Yoga Exercise for Differently-abled Children

Don’t limit the activities of your differently-abled (actually, with special intentions) child! Yoga is an effective and powerful tool that helps your child to synchronize the activities of body, emotions, and mind. Studies reveal that yoga is very beneficial for the children suffering from mental retardation, autism, and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).

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Benefits of Yoga for Differently-abled Children

  • Strengthen body-brain connection.
  • Enhance learning.
  • Improves listening and communication skills.
  • Increase concentration, focus, and attention.
  • Decrease anxiety and stress.
  • Improve sensory processing.
  • Provides suppleness to tight muscles.

Different Types of Yoga

1. Asanas

Asanas improves circulation and flexibility and are considered good for the joints and muscles. It might be difficult for the differently-abled child to practice all the asanas, but, instructors and parents can modify different postures according to them.

Asanas helpful in enhancing concentration:

i. Natarajasana

natrajasana-kid

ii.  Ardha Chakrasana

ardha-chakrasana-kid

iii. Vrikshasana

Vrikshasana-kid

Asanas helpful in improving blood circulation to the head:

i. Supta vajrasana

supta-vajrasana-yoga

ii. Matsyasana

matsyasana-pose

iii. Halasana

Halasana

iv. Viparit karani

Viparitkarani-pose

v. Sarvangasana

Sarvangasana-pose

vi. Padangushtasana

Padangushtasana-pose

vii. Padahastasana

Padahastasana-pose

viii. Trikonasana

Trikonasana

  Asanas helpful in improving body posture and confidence

i. Dhanurasana

Dhanurasana

ii. Chakrasana

Chakrasana

iii. Bhujangasana

Bhujangasana

iv. Ushtrasana

Ushtrasana

v. Simhasana

lion-pose

2. Pranayama

Pranayama helps the differently-abled child to regulate and control breathing, thereby improving strength, balance and stamina. It also enhances circulation and helps in releasing tension. Epilepsy (fits) can also be controlled by practicing pranayam.

i. Vyagraha Pranayama

Vyagraha-Pranayama

ii. Kapalabhati

Kapalabhati

iii. Sitkari Pranayama

Sitkari-Pranayama

iv. Shitali Pranayama

Shitali-Pranayama

v.  Mukha Bhastrika

Mukha-Bhastrika

3. Mudras

i. Brahma Mudra

Brahma-Mudra

ii. Bhujangini Mudra (Cobra Respiration)

Cobra-Respiration

iii. Hasta Mudras

Apas-Hasta-Mudra-pose

iv. Yoga Mudra

yoga-mudra-pose

4.    Shatkarma

i. Trataka

Trataka-pose

ii.  Dugda Neti

Dugda-Neti

Besides these, dhyana, chanting simple mantras and yogic relaxation also benefit the child. Consult a pediatrician, understand the special needs of your child, and follow the precautions.

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