Peaceful play yoga: Serenity and balance for children with cancer and their parents

Megan V. Thygeson, Casey Hooke, Jeanine Clapsaddle, Angela Robbins, Kristin Moquist

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Children with a cancer diagnosis experience symptom distress, including anxiety, because of the disease and its treatment. Parents experience stress and anxiety because of the uncertainty of the disease as well as the suffering of their children. Yoga is a complementary intervention that has physiological and psychological benefits in healthy children and healthy and chronically ill adults. On an inpatient hematology/oncology unit, 11 children aged 6 to 12 years, 5 adolescents aged 13 to 18 years, and 33 parents participated in a single yoga session tailored to the needs and abilities of the patients and parents. Sense of well-being pre- and postclass was measured with the Spielberger State Anxiety Scale. Children had normal anxiety scores preclass that did not change. Adolescents and parents experienced significant decreases in anxiety scores, and all cohorts gave positive feedback about the experience. The authors conclude that yoga is a feasible intervention for this population and is beneficial to adolescents and parents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)276-284
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2010


  • Anxiety
  • Cancer
  • Children
  • Parents
  • Yoga


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