Early Childhood Intervention
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challenges pertaining to their child's development and
It is a place to find answers and practical
suggestions. That's what Early Intervention Support is all
Whether a family has a child with a challenging behavior,
a disability or developmental issue, childhood is short - it
should be savored and enjoyed.
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Yoga & Families
Yoga is Everywhere
You might pass a billboard with an upside-down can of Coca-Cola on it
with the word yoga underneath, or see an advertisement for pretzels claiming
that it is the only snack that does yoga, or you might see people walking
down the street in your neighborhood with brightly colored sticky mats.
You know where they are going and sometimes you say to yourself,
Maybe I should try yoga someday. But, its something new and you don't know
where to go or how to start. Maybe you did yoga during a pregnancy or took a
class in college, but things have changed since you had children and you
don't know how to find the time or if your new mommy or daddy body is up for
The good news is that yoga is for everybody and you can find a class
that works with your lifestyle, schedule, and all levels of fitness. Many
studios and community centers also offer Pre-and Post-Natal Yoga, Baby and
Me, Family Yoga, and classes that you can bring your children to so that the
challenges and expense of finding childcare are not an obstacle to your
Some teachers specialize in yoga for children and many schools from
pre-school through high school are adding yoga to their physical fitness
Just as every person is unique, so is each persons experience of yoga. While
a personal practice can improve physical fitness and flexibility, relieve
tension and stress, lower blood pressure, support weight loss, stabilize
mood and decrease back pain, practicing with your children or as a family
comes with additional benefits.
For many adults, sharing yoga with their children reveals that yoga doesn't
have to be so serious! Classes shared with children include stories, songs,
imagination, laughter, and moving together in a celebration of the body and
life. If you have a personal practice as a parent, family classes are a
beautiful way of sharing this part of your life with your children in a way
that they can experience and understand.
Family yoga practices provide a shared experience of physical joy while
allowing each participant the room to be themselves. Sometimes your toddler
might stay right by your side and practice with you and sometimes they may
walk off and sit by themselves or engage in play with another child in the
Finally, Family Yoga and shared Baby and Me classes are a gathering place
for like-minded parents and it is a wonderful way to create community
Children love yoga because the poses and breathing are natural to them. It
is not always easy being little and yoga provides some tools that children
can use to center themselves in the sea of physical changes, developmental
transitions, and social adaptation that young people experience on a daily
basis. As the mother of a moody and incredibly energetic 2-year-old, I was
in nothing short of awe the first time we participated together in a yoga
class for toddlers.
As soon as the class started, my son transformed from a body of unbridled
energy to an efficient and careful participant following all the directions
and enjoying the playful, yet predictable atmosphere of the class. At the
end of the class, the instructor had us all lie with our legs up the wall
and with my son cradled next to me, our feet touching, he sighed and I could
feel him allow his body to sink into the floor and the support of my arm.
For just a few moments, we breathed together there on the floor and shared
peace. It was just a minute, but it was magic!
There are many wonderful resources for exploring yoga and meditation that
you can share with your infants, toddlers, and young children. Here are a
few of my personal favorites:
- Baby Buddha's: A Guide for Teaching Meditation to
Children by Lisa Desmond. This is a beautiful book including specific
ideas for introducing meditation to young children from 18-months
through 3-years of age. The instructions and activities are easy to
follow and Desmond's methods are time tested techniques. This book is
available through Amazon.
- Helen Garabedian has published two books illuminating her
Itsy Bitsy Yoga program. The first book on Itsy Bitsy Yoga is
for infants to toddlers and the second book, is specifically for
toddlers and preschoolers. She claims that the benefits of yoga for
toddlers includes fewer tantrums, better sleep, improved digestion,
increased listening skills, better self-expression among other things.
Her books provide suggestions on complete sets of yoga poses and
breathing exercises, songs and massage. The books are clear, but the
suggested exercises are playful and practical. This book is available
- Jyothi Larson's Yoga Mom, Buddha Baby: The Yoga
Workout for New Moms and Laura Staton and Sarah Perron's Baby Om: Yoga
For Mothers and Babies are both excellent resources for yoga exercises
for mothers to share with infants up to one-year of age. Baby Om
provides workout sets organized by post-partum weeks and provides
excellent guidance for using yoga to heal from surgical birth. This book
is available through Amazon.
The only value of yoga is in the sharing of it. Creating a shared memory
of movement, song and laughter is a beautiful gift you can give your family.
Giving your children the gift of peace in their bodies, minds and hearts is
a treasure that they can carry with them well into adulthood. Remember, if
you cant smile while you are doing it, its not yoga. Enjoy!
Yoga information provided and written by Sharon Rudyk of Yoga Matrika.
Additional Yoga for Family Resources in our Store
- Yoga for the Special Child: A Therapeutic Approach
for Infants and Children With Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and
Learning Disabilities by Sonia Sumar
- Baby Om: Yoga for Mothers and Babies by Laura
Staton, Sarah Perron
- Itsy Bitsy Yoga's Play n' Flourish DVD: Yoga for
Your Baby from Birth to 10 Months with Helen Garabedian
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Thankfully, there are many ways to deal with childhood developmental
delays and behaviors. These include in-home services, outpatient (you take
your child to a clinic), inpatient (following injury or surgery) and school
based services. Which type of therapy should you choose?
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area to learn more.
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