From Twinkies to Trikonasana: Yoga and Childhood Obesity

Kathryn Boland, R-CYT, R-DMT
Yoga class of kids practicing Tree Pose (Vrksasana)

Ask someone to think about children, and they’ll likely picture little ones who generally appear healthy, playing outside with wide-eyed grins. The reality of many modern children, unfortunately, contrasts with this pleasant picture of youthful health. When once young ones indulged in healthy snacks and enjoyed physical activities, they now consume more processed and highly caloric foods and drinks, while also spending more time in front of screens than moving their bodies.

Teens practicing yoga for anxiety in Plank Pose (Phalakasana)

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Child practicing Side Plank Pose (Vasisthasana)

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Yoga class with children in Down Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

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A man and his child practicing yoga Handstand Pose

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Kid's yoga class in Mountain Pose (Tadasana)

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Mother and children practicing yoga in Seated Pose

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Child practicing yoga meditation ayurveda

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Child practicing yoga with an adult in Seated Pose

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Yoga class for kids in school practicing Tree Pose (Vrkasana)

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Father and child practicing yoga games together at home

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