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The proven Science Behind Yoga – an article by Giuliana Wheater with her video

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Yoga is now well recognised as a therapy to encourage wellness, focus and peace.

But did you know about all the other physical , mental , neurological , emotional & social benefits too?! The list is endless & thoroughly researched, proven & backed by hard scientific evidence thanks to leaders in the field such as Tiffany Field amongst many others.

Did you know that yoga improves mental flexibility so is amazing for autistic people for instance ?! When we exercise our bodies we are exercising our brains. Just simple yoga exercises with our hands and fingers stimulate the brain as the muscles found here relate to the muscles of the brain.

Yoga also promotes self awareness, interpersonal awareness, compassion, body awareness along with self esteem as the neurotransmitters of happiness, confidence, productivity and motivation are pushed up from the gut & stimulated in the brain! 90% of our happy hormone, serotonin, is made in the gut!!

Yoga balances the nervous system because of the release of these vital neurotransmitters and eases stress as well building our resilience to stress & boosting immunity. Much needed in these challenging times of the “new normal”.

Through the regular practice of yoga self management, self regulation and emotional/social intelligence are given a turbo charge! Depression is reduced as well as anxiety. Sensory integration is boosted too …. fabulous for our children with autism and other different abilities.

Yoga incorporates mindfulness, sound ,breath work & meditation too so it flows beautifully alongside and interwoven with my other therapies.Yoga should never hurt contrary to a common myth and can be done seated if there are mobility issues along with assisted yoga.

Yoga is also huge fun and can be turned into stories, charades, games & even songs or music as I frequently do with the children and families I work with. Everything is an invitation and everything is fun and inclusive. I have lots of videos on my YouTube channel where I “play” with yoga in this way so that even tiny children want to explore it … all whilst getting these amazing benefits !!

My training with Jyoti Manuel, founder of Special Yoga massively enriched my work in this area with her training’s for autism and ADHD. She is a wonderful teacher and shares her courses for yoga for PMLD as well as for autism and ADHD. She can be found at https://specialyoga.org.uk/training/ – I can’t recommend her highly enough.

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