Yoga For The Special Child
Yoga is a system of practice that originated in India more than 3,000 years ago. Yoga works on many different levels, mind, body and breath, and has shown itself as an effective therapy for many conditions from Downs Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy to ADHD and Autism.
Yoga works by using gentle postures that work with the body to enable the child to gain their maximum potential over a series of sessions. A specific programme is designed for each child as an individual. The therapy works in partnership with conventional methods of treatment such as physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and occupational therapy.
Yoga helps these children to improve on their basic motor, communicative and cognitive skills. The yoga routines also help children with learning disabilities to develop greater concentration, balance and posture.
Benefits of Yoga for Children with Special Needs
Yoga can help to improve:
- Communication skills & cognitive skills
- Yoga routines can help children to develop greater concentration and attention span
- Fine motor coordination, hand to eye coordination and auditory processing
- Muscle tone
- Flexibility and postural alignment
- Increased self -esteem
- Daily exercises can be incorporated into a more relaxed and accepting body – and is far less distressing for the child
- Yoga can help to improve respiration and will complement the work of a Speech and Language Therapist
Jay has worked for many years with children with a variety of special needs, and specialises in working with children on the "autistic spectrum", as well as children with a variety of conditions and rare disorders.
The "Yoga for the Special Child ®, LLC Programme" believes that every child is special, and no label can define, or limit the child's potential for positive change. The fun sessions include yoga poses, breathing exercises, and relaxation. These sessions usually take place on a one-to-one basis in your home.
Pregnancy yoga classes help with the aches and pains of pregnancy, enables you to meet other mums-to-be (or second and third timers), to have fun and to prepare for birth. Classes run on Tuesday evenings and you can join anytime after your 16th week of pregnancy.