Accept Difference, not indifference. Yoga is brilliant as you know, but especially if you have Autism. Gabi in London has begun teaching for National Autistic Society and has some lovely insights to share...
I recently taught my first class for the National Autistic Society (NAS). This was a brand new experience for me and although I had worked with children with ASD before I felt quite nervous as I prepared for the class. Sophie, the NAS Enfield branch coordinator met me at the gate with her 13 year old son, who immediately started asking me about my career as a Yoga teacher and about Yoga as a whole. I explained to him that you can almost have a different style of Yoga for every individual.
I was so impressed with the 3 boys who attended the class. As soon as we started I felt the atmosphere in the room change, they were focused and calm. We even managed a full minute in seated meditation and some pranayama. I felt the class was slightly too long so as they began to lose focus I ended the class slightly early but I am so excited to continue teaching this lovely group and hopefully we can build up to an hour over time.
The class seemed to calm them all down a lot, particularly the pranayama which I think was really effective. It will be very beneficial for them if they can begin to employ these techniques when they are feeling overwhelmed or anxious."
As a testament to how well Gabi did, we are now in discussions with Sophie to do a weekly class for NAS. This is a brilliant pilot class and I can't wait to do more and more with the charity!