Autism in children is a condition in which the child requires a lot of attention and care. Children suffering from autism tend to process experiences in a different way. They are very sensitive to light and sound. Yoga for this condition is known to be quite helpful.
Yoga is recommended for such kids to enable them to relax and calm down. It helps them concentrate on a particular thing and reduces the stimuli that make them anxious. Stretching which is part of yoga technique helps in relieving muscle tension. A few yoga asanas for autism in children are discussed below.
Yoga For Kids With Autism
This meditation is very simple and easy to perform. In this, all you need to do is to make the child count backwards starting from 100, 50, 20 etc based on the child’s age.
It is important to make the child focus on counting the numbers by enabling the child to imagine the numbers or you could opt for a color to associate with each digit. In order to enable the child to relax, breathing with each number is also advised. This exercise could be performed while sitting or lying down, so that the child feels relaxed.
As the name suggests, it is an apt breathing exercise for children during moments of a forthcoming fiasco. In order to perform this technique, make the child to bring his hands in a prayer pose next to his heart. Then make the child gently extend his/her hands straight above and ask him/her to deeply inhale and allow the hands to fall to his/her sides while he/she exhales. This technique will help in relaxing the child by lowering the built in emotions.
Adho Mukha Svanasana
The downward facing dog posture is an effective calming exercise because the gentle inversion helps in blood gushing to the head. Practicing this pose proves quite beneficial, especially for the child to stay confident and strong before any major event. To experience the complete calming effect, it is advised to let go off the head and look back towards the leg. This yoga is also referred to as adho mukha svanasana.
It is a handstand, forward bend and inversion pose. To do this pose, make the child kneel down with the hand placed beneath the shoulder and the knee above the hip. Make the child create an inverted V by curling the toe and pushing the hips in the upward direction. Now, make the child push the chest towards the knee, ask him/her to focus the gaze towards the toes, apply pressure on the heel and press it towards the ground.
This asana is referred to as the child’s pose because it resembles the position of the baby inside the mother’s womb. To perform this asana, make the child kneel on the calves with the knees together and then gently ask the child to bend forward gently, so that the head faces the ground and allow the hand to rest on either side.
This pose is recommended to bring about a relaxed and calming effect. Parents can gently rub the back of the child while the child performs this asana and encourage him/her to breathe deeply and relax.
Vrikshasana – Tree Pose
To perform this asana make the child stands erect and arms on the sides. Gently bend the right knee and place the feet of the right leg on the left thigh at mid level. Ensure that the left leg remains straight. Balancing is the key here, so try to make the child balance himself/herself in this pose.
Now, ask the child to inhale and extend the arms above the head and bring the palms together to folded position (Namaste mudra). Let the child look straight and focus on something. The spine should be straight and the long breathing in and breathing out helps in relaxing the body. Now, slowly bring the child back to normal and then repeat the same thing with the other leg.
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