Yoga relieves tension and encourages flexibility for tight muscles. It helps digestion and stimulates the immune system.
The practice of Yoga helps to reduce high muscle tone, which is typical of most children with cerebral palsy. Asanas (poses) stretch the muscles and tendons, relaxing and strengthening the muscles around the spine. Rotating and stretching the spine creates space around the vertebrae, thereby relieving muscular tension and allowing for more flexibility. Yoga asanas also provide enough resistance to help those areas of the body with low muscle tone.
The lymphatic system, an important component of the immune system, relies on muscle activity and movement for circulation. For children with cerebral palsy, this is not always easy to achieve. Yoga asanas build strong muscles that encourage lymph movement. A regular practice of Yoga breathing techniques help expand the thoracic cavity and create a pressure change that facilitates lymph flow.
In addition to the physical benefits, Yoga offers a way for children with cerebral palsy to relax and learn proper breathing techniques that help relieve stress. The deep relaxation portion of a Yoga session allows the body to slow down and absorb all of the energy created.