Yoga for Children with Burns Injuries

Yoga's benefits for children with burns injuries

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Burns injuries can have a devastating impact on a person's self-concept, anxiety-levels, physical functioning, self-esteem and psychological functioning. In this linked study, an existing yoga kids program was evaluated to gain better understanding of the physical and psychosocial effects of a yoga practice among children between 6-12 years with burn injuries. Thirty children participated in a series of four (1 hour) yoga sessionsover the summer holiday period.

A Yoga Evaluation Questionnaire, designed for children, was used to evaluate perceptions of somatic and cognitive anxiety before and after each yoga session. Wonderfully, a decrease in somatic and cognitive anxiety was found in the yoga group suggesting that yoga may be a beneficial adjunct to treatment for children with burns injuries.

Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS