Calming The Mind This Weekend

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The weekend is here and the cold weather is joining us. Why not keep the children entertained with some stay at home yoga poses? Yoga is growing in popularity in the U.S. as a complimentary therapy for children with special … Continue reading

Exploring the benefits of yoga for kids with autism

Yoga Therapy for Autism

We are always looking for new therapies and ways to manage symptoms and issues associated with autism, which is a developmental disorder that typically appears within the first 3 years of life. Autism can be mild or severe and interferes with a child’s ability to understand social cues and communicate. An autistic child has difficulty managing emotions and can display aggressive and obsessive behaviors.

The benefits we associate with yoga are improved strength and flexibility, concentration, and stress reduction, but did you know that children with autism and related spectrum issue can find great benefit in yoga as well?

Research has shown children with autism who practice yoga have reductions in anxiety, obsessive and aggressive behaviors. They also have more control regulating their emotions and become more calm and comfortable in their bodies. It becomes easier for them to be in control of their behavior, emotions, and experience less anxiety.

recent study as reported by NPR.com showed that elementary school-age children with autism who participated in a daily yoga program had shown a reduction in hyperactivity, aggressive behavior, and social withdrawal.

Step one to focus on with yoga therapy is breathing. Taking deep breaths and inhaling/exhaling in and out through the nose not only builds core strength, but also at the same time calms the nervous system.  This is very beneficial for an autistic child to learn to incorporate into their daily routines.

The ABCs of Yoga for Kids, which is published by Stafford House Books, Inc, encourages kids to utilize deep breathing with The Inhale Pose. “One of the most important parts/Of any yoga pose,/Is remembering to breathe deeply/By inhaling through the nose.”

Children with autism will gain new motor, communication and social skills through yoga resulting in an overall improvement in their quality of life. Yoga as therapy for autism will help manage the disorder by decreasing anxiety, improving concentration, and regulating self-control.

For more information about alternative therapies for autism, please visit: http://blog.hear-our-voices.org/category/therapy-2/

 

Study shows Yoga helps calm students

Kristie Koenig, a researcher at NYU Steinhardt, conducted a study that doing Yoga resulted in a significant decrease in aggressive behavior, social withdrawal and hyperactivity for students with autism attending PS 176X in the Bronx.  The study was done over a 16 weeks period, 17 minutes a day, five days a week.  “We found that teachers’ ratings of students who participated in the daily yoga routine showed improved behavior compared with teachers’ ratings of students who did not,” said Koenig. Continue reading

Yoga Therapy Found to Be Hugely Beneficial for Children with Autism

Physical therapy has long been known to one of the array of treatment options to be hugely beneficial for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). However Yoga Therapy has proven to yield amazing results for children with Autism even outside the bounds of physical therapy.

A combination of poses, breathing and deep relaxation can not only aid the development of body awareness, motor coordination and overall health but can also help promote social interaction, sensory integration and provide self-calming techniques. Continue reading