Date of Award

August 2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management

Committee Member

Brandi M Crowe

Committee Member

Marieke Van Puymbroeck

Committee Member

Heidi Zinzow


Various types of traumatic events may impact children’s (ages 2-11) emotional, cognitive, social, physical, and/or spiritual health. Yoga, a holistic treatment, has the potential to address the impact of trauma on children’s mind and the body. However, throughout the literature, there are inconsistencies related to the use of yoga with children who have experienced trauma. To address these inconsistencies, using a descriptive quantitative research design, the purpose of this study was to explore how, why, and by whom yoga is implemented with children (2-11 years old) who have experienced trauma. Findings showed that healthcare and non-healthcare professionals implement yoga with children who have experienced trauma to address clients’ emotional, physical, social, cognitive, and spiritual health. These professionals also reported using a variety of trauma-informed adaptions such as dimming the lights, or adding essential oils when implementing yoga with this population. This study provided foundational knowledge and also identified future research implications in relation to how why and by whom yoga is implemented with children who have experienced trauma.



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