Yoga Therapy For Children and Young People

I am a qualified teacher and I have spent my career working with young people in a variety of education settings.  The majority of my work has been with young people who have social, emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties.

I have integrated yoga and mindfulness therapy into my practice with young people and have found it has significantly supported their emotional development.

It can often be difficult for young people to understand what they are feeling let alone express it in a way that may be understood by others. Yoga and mindfulness can support connection with emotions as they happen in the body, developing awareness and skills to manage feelings, creating sustainable physiological and psychological change.

Supporting with:
  • Bullying
  • Exam stress
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment issues
  • Looked after children
  • Autistic Spectrum

What you gain:

  • Increased ability to regulate emotions
  • Increased confidence and self esteem
  • Increased concentration and focus
  • Wellbeing skills for life

850,000 children aged between 5 - 16 have mental health problems.

Three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health disorder.

statistics from Young Minds

Autistic Spectrum

Autism affects the way in which an individual communicates and interacts with others, and how they experience the world around them. People on the Autism spectrum have different sensory experiences from other people and this often causes them to get stuck in 'fight, flight, freeze' response, creating heightened levels of anxiety. People on the Autistic spectrum also have an increased likelihood of having sleep problems and gastrointestinal symptoms.

Why use yoga and mindfulness for Autism?

Yoga and mindfulness can help the body get out of the 'fight, flight. freeze' response, helping you to feel less anxious. Only when you feel calmer and more comfortable in your body can you work on behaviour.

Through practicing yoga and mindfulness people on the Autistic spectrum can experience:

  • reduction in anxiety
  • reduction in agression
  • reduction in obsessive and self-stimulatory behaviours
  • more control in regulating anxiety and emotions

How does yoga and mindfulness help?

Through using the breath, movement, meditation and relaxation.

  • Breath: to enhance self-regulation
  • Movement: to improve motor planning, balance, coordination, strength and flexibility
  • Meditation and relaxation: to decrease stress and promote stillness of the mind for increased attention and ability to focus