Today's society is growing rapidly and - if we look at the recent reports - the children with an indication like Autism, PDD-NOS, Asperger and / or AD (H) D also. By practicing Yoga I myself have experienced that this relieves the pressures and strains of life, making the body and mind more balanced. Yoga is an ancient Eastern tradition that originated a few thousand years before our era. The name Yoga stands for "connecting".
Yoga relieves daily stress, strengthens breathing and contributes to a more positive and enthusiastic life. For children, practicing Yoga is a great opportunity to develop stability and self-confidence. Child yoga is not a new development, but is becoming increasingly popular.
Practice shows that children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or AD (H) D can benefit enormously from practicing Yoga. However, because children's yoga in most cases takes place in groups (8 to 10 children), children with ASD etc. will experience this as "too busy" or the distractions are too large, so that no form of focus is lacking and you thereby achieve the goal of Yoga shoots past.
It is therefore preferable to introduce children with Autism, PDD-NOS, Asperger and / or AD (H) D to Yoga in an individual way and to practice this in a 1-on-1 situation. No large groups, but in a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere with as few stimuli from the environment as possible. Because a safe feeling is the best basis for teaching Yoga.
As an Autism Consultant I discovered in practice that there is child yoga in groups, but not or hardly in an individual way. Because of this I decided earlier this year to take a training as a yoga instructor and with my knowledge and experience in the field of Autism, I focus exclusively on the (special) target group. In other words, give individual Yoga lessons to children with Autism, PDD-NOS, Asperger and / or AD (H) D.
The Yoga sessions are focused on:
- Breathing techniques
- To move (motor skills)
- Flexibility (dealing with eg spontaneous changes)
- Think positive
- Effort & relaxation
- Trust & awareness (who am I, what can I do, where is my limit, where is my strength etc?.)
- Social and emotional development
Some children experience practicing Yoga as pleasant and enjoyable and others are more interested in the spiritual aspect of Yoga. Of course not all parents are spiritually oriented, but within practicing Yoga that is not an obstacle.
Would you like to be further informed about the above and / or are you interested in an individual Yoga session for you and your child? Please feel free to contact me.