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Yoga for children in the new normal – experience sharing

  • Maheshkumar Kuppusamy , Veni Ramaswamy , Poonguzhali Shanmugam and Padmavathi Ramaswamy EMAIL logo



Covid-19 Pandemic has affected everyone’s mental health. In addition to several preventive measures such as wearing a mask, using sanitizer, measures also need to be taken to prevent anxiety and depressive disorders due to this unexpected crisis situation. Practicing yoga is one of the simple, scientific methods to combat stress and prevent anxiety among children.


The scientific evidence and anecdotal experiences on benefits of yoga is described in this paper, highlighting the importance of yoga in nurturing the mental well-being in children.


Scientifically designed and conducted studies as part of the research programs by health professionals objectively conclude that mental health parameters improve significantly with yoga as an intervention. In addition to mental health, yoga will also improve the physical health and boost immunity among children which will also help in reducing the infection rate in children.


As a way forward, authors strongly recommend establishing yoga as a curriculum at scale to cover the vast vulnerable population of young children who are the future of the nation.

Corresponding author: Dr. Padmavathi Ramaswamy, Professor, Associate Dean – PG Studies, Department of Physiology, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research (SRIHER), Chennai, Tamilnadu, India, E-mail:


The authors would like to acknowledge the unstinted support by the management of SRIHER (DU), Chennai and Samsidh Group of Schools, Bengaluru

  1. Competing interests: The authors declare no competing interests.


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Received: 2020-09-30
Accepted: 2020-12-01
Published Online: 2021-05-07

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