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Law Of Attraction For Kids

Winsome Coutts, a mother of two and a grandmother, has a teacher's certification in education and she has taught several schools in Australia and Canada. She has also written hundreds of articles concerning self-development. Winsome has a passion for the Law of attraction, meditation, Self-help of Personal development, goal setting, and the secret movie. She decided to engage in the pursuit of knowledge in the mentioned areas throughout her life. Winsome has considerable experience raising children following her studies in Child psychology at University, and as a past teacher, a parent, and a grandparent. She knows that when children learn how to plan for their future and how to achieve their goals, they have a skill that will last them a lifetime. Winsome personally studied with two popular teachers, John Demartini and Bob Proctor and both are featured in The Secret' movie. For several decades since the early 90s, she has been goal setting for kids, visualizing, and applying the law of attraction. The law of attraction for kids is the first book ever to describe the law of attraction and the term goal setting. The language employed is simple for your children to understand and it will answer any question about the life-changing topics in a more detailed parent's guide. Continue reading...

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Ensure that your child is comfortable

Any time of day is appropriate to practice yoga. Some children like to do some poses in the morning before school, to ground them and to wake up. Others may prefer to practice yoga after school or before bed. It really is up to you and your child to determine what time of day works for your schedule. Try to be consistent with the time of day, so your child and his body are used to taking a yoga break. Before practicing yoga, have your child wait one hour after eating, so that his belly is not too full and he does not feel sluggish from digestion of food during the session. Each participant should have a yoga mat and be in bare feet. A very popular and effective yoga mat is called a sticky mat. The sticky mat is to help your child feel that his feet and legs are stable in the poses. He should not feel as if he will slide on the mat. Yoga catalogs have different types of sticky mats, and you should be able to find one to suit your child. There are mats made with natural fibers, if an...

Demonstrate poses to your child

Verbal instruction and excessive talking may be distracting for children with ASDs. You will need to model the pose and use physical prompting, as long as your child does not react negatively to touch. Prior to the first yoga session, talk to your child briefly about yoga and the breathing exercises. In addition, review some of the pictures of the yoga poses so he gets the general idea of yoga. Initially, work very closely with your child to make sure that he is comfortable and stable in each pose. Until he is familiar with the selected yoga poses, demonstrate each of the poses to make them clear. Then, the pose should be done by each of you at the same time, preferably with your mats facing each other. This way your child may see how the pose is done and you may assess how he is doing. Hands-on prompting may be needed to help your child feel comfortable and steady in the pose. In time, he will be able to use the poses and breathing exercise on his own and with much less assistance....

Take Care of Yourself

Taking care of your body makes you healthier and happier, which enables you to give more of yourself to any task you want to accomplish and to other people in your life. In the course of a day, life makes all kinds of demands on you. Your job, your spouse, and your children all require you to be certain places and do certain things. It may seem selfish for you to set aside these responsibilities for a moment to focus on you, but taking care of yourself actually has benefits for the people you love and the people who depend on you. Nourishing yourself gives you the power and strength to nourish others. Instead of feeling exhausted and tired (and maybe resentful as a result), you can be a light to other people. The more you take care of yourself, the more you have to offer others.

Shorter Yoga Sequences

There are times when you may not have time to do the full yoga session outlined above. Possibly, your child may feel tired or weak, or does not want to practice yoga on a given day. Instead of completely avoiding the yoga practice, consider trying one of the shorter yoga sequences outlined below. These sequences, although abbreviated, are still very beneficial. The shorter sequences help your child stay supple and flexible. In addition, it is important to practice consistently to get the full benefit of yoga practice. It is better to practice three times per week for ten minutes than to practice a full forty-five minute session once a week. In addition, it will help keep your child's practice consistent if he knows he cannot get out of the exercises just because he may not feel like it. We grouped some of the poses that we feel flow well together. You do not have to adhere strictly to the exact poses or the sequence of poses. However, end each session with Child's Pose and Corpse Pose...

Selecting your own poses

Another modification you may try out is to select a different sequence or number of poses at first. Although the full sequence of all the poses can be your goal for your child, at first you are advised to use just a few. Suggested shorter sequences of poses are given in Chapter 4. When you select poses, choose from each of the four categories (Warm-up poses, Strengthening poses, Release of tension poses, and Calming poses). No matter how many poses you choose, the yoga session should always end with Child's Pose and Corpse Pose, which help your child to relax, unwind, and allow his body to absorb the benefits of the session.

Release of tension poses

These three poses are beginner backbends. These backbends are not very deep or intense, but they will help your child become familiar with the feeling of backbends. These backbends will both invigorate and calm him. Backbends help to relieve stress and tension in the lower back. They also help to open the entire front of the body, from the abdomen up into the chest and shoulders. Backbends may also open the throat and neck area. By opening and awakening the areas of the body that are often ignored, your child may relieve tension and stress. Children with ASDs may be especially resistant to these poses, as they are probably more unfamiliar body positions than the previous yoga poses. Your child will likely experience anxiety during these poses. This anxiety is a sign that the poses are exposing unfamiliar areas. Tell him that this anxiety or worry is natural and acceptable. Also, tell him that the anxiety is the body's way of letting go of stress. In a short time, these feelings will...

