Kids Yoga Classes with an Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists at AutismFITT Club
Movement is very important in every child’s day-to-day activities, as is being able to remain calm and being able to relax. These practices will help your child organize his/her sensory systems.
Yoga is utilized as a therapeutic workout to address pediatric challenges including:
- Attention Deficits
- Bilateral Integration
- Developmental Delays
- Motor Planning
- Sensory Integration
- Play Skills
Sensory processing is the brain’s ability to organize and make sense of different types of sensations entering the brain. When a child does yoga, the child is automatically providing the body with many types of sensory inputs. There are different pieces to one’s sensory system which include touch, taste, smell, sight, Vestibular and Proprioceptive systems.
The vestibular system detects the pull of gravity and the movement of the head. The vestibular system influences our overall muscle tone, balance, and the coordination of eye movements and its relationship to head movements. The sensory information received through the inner ear is interpreted by the brain. With some children, their brains are too sensitive with vestibular processing and have difficulty with movement. These movements can include swinging, riding in a motor vehicle, or being moved. Conversely, there are children who may seek more input through their vestibular system and are in constant movement.
There are two types of movement. Linear movement which involves movement that goes back and forth. Rotational movement involves moving in circles, or spinning.
When a child participates in yoga, it will activate the vestibular system by moving the child’s head in many different positions. Some positions that can activate the vestibular system are downward dog, plank, warrior position, etc.
This system receives inputs from receptors in joints and muscles through movement and heavy work. Activating these receptors improves body awareness and allows the child to know where his/her body is in space. Many yoga poses, such as warrior, triangle, tree, etc, will give children more body awareness in their space.
With sensory integration principles being combined to the practice of yoga, children can make tremendous physical gains.
All classes are 45 minutes. Please call for the times and ages of the class that best suits your kiddo.
We offer the following classes:
- One-on-One Private Yoga Classes
- Small Group Yoga Classes for Children
- Family Yoga, every fourth Sunday at Presidio Park (Private Pay Only)
Call to sign up or for more information.
UPDATE 3/27/2017 We are no longer offering Yoga at this time... Follow us on Facebook to stay up-to-date for when we bring it back!