Yoga Instruction for Children and Youth with Disabilities
Due to yoga's increasing popularity in the United States, numerous books, DVDs, audio tapes, and CDs are available that can aid in learning the philosophy and practice of the different types of yoga. However, for individuals with disabilities or chronic health conditions, it is best to learn yoga from a certified yoga therapist or yoga instructor who has the experience and background knowledge in teaching children and youth with disabilities.
In a yoga class for individuals with disabilities, yoga asanas are modified or adapted, and may be performed with the instructor's active assistance as needed. Although the instructor assists the child in getting into and out of a posture, keep in mind that the child is still doing the "work." Children should start with one-to-one yoga instruction, then progress to group classes when the child is ready - and if it is the least restrictive environment for the child, as determined by the yoga instructor and parent.