Yoga, by definition, means to yoke or unite the body, mind, and spirit. As a

practice that helps us to find connection within ourselves and others, yoga is

ideal for neurodivergent people. Yoga reminds us that we are whole and perfect as

we are, no matter our strengths or challenges, and gives us permission

to express our infinite Selves. 

Autism and heightened sensitivity typically go hand-in-hand, especially when it comes to sensory input (ie sounds, lights, smells, crowds of people, to name a few) and people may commonly experience feelings of overwhelm, frustration, and anxiety. Life in a physical body can feel confusing, uncomfortable, and even like a punishment. Rather than living in a perpetual state of feeling like your insides are "on fire," yoga helps to soothe the nervous system and restore balance, harmony, and calm within the body-mind. The body can become a safe and even supportive place. Yoga also provides an opportunity to become more familiar with how our emotions exist in our bodies and provides tools for dealing with all sorts of emotions, big and small.

Regardless of our age, ability, or life circumstances, yoga offers ample benefits:

*regulates the nervous system (which can easily get over- or under-stimulated)

*creates calming and offers an outlet for intense emotions, such as anger,

frustration, fear, or sadness 

                                                                                    *can cultivate feelings of self-control and empowerment

                                                                                    *cleanses and supports the organs (helps with digestive                                                                                        issues and belly-aches, whether from medication, stress,                                                                                      or poor digestive health)

                                                                                    *self-awareness (provides support with learning about                                                                                            personal space and setting personal boundaries)

*balance (includes brain integration and finding the balance between being serious and silly)

*flexibility (a flexible body helps to create a more flexible mind which can be a huge help in dealing with change-whether expected or unexpected)

*strength (greater physical and mental strength help to build confidence and improve motor skills)

*allows for creative self-expression

*non-competitive (receive the benefits of exercising without the pressure of performance or teammates)

*yoga is a highly adaptable practice that can suit all levels of ability and fitness level

Offered for individuals, small groups, and integrated sessions with yoga and body psychotherapy

The Yoga-Autism Connection

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