Children's Yoga Tree works with children and adults in schools, residential care and privately to provide therapeutic yoga tailored to individual needs. Our Yoga Therapy sessions address a range of special needs and conditions including, autism, downs syndrome, sensory impairment, developmental delay, physical disability and dementia. The schools, yoga students and families that we work with tell us that yoga is life changing and brings with it a greater sense of wellbeing and independence to all those practice.
Benefits of Yoga Therapy
Calming for nervous system
Builds core strength
Helps develop gross and fine motor skills
Develops proprioceptive sense
Helps to self-regulate emotions
Encourages focus and concentration
Develops balance and co-ordination
How Yoga Therapy Helps
Creates a calm, quiet space for a sense of well-being
Strength building exercises develop gross motor skills and core strength
Non-verbal interaction through copying physical movement and aided movement builds confidence
Breathing exercises identify and address anxiety and help develop emotional self-regulation
Builds emotional resilience
Deep breathing soothes nervous system
Creates a mental map of the body, developing spatial awareness and sense of own body in space
Participation in choosing and creating yoga sequences helps develop sense of independence
Guided visualisation helps to develop imagination and creativity
Meditation relieves anxiety and encourages focus and concentration
'Emma is a very knowledgeable professional who worked with all year groups and with a range of different abilities. She built a great relationship with all of the students she worked with.
Yoga has had a positive impact on the students’ self-esteem, concentration and behaviour. It has helped to develop their motor skills, body awareness and coordination and provide sensory integration. It is ideal for young people with autism and a great addition to curricular activities. As well as working with students Emma provided in-house training for staff, which helped them to integrate various yoga techniques in to classroom activities. We cannot recommend Emma highly enough, she is fantastic."
Kairi Reiter, Deputy Headteacher, Kestrel House School for Autism, Crouch End, London
"Emma has been our sons yoga teacher for over 5 years. Our son has downs syndrome and his muscle tone and balance have been a challenge for him. Regular yoga sessions with Emma enabled him to grow not just in strength and flexibility but also in well being. Emma created a space for our son where he could relax, be himself and grow in confidence. Emma is kind, inclusive and a genuinely lovely person and talented yoga instructor. She shows patience with children of all abilities, developing and nurturing talents along with scaffolding those children that need a little bit more time. Thank you Emma for all you have done."
Julie, mother of Connor
‘Emma is fantastic! Her approach with delivering Yoga, especially to those living with dementia, was second to none. Emma is very calm and encouraging. Emma’s Yoga sessions were extremely well received by our residents and you could see the progress in particular residents each time. It was a great opportunity to help channel some of our residents anxieties, especially those living with dementia, focusing on relaxing through means of breathing and music. Emma’s encouragement and praise boosted self confidence in residents and this was reflected in the atmosphere during our Yoga sessions. The physical movements also proved popular with residents, helping the less mobile residents maintain and in some instances improve movements. Emma was patient, understanding and had a very gentle disposition although we were also able to laugh and have lots of fun!’
Lauren Tweddle, Activity Co-ordinator, Care UK