Yesterday I was honored to be featured on Prana Yoga’s blog. It got me thinking about how there are so many people, teachers, friends, mentors, family in our lives who play a role in helping us manifest our dreams. No matter how passionate and driven we are, we NEED others to help us reach our greatest potentials. When we spend time with inspiring people who are passionate about what they do, this can ignite the flame within us and make us more driven, motivated and excited about our own cause. I recently had the opportunity to teach two workshops at the Boost Conference in Palm Springs. Talk about inspiring individuals who think outside of the box and are passionate about creating change and making the lives of children richer and more meaningful! I came back from the conference newly rejuvenated, inspired and ready to conquer the world! When I think about all of the steps I have taken along the way to reach my goals, manifest my dreams, so many people come to mind as influences, supporters and inspirations along my path. I think of my experiences in my yoga trainings and the people I have met along the way. So many of those people continue to inspire me and it’s exciting to see them on their path…moving towards their goals. I’ve been overwhelmed by the support and positive feedback from others. Community can be such a powerful thing! A small gesture, a positive note, a high five, a stimulating conversation with someone about each others passions, lunch with a friend, time with family, a hug, a date with your spouse, an inspiring training with inspiring people, these are the things that help us MANIFEST OUR DREAMS and keep us feeling hopeful and excited about what life has in store. I am grateful for the many individuals in my life, near and far, whom I see often or only on occasion that have played a part in bringing me closer to my dreams. Here’s to community, to learning and growing together, to supporting one another, to lifting each other up, to manifesting our dreams!
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
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