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Yoga works on many different levels.

It has great potential as an effective therapy for chronic diseases and conditions.

Children with development disabilities, who practice yoga regularly, often surprise their parents with their quick mastery of basic motor, communicative and cognitive skills.

As a parent with a Special Need Child, you are already aware of the physical and medical challenges, associated with your child’s condition.

The most notable and common challenges are low or high muscle tone, little motor control, gastrointestinal, orthopaedic, ear, nose, throat and eye problems.

Caring for your child is quite a challenge.

When the child has special needs, the tasks become even more challenging.

Practicing yoga with your child can make a difference.

It will help children by stimulating their physical and mental abilities, that may lead to a more independent future.

In regards to the Special Needs Child, yoga can help to:


Tone the overall body

Strengthen muscles

Tighten ligaments & release muscle tension

Improve breathing

Increase body awareness

Improve the central nervous system

Develop concentration and memory

Improve self-esteem

Balance hormones

Regulate sleep/wake rhythms

Develop discipline

Teach decision making with respect for self and others

Provide a safe and fun form of exercise


Each Yoga session should include:

1. Physical Exercise (Asanas)

to improve body strength and motor control.

Asanas cover the entire human anatomy.

Regular practice helps to correct postural and systematic irregularities and maintains

the entire physiology in peak condition.


2. Breathing techniques (Pranayama)

to help improve the breathing process.

They may ease nasal congestion and help protect against pulmonary problems and infections by building the immune system.

Pranayama has a powerful stabilizing effect on the mind and emotions.


3. Sound therapy

to develop concentration, breath coordination, communication and motor skills.

Chanting and music have a healing and calming effect on the nervous system.


4. Relaxation

to release bodily tension; to create calm and to prevent the build-up of stress.

Regular practice of deep relaxation improves the general level of overall health.


Special Needs Child continued.