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Asanas for Autism and Special Needs


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Acknowledgments. Preface. 1. What is Yoga? 2. Yoga for Autism and Special Needs. 3. Teaching Body Parts. 4. Pranayama (Breathing and Breath Awareness). 5. Emotions and Communication. 6. Asanas (Physical Poses). 7. Self-Regulation and Body Awareness. 8. Chair Yoga. Summary. References.

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Introduce children with special needs to the benefits of yoga, from body awareness to managing anxiety Suitable for parents, teachers and yoga instructors

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Shawnee Thornton Hardy has worked with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other special needs for over 15 years. Following her experiences as a teacher in special education and her training in yoga, she has combined her two passions to teach yoga to children with autism and special needs. She teaches small group and private yoga sessions tailored to meet the physical and emotional needs of her clients. Shawnee has a Master's in Special Education and she is a 500 hour RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) and a RCYT (Registered Children's Yoga Teacher) through Yoga Alliance as well as a member of The International Association of Yoga Therapists. She lives in San Diego, CA.


This excellent handbook (...) is written by a teacher in special education who is also a yoga practitioner and teacher... All in all, any child who learns what the author offers herein will develop greater concentration and focus, increased strength and flexibility of body and mind and become a calmer, happier person: life-long benefits any adult would wish to bestow on those in their care, whether or not they have special needs. Highly recommended for use at home or school and in particular, for those with special needs. -- Jill R Bennett * Red Reading Hub blog *

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