Join us for the excitement of kids yoga! Tuition will be $75 for the full six weeks or $15 for a drop-in session. If you have any additional questions, please contact us.
Yoga can teach a child to breath and gain back some control over their behavior, helping with self-esteem and self-worth. Breathing skills are wonderful to learn for when children with Autism are anxious in social situations or starting to feel angry. Yoga can help with balance and focus which can help with concentration and attention and increase cognitive skills. Transitions times are often difficult for a child with Autism and this is a great time to implement yoga and breathing skills. Teaching a child relaxation and how to quiet their minds can help with sleep, stress and an overall feeling of well-being.
A child’s ability to know where his/her body is in space is dependent on awareness of the midline of the body and where to position various body parts in relation to the midline. Using yoga positions, the child works on aligning the trunk, limbs, neck, and hips to improve midline awareness.
When a child has a difficulty with body awareness, yoga can help with slow and fluid movements which bring awareness to the muscles we use when practicing different postures. When a child feels a muscle working while stretching and holding postures, it reinforces body schema and awareness. As the child practices a posture, he/she increases muscle strength, range of motion , and flexibility. Additionally, many yoga poses require children to use their muscles in their mid-range rather than in full flexion and extension. This teaches children how to grade the force of the movements.
Breathing effectively increases the amount of oxygen moving to the brain, therefore improving concentration, learning, and vocal support (speech and voice), as well as encourages deep relaxation which helps calming and self-regulating techniques. Additionally, effective breathing enhances postural stability, as the same muscle groups are necessary for both activities.
“In my 14 years of experience as a speech therapist and eight years of experience as a practicing Certified Yoga Teacher, I have found yoga to be the most effective form of therapy for children with Asperger Syndrome. As a result of using yoga with children with Asperger Syndrome, I have found that these children display increasing overall attention, and greater awareness of their environment as well as increasing overall socialization skills with other children.”
– Judy E. Stasek M.S., CCC-SLP
*Yoga is currently only offered at our Bellaire location