Ask the Expert: How Does Yoga Help Kids with Special Needs?
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Q: Is yoga for special needs something you encourage parents to participate in?
A: I do encourage the parents to participate. Although some of the yoga class settings are solely kids, some classes are funded so that the parents can participate. This creates a nice bond because the children and parent are doing the same activity together.
Q: Can yoga also be beneficial to the parents of children with special needs, in helping them deal with their own stress?
A: Absolutely, I think everyone needs a yoga practice. In this society we live in, many of us are exhausted and busy. Often we never take time to ourselves. For parents that have a child with special needs, it's often a full-time job. Yoga can help with the patience that this often takes.
Lindsay Malejko is the co-founder of Prasanthi Studio in Pelham, NY. She is licensed in general education and special education. She is also a holistic health coach, adult and child yoga instructor, and a mother of three children.