Our “Yoga for Special Needs” classes teaches yoga poses and breathing techniques specifically intended to help children contend with their escalating emotions. Since these children are visually oriented, our instructors add a visual element so that the child has a colored picture of each pose near his or her mat. Parents are also given pictures of the poses so that they can do them at home with their child.
At times, our classes incorporate other experiences known to benefit a child on the autism spectrum, such music and dance. Music engages the brain and promotes communication. Being able to dance about in contrast to the stationary poses of yoga and the addition of music complete what amounts to an amazing and fun intervention.