Training Sessions on the 5-part YogAutism Recipe

Designed for parents, caregivers, and therapists who wish to learn how to facilitate the YogAutismTM Recipe. Participating in this 5-part sequential training is presented live through Zoom and each 90-minute interactive module will give you a clear understanding of the perspectives & approaches that make the 5-part recipe a beneficial program for people with autism or other neurophysiological differences.

The training was developed by and trained by industry experts. The autism-experience and mindfulness curriculum were written by autism-experts Nanette Negri, PhD and Lisa Hoeme, MS, LPC, CRC, CYKF. Ms. Negri has supported autistic individuals and their caregivers as a classroom teacher, signed-speech specialist, teacher and parent trainer, and an administrator for a state-wide system of services in SC. She has co-authored two books on autism and currently has a private therapy and consulting practice in Madison, WI. Ms. Hoeme is a Licensed Professional Counselor, consultant and presenter as well as a partner at Imagine a Child's Capacity in Madison, WI. She has a clinical practice and provides training and consultation to schools, community agencies, and families. Our anatomy and yoga sections are co-presented by a yogi with a minimum 200 Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) credentials along with one of our autism experts.

Module 1: Understanding Autism and the Autism Experience

Module 2: Mindfulness Matters

Module 3: Anatomy Overview and The YogAutismTM Recipe Part 1

Module 4: The YogAutismTM Recipe Part 2

Module 5: Theory Into Practice

What you will need:

· Computer/device with camera & audio capability and Zoom access

· 10-foot D-ring yoga belt (Must be extra-long length of 10 feet for Modules 3-5 - available for purchase on Amazon. for modules 3-5

· Unscented or mildly scented lotion or massage oil for Modules 3-5

· Yoga mat for Modules 3-5

· Golf ball or tennis ball for Modules 3-5

· Pillow, cushion, and/or folded blanket for Modules 3-5

· Sturdy chair for Modules 3-5

· A partner (with or without autism) for Module 5

What you can expect in each module:

Module I: Understanding Autism

In this module, you will learn the history of YogAutism, Inc. (YA) and why it was developed . You will gain an understanding of how autistic brains take in and process information. You will be guided through several simulation exercises so your body and nervous system can experience the world similar to an autistic person. This foundational module is required for all participants interested in learning the YA 5-part recipe.

Module II: Mindfulness Matters

In this module, we define & explore mindfulness from an experiential point of view; its importance in embodied presence, the autonomic nervous system, & co-regulation; and what it means to ‘hold space’ & its relevance to the YA 5-part recipe. You will learn how mindfulness benefits both the facilitator and the student as well as some techniques on how to be more mindful.

Module III: The YogAutism 5-Part Recipe Part 1

In this module, we will start with an overview of the anatomy involved in breathing followed by details on the physiology of stress and how each step in "the Recipe" systematically moves the body into a more relaxed and focused state. You will begin to explore the YA 5-part recipe where you will be guided through the first few steps in "the Recipe". & their corresponding adaptations You will begin a self-conducted YogAutism session so you can feel how "the Recipe" influences your own nervous system. Participants are expected to engage in the physical practices. You will need a yoga mat, 10-foot yoga belt, and massage lotion/oil for this module.

Module IV: The YogAutism 5-Part Recipe Part 2

In this module, we continue our exploration of the YA 5-part recipe & adaptions while integrating knowledge & skills learned from all previous modules. You will finish the self-conducted YogAutismTM session and rate its impact on your nervous system. Participants are expected to engage in the physical practices. You will need a yoga mat, 10-foot yoga belt, and massage lotion/oil for this module.

Module V: Theory Into Practice

In this final module we review the YA 5-part recipe & adaptions from start to finish, this time practicing on a partner. All participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback. Participants are expected to have a partner present.

Here's what one of our training participants told us:

"I struggle with anxiety and panic disorder. My brain is wired for flight and I am on high alert all the time. I participated in the YogAutism 5 part recipe and was blown away by the results. I took deeper, more full breaths than I’ve ever remembered being able to do (I felt parts of my lungs that I didn’t know existed!) and had an amazing experience with a psoas release that brought up so many different feels that I didn’t know I had been harboring. I left the session in the clouds and looking to relive the experience again. It was almost addicting how beautiful the after effects were. I wholeheartedly encourage anyone with similar issues to consider going through a YogAutism session. Whether you’re neuro-diverse or not! ”


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