Trauma-Sensitive Yoga for Kids

Simple yoga tools can assist caregivers and care providers of children who have experienced trauma.  Yoga can be a healing tool for trauma and such trauma-related issues as violence, sexual abuse, accidents, and divorce.

LISTEN to this 2 minute interview with Douglas Goldsmith, PhD, Executive Director of The Children’s Center in Salt Lake City, a non-profit for kids with emotional challenges.

Written by an elementary school student from a Burmese refugee camp who was diagnosed with PTSD. At the YWCA Shelter.

Written by an elementary school student from a Burmese refugee camp who was diagnosed with PTSD. At the YWCA Shelter.

GreenTREE has been sharing yoga with the kids at the YWCA shelter for over six years.  

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                   YWCA Shelter Yoga  

                   YWCA Shelter Yoga

 

“Yoga is better than free time!”  — Age 7

“I love the way yoga makes my body feel”  — Age 8

“Doing yoga is fun; we get to make up stories using yoga poses”  — Age 7

“Yoga is like exercising without all the running”  — Age 11

“Yoga teaches me how to act when I’m tired or upset”  — Age 10

“I love our yoga teacher.  She teaches us how to be healthy by doing yoga”  — Age 9

“I love Green Tree Yoga. They have been working with us for over two years,  and I’m seen improvement in the children’s behavior. They are calmer, stronger, and a better version of themselves. Our program is expanding, and I would love to see the Green Tree Yoga reach more children.”

— Camille Gonzales, YWCA Children’s Activities Counselor

“Green Tree Yoga has been very influential to our group of kids. They love each session and are always anticipating towards the next. We’ve noticed many positive behavior changes in our kids throughout the course of our partnership with Yael. They’ve practiced the breathing techniques to become a calmer person and also to be more helpful to everyone else. Yoga teaches them to be patient and have a much better understanding of having a healthy mind, body and soul. By practicing yoga at such a young age, we feel that they can adapt to better lifestyle habits as they grow into their adulthood.”

— Jimmy Lee, Children’s Activities Coordinator YWCA

CLICK HERE for more info on our yoga for kids with trauma kit.