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 people with autism. 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
The Infinite U
The Infinite U uses a somatic approach to autism, Asperger's, ADHD, learning differences, and other gifted-sensitivity. Supporting kids, teens, and families, neurodivergent individuals are supported to embrace their infinite selves, while their families, schools, and communities all work together so that everyone can thrive.
The Infinite Teen Community has been so successful that the program is expanding! Middle and high school students are connecting in community, feeling a sense of belonging, value, and confidence. "I know you've got my back," "I am a thoughtful, ingenuitive, caring teen," "I had fun making new friends" are just some of the things the teens are saying!
The Infinite U
Serving the greater Boulder and Denver area
PO Box 1696
Boulder, CO 80306
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- 9th Grade Student
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- Parent yoga class participant
"Sometimes before a [counseling] session I don't want to go, but then afterward, I'm always glad I did cause I feel better."
- 9th Grade Student