Can Yoga Reduce Anxiety for Children with Special Needs?

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Many children with special needs experience heightened levels of anxiety.  Due to difficulty with communication, sensory sensitivities and a variety of other challenges, these children can be in a constant state of anxiousness.  The practice of mindful breathing, guided imagery and poses that calm the nervous system can support these children in developing coping skills, self-regulation skills and more effective responses to stress, both emotionally and physically.  Heightened levels of anxiety can significantly affect children’s sleep, mood, behavior and health. My book ASANAS FOR AUTISM AND SPECIAL NEEDS coming out in January 2015 provides suggestions for poses, breathing strategies and visualizations to support children with special needs in reducing anxiety and releasing difficult emotions such as fear, anger and worry. Calming their nervous systems and releasing tension in their minds and bodies supports better sleep, digestion, mood and overall health and well-being. Read more on the benefits of yoga for children with Autism here…
Yoga helps children with autism by increasing focus and decreasing anxiety

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Benefits of Yoga for Children with Special Needs

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Did you know that there are several benefits yoga offers to children with Autism, ADD/ADHD, Fragile X, Prader willi, Down Syndrome, anxiety disorders, language processing deficits and sensory integration dysfunction and other related disabilities? By incorporating the practice of breathing strategies and yoga poses in fun and interactive ways such as using games, visuals and guided imagery, children can learn new vocabulary, self-regulation skills and strategies to calm their nervous systems and release difficult or uncomfortable emotions. The practice of yoga increases flexibility, strength, motor-skills, body awareness, balance, concentration and self-esteem.Take a look at what PBS Parents has to say about yoga for children with disabilities…
Yoga for kids with disabilities

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Yoga for Children with ADHD

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There are several studies coming out emphasizing the benefits of yoga for children with ADHD. Teaching children with ADHD mindful breathing as well as poses that calm the nervous system, support the child in self-regulation and increase focus and concentration is being discussed as a an alternative and complimentary therapy to medication. Check out what Yoga Journal has to say about it…
Focus on ADHD

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Yoga for Children with ADHD

Welcome to My Blog!

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I am over the moon excited to be sharing my first blog post! It’s my desire to share my passion and knowledge for health, wellness and mindfulness with parents, families and caregivers of children with autism and special needs. This blog will provide suggestions and information on yoga poses, breathing strategies, nutrition, health and wellness for children with special needs as well as the families and caretakers who support and encourage them. It is my hope that this blog will encourage readers and their children to breathe more, worry less, connect to their bodies, embrace their circumstances, find laughter and live happier, healthier, more balanced lives. I hope you enjoy my blog as much as I enjoy sharing with you! Much love ~ Shawnee