Yoga Helping Autism Children

Yoga Helping Autism Children

Article by Yoga Born

signs of growth are all around

I am thrilled to grow the PBI Learning Center’s Yoga Therapy Program and “in home” Programs. As a Certified Yoga Teacher I look forward to helping create the best experience possible for the children in the Autism Spectrum.

I love being outdoors to see the signs of growth! As seeds make breakthroughs from their hard shell exterior. We see signs of this growth as they climb through the earth to blossom and fruit. Reminding us of the breakthroughs in our lives. When we stick to our vision with tenacity and resilience we grow and achieve.

Yoga Primer… Yoga is a scientific system of physical and mental practice that originated in India more the 3,000 years ago. Its purpose is to help each one of us achieve our highest potential and to experience enduring health and happiness. With yoga, we can extend our healthy productive years far beyond the accepted norm and at the same time, improve the quality of our lives.

The branch of yoga that forms the main focus of my teaching work with both adults and children is called Hatha Yoga. Hatha Yoga begins by working with the body on a structural level, helping to align the vertebrae, increase flexibility, and strengthen muscles and tendons. At the same time, internal organs are toned and rejuvenated; the epidermal, digestive, lymphatic, cardiovascular, and pulmonary systems are purified of toxins and waste matter; the nervous and endocrine systems are balance and toned; and the brain cells are nourished and stimulated, and a great sense of overall well-being.

Yoga Methods… During the Yoga Classes for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in PBI Center and “in home” I’ll focus on using the following Yoga Methods… (1) Asanas, or body postures; (2) pranayama, or breathing exercises; (3) music and sound therapy, and (4) deep relaxation.

Successful Family Living… I also encourage a least one parent to enroll in an adult yoga class. This helps to orient you with the experiences your child has and to provide you with an appreciation of the techniques and benefits of a yoga practice. Being consistent is much more effective in the long run rather than practicing yoga once in a while. I recommend that you allow your child at least one hour after eating before beginning a yoga session. If the child eats before the practice please make it a moderate portion. Loose-fitting clothes are recommended so movements are not restricted in any asanas or pranayama.

I look forward to teaching yoga methods to the children at PBI Learning Center and “in home” to boost their level of group participation and developing independence.

About the Author

Dawn Greenfield is Founder of Yoga Born: Delivering Yoga Services in homes. A yoga teacher dedicated to leading yoga students of all physical abilities. Dawn has over 7,000 hours working and training in yoga and has taught over 8,000 people yoga since 2005. Dawn has more than 500 hours experience working with Traumatic Brain Injury survivors. With a GROWING specialty in Yoga for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dawn values you ! With open-hearted compassion, helps you become skilled in the physical practice of yoga, offers gentle and relevant assists, is respectful and caring and is well versed in building a sense of community.Through her workshops, classes, and one on one, Dawn shows her students how to experience freedom inside and out to create an abundant life they LOVE.

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