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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 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.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PEANUTSMOM96 1/31/2013 8:19AM

    what a feeling for any teacher - that is fantastic!

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MRS_TOAD 1/15/2013 8:40AM

    Thank you for all you do for the little ones in your area. Sounds like you really improved that little guy's life.


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NASFKAB 1/14/2013 10:21AM

  congratulations your hard work is doing good

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FLAMENM 1/14/2013 12:45AM

    The power of yoga to transform us all.

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MYRTROSE 1/13/2013 11:01PM

    Congratulations to you and all your hard work. You've helped this little man find his control and that will change his life forever!

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PUNCHILOUIE 1/13/2013 10:36PM

    What a nice way to help someone through Yoga, WONDERFUL!

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OMMAMA7 1/13/2013 10:28PM

    Awww! Wow, that is GREAT. Great for him, and great for you that you not only made that impact in someone's life, but that you got a chance to know it as well.

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FITBIZZZ 1/13/2013 7:58PM

    That is great, thanks for sharing.

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PETALIA 1/13/2013 7:56PM

    Gosh, I'm all tears and goosebumps. He's gonna make it. You showed him what he had already inside and helped him to bring it out. So meaningful that what you do.

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DOVESEYES 1/13/2013 6:43PM

    That's wonderful. It will help him all his life not just at school. emoticon

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