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).
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
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:
ii. Ardha Chakrasana
Asanas helpful in improving blood circulation to the head:
i. Supta vajrasana
iv. Viparit karani
Asanas helpful in improving body posture and confidence
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
iii. Sitkari Pranayama
iv. Shitali Pranayama
v. Mukha Bhastrika
i. Brahma Mudra
ii. Bhujangini Mudra (Cobra Respiration)
iii. Hasta Mudras
iv. Yoga Mudra
ii. 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.