Yoga Classes for Children, Adults and Family Workshops
Support for children with disabilities through Yoga for the Special Child Program.
Benefits of Yoga for Children
Yoga works on all parts of the body, from the inside out. It is an excellent complement to
other kinds of therapies allowing the child to understand and assimilate them more easily.
Through the practice of specific types of breathing exercises more oxygen is brought to
the brain cells stimulating all areas and improving attention and concentration.
The breathing exercises will help the child to fully fill their chest and lungs and understand
what it means to actually breathe deeply.
The breathing exercises that come with yoga can be done independently or within poses.
When a child learns how to use these techniques, they can apply it when feeling anxious and therefore use it as a
The combination of breathing techniques and poses helps children to develop emotional balance through clearing their
minds and enabling them to cope with challenges.
It helps to improve concentration, improve confidence and to reduce stress and anxiety.
Body awareness and co-ordination
Yoga helps a child to become more aware of their body, increase flexibility, muscle strength and co-ordination. Yoga is
made up of interacting movements which may involve being in and out of the same poses. This interaction and repetition
can help children develop their coordination. Children can gain a better understanding on how to master their own movements,
and give themconfidence.
Children with disabilities may have tension and rigid muscle tone that can be helped through yoga. Stretching the body can
help the child get rid of the tension, while holding poses will increase strength for those able to practice regularly.
Ways to support the child through yoga
1 to 1 sessions
Incorporating methods learned from Sonia Sumar in the Yoga for the Special Child Program, this
involves specialised breathing exercises, eye exercises and relaxation techniques. The Program
is an early intervention program that can assure the healthy formative development of infants
and toddlers. The sessions are specifically developed for the needs of the baby, child or adult.
The program was created and pioneered by Sonia Sumar who had a daughter with a disability.
Sonia put together this method in order to help and enhance the natural development of her own
daughter and consequently help other children with special needs. Sumar has been teaching this
method for over 40 years and her work has received worldwide recognition as the best yoga
therapy for children with disabilities.
The program also supports adults with disabilities.
Private Family Yoga or Group Sessions
Where the child(ren) and parent(s) take part in the yoga session together. The focus of the session is
on the needs of the child(ren).
Family Yoga Workshops
General sessions introduce children to yoga through breath work, postures and games. Partner work takes place
between the child and parent.
Specific sessions for children with Autism or with Down Syndrome. These are restricted in number and focus
specifically on the needs of the child.
These can be for children, teens or adults. They can be general or specific to the needs of the group.
Kids Classes, Teen classes and Adult Classes and Workshops - see Timetable for further details.
Contact Blanche on 07546 339830 for further information or a free introductory meeting.
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