Yoga for Adults with Special Needs
The practice of Yoga originated in India thousands of years ago, and has been popular across the world for a significant period of time. Yoga links up the physical, emotional and spiritual elements of life through a variety of practices e.g. breathing, postures, relaxation and chanting.
The benefits of Yoga are:
Increase body awareness
Improved physical health
Healthy Life Services are happy to be able to offer yoga sessions in Cambridgeshire and the wider area.
The practice of yoga for adults with special needs can help them to feel less anxious / calm, improve flexibility and build body awareness. After attending a course run by Richard Kravetz at the special yoga foundation it was apparent that yoga brings positive benefits, new experiences and a sense of wellbeing to all. This is when I decided to use yoga in my work as an Occupational Therapist and have seen the benefits on people’s levels of independence and quality of life.
Yoga can be a leisure activity or part of a programme that can meet a person’s sensory integration needs e.g. (balance) and proprioception (knowing where your body is in space – knowing where your arm is). This together with feeling more connected to your body can make completing everyday activities easier. Yoga is therefore beneficial to all adults with special needs including people with Dyspraxia, autism and additional physical needs.
The sessions will be fun and varied, including a range of elements tailored to who is in the session. All aspects of the sessions will be adapted to a person’s ability e.g. can be chair based. Sessions can be individual or group based.
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