Yoga that is inclusive of all needs

Facilitating life skills for emotional & mental well-being to children and youth 3 - 18 years & their schools

ALL children can can be taught to focus, breathe, and relax with regular yoga practice. Yoga for children with special needs centres on the use of movement as a means to quiet the mind.

Author of Yoga Therapy for Children with Autism and Special Needs, Louise Goldberg’s writes, “Yoga therapy affords children an opportunity to play and learn in an environment that embraces their uniqueness and supports their strengths."

The focus on mental calmness, says Goldberg, opens a world of opportunities for the child with physical or developmental disabilities. The idea behind the practice is to help the child realize a strength he/she had not previously known. “Yoga therapy is not dependent on language skills or cognitive abilities,” she explains. “… It is a therapy that meets children wherever they are.”

Why yoga for children with special needs?* Benefits include:

  • Self soothe
  • Self control
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Increase physical strength and tone
  • Increased metabolism
  • Cooperative learning
  • Proprioception
  • Support vestibular system(balance)
  • Balance L/R hemisphere
  • Focus
  • Visual stimulation
  • Creativity through self expression
  • Making meaning out of mayhem
  • Concentration
  • Body awareness
  • Self awareness
  • Rhythmical
  • Safety through routine
  • Confidence building- everyone can do it
  • Input and stimuli through muscle memory, breath, music, mudra, meditation, environment
  • Connection to Spirit

Private session are inclusive of children with Special Needs, including:

  • Aspergers
  • Sensory Integration
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Bipolar
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Tourette’s
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down’s Syndrome

The more insight and understanding we have into the condition of a child, the better we are able to develop an effective therapeutic plan for his/her needs.

*Copyright 2013 Color Me Yoga Enterprises, LLC.