Yoga offers a holistic, safe and empowering approach to healthy development. Many studies have shown the benefits of yoga for children, particularly those with Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, and Anxiety. Mind-body approaches are becoming increasingly popular as a means to directly address self-regulation, attention, and emotional reactivity. At the cutting-edge of this treatment revolution, NESCA has provided therapeutic yoga services to youth for the past several years, with excellent results.
The NESCA yoga program is rooted in the belief that self-awareness and self-regulation skills are essential foundations of success and general well-being in all settings. NESCA is pleased to offer yoga services for children and adolescents.
Yoga sessions with Meghan Meade, CYT
Yoga at NESCA combines movement and verbal processing in a meditative way that helps take children out of their mind and thoughts and into their body. Each private session is uniquely tailored to ensure the child feels supported and engaged. Movement, breathing techniques, and mindfulness tools are interwoven through multisensory mediums of art, music, stories and creative play to encourage a child’s compassionate and positive relationship with himself or herself. With this foundation of self-acceptance, courage and strength are nourished to begin the practice of developing positive new coping skills and healthy habits.
Numerous scientific studies have shown that yoga and mindfulness positively impact fitness, emotional regulation, focus and happiness. Science has shown that emotions and memories are held in our bodies and can continue to impact our health. The combination of movement and processing in yoga helps provide a space to feel and identify physical sensations and emotions in the moment they occur, and start to look at how habits impact us in a safe and nonjudgmental space. Yoga is adaptable for all ages and types of learners.
FAQs about Yoga
Who is it for?
Yoga sessions are appropriate for a wide range of children and adolescents including those with anxiety, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders and learning disabilities.
How is it scheduled?
Sessions are conducted 1:1 or in small peer groups of 2-4 children for a minimum of 6 weeks. In many cases participants attend for much longer and yoga becomes an important and ever-evolving part of their lives.
How does it work?
A variety of movement, breathing, and mindfulness techniques may be incorporated. Sessions are designed to work with the learning style of each individual child and to address personalized goals. Games, music and other fun activities are included as appropriate to promote engagement.
How can I find out if yoga is right for my child?
For more information about yoga at NESCA or to sign up, please contact Meghan Meade at (617) 658-9800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Links to Therapeutic Yoga Articles
Attention Deficit Disorders
ADHD & Parenting: 4 Mindfulness Techniques to Curb Stress
Yoga Helps Children with ADHD
Anxiety and Depression
Cure Your Anxiety Naturally: How Yoga Helps in Recovering from Anxiety
A Mindfulness and Yoga Trifecta – Flash! They’re Really Good for Kids, too!
Yoga May Have Positive Effects on Major Psychiatric Disorders