Modifications of poses and sessions

The sequence of yoga poses includes several ways to modify the practice to individualize each yoga session to your child's needs. Modifications in the actual physical poses are included in the description of each pose. You need to be able to assess your child's physical abilities and limitations to determine which modifications are necessary. In addition, remember that his abilities might change from day to day and from yoga session to yoga session. On any particular day, he may be less flexible than he was the day before and therefore may need a modification that was not previously used. In the beginning sessions, watch your child carefully to determine what is needed to make the pose most comfortable and effective for him. Suggestions are given in each pose to make them easier, if necessary. The modifications are easy to do and will make the yoga session more enjoyable. Remember that yoga is not competitive, and a modification does not decrease the merit ofthe session or the pose....

Warmup poses Sitting Pose

This first pose (Figure 2.1) is used to ease into the yoga session and let your child know that the yoga session is about to begin. Because children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) often have difficulty transitioning from one activity to another, this first pose is a consistent way to start the day's yoga practice. The pose provides a few minutes when you and your child may relax, let go of stress and worries, and prepare for the practice. As a modification, use a firm pillow under the hips, to make your child comfortable and provide support. If your child has very tight hips or weak abdominal or low back muscles, he may not be comfortable in any type of cross-legged position, with or without a pillow. If this is the case, he may sit on a low stool to practice the seated positions in this and the following poses (see Figure 2.2). Once your child is in the pose, you may tell him to imagine that he is a Buddha still and peaceful.

Stealing means more than material theft

Nonstealing (asteya), the third moral discipline, is trickier than it looks at a casual glance. You need not be a pickpocket, shoplifter, bank robber, or embezzler to violate this virtue. From the perspective of Yoga, depriving someone of his or her due reward or good name is also theft. So is appropriating someone's ideas without due acknowledgment, stealing someone's boyfriend or girlfriend, or denying your child proper parental guidance.

How to Use this Guide

This guide provides a basic yoga sequence that may be used for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). This sequence consists of Warm-up, Strengthening, Release of tension, and Calming poses. Your child should be encouraged to work towards practicing all of the poses. We have attempted to make the poses as technically correct as possible, so you may understand the full, unmodified pose. Several breathing exercises are also explained. The breathing techniques may be taught and used separately from the yoga session. Separating the physical poses from the breathing techniques will help your child not be overwhelmed by instruction. In addition, the breathing techniques are very effective and can be used at any time of day, for example, during times of stress, agitation, anger, or boredom. Finally, to simplify the text for the reader, the male gender is used when referring to your child. As an example, instead of himself and herself, himself is used. You should know that yoga is...

Motivating children with Autism Spectrum Disorders to practice yoga

We suggest that you find something that may motivate your child to try just one pose. The number of poses and the length of time that your child is in the poses is irrelevant. The benefits of these poses and the practice of yoga can stay with your child for a lifetime. Yoga is not competitive, and frustration and anger defeat the energy that goes into the practice. If you find yourself becoming frustrated with your child during a yoga session, take a break, or continue on another day. In addition, the breathing exercises in Chapter 3 may be extremely helpful in relieving frustration.

Kid Stuff Making Yoga Fun for Youngsters

The sense of calm, focus, and balance that draws adults to the practice of Yoga is also available to children, even those as young as three, as long as you introduce them to it in a playful, child-friendly fashion. When guided with a developmentally appropriate approach, preschoolers and the primary school set alike can reap Yoga's numerous benefits, such as improved concentration skills, an ability to calm and center themselves, and greater self-esteem and self-confidence. In many ways, young children are naturals for Yoga because they can participate without the physical and mental tightness that adults have acquired. Afi Kobari, creator of the Yogamama program in Los Angeles, describes a palpable energy and joy in her young students when she guides them through postures with a playful approach. The following sections give you some tips on engaging your child in Yoga, as well as several poses to try.

Natural Hub Removal Systems

Join a Committee, and you can't resist. You hear about a conference or a project, and angle to get involved. You add clients or classes. You speed date, go to two or three parties each weekend, sign your kid up for afterschool activities six days a week. Pretty soon, you're emailing while you're talkingon the phone, reading while you're eating or doing asana practicc, and helping your child with her homework while watching the news and feeding the dog.

Turn Off the TV and Play

Kids today watch a lot of television and play a lot of video games. Sure, some television is stimulating and offers children valuable information. But healthy kids are built from exercise, nutritious food, and imaginative play. Encourage your kids to turn off the tube and get moving, using both their bodies and their minds more actively. Interacting with you and with each other (other siblings or friends) builds children's social skills and teaches them much more about the world than any half-hour sitcom or 60-minute talk show.

Yoga on the Home Front

Practice with the kids for a family-bonding yoga session. Kids usually love yoga, especially moving like different animals. Try the cat pose (described earlier in this list). Everyone purrrr like a cat Then try the tree pose (see Chapter 13). Ask your kids what it's like to be a tree. Be a family of trees in different kinds of weather a gentle breeze, a thrashing thunderstorm, a perfectly still day. Are

Talking With Likeminded People

Due to the fact that knowledge of the phenomenon is underdeveloped, difficulties may arise in finding someone to talk to. This can be solved by personally sharing phase experiences with friends and family members, regardless of whether they are fellow practitioners. It is even better to pass on training literature, like this guidebook.

Reclining Butterfly Pose

Child Spinal Twist

This pose (Figure 2.44) continues to open the hips and release the spine. Some children may find this pose easier than Butterfly Pose because the hips have already begun to be open and they are already somewhat warmed. Additionally, your child may find this pose more comfortable because the body is in the supine position. The pose does not involve much abdominal or torso strength. Your child should be encouraged to breathe into his hips and try to release any tension that may have accumulated in his body. Children with ASDs often enjoy this pose compared to the more physically challenging poses. Your child may be encouraged to stay in the pose longer than three breaths if he so desires. Children are often surprised at how gravity presses the hips down when they are lying on their backs. They find that once they are relaxed into this pose, they are more comfortable than when the muscles are tensed. It is suggested that you help your child relax by encouraging him to breathe into his...

