Yoga is growing therapy in popularity as a complimentary therapy for children with autism and
special needs, all over the world. In addition to the benefits that are typically associated with
Yoga like improved flexibility, strength and increasing sense of peace, autistic children also
experience a reduction of pain, aggression, anxiety, obsessive, behaviors and self-stimulatory
activities. And even more, the children are also having greater success in making new friends
and regulating emotions.
Some people feel that they are not comfortable with the word "YOGA" Such narrow-minded
persons think that it is a cult. But let's make it clear that the yоga that is being practiced here is
not a religious practice. The postures and breathing exercises, the relaxation techniques and
self-regulation tools are drawn from Yoga's vast well of resources to be implemented for the
benefit of children in need. This program is also applicable to all children and ages, as it is just
another form of movement involving exercise, breathing and mindfulness.
HOW DOES YOGA HELP?
Sensory integration improvements.
Increased verbal receptivity.
Body awareness and proximity.
Improved imitation verbal and physical.
Increased social behaviors.
WHO WILL BENEFIT?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Motor development disabilities.
AUTISM FEATURES ADDRESSED THROUGH YOGA THERAPY
Delay in spoken language.
Less eye contacts.
Reduced peer relations.
Less Spontaneous/make believe play.
Motor delays (coordination & body awareness).
Deficit in sensory processing.
Lack of attention.
Deficit in imitation skills.
YOGA THERAPIES USED FOR AUTISM CARE TREATMENT
Repetition, Structure, Continuity.
Asanas - body posture.
Pranayam - breathing exercises.
Music and Sound therapy.
EXERCISES PRACTICED FOR YOGA THERAPY
Jumping up and down like a shooting rocket.
Use animals or objects in nature - frog, downward dog, bridge, make ribbet noises.
Cross legged pose.