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Therapeutic Yoga

Therapeutic, trauma-sensitive yoga aims to promote good health for the person as a whole. It doesn't matter whether or not you can stand on your head or touch your toes. It is a practice of awareness, encouraging you to move from a place of thinking to feeling, with the individuals' needs and abilities being the focus of each session.

"Yoga is not in sitting in a lotus pose. It is in having a calm and clear mind no matter where you are sitting"

A G Mohan

Yoga for Children and Young People

The Mental Health Foundation cites that 50% of mental health problems are established by the age of 14 and that 70% of those who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate intervention at a sufficiently early age.

Yoga Therapy is a child led, responsive way of working that is not about 'fixing' the child - it's about helping them to find techniques and practices that allow them to be who they really are, away from the labels that may have been put on them by others or that they may have put on themselves.

Through postures, breath work, meditation, yoga nidra or deep relaxation, sound and story telling, the work begins to regulate the nervous system and allows the child to explore the difference between thoughts, feelings and facts.

The therapist will make a judgement as to which components will be used in each session, depending on their assessment of what is happening for the child in that moment; communication and observation are key aspects of this work.

Through the combination of psychology and yoga philosophy, children can begin to understand emotions such as fear, anger, grief, frustration or anxiety and find a place of self acceptance.

Yoga therapy is looking to support children in bringing their emotional and physical bodies into balance so that there is more opportunity to restore health and well being.

If a child has a safe space to find calm and peace within themselves they will have the potential and possibility for change.

Yotism

This is a unique, specialised sensory yoga method which is designed to enhance the lives of those with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) symptoms.

See http://www.yotism.com for more information.

1:1 sessions are available for:

  • Children and young people
  • Yotism
  • Pregnancy yoga.

As well as having a therapeutic benefit, private classes can be ideal if your work or home life

makes it difficult to attend a regular class. If you are new to yoga they can provide you with a solid

foundation for your yoga practise - individual attention ensures that you fully understand each

posture and practise and how to adapt them to your body.

Sessions can be combined with reflexology if this is helpful/appropriate.

 
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