What is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga Therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the holistic treatment and application of the philosophy and practice of Yoga.
What are the benefits of Yoga Therapy?
Yoga Therapy helps children feel better about themselves in many ways. As they learn to improve their ability to balance, they feel more in control. Yoga exercises can help children breathe better, and improved breathing may also promote better speech. Additionally, Yoga Therapy uniquely develops abdominal (core) muscles—a strengthening that is often overlooked in most youth activities.
For those who hold their tension in their minds, they learn to calm down and redirect their awareness. Because our Yoga therapist breaks each posture down into achievable steps, every child can succeed in yoga class. They receive lots of praise and recognition for their efforts regardless of their ability.
Who benefits from Yoga Therapy?
Yoga Therapy benefits everyone! Yoga encompasses many facets: improving physical strength and flexibility, increasing self-confidence, teaching methods for calming and focusing the mind, and fostering imagination.
Who is involved in Yoga Therapy?
A certified Yoga Instructor provides the individual and/or group sessions.
Why Yoga Therapy for children?
- Yoga Therapy develops motor skills. It tones muscles, enhances balance and stability, and develops body awareness and coordination. As motor skills develop, children have a greater sense of their physical self in space and in relation to others, and can improve their gait and stability.
- Yoga Therapy improves confidence and social skills. By learning self-control and self-calming techniques through Yoga, children are likely to grow more confident in interacting with other children and refine their social skills.
- Yoga Therapy provides sensory integration. The physical poses of Yoga allow nervous energy to be released from the body in a controlled manner, leading to a calming sensation.
- Yoga Therapy provides coping techniques. Children become aware of their breathing and how to slow it down during stressful times. By becoming more aware of their bodies and their breathing, Yoga provides them with the ability to cope when they start to feel anxious or upset. They can learn to better focus their attention on a given task, leading to better concentration and more self-control.
- Yoga Therapy engages the emotional brain. The combination of movement, music, breath work and story telling activates the brain’s emotional region. This encourages children to develop awareness of their emotions and those of others.
- Yoga Therapy is fun! The Yoga postures draw from a vocabulary that is familiar to children. The names and images come from the world of nature, and children have the freedom to interpret them in whatever ways they imagine. They become dogs, cats, trees, and butterflies!
What are the goals of Yoga Therapy?
Yoga Therapy has many benefits with the goals being improvement in the following areas:
- fine motor skills
- gross motor skills
- focus and concentration
- breathing and speech
- physical strength and muscle tone
- muscle relaxation and flexibility
- imagination and creativity