Figure Stick Pose Seated Forward Bend Pose

Seated Forward Fold For Children

Seated Forward Bend Pose (Figure 2.36) is a good pose for calming anxiety. As the head reaches over the legs and the back lengthens, the mind and body are calmed. If your child is anxious or stressed, Seated Forward Bend Pose may provide an almost immediate sensation of calmness and tranquility. We suggest that you tell your child that he will probably feel many muscles stretching. He will also discover muscles that he may not know he even had. You can also have him notice that although the pose seems like only the legs should be stretching, the spine and back muscles are also stretching. We also suggest that you tell him that he should not force the pose. Rather, he needs to stop when he feels something in his body tense. At that point, he should take a deep breath. If, after this breath, he can move further, he should try to do so. We usually explain to children that the goal of this pose is not to touch their toes, but to experience the pose. It is also suggested that you tell your...

Not just a Woman thing Andropause

Midlife offers a great opportunity to discover life's possibilities beyond sexual reproduction and raising children. Regular Yoga practice can buffer the unpleasant physiological side effects of andropause and stabilize the emotions that are triggered when you realize you're no longer quite so dashing unless, of course, you have practiced Yoga all along.

The three modes ofjapa

It is particularly useful in cases where one is unable to do baikhari japa to avoid creating disturbances in your environment, perhaps for fear of waking your sleeping children in the morning or late at night. If loud chants of Aum will disturb your family or neighbours then practise upanshu japa.

OM sakshat ShrI Bhoomi Devi namo namaha

Upon You, Beloved Mother Earth, We stand at this the crossroads of man's destiny. Only through Your Kind Love of Your children are we here now. You have graciously sustained us thus far. You have given us food, water, clothing and shelter. O Beloved Mother Earth, with our heads bowed we thank You. And with our heads bowed we come humbly to You asking further Sustenance and strength for the many long days ahead. O Beloved Mother Earth, now that we have grown a little and Stand firmer each day, we pray to You to help clear the way, As we begin to march forwards.

Yoga for All Ages and Stages

Yoga is both fun and beneficial for kids of any age. You can do yoga with your newborn infant, your toddler, your preschooler, your kindergartner, your fourth-grader, your eighth-grader, your high school sophomore, your high school graduate. Older kids often enjoy establishing and growing in an individual yoga practice, too. If you've set them on the yoga path, chances are they'll continue it on their own. What a great gift to give your child But yoga is a little different, depending on the age of your child. Infant yoga is, naturally, a completely different kind of practice than yoga for teens. In general, encourage younger kids to talk, respond, and flex their imaginations while practicing yoga (except during meditation, which should be quiet and focused for all). Teens may appreciate a more internalized practice, or maybe not, if they are practicing yoga with a group of friends. Let's look briefly at some yoga approaches for kids of all ages. Also feel free to adapt any of the...

Alternate Nostril Breathing

Alternate Nostril Breathing (Figure 3.3) is a breathing technique that is used to balance the nervous system. It is not difficult to do, but will be very different from anything that your child has ever done before. In addition, it seems very yoga like because the finger position will feel foreign at first. This breathing exercise has been included because of its effectiveness. Your child should be encouraged to become familiar with this technique, in spite of its strangeness. Visualizations go very well with this breathing technique. Guide your child through the breathing along with the visualization. To start Alternate Nostril Breathing, he should be breathing in air from the left nostril with the right nostril closed (using his own thumb). He may be helped to envision the sunlight, in the form of rainbow colors, coming from the sky and streaming into his body with his breath. You will then have him close both nostrils. Help him envision the rainbow energy swirling inside his body...

Easy Spinal Twist Pose

Supine Spinal Twistdrawing

Easy Spinal Twist is, as the name implies, an easier pose than Seated Spinal Twist, because your child is lying on the mat rather than sitting in a cross-legged position (Figure 2.46). This pose is still very effective for releasing the spine, massaging the organs, and releasing tension from the body. Your child may feel tightness in the pose at the beginning, because the pose involves twisting the spine in an unfamiliar movement but, with practice, he may welcome the tension release associated with this pose. Many children with ASDs enjoy this pose. Initially they do not realize that this is another twisting position. Some children say that their arms outstretched feels really good. They are often glad that they get to lie down on the mat. We suggest that you tell your child that he is near the end of the practice and how open and stress-free his body should feel. It is important that he realizes that anxiety and tension are not constant physical and emotion feelings that he must...

Seated Spinal Twist Pose

Since these poses will be unfamiliar to your child, they should be demonstrated to him first. Additionally, you will want to physically guide him into the pose to make sure he will be comfortable sitting in the pose on his own. The twisting poses will help him explore new feelings in his body in a comfortable manner. Children with ASDs are often very uncomfortable with the idea of twisting their bodies. We suggest that you remind your child that he will be safe and that you are there to guide him. It is not recommended that you tell him the benefits of the pose as described above. We worry that he would get fixated on visions of internal organs being twisted like a wrung out towel It is beneficial to merely guide him into the position and have him try the twist. At first, children are somewhat uncomfortable. However, they then usually relax and stop complaining.

