Why I teach yoga to kids
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Here's an excerpt from an email from a parent of a child I have taught in yoga at The Family Tree Studio in my home town. The email was sent to the studio owner who forwarded it to the two of us who taught the class the child was in.
I have to tell you, I had such a wonderful experience with H. in yoga. In the our state, as you might know, they don't diagnose kids with disorders until age 6 (ADHD, Autism, etc) but kids under 6 get an IEP (Individual Action Plan) when they are special needs, and my little H.is special needs. He has behavioral/focus issues that brought in the state and we work with the local school district and the area educational agency Social workers to put together a good program to help him. Specifically, his issues are with transitioning. Moving from doing one thing to the other- and then he throws a fit.
Anyway, in H. last IEP meeting, his teacher said that his score went from a 5 out of 21 to a 14 out of 21--- huge improvement over 6 months. Also- if he would be 20 out of 21 he would no longer be "special needs" and about 50% of kids "grow out" of their issues. His preschool teacher said that when he gets upset, he sometimes gets really quiet and takes a big breath. Sometimes he touches his toes, and sometimes he put his hands down on the floor and sticks his butt up into the air. And that this helps him get calm. I almost fell off my chair. I got very teary and told her we had been taking him to yoga class and that it sounded to me like he was doing “big toe” pose and “downward dog.” She smiled and said it appears to help him, and I am so glad that he made the connection to do this in an effort to help him center.