The Benefits of Yoga for Enhancement of Self-Regulation: A Case Report
Many affirmative benefits are cited on yoga’s effectiveness in promoting self-regulation skills in children through reducing maladaptive behaviors, improving focus and attention and providing sensory input (Ehleringer, 2010; Goldberg, 2004; Pascoe & Bauer, 2015). In conjunction with typical occupational therapy intervention, the daily yoga intervention was beneficial for the participant with emotional dysregulation in promoting improved self-regulation skills in regards to improving emotional regulation and decreasing behavioral outbursts. Incorporating yoga techniques including physical postures, breath regulation, and mindfulness techniques shows potential to support healthier overall well-being and improved participation in daily activities for the participant. Increased time engagement in the yoga program may be beneficial for the child to experience greater advancements in self-regulation.