Yoga for Boys and Teens

Komitor, M.A., and Eve Adamson, Complete Idiot's Guide to Yoga with Kids (Alpha Books Press, 2000). Using the simple and fun style of the Complete Idiot series of offerings, this book will help you introduce your children to yoga, whether or not you're a guru. E-i-E-i Yoga for Kids (Mystic Fire Video, 1996). This video, which takes place in a barnyard setting, features mature yogi Max Thomas introducing a group of children to a simple yet complete yoga practice. Thomas's display of gymnastics and acrobatics as he presents the routine may be just the thing to inspire your child at an early age to pursue yoga as a lifelong journey.

Meditation Letting Go of Fear Opening the Heart

When you are ready to begin the meditation, find a comfortable padded surface on the floor where you can lie down on your back and stretch out comfortably. Dim the lights. Make sure that you will not be interrupted for at least 15 to 20 minutes. Unplug your phone or turn the volume down on your answering machine. Let your family members or roommates know that you don't want to be disturbed while you're practicing this meditation. Have a blanket nearby in case your body becomes cool during the relaxation portion of this meditation. Also, have some pillows, cushions, or rolled-up towels to place under the back of your head and or knees to make you more comfortable.

Standing Forward Bend Pose A and B

Your child may have difficulty with the concept that his head will be hanging upside down. He may not like the perspective that he gets when he opens his eyes and looks around while his head is hanging between his legs. You may explain that this is a safe way to move his body and that hanging his head upside down is beneficial for his brain. The body supplies extra blood and oxygen to the brain when the head is positioned in this way. In addition, your child can be told that it is good to allow the neck a few moments of relaxation in this pose, because the neck is usually not able to fully relax. It is to be hoped that he will understand the benefits of this pose and will accept the feeling of his head hanging upside down. You may explain that it is good to see the world in a different way and from a different perspective at times, and that this pose can remind him that seeing things upside down sometimes is both fun and necessary. 6. As an additional modification, if you are still...

Law The Law of Pure Potentiality

Rather, it is your social mask, the roles you are playing. At one moment you play the role of friend, in the next the antagonist. You play the role of child in the presence of your parents and the role of parent when you are with your children. You play one role when speaking with your supervisor and another with those you supervise.

Spread Leg Forward Bend Pose

Lingerie Spread Leg Forward Bend

This pose, like Seated Forward Bend Pose, is also very calming when the head and torso are bent over the legs. Your child may use this pose and Seated Forward Bend to reduce anxiety. Feel free to encourage him to do this pose when feeling stressed during the day. Like Seated Forward Bend Pose, this pose may be more difficult than it looks. Children with ASDs may be uncomfortable with the stretch in the inner thigh and groin area. We suggest that you remind your child that he should not force his body towards the floor. Additionally, remind him to tune into his body and listen to what it is saying to him. Explain to him that although the body cannot use words to speak, it communicates to our mind in other ways, such as with pain, anxiety, and feeling uncomfortable. Many people tend to ignore their bodies. This pose may give your child the opportunity to feel what is happening in his legs, spine, and the rest of his body. You may mention this idea to him to begin the process of having...

Practicing Yoga throughout the day

You have many opportunities to apply the wisdom of Yoga as activities and situations during the day. Whether you stay at home with your children or hold down a job outside the home, you have at your disposal an array of tools from Yoga's versatile toolbox for all circumstances. Here are only a few Responding when your child's behavior leaves much to be desired

Yoga postures kids Witt love

We designed the postures in the following sections to be kid-friendly and wrote the accompanying text to be parent-friendly as you guide your child. You can find more detail about each of the postures in other chapters throughout the book, as we note in each section when done in sequence, this set of postures forms a well-balanced routine. In addition to providing you with instructions to give your child as he gets into the posture, the sections suggest sounds he can make while in the pose. The sounds serve a dual purpose They inspire your child's imagination while he's holding the pose (keeping him engaged) and also guide him to breathe rather than hold his breath. Children have short attention spans. You know your child best, so do only as many postures as he has attention for. In time, he'll be able to do more. Find a special spot to practice Yoga with your child. Is there somewhere in your house or apartment where he gravitates to for play That may be the perfect place to begin to...

No More Stealing Asteya

So you think you don't steal Just because you've never shoplifted a candy bar or a car radio doesn't mean you don't steal. The concept is simple, even if the implications aren't If it's not yours, don't take it. (We assume we needn't mention that this yama includes no robbing banks or holding up armored cars ) That means no shoplifting, and no taking credit for someone else's creations or ideas (plagiarizing), or for anything else anyone has done or said. Don't interrupt people and steal their center of attention. Don't steal your child's chance to do something on his own by doing it for him. Your actions affect this world don't forget that.

Thy Real Nature

There is something dearer than wealth. There is something dearer than your wife. There is something dearer than your children. There is something dearer than your life itself. That dearest something is thy own Self (Atman) Inner Ruler (Antaryamin), Immortal (Amritam). This Immortal Self can be realised by incessant practice of meditation.

The mountain posture

Figure 17-1 gives you and your child a visual of this kiddie posture flip to Chapter 7 for more info on the adult version. Give your child the following instructions How long should your child hold a posture moved in and out of it a few times. Ask your child to hold the position only as long as you feel she will be comfortable. If she starts to get squirmy, have her come out of the position.

