Strike a Pose, Breathe Deep – Obtain Attuned Classroom

Yoga in the Classroom

Trying to teach kids who are distracted, disruptive or daydreaming isn’t fun or effective. But with a packed schedule and a tight curriculum, what is a teacher to do? As a yoga teacher of course I’m going to say, “Yoga!”, but let me tell you why. At first it may seem there’s no time to […]

Yoga in the Classroom = Students Ready to Learn

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Teachers have the honor and unique perspective of working within a space where each child and the teacher, are working towards similar goals. These goals include but are not limited to learning and meeting or exceeding classroom expectations. What makes the classroom so unique is that each child is navigating their own levels of regulation […]

Sensory Diet = Yoga Throughout Your Day

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The goal of a sensory diet is to incorporate movement and sensory based activities throughout the day in order to promote regulation. Each sensory diet includes activities, designed by an occupational therapist, to provide input throughout the day to alert, calm, and organize the sensory systems. As adults, we have found ways to incorporate this […]

Therapeutic Benefits of Using Yoga in Occupational Therapy

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As an occupational therapist, I have used yoga in a variety of ways with clients I’ve worked with.  Yoga is a great way to build strength and body awareness and also improves sensory processing and regulation.  Yoga can be used with clients young and old. For example, I have used “cat” and “cow” postures to […]

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A Visit with the Worry Witch: Guided Relaxation for Kids

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Life in general can be stressful. Having difficulty processing sensory information can make life even more stressful. Giving children a tool they can use to manage and reduce stress may help them learn better, sleep better and feel more connected in life. Guided relaxation techniques use the power of imagery and suggestion to guide the […]

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How Yoga Helps with Sensory Integration

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When describing the benefits of yoga to children, I often tell them they are like a DJ and they have a DJ’s mixing board full of dials and knobs. Yoga teaches them how to adjust the volume, change channels, or add some bass. Children with difficulty processing sensory input aren’t easily able to access all […]

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Yoga and Sensory for Unwinding After School

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One of the most difficult times of the day for our sensory kids is the “afterschool time” upon arrival home. Throughout the day, kids have used every internal resource they have to “hold it together” to meet the expectations of the school day. Add to that the amount of sensory input found within the classroom, […]

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Mindfulness Can Increase Your Child’s Awareness and Safety

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Accidents happen. Did you know the chant, “OM, Shanti, Shanti, Shanti” at the end of a yoga class is a request for protection from three kinds of accidents or causes of suffering? We say “Shanti”, the Sanskrit word for “peace”, to free us from: Internal suffering: illness and our negative thoughts, such as worry, hatred […]

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Yoga and Sensory at your School Desk

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Children struggling with attention, sensory regulation, or emotional regulation concerns will often have a notable increase in anxiety about school. With the transition from a summer of free play, less structure, and open access to movement and sensory outlets, these kids may be concerned about sitting and attending for long periods of time as well […]

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Start a Stress Reducing Routine for the New School Year

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It’s time to get ready for “back to school”. Even those who stay home for school are gearing up for the academic season. Hopefully the whole family has been able to enjoy plenty of unstructured free play in the great outdoors all summer long. This is by far one of the most accessible, effective and […]

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