Classes

YogAutism is in an exciting period of transition. Our longtime and beloved supervisor Linda Mundt has moved away to pursue new opportunities. We are so thankful for Linda’s dedication to YogAutism and she will be greatly missed. At this time all classes and training are temporarily suspended while YogAutism explores ways improve and expand our program. Thank you for your patience during this time. Please stay tuned for program updates.
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YogAutism offers classes in the form of 6-8 week series, 3-4 times a year. By structuring classes in series, students can be matched with a one-on-one teacher and develop a trusting relationship with the teacher.

The primary focus of each class is the “Recipe” of 5 exercises that facilitate grounding and healthy breathing:

  • Foot Massage: Grounds students so they are calm and capable of participating in the rest of the poses
  • Psoas Wakeup: Wakes up the core postural support muscles, allowing the diaphragm to be available for breathing
  • Supine Twist: Helps release the diaphragm, allowing fuller breathing in the lower lungs
  • Shoulder Reset: Helps release the pectoralis minor, allowing fuller breathing in the upper lungs
  • Facilitated Breathing: Retrains healthy breathing movement in the lower ribs, counteracting the “paradoxic breathing” movement that creates anxiety

Each student works one-on-one with a YA-trained teacher. With this individual attention, the practice sequence can be modified for his or her needs on any given day. We believe this is part of what makes it possible to have a successful class when there are 12 individuals with ASD doing yoga in the same space.

The other key ingredient in YA’s effectiveness is the attention given to the teacher’s quality of presence. Teachers are encouraged to have a regular yoga practice and spend time grounding before each class. When the teacher is grounded and moving from the core, the benefits of the techniques to the student increase immensely.

One person supervises the class, remaining available to answer questions as they arise for teachers. The supervisor has a deeper knowledge of the techniques as well as how to address challenging behaviors that arise with individuals with ASD.

Service providers and parents are invited to sit beside their student and observe the techniques during class. As service providers and parents learn the techniques and principles behind them, they become empowered with additional behavioral tools that can be applied in their student’s life.