We learned a lot at the first Yoga for Autism class on Saturday, June 20. The focus topic was sleep so the poses we learned and practiced were all calming, readying the nervous system for sleep and quieting the mind. After an introduction detailing the benefits of yoga for families living with autism, instructor, Jessica Jenness, had everyone get on their mats and go through a series of poses that will ensure a peaceful night of sleep.
Some resources shared were:
- “HA” breaths for calming: Reach your arms up, taking a deep breath in. Sigh out a big “HAAAA” as you bring your hands in front of your belly.
- Articles on the benefits of yoga for kids with autism: Classroom Yoga and Seven Benefits
- The most important pose to do every day is Legs Up the Wall: Lie on your back with legs straight up a wall. Relax and breathe deeply for at least five breaths.
- Yoga App where you can collect poses to design your own practice.
We are looking forward to learning more about the benefits of yoga on digestion on July 18. Join us!