Yoga

Gift of Giving

Giving to Give – Karma Yoga

  Abundant research shows the health benefits of volunteering. In the practice of Yoga, it is called - Karma Yoga. This is simply the act of serving others – a smile, a thank you or...
Yoga and OT

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 in the Classroom

Strike a Pose, Breathe Deep – Obtain Attuned 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...
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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...

Yoga and Sensory for Unwinding After School

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...
sun salutations and special needs kids

Sun Salutation for Sensory Regulation

The yoga pose sequence know as Sun Salutation, Salute to the Sun, or Surya Namaskar, is among the most commonly used yoga sequences. Typically this flowing sequence is used at the beginning of a...

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...

Calming Your Child During a Natural Disaster

Swinging is known to have a calming effect on the nervous system. The rhythmical movements and repetitive pattern gives steady, even input to the vestibular system. It is soothing and calming. Yoga Can Replicate the...

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...

Snowy Days = Sensory Fun

Winter is here and our outlet for naturally rich, sensory-based outdoor play time is beginning to dwindle. Or is it? Over the past few weeks, as the weather in Chicago has begun to grow colder,...