From: Beth M.
Radiant Child Yoga Home Practicum
Yoga for Children with ADHD, Autism, and those who are Differently-Abled
I would like to share my personal practice of yoga and meditation with you. During the past few years, I have reconnected with my personal practice of yoga and recently discovered and embraced it as an essential component in my life. Yoga helps me feel: connection to the universe, balance in my life, greater self-awareness and acceptance of myself, and the capacity to be an example of lovingkindness and gratitude. Even if I am unable to physically practice, each day my yoga heart guides me. It allows me access a calm space of strength and wisdom. Meditation is becoming an important part of my life, as well. I find that I meditate more often than I realize and I learn so much from allowing my mind to be still and hold space for the openness. My personal practice of yoga and meditation is an integral part of me that I honor.
I consider it such a privilege to have participated and learned so much during the RCY ADHD/Autism course. The day I returned from training to the children in my class, I began to use many teachings of RCY. During the training, my mind was already relating certain concepts to specific children I interact with. However, I believed that each and every child would benefit from what I brought back. I began my implementing the approach of holding space for the child and letting her show you what she needs, and using language that would help the child feel comfort in this. The children began to feel the shift as well and I could feel each child’s self-awareness and ability to self-regulate improve.
Other RCY techniques I implemented or adapted and continue to use on a daily basis are:
- tune-in during morning meeting
- pressing thumb to each finger meditation, I use the statement “Free to Be Me”
- “I am…” affirmations
- balloon breaths
- solution cards
- creation of “Peace Place” in the classroom where child can go to tune in or meditate when struggling
- rubbing hands and/or feet together to activate brain activity
- figure eight (infinity) movement
- sequence of postures (kneeling sun salutation)
- deep relaxation at the end of the school day to allow work of the day to “sink in”
The RCY training in New York proved to be the most meaningful and important hours I have spent learning in many, many years. The energetic shift I experienced has enhanced and enriched my teaching of young children who are differently abled. I am looking forward to RCY 1-3 training that I will attend this summer and believe it will continue to build upon the what I learned in New York from Shakta and Allison.