Strengthening poses

In general, strengthening poses are standing poses. Standing poses are poses in which your child stands on the mat with his feet spread a certain distance apart. They are named strengthening poses because they do just that. These poses strengthen and tone the large muscle groups of the body. These poses may alleviate nervous energy because they are somewhat strenuous and require the muscles to expend energy. They may also provide your child with an outlet for his excess tension. These poses are easily accessible for a child to use when he is stressed. All your child needs to do is lay down his yoga mat almost anywhere and practice a couple of the poses. In time, he will gain strength and flexibility from these standing poses and will feel a difference in his body. The poses that we chose are challenging enough to keep the practice interesting and stimulating, but should not overwhelm your child. In the strengthening poses, as with the warm-up poses, modifications may be made if...

A note on breathing

Yogic breathing involves breathing through the nose as opposed to the mouth. The beginner needs to concentrate on taking deep breaths in between poses. During the poses, breathing may be done normally at first. Eventually, your child may want to pay more attention to inhaling and exhaling during the poses. Specific breathing instructions are included in each pose description. Yogic breathing means breathing deep down into the belly, instead of breathing shallowly into your chest. You may explain to your child that you do not want him to breath like a superhero (chest in and out). Instead, it should appear as if the belly were filling with air on inhalation and the belly should

Sphinx Pose

Sphinx Pose (Figure 2.31) is the first back bending pose. It begins to open the chest slightly. It will also get your child used to the feeling of back bending. The arms extend in front of the body, rather than upwards, so the opening of the chest does not feel extreme. The idea is that the spine and chest are elongated and opened. It is important to make sure that your child is not compressing his lower back as he opens his chest. Additionally, the neck should not be bent backward. Rather, the head should face forward to get a long opening in the neck. On an emotional level, as with other poses, this pose helps your child experiment with new physical sensations in a comfortable and secure environment. As children with ASDs are often resistant to change, this pose may help your child begin to learn that change and doing new activities may be fun and feel good. Additionally, your child may learn that although the new circumstance may feel intimidating, once your child is brave enough...

Ujjayi Breathing

Breathing also helps your child to resist panting or tensing in harder poses, as the breathing method is slow and deep. 2. Take a breath through your nose with your mouth closed. Try to make and hear a sound like the ocean when you inhale. You may need to slightly constrict the opening in the front of your throat to make this sound. You may point to the hollow in the base of your throat to show your child where the throat restriction should be. 5. Keep your breath slow and deep. Practice this breath for several moments. When your child gains proficiency with the yoga poses, you may encourage your child to incorporate Ujjayi Breathing into any of the poses.

Yogic Breathing

For this guide, we have chosen several different breathing practices that can balance the body systems, enhance abdominal strength, and relieve the body of tension. Learning different ways to breathe is important for a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Bringing awareness to the breath helps your child to bring awareness to his body. After your child has gained some insight into how body movements coordinate, he may then begin to understand how he may control his body. He will begin to perceive how he may physically interact with the environment in a way that is safe and less stressful. Breath awareness brings instant recognition ofhow the mind and body are connected. Breath awareness may also be very grounding. An awareness of breath brings your child into his body immediately. It is best to explain to your child that the breathing exercise will help him to be calm and feel rejuvenated. You can also explain that some ofthe exercises can help with feelings of anger, and...

Chair Pose

Chair Pose (Figure 2.17) increases strength and endurance. It warms the body and strengthens the abdominals and thighs. This pose is a rather strenuous pose. If your child is tired, make the modifications suggested below. Even if he can hold this pose for just one breath, the pose is beneficial for the entire body. Encourage him to practice the pose, even if it is challenging. This pose is a good leg strengthener, and enlivens and brings energy to the thighs. Chair Pose may also strengthen the abdominals and back. If your child has difficulty keeping his feet together at first, start with the feet spread apart and his arms down. After several sessions, he will gain strength and feel more comfortable with his feet closer together. His arms may still be at his sides until he feels strong enough to raise them over his head. Once the arms are raised, they may be held overhead for a very short time at first. In time, the full pose may be achieved. A visualization that your child may use is...

Warrior I

See the preceding section for instructions to help get your child into mountain posture. Figure 17-2 and Chapter 7 give you more guidance on warrior I. If your child's knee bends so much that you see it extending farther than the ankle, tell him to bend the knee a little bit less. The following instructions can lead your little yogi to warrior I success

Easy posture

Your child may be more comfortable with a blanket under her hips. No matter how short your child's Yoga session, be sure to include a period of final relaxation, or shavasana. Shavasana allows a child to relax her body without forcing it. It can be as simple as counting five breaths. This rest is especially

Boat Pose

Boat Pose (Figure 2.32) strengthens the upper and lower back muscles. It also opens the chest and continues the back bending process begun in Sphinx Pose. More muscle strength is needed in Boat Pose than Sphinx Pose. It may take your child a while to be able to lift his chest and legs off the floor. This pose will get your child familiar with using the back muscles, so the amount of height that he achieves in the pose is not relevant. This pose will release tension that is accumulated in the spine and shoulders. This pose is also a good way to demonstrate to your child that the body is very adaptable. Through these and other poses, as the body becomes familiar with moving in previously unfamiliar ways, your child can learn to control both the physical and emotional aspects of his body. This realization may help him learn techniques to help with his symptoms throughout the day. At first, it is hard for many children to get their heads or legs off the floor. Sometimes they can just...

The bridge

Figure 17-11 illustrates this easy posture give your child the following instructions to help her through the pose, and check out Chapter 14 for the adult bridge. The following directions and Figure 17-12 help your child get rolling with the wheel posture. This advanced posture requires a fair amount of strength and flexibility. If your child isn't ready for it, wait until she becomes stronger and more flexible and come back to it.

