Special Yoga for Special People

All can benefit from therapeutic yoga – a conviction that comes from having worked and trained with many special people and children throughout the years and witnessing the profound and far reaching effects that therapeutic Yoga has on the lives of everyone it reaches. This includes those Autism, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, PTSD, and many others.

I have attended many specialist and specific trainings and continue to expand my knowledge base with constant refreshers as there are always new development in the neuroscience behind treatments.

The Practice

Special Yoga’s methodology includes the classical yoga practices of movement, breathing, deep relaxation, as well as sound, rhythm, massage, and sensory integration techniques. We meet everyone both in our group and in our individual sessions with the pure intention to create a practice that will encourage their fullest potential. We celebrate the strength within each person and work from there. When you are taken out of stress and into a relaxed state, it creates the optimum condition for the possibility of positive change.

“That simple tool helped this boy so much,” Khalsa said. “It was so amazing. When he started getting upset, she would get out the feather, and he would blow and calm himself down.”

The physicality of yoga also helps kids to blow off steam even as they breathe and meditate.

Many studies focus on how yoga seems to affect the human body and mind on a very basic level. “There is evidence in the literature to suggest that yoga is able to modulate the levels of hormones and chemicals in our body,” Dr. Balasubramaniam said. These hormones include cortisol, a key stress hormone, as well as GABA (gamma amino butyric acid), serotonin, and acetylcholine, all of which contribute to a person’s mental health.

Yoga really can help.