Mental Benefits of Yoga for Adults with Special Needs
Yoga teaches people to balance their body and their mind, and the breathing techniques which are taught have a very calming effect. These can also be practiced anywhere at any time, allowing students to use these techniques at any time that they feel stressed or frustrated, and from any position - including a wheelchair.
NieCat uses yoga as an excellent tool to deal with stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental and emotional struggles. The yoga teaches to become more in tune with both mind and body. Practicing yoga will teach breathing and calming techniques in order to alleviate anxiety, fatigue, or frustration.
It is often a slow and meditative process, which helps individuals with ADHD, anxiety, autism, and other disabilities slow down, increase their attention span, and create better focus.
Yoga also boosts self-esteem as each person works at his or her own level, creating a sense of pride and accomplishment. The socialization that comes from participating in a yoga classes with others can also improve mental and emotional wellbeing. Yoga is an empowering practice because it meets people at their current level of functioning and moves towards meeting achievable goals.
Yoga for special needs
NieCat practices yoga for Special Needs. This type of yoga consists of gentle manipulation, modified yoga poses, specialized breathing exercises and relaxation techniques, all adapted to individual abilities. It is fun, therapeutic for adults with Down's Syndrome, cerebral palsy, microcephaly, autism and other developmental disabilities.