Childs Pose

Child's Pose (Figure 2.47) should always be practiced as the second to last pose, with Corpse Pose being the last pose of the practice. Child's Pose may also be used as a resting pose between postures if your child needs extra time to rejuvenate or relax before going onto the next posture. Child's Pose stretches the upper back and spine and also relaxes the whole body. This pose releases all the muscles and allows the body to relax into the floor. In addition, the forehead is pressed into the mat and this slight pressure relaxes the head. Many children find this pose very peaceful and look forward to ending the practice with this pose. This pose is also a good way for your child to calm down or relax whenever he is agitated, or even before bed to help him get to sleep. This pose gives a sense of calm and quiet that your child may never have felt before. He may remain in this pose for longer than the usual three breaths to allow his body and mind to relax. As a modification, the knees...

Triangle Pose

Triangle Pose (Figure 2.19) is the first standing pose that strengthens the legs and opens the hips. It also lengthens the torso and the spine. Over time, Triangle Pose may increase flexibility of the entire body, and increase strength in the lower body. This pose may also bring a feeling of lightness and openness to the entire body. Your child is taught to think about his legs pushing into the floor while his arm is reaching toward the ceiling. Children with ASDs sometimes have difficulty orienting their body to the environment. Triangle Pose, with the arms and legs reaching from the torso, makes your child begin to be aware of his body space in the external environment. This pose also helps to open the chest allowing for deeper breathing. Triangle Pose may look intimidating. You will need to guide your child into the pose initially, as opposed to only modeling the pose. You may need to help extend his arm upward as he may not have the arm strength to do this independently....

Spinal Rolls

A modification to the pose is to have your child roll his spine less deeply into the pose. He should only go down as far as is comfortable and then return to the original position (Figure 2.16). He is unlikely to be able to reach the floor if you are modifying the pose. He may need you to support his torso as he is rolling down into the pose. This support will help your child feel steady. As a further modification, he may only practice the pose one time during the first sessions. This pose may be difficult although it looks deceptively easy. Encourage your child to allow his spine to loosen with each roll. He may imagine that his spine is a waterfall that cascades into the earth each time he rolls downward. Have him see his spine unfurling as a waterfall would flow downward, with suppleness and grace. Initially, this pose may be uncomfortable because often the entire spine is tight and compressed. Imagining a flow of water will help the mind let go of the tightness in the spine.

Headto Knee Pose

Head-to-Knee Pose (Figure 2.40) is variation of the Seated Forward Bend Pose, in that the torso is being lowered over the leg. This pose will help to calm your child and alleviate tension. It also helps the spine elongate over the straight leg. It provides a slight spinal twist on both sides ofthe spine, depending on which leg is outstretched. Again, your child should only lower down over the leg as far as is comfortable. Because this pose is another version of forward bending, you may point out the idea oflistening to your body and taking care ofyour body that was mentioned in the above two poses. The bent leg in this pose may cause some difficulty, many children often cannot bend forward as much as they think they should. We suggest that you remind your child to listen to his body and not force the stretch.

Side Angle Pose

Children with ASDs often have difficulty with competitive sports. These children need to find a physical way to release anxiety and stress. A fundamental idea of yoga is that practicing yoga should not cause mental or physical stress. When practicing yoga, your child does not have to worry about keeping up with others. Correct positioning is the key for this pose to yield desired benefits. Your child will probably need a lot of encouragement because the pose requires effort and strength, more than with most other poses. You may make modifications such as holding the pose for a shorter period or decreasing the angle of the bent leg. This will make the pose more comfortable for your child until his strength increases. You may use him as a guide to let you know when he begins to feel uncomfortable. When beginning to teach him this pose, you may have him hold the pose for as short a period as only one second. 7. Slowly bend your right knee until it is as close to ninety degrees as...

Neck Rolls

Neck Rolls release tension and stress in the neck and face. Often, a child holds a lot of tension in these areas. Tension builds over time, leading to agitation and perseveration. This posture invigorates the neck and will help make your child aware of this area of his body. Neck Rolls is a relatively easy pose for a beginner to master. Neck Rolls are particularly effective for children with ASDs because they release tension that they may not recognize that they have. 8. Pick your head up and look straight ahead. You and your child should try to think about how your necks and heads feel. You will probably feel freedom and openness in your necks.

Yoga K

Kids taking the significant step of starting grade school may be under pressures adults aren't aware of. No longer under our watchful eyes, they can suffer from peer pressure, pressure to succeed, and learning problemseven in kindergarten Let yoga be a bridge between you and your gradeschooler. It will help your child handle stress and keep the lines of communication open between you. Kids can even meditate Have kids sit quietly and focus on a pleasant object, like a flower, a small figurine, or a toy. At first, rather than stress the absence of thought, suggest that your kids focus on one single feeling, such as love, happiness, or peacefulness. When thoughts arise, refocus on how the feeling feels instead.

Skull Shining Breath

Skull Shining Breath uses the abdominal muscles. This breath invigorates the entire body while it uses the lower belly muscles. By practicing this breathing exercise, your child becomes aware of using the belly muscles rather than the chest muscles to breathe. When the belly is used to breathe, the belly expands, allowing more air to enter the belly and chest.

