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Yoga is a fun way to promote relaxation and mindfulness. It can be a safe and non-invasive activity to do with your children. Children of different ages and abilities can do yoga; yoga can be made easier or more challenging as needed.
Doing yoga might help kids ease symptoms they experience during cancer treatment according to both the American Cancer Society and the Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing.
Yoga should not replace medical treatments or recommendations from doctors or providers for children with cancer.
Don’t start any new activity – including yoga – before you talk with your child’s doctor. You can ask your child’s physical therapist, doctor, or care team about yoga and any other options.
Yoga can benefit parents and other caregivers, too. It can help with managing stress and improving both mental and physical well-being.
Poses are the ways you hold your body while doing yoga. If you and your child want to try yoga, here are common poses to get you started.
It is best to do these with instructions. You can look at a book or online videos to be able to picture these. If any pose hurts, stop it right away and consult with a doctor.
Tree pose is a balancing posture.
This relaxing pose can help you stretch tight muscles.
Practicing yoga is about mindfulness, building flexibility, and relaxation. Whatever poses you try, don't forget to have fun.
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Submitted: August 2021