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Integrative medicine and palliative care specialists recommend therapeutic yoga for children with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses as a way to help improve well-being and symptoms.
Riley at IU Health offers a series of select yoga postures (asanas) that are carefully organized to provide physical therapeutic benefit, stress reduction, an increased sense of well-being and symptom management. Yoga is excellent training for children and adolescents, both as a therapeutic form of exercise and as a tool for breathing, focus, mindfulness and stress relief.
Certified yoga therapists at Riley at IU Health lead yoga sessions designed to meet your child’s personal needs and physical abilities. The length of each session depends on the individual patient.
Therapeutic yoga sessions vary depending on the specific needs of each patient.
Your child’s yoga session may include:
Yoga can be done at the bedside (inpatient or outpatient), in a chair or on a yoga mat. Your child’s yoga instructor will provide a yoga mat, if needed. Your child may wear any comfortable clothing.