This is a compilation of resources, articles and peer reviewed articles about why yoga, mindfulness and meditation are beneficial for kids.
BENEFITS OF PHYSICAL ASANA
Scoping Review of Yoga in Schools. Read about cognitive benefits
"Studies show yoga can increase calm, ability to focus, enhance life skills and self-esteem." http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/19411243.2010.520246
"A recent study demonstrates that use of daily classroom wide yoga interventions has a significant impact on key classroom behaviors among children with autism." https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22917120
“[Toxic Stress] can have prolonged damage to mental, physical and behavioral development.” http://developingchild.harvard.edu/science/key-concepts/toxic-stress/
“... in the long term excessive levels of cortisol are linked to a range of physical and mental health problems.” https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/02/110209124143.htm
Studies that clearly indicate children with continual exposure to stress experience delayed brain development due to an excess of cortisol in the system, which impacts their academic and social performance lifelong.” * Listen now
“Autonomic and respiratory studies suggest that there is a combination of mental alertness with physiological rest during the practice of Om meditation.” ~Meditation on OM: Relevance from ancient texts and contemporary science.
*Effect of fast and slow pranayama on perceived stress and cardiovascular parameters in young health-care students. Sharma VK1, Trakroo M, Subramaniam V, Rajajeyakumar M, Bhavanani AB, Sahai A.
Northwestern University. “Rhythm of Breathing Affects Memory and Fear.” NeuroscienceNews. NeuroscienceNews, 6 December 2016.
Breath exercises have the ability to reduce symptoms of depression. Read here
Michigan State University. “Meditation Keeps Emotional Brain in Check.” NeuroscienceNews. NeuroscienceNews, 29 September 2016. Read here.