Tree Pose

Your child may be afraid he will fall and get hurt. He may not want to take the time and mental focus necessary to try to balance. As with the previous poses, the benefit to the pose is in the attempt as well as the length of time that the pose is held, so proceed slowly and encourage him. Eventually he will gain balance. is to keep getting up until you are successful. Your child can be instructed to think of an image of a tree when coming into this pose. He may worry about falling down, getting hurt, and being embarrassed and feeling stupid because he fell. Reassure him that he is safe.

Family Yoga

And at the end of your family yoga session, a group hug If you start to hear whines and complaints or sense any reluctance, boredom, or frustration in your kids during your yoga practice, either adjust activities immediately or stop. You don't want to make yoga a negative experience for kids. Fun yoga now could mean a lifetime love of yoga. Yoga that is boring or authoritarian may turn kids off for good. Never push a child into a pose. To kids, poses are play. You might want to try this with your own yoga practice, too Have fun

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Begin With Yourself

In the Buddhist yoga tradition, detailed instruction on the practice of cultivating the brahmaviharas has been maintained through the millennia, and the practice I teach is reflective of this tradition. To begin, scat yourself in a comfortable position. As a preliminary practice for metta bhavana (or cultivating metta), call to mind your own goodness, a time when you did or said something that was kind, generous, caring, or loving. This can be something as simple as offcringyour scat on the bus, or preparing your family a nourishing meal. If you can't think of anything, turn your attention to a quality in yourself that you enjoy, a strength or skill that you

Varuna Mudra

Should rethink your tasks and obligations and reassign some of them t0 your partner, your child, and or your parents. People who suffer from mucous congestion are often too conscious of responsibility and think that everything depends on them or that they must do everything alone.

Peppy Preschoolers

Stand as in the classic mountain pose (Chapter 13). Ask your kids what it feels like to be a mountain. What kind of mountain are they Rocky and imposing Rounded, green foothills Volcano Is anybody about to explode Be the Tree. Everyone stand firmly rooted with both feet on the ground (unlike the classic tree pose on one foot). Now let your kids feel how the weather is gradually changing from sunny and still to windy to blustery to an all-out thunderstorm. How do all the trees shift and move with the weather Have everyone make appropriate wind and leaf-rustling sounds. Is that a tornado Woahhhhh (Don't be surprised if a few trees fall over ) For the birds. Each person choose a type of bird, then practice standing, hopping, and flying like that bird. Notice how a sparrow is different from a great blue heron, a mockingbird different from a vulture, a hummingbird different from an eagle. (And remind your kids birds don't bump into each other )

Stick Pose

This is the first seated pose (Figure 2.35) and it is not too strenuous. It is a very effective pose for getting your child in touch with his body. This pose will lift and open the chest, firm the legs, and align the spine. It helps him to feel centered and restful, although it is an active pose. It is important to keep the arms pressing down into the mat and to keep the feet active to bring energy into the pose. Children often have difficulty in believing this is actually an active pose. In practicing this pose, often children just want to hunch over themselves. We suggest explaining that your child should be like a stick straight and tall. We also suggest telling your child that the body should be working hard at being aware, awake, and alive, even though it may look like the body is at rest. Since they may have low muscle tone, children with ASDs are often not very comfortable sitting in Stick Pose. Therefore, do not expect your child to hold the pose for too long. Be careful not...

Downward Dog Pose

Children Dog Pose

This pose requires both arm and leg strength, so it may be difficult for your child at first. However, the pose is beneficial no matter how long it is held, so he should be encouraged to practice this pose and it will gradually become easier. Your child can imagine himself as a dog, stretching awake. He can envision his legs reaching into the ground and his spine and tailbone lengthening into the sky. Although this pose is demanding, his visualization of himself as a dog may help to make the pose more enjoyable. Your child should be encouraged and praised in this pose and the other strengthening poses to follow, as these poses require perseverance. Once mastered, he will feel a sense ofaccomplishment. In addition, the physical challenges ofthese poses will reduce anxiety and help him expend excess nervous energy. 7. As a modification, your child may need you to support his torso until strength is gained (Figure 2.23). In addition, your child may only be able to hold the pose briefly....

Tree posture

Work your child through tree posture by using the following instructions, and check out Figure 17-6 for an illustration. Flip to Chapter 7 for more information on the adult version. Chapter 11 gives you more information on the adult version of cobra II the following instructions and Figure 17-7 can help you lead your child through this version.

Butterfly Pose

Pit Tentacle

Butterfly Pose (Figure 2.42) opens the hips. It lengthens the spine and relaxes the shoulders. This pose does not require much muscle strength, but if the hips are very tight, the pose may be uncomfortable at first. In order to make your child more comfortable, yoga blocks may be placed under the knees. This supports the legs and allows the hip and groin area to stretch open gradually. Additionally, a pillow can be used with blocks to raise the hips to make the child more comfortable. Surprisingly, many children with ASDs do not have a hard time with the hips opening. However, they often do not enjoy sitting on the floor because of low muscle tone and difficulty sitting up straight. In addition, the soles ofthe feet do not have to touch entirely. Often a child is only able to have the heels touch. It is best ifyour child is comfortable in the position, as it is helpful to have your child stay a little longer in this pose to allow the hips and groin to soften and release accumulated...

