What We Do

What We Do

YogAutism, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2008 by yoga teacher Scott Anderson. We offer training sessions, classes and other programs centered around a specific set of yoga-inspired techniques designed to down-regulate the nervous system and enhance wellbeing.

YogAutism is governed by a Board of Directors. Our programs are supervised and facilitated by experienced, dedicated staff. Our classes rely on financial support, as well as a team of trained, volunteer teachers who share our vision.

The 5-Part Recipe

The primary focus of YogAutism's programs is the "Recipe": Five foundational exercises, or techniques, that facilitate a sense of embodiment and healthier breathing:

  • Foot massage
  • Psoas wake-up
  • Supine Twist
  • Shoulder reset
  • Faciltated breathing

Why Yoga for People with Autism and/or Other Neurophysiological Differences?

Yoga has long been known to improve strength, flexibility and breathing in the general population. The YogAutism program with its 5-part recipe provides added benefits, especially for people who experience the world differently, including :

  • Feeling a greater sense of connection, ease and comfort in one's body.
  • Feeling a greater sense of acceptance, respect and appreciation.
  • Experiencing a more balanced nervous system, resulting in reduced anxiety and less stress-related reactivity and patterns of behavior.
  • The joy of sharing yoga with others and developing new relationships.

Physiologically, the 5-part recipe addresses key areas of the body responsible for healthier breathing. Because people with autism have such different sensory experiences, their bodies often get stuck in a ‘fight, flight or freeze’ response . Yoga helps a student’s body to get out of the ‘fight, flight or freeze’ response, by facilitating deeper inhaling and exhaling, which calm the nervous system. Yoga also builds core strength, which supports deeper respiration and, in the long run, will create a much healthier body.

At its core, yoga is meant to deepen self-awareness and spiritual connection. Many of us who work with people on the autism spectrum believe that our students have untapped spiritual gifts. YogAutism classes are an opportunity for our students and our teachers together to explore self-understanding and spiritual growth that can be carried out into the world and into all of our interactions.