Yoga for Children with Special Needs
Yoga props can aid in the taking of yoga poses. Yoga props can also educate the body to create greater muscle awareness and allow students to deepen their poses. Props will enhance your yoga experience and create greater effectiveness of the asanas.
"I’ve spent a lifetime thinking of myself as hopelessly uncoordinated and awkward (and nearly every gym teacher I ever had made it a point to reinforce this belief). I didn’t think I could ever belong in a yoga class, even though I’ve wanted to try yoga for years. I must have driven past The Family Yoga Center for a year before I worked up the nerve to attend a class.
From the very first session, Jennifer made me feel welcome and supported, but more than that, she made me feel like I belong. At The Family Yoga Center, I didn’t just find yoga. I found a teacher, a community, and patience and acceptance for my body’s strengths and weaknesses.
As I became more aware of my body and my breathing, and realized how much of what I was learning on the mat was carrying over into the rest of my life, I wondered if my son might be able to benefit from yoga, too. J is fifteen; he has autism spectrum disorder, significant gross motor weakness/delay, and struggles with attention and perseverative thinking. I wasn’t sure that he would be able to handle a yoga class, but I knew if anyone could work with him, it’s Jennifer.
Jennifer is endlessly patient and caring with my son, just as she is with all of her students. Her knowledge of props and attention to building the pose, as well as the creativity and joy that she brings to her work have made yoga a successful experience for my son, one that he looks forward to every week. At his recent IEP meeting, HIS gym teacher said that the class recently completed a yoga unit, and my son was 'the shining star”of the class.' ” ~Angela
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