Warrior I Pose

Warrior Kids Pose

Warrior I (Figure 2.24) is a pose that generates a lot of heat and energy through the entire body. The legs are rooted into the ground and the energy is brought upwards through the arms. When performing Warrior I Pose, your child may be taught to think of himself as a fierce warrior, ready to bravely face any challenge or battle encountered. On an emotional level, your child's visualization as a warrior may increase his confidence. Once he is able to hold the pose for even a short period and begins to see himself as a warrior, he may begin to feel inner strength and success. This sense of accomplishment is important to a child with an ASD. Often they have physical limitations in strength, agility, or endurance that may make them feel like a failure during typical physical activities such as sports. Your child can imagine himself as a fierce strong warrior who can face any challenge with bravery and ease. He can internalize the idea that he is a competent and unafraid challenger. He...


Knee-hugger is another of the yummy poses. These steps and Figure 17-13 show you how to help your child do it. You can find the adult version in Chapter 14 (though there it's called knees-to-chest ). For an added benefit have your child rock his knees from side to side while he's hugging them it gently massages the back.

Cat Pose

Cat Pose (Figure 2.3) will help make your child aware of how the movement of his body connects to his breathing. Cat Pose also helps to warm and loosen the body for subsequent poses. Specifically, the pose loosens the spine and begins to open the chest. The movement of this pose may also help digestion, as it gently massages the internal organs. Initially, the pose may make your child's arms feel tired. If so, you may need to shorten the duration of the pose. As the name of the pose implies, the action of the body is similar to a cat stretching after a nap. Your child may imagine a cat stretching his body and spine to awaken all parts of his being. The cat idea may give him a good sense of the movement of this pose. You may want to tell a brief story about a cat awakening and his daily routine of stretching and moving his body to ready himself for the day ahead. As a modification, you may support the child's torso in your arms (Figure 2.4). You can do this until his abdomen and back...

Mountain Pose

Eyes Opened Facing Forward

Mountain Pose (Figure 2.13) is the first standing warm-up pose in the yoga sequence. Mountain Pose helps familiarize your child with the feeling of standing on the mat in preparation for the strengthening poses that follow. Practicing this pose will help him to feel grounded by having his legs and feet press into the floor. Mountain Pose will introduce him to the idea of the lower body pressing into the earth while the upper body and torso elongate, creating a feeling of spaciousness with stability. This pose helps to establish good posture. This pose is not particularly physically taxing and is a very effective pose for awakening the whole body. Your child may concentrate on standing with different parts of his body lifting and grounding. You may help him visualize his head and chest lifting, while his feet and legs press downward, lengthening the spine. A visualization may be that your child sees himself as a mountain. The mountain has two components to its stability. The mountain...

Curled Tongue Breath

Tongue Curled Downward

This breath helps to release anger and frustration (Figure 3.1). Your child may only perform this breath if he can curl his tongue. If he cannot curl his tongue, he should skip this breathing exercise and practice Lion Breath to release anger. It helps if your child imagines that he is breathing in clear, fresh air through his curled tongue and that he is expelling old, stale, angry air. The tongue acts a funnel for the anger to be dispelled. The inhalation and exhalation should be as long and slow as possible.

Corpse Pose

Your child should envision his body sinking into the ground with all physical and emotional tension seeping out of his body. The breath should be deep and smooth and he may think about how his breath feels entering and leaving his body while his body is still. This pose may be held for two to fifteen minutes. Although children may like the idea that they do not have to do anything in this pose, they usually find that it is difficult to be still. Your child may want to finish yoga practice already and play. However, this pose is important because it will help him experience what it feels like to stop moving and to take a break without distractions. A timer set for one minute during this pose is suggested to show him when the session will end. Eye bags are particularly useful for this pose. They block out visual distractions and stimulation and increase the feeling ofcalm. Place the eye bag over your child's eyes once he has settled into this pose.

Bridge Pose

Bridge Pose (Figure 2.34) is a backbend that also strengthens the thighs. Your child may only be able to raise his hips a little at the beginning ofthe practice, but as strength and flexibility increase, the pose will get easier. This backbend also exposes the chest and heart to the sky. He may be instructed to think about his worries and anxiety floating out of his body through his uplifted chest. Children can benefit from seeing themselves as a bridge that has to be very strong to hold up the cars and trucks that roll over them. The vehicle idea usually provides them with enough encouragement to perform this pose. If your child does not respond to the vehicle visualization, you should try to think ofanother bridge-related idea. In this pose, visualization seems to help children hold the pose for a longer period. Your child's legs may get tired quickly. We suggest that you encourage him not to collapse. If necessary, you may support his torso with your arms until he is familiar and...

Shoulder Opener Pose

This pose begins to loosen and open the shoulders. This posture may help your child increase movement to the entire upper body and helps to increase the range of motion in the shoulders. Shoulder Opener Pose also releases tension in the arms, shoulder, neck, and chest. This pose may increase the air brought into the lungs and increase circulation throughout the entire body. Additionally, this pose will make your child aware of his shoulder and neck region. This pose helps children with ASDs become familiar with parts of their bodies that they may have never fully felt. In addition, the breathing into shoulder tightness will help your child realize that his mind and breath may help dispel discomfort he may feel at any time.

Lion Breath

Lion Breath helps to make energy move through the body (Figure 3.2). It also helps to expel anger and resentment. This is a good breath to use if your child is having difficulty in releasing feelings. Your child should think about what his problem is, and do several Lion Breaths to get the problem and the negative feelings out of his system. It is helpful if you demonstrate Lion Breath first, and then actually do the breathing exercise with your child. This breath technique is extremely freeing and cleansing, and the results are felt immediately. At first, your child may seem a little disturbed when he watches you model this breath. When he actually tries Lion Breath, however, he will surely like the feeling and sound of being a lion.

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