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Yoga Therapy For Special Needs: Yoga Poses For Adults And Children With Down Syndrome And ADHD

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Yoga Therapy For Special Needs: Yoga Poses For Adults And Children With Down Syndrome And ADHD: Yoga Poses, Cues, Steps, and Breathing instructions

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  • Om

    1. Om

    INTRODUCTION
    Before the practice, it would help if students learn to connect to their own sound and voice.
    Chanting OM will ensure everyone is together creating a sense of equality within all.

    THE PRACTICE
    A. Seated comfortably on the floor in Easy Pose or on the Chair (students who can't sit on the floor) with eyes closed (if the students are ok) and hands on the heart, let them begin to feel their breath at the TIPS OF THE NOSTRILS.
    B. This kind of breathing can be done for a few seconds.
    C. Then taking deep breaths begin with the practice of OM Chanting. INHALE to fill up the belly, chant OM with EXHALE.
    D. Repeat this chanting for about SIX times.

    NOTE: Don't give any instructions while the students are chanting OM, just set an example by chanting OM with your eyes closed. But make sure the students are comfortably seated and are also ok with the chanting.
  • Easy Pose Hugs And Twist (Sukhasana Hugs And Twist)
    Students should be taught to love themselves and also teach them to show it.
    A. Seated in Easy Pose, the hands go shoulder to shoulder.
    B. Pushing the hands further back to tighten the grip, begin to in Easy Pose Hugs and Twist.
    C. Turning from left to right move the upper body with a SMILE.
    D. Say the words 'LOVE ME,' as you twist.
    E. This can be done for about 10 seconds

    STUDENTS ON CHAIR
    They too can do the same but making sure they are settled comfortably on the wheelchair/chair. Also make sure the wheelchair is locked.

    A great way to build acceptance of who they are and how they are. A great way to teach them that they are also loved by others, too.
  • Cactus Arms Flow Close Up
    A. Releasing from the Hugs and Twists, the hands come at shoulder level to the side, with the elbows bent.
    B. Inhale while here, Exhale, bring the elbows in front closing the arms and placing the forearms together.
    C. Repeat this movement of arms and with each Exhale, let them blow it out through their MOUTH.
    D. Continue this for about FOUR breaths or 20 seconds.
    E. Stretching and opening the chest to move outwards, softening as you move inwards.

    STUDENTS ON CHAIR
    They too can do the same provided they are seated with the back straight or well supported.

    A great way to open the upper back, chest, and diaphragm muscles. Improves breathing while being aware, as the Exhalation is with the MOUTH.
  • Easy Pose Variation Arm Up (Sukhasana Variation Arm Up)
    TRANSITION POSE
    A. Inhale and raise the right arms up, stretching from the rib cage.
    B. Exhale and stay to take ONE breath.

    STUDENTS ON CHAIR
    They too can follow the same stretch.

    Idea to to stretch as per the body comfort while making sure the breathing is deep and slow
  • Easy Pose Variation Side (Sukhasana Variation Side)
    A. From Easy Pose:
    Inhale - place the left hand on the floor taking the torso in a slight side bend.
    Exhale - stretch the right arm above your head tilting the head upwards
    Inhale - loosen the arms and the shoulders
    Exhale - to go deeper in the side bend stretch.
    Inhale/Exhale - to be here for about TWO breaths.
    Inhale - release
    Exhale - relax
    Inhale - place the right hand on the floor besides you
    Exhale - stretch the left arm above the head
    Inhale/Exhale - to remain for about TWO breaths in Easy Pose Variation Side.
    Inhale - release
    Exhale - relax.

    STUDENTS ON CHAIR
    They too follow the same pattern, but make sure the wheelchair is locked or the chairs are firm and sturdy.

    A great way to use the chest and diaphragm (upper and middle) for breathing while also releasing the stress at the shoulders and neck. Better muscles strength and toning.
  • Easy Pose Variation Side Bend (Sukhasana Variation Side Bend)
    A. From Easy Pose :
    Inhale - place the left elbow on the floor taking the torso in a side bend.
    Exhale - stretch the right arm above your head tilting the head upwards
    Inhale - loosen the arms and the shoulders
    Exhale - to go deeper in the side bend stretch.
    Inhale/Exhale - to be here for about TWO breaths.
    Inhale - release
    Exhale - relax
    Inhale - place the right elbow on the floor besides you
    Exhale - stretch the left arm above the head
    Inhale/Exhale - to remain for about TWO breaths in Easy Pose Variation Side Bend.
    Inhale - release
    Exhale - relax.

    B. The body movement and the breathing process are done together and as you do this, both sides of the back (upper and lower) will also stretch. Using YOGA BLOCKS, or cushions to be seated on for better support, both to the spine as well as the hips.

    STUDENTS ON CHAIR
    They too follow the same pattern, but make sure the wheelchair is locked or the chairs are firm and sturdy.

    This posture helps to stretch the side lower abdomen giving a gentle massage for the internal organs, while encouraging the flow of prana for stimulating these organs.
  • Chair Cat Cow Pose (Chair Marjaryasana Bitilasana)
    STUDENTS ON CHAIR:
    A. Release and come back to sit in Mountain Pose, relaxing and connecting to the breathing process.
    B. Inhale, expand the chest and take the head and the chin a bit back.
    C. Exhale, curl your chest and shoulders locking the chin down.
    D. Practice for FOUR breaths coordinating with the movements.

    A great way to open the back, shoulders, chest, psoas major and the abdominal muscles. The opening and stretching of these muscles and joints will help in reducing tensions, stress, and stiffness. It helps to throw out the negative energy.
  • Seated Cat Cow Pose (Upavistha Bitilasana Marjaryasana)
    A. From Easy Pose:
    Inhale - place the hands on the knees and raise the chest up and out while looking up.
    Exhale - take the belly in (only if comfortable) and bring the shoulders down while locking the neck to chin.
    Inhale/Exhale - repeat this movement of Seated Cat Cow Pose in a flow.
    Inhale/Exhale - do this about FOUR rounds
    Inhale - release and relax in Easy Pose.

    A great way to open the back, shoulders, chest, psoas major and the abdominal muscles. The opening and stretching of these muscles and joints will help in reducing tensions, stress, and stiffness. It helps to throw out the negative energy.
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