Yoga builds muscle tone and improves balance and coordination, while strengthening the immune system.
Children with Down syndrome often have hypotonia, or low muscle tone. Hypotonia contributes to a delay in developing motor skills, and can even cause digestive issues and constipation. Other medical conditions that may occur more frequently in children with DS include thyroid problems, respiratory problems, obesity, and an increased susceptibility to infection.
A Yoga practice for children with Down syndrome helps to build muscle tone and improve balance. The Yoga asanas (poses) also help internal organs by stimulating the endocrine glands, aiding in digestion and strengthening the immune system. In combination with breathing exercises, which calm the central nervous system, asanas facilitate the development of body awareness and concentration.