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Sun Salutations for Vestibular Input

Swinging is known to have a calming effect on the nervous system. The rhythmical movements and repetitive pattern give steady, even input to the vestibular system. Swinging is soothing and calming. If there is someone...

A Simple Hand Exercise for a “Quick Bite” of Proprioceptive Input

Proprioception is our body’s understanding of where it is in space. It is a sense that lets us know the position of our physical structure through receptors in our joints. We can stimulate or...

Enhance Social Skills with Partner Poses

"The blend of sensory integration strategies and yoga techniques creates a natural sensory diet for children.  Through yoga partner poses, we find core sensory input though proprioceptive (input to the joints) and vestibular input...
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The Complimentary Practices of Occupational Therapy and Yoga

As the practices of both Yoga and Occupational Therapy (OT) evolve in our modern culture, the two disciplines find themselves walking along the same path toward health and wellness. While the tradition of Yoga...

Yoga and Sensory at your School Desk

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...
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Therapeutic Benefits of Using Yoga in Occupational Therapy

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...

Tick-Tock Breath: Teach Special Needs Children to Modulate Moods

The nervous system is the control center of our body and mind. Children who have Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and Autism Spectrum  Disorder (ASD) may already be experiencing “interference” or “overload” at the level...

The Nose Knows – Learn How to Practice Switch Breath

Has your child ever sat down to do a numbers task but just couldn’t seem to get “get her mind around it”? Or, has she wanted to paint or play music and felt uninspired to...

Transitions: Yoga and Mindfulness to the Rescue

I lead professional development workshops for educators, all over the country. I always ask teachers, “What is the most challenging part of your day?” If I asked them all to call out their response...

Enhance Receptive & Expressive Language Skills with Yoga

The practice of yoga lends itself naturally to the development of language skills.  Practicing yoga in a movement based, playful environment can naturally bring about a sense of calm and focus. Language, approached playfully,...