Is yoga for children a good idea? has reviewed the pros and cons.

Here’s what we know.

  • Research on the benefits of yoga for kids is limited.
  • At the least, yoga can be a gentle method for children to get more physical activity and enhance their well-being.
  • 2 styles that may be inappropriate for children include:
    • Ashtanga, aka power yoga, focuses on strength and flexibility training and rapid movements.
    • Bikram, aka hot yoga, involves doing vigorous poses in a room heated to 100 to 110 F (38 to 43 C).
      • Ashtanga and Bikram require excellent physical condition.

The bottom line?

The article discusses safety considerations and how to select a yoga class appropriate for children.

11/24/10 18:38 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.