We are very happy to offer yoga therapy for children with special needs, sharing the benefits of Yoga to significantly enhance the physical, mental and emotional development of children with special needs in a safe and gentle manner. The sessions incorporate an integrated system of balanced yoga poses designed to:
- Improve cognitive and motor skills in children with learning and developmental disabilities
- Increase body awareness, strength and flexibility
- Introduce specialized breathing exercises and relaxation techniques to improve concentration and reduce hyperactivity
- Include early intervention to assure the healthy formative development of infants, toddlers and teenagers
Yoga for Children With Special Needs will complement and enhance the child’s physical and occupational therapy sessions. The sessions are given on an individual basis. A group class is organized for children that have reached a certain level of development in their yoga practice.
These sessions are extremely gentle and safe for babies (starting age 0) and children with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Microcephaly, Autism and other developmental disabilities. This also provides an effective treatment for children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Learning Disabilities.
Cherry Du, who trained directly under Sonia Sumar and is certified by the Yoga for the Special Child®, LLC, will facilitate these specialized yoga therapy sessions.