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Yoga Therapy For Autism: Kid Tested, Parent Approved

in YD News, Yoga Therapy

There’s a theme this week and we’re gonna go with it. Our hearts are already feeling pretty toasty.

autism-ribbonWhether you’re a parent, have a family member, or know someone who’s been diagnosed, we can bet you realize living with Autism can be a bumpy ride laden with obstacles. And we’re pretty sure most of you would do anything to help the kids grow and learn to live better lives. Some of you might even be yoga teachers.

And so it gives us supreme pleasure to bring you news of this good nature. Dallas Texans are finding the therapeutic side of yoga to benefit special needs kids, helping them to make new discoveries about themselves and the world around them. And really that’s more than you could ask for…

“It really helps the children with special needs learning self control, body awareness,” said yoga therapist Lynne Silberman, an instructor at the Dallas Services Center, “It helps them to concentrate on breathing to control temper tantrums.”

“He’s more aware of his hands and his body space,” said Kellie Baker-Mitchell, whose son has autism. “I’m just delighted with the progress that he’s made.”

It may be a no-brainer to some of us yogsters, but the fact that more and more people are approaching yoga as therapy (especially down south! and across the country) and accepting it, well, that you could say is BIG potatoes.

Maybe THAT’s what Jenny McCarthy ought to tour her bod around for, write her next book about eh?

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  • For Lynne Silbermans Updated information, please see below!

    Lynne Silberman

    Yoga and dance give children a fun and unique way to express themselves. At
    S T R E T C H everyone has the opportunity to meet friends while creating a greater sense of body awareness, communication and self regulating skills. Yoga also facilitates focus and concentration in the classroom which in turn leads to a more confident child.

    In these programs, we focus on stretching the body, mind and imagination to help children reach their potential. Yoga as well as dance helps with motor planning and balance while building strength and flexibility!

    Classes begin on Monday, February 1, 2010 Please check out http://www.stretchitall.com for more information.

  • shannon


    I can’t think of a better way to help support children with Autism.

    I’m a Yoga instructor and very interested in getting a cert Yoga for Autism. I live in canada! Do you know of anyone who comes to Canada? Can you give me any suggestions/guidance?!
    Thanks so much!

  • Helen Irwin

    Hi there
    Wow……same as the Shannon, I’m a Yoga instructor and very interested in getting a cert Yoga for Autism. I live in Ireland. Do you know of anyone who comes to Ireland or even Europe? Can you give me any suggestions/guidance?

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