Here is a fun “Mommy and Me” Yoga Sequence for you and your child or young student to do together. This practice is great for toddlers or crawling infants as there are very little “rules” and a whole-lotta fun!
oga can be a fun, engaging, and motivating way for our students to gain better motor, literacy, and self-determination skills. We can use yoga to help our students increase their sensory integration. Yoga can be used to help our students increase their communication skills, their development of language, and even help them increase their technology skills.
The media portrays yoga classes as these calm places with a bunch of people sitting on yoga mats quietly. There is usually one teacher at the front of the room talking in a quiet voice that everyone magically hears. All of the students seem to move gracefully in unison.
Teaching yoga to students with disabilities is never like that, in my experience. Sometimes we do have a group of students. Sometimes, however, we don't.
It's time for a gut check. Are you doing these four things in order to best serve your students?
Let's face it. We don't show up to work for ourselves. We have our own independence already. We show up to work for our students. For their lives. For THEIR independence. We work day in and day out so our students can have more independence and lead more fulfilling lives.
In order to fully serve them, we need to be doing these four things. Every year. Every quarter. Every month. It is our responsibility to stay on top of these four things in order for us to best serve them.
We all know that mobility first starts with the ability to feel safe. Without the feeling of safety, motor development comes to a vault. Troster and Brambring proved this point long ago.
Taking this idea a step further, what happens when a child finally has the motor development to walk and STILL does not feel safe in their environment?