Yoga for Special Needs
WHAT IS YOGA?
Yoga is a scientific system of physical and mental practices that originated in India more than three thousand years ago. Its purpose is to help each one of us achieve our highest potential and to experience enduring health and happiness. With Yoga, we can extend our healthy, productive years far beyond the accepted norm and, at the same time, improve the quality of our lives.
The branch of Yoga that forms the main focus with both adults and children is called Hatha Yoga. Hatha Yoga begins by working with the body on a structural level, helping to align the vertebrae, increase flexibility, and strengthen muscles and connective tissue.
At the same time, internal organs are toned and rejuvenated; the epidermal, digestive, lymphatic, cardiovascular, and pulmonary systems are purified of toxins and waste matter; the nervous and endocrine systems are balanced and toned; and brain cells are nourished and stimulated. The end result is increased mental clarity, emotional stability, and a greater sense of overall well-being.
The yoga programme offers a step-by-step integrated system of yoga poses, specialised breathing exercises and deep relaxation. The intention is to assist the students to feel comfortable and peaceful within themselves. The primary intention of the programme for those with special needs is to help each and every student in reaching their full potential with regard to their physical, mental and emotional health and well-being. The practice of yoga strengthens the body, balances the mind and nurtures the spirit.
The benefits of Yoga include:
- improving motor control and motor planning skills
- developing physical strength, muscle tone and balance
- promoting flexibility and correcting postural misalignment
- increasing self awareness
- establishing calm, organized mental states
- equip children & adults with therapeutic tools which they can use throughout their entire life.
Yoga can help to:
- improve concentration
- reduce hyperactivity
- relieve respiratory ailments
- develop the ability to relax
- release tension
- reduce fear, frustration and stress
- enrich the quality and quantity of sleep
After a term of weekly yoga classes one special school (Manor School, SN School London) with profoundly challenged children, reported the following findings:
- 100% improved concentration
- 67% improvement of mood
- 83% improved communication and social skills
- 100% improved motor skills
Also, we have found that adults & children on the autistic spectrum experience the following significant therapeutic benefits by practising Yoga regularly/weekly:
- improved ability to self-regulate
- improved concentration
- improved ability to transition between activities
- improved behaviour
- improved eating
- improved toileting
- improved awareness
- improved sleep
Both private and group Yoga session are available, please contact us for further information.
- Group Sessions £24 a session per person or £109 per person for a block of 5 sessions
- Private sessions £74 a session or £345 for a block of 5 sessions