Yoga For Children with Special Needs

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That graphic says it all, but in case you want more…

I was fortunate to receive a complimentary copy of the DVD, Yoga for Children with Special Needs, presented by Rachel Hunter and Future Horizons, Inc.  While I was thrilled, I also had a voice inside telling me… what are you thinking!?!?!  J has moderate cerebral palsy and since his brain surgery has been less than wanting to move his right arm.  Yoga? Really Gina?  But I enticed him anyway.

I’m not sure you can see the smiles above, but the kids had fun.  Our daughter (NT) joined in, and J did everything he could to join as well.  He truly enjoyed it and I’m sure it got some blood flowing to limbs that otherwise would have been in typical iPad-user fashion (if I had left him alone).

When you purchase this DVD from Future Horizons (getting 15% OFF with the code SPECIAL on checkout), know that depending upon your child’s physical abilities, you may have to modify this.  A modification could be only moving one limb rather than the arm and the leg; not touching the ground, or even lifting an arm slightly as the mimic for touching the sky.  It all depends upon your child’s abilities.

Another modification would better be labeled, “enticement”.  Many of our children are stiff in their regulation of their daily schedule.  Slowly presenting the need to add activity to the routine is a start.  Slipping in a few minutes before the much wanted (and likely scheduled) reward time can get the ball rolling.

The video itself I was almost ready to dismiss.  The children were very young.  I got the feeling that the adult ‘helpers’ may not really understand how to modify or how to let some things “go” with children with special needs.  Looking beyond that (and hoping J didn’t care about the age of the children – he’s 10), the kids demonstrating all had different skill levels.  None had any noticeable physical disabilities (which would have made the video a better sell for me personally), but some participated better than others, some were able to bend more, etc.

Bottom line is, my kids really enjoyed it.  I could actually do it with them (considering I haven’t moved my body in a long time) and everyone was able to do it together!  It’s a winning Yoga DVD!  You can get it for your family at by following this link to Future Horizons.  Use the code “SPECIAL” when you check out for 15% OFF!

• I received a complimentary DVD for the purposes of this review.  No other compensation has been offered.  All opinions are my own.

Gina St. Aubin
Gina St. Aubin is a former Victim’s Advocate who now advocates for those with intellectual and physical challenges. Her eldest son is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Electrical Status Epilepticus during Sleep / Landau-Kleffner Syndrome (a rare epileptic disorder causing verbal aphasia) and Developmental Delays. In June, 2012, her son also underwent a successful hemispherectomy. Gina is the editor, author and owner of Special Happens, serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the SPD Foundation, and resides in Colorado where she is a mother of 3, wife, blogger, writer and special needs advocate. You can reach Gina through various Special Happens connections on Facebook and Twitter, or email her directly.
Gina St. Aubin
Gina St. Aubin

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  1. I would like to say thanks for publishing this blog on yoga. Yoga is for everyone whether we are physically disabled or not, it depends on will power of everyone’s. Your post is inspiring for those people who thought that this is not for disabled one but it’s true that some exercises are not for blood pressure and heart problems patients.