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Yoga at św.Zofia Hospital in Warsaw
YOGA FOR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD
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
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
Tighten ligaments & release muscle tension
Increase body awareness
Improve the central nervous system
Develop concentration and memory
Regulate sleep/wake rhythms
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.
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.