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Keep Calm and Do Yoga

Keep calm and do yoga.  No one can deny that yoga helps to calm children.  Hang up this reminder in your therapy room, classroom or yoga studio.  You can print it in color or choose 2 different black and white posters that the children can color for you to hang up. Try using it as […]

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Custom Yoga Mats – Focus on Therapist Small Business Owners

I am continuing this series taking a closer look at small businesses that are owned and operated by Pediatric Occupational and Physical Therapists.  Today, the focus is on custom yoga mats created by Rebecca, a Pediatric Physical Therapist. Q:  First just tell a little bit about yourself – job experience, years on the job, etc. […]

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3 Simple Mandalas to Color to Help Relieve Stress – Free!

Mandala means “circle” or “center.” Coloring mandalas can help to encourage relaxation, relieve stress, facilitate creativity and balance the body.  Here are three simple mandalas to color to help to calm the body.  They are perfect to add to a quiet corner or calm down kit in the classroom. Check out Yoga Cards at http://yourtherapysource.com/yogacards.html […]

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Yoga Cards – Downward Dog Pose

This Downward Dog Yoga Pose is a free sample from Yoga Cards. The purpose of the downward dog pose is to: 1.  improve balance. 2.  stretch the back and the hamstring muscles (back of the thighs). 3.  strengthen the shoulders, arms and the core muscles. 4.  stimulate the vestibular system with the inverted position of […]

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Heart Rate, Motor Skills and Children with Autism

Physiology & Behavior published research on 20 children – 10 with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and 10 control subjects to determine how the heart rate adjusts during different physical tests. Each participant was evaluated using the Eurofit Physical Fitness Test Battery with constant heart rate monitoring. In addition, their parents completed the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales. […]

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10 Reasons Why Yoga is Beneficial for Children

Here are 10 reasons why children should do yoga: 1.  Yoga increases physical activity.  It is recommended that children participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.  Yoga is an excellent choice since it can be performed indoors or outdoors and in small spaces. 2.  Yoga teaches children to relax.  Children’s schedules […]