO JUST OVER FIVE PERCENT IN 20-17. RESULTS ALSO SHOW GIRLS WERE MORE LIKELY TO DO YOGA THAN BOYS. BAR SAYS EVERY CHILD CAN BENEFIT FROM YOGA – EVEN THOSE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. SHE ADDS THAT SOME STUDIES SUGGEST YOGA MAY BENEFIT CHILDREN WITH AUTISM AND A-D-H-D. REGARDLESS OF THE REASON FOR PRACTICING YOGA OR MEDITATION, BAR SAYS LEARNING HOW TO BREATHE AND CALM YOURSELF INTERNALLY PROVIDES A LIFE-LONG BENEFIT. CG: Judi Bar /Cleveland Clinic “If they do yoga, they can continue to do yoga at any age, but it’s something that really carries over for them that helps them with well-being and resilience.”