Physical Health and Social Benefits | Improved Mental Health and Well Being
Participation in Move Through Yoga’s adaptive yoga programming – grounded in yoga holistic principles and disciplines of breathing, movement, and stillness – has been shown to mitigate isolation, reduce stress, and foster inclusiveness.
Increased exercise behaviors are especially important among young adults with intellectual disabilities as they have higher risks of obesity and secondary health conditions, and are much less likely to meet the physical activity recommendations of the CDC.
Research indicates that the use of a structured yoga exercise program for young adults with intellectual disabilities reduces the risks of obesity and other health related risks commonly associated with this population.
- A noticeable sense of calm during and after class
- Greater use of self regulation skills
- Improved spacial and body awareness
- A stronger connection with their peers and community and feeling less isolated
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
A high school provider and Move Through Yoga training participant says her students unanimously enjoyed collaborative work days. “Their smiles said it all. All of my students were engaged in the lessons, interacting with their peers, and were definitely happier people after.”
When asked if they felt their students were less isolated as a result of the Move Through Yoga strategies being implemented in class, a high school Physical Education educator said, “How couldn’t they? They were constantly interacting with their Unified PE peers in new ways.”
- Feeling more equipped and prepared to serve individuals with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities.
- Feeling personally calmer and more aware of their own emotional responses.
- An ability to confidently evaluate students’ needs and differentiate instruction.
- Noticing an increase in their students’ overall enjoyment of the class material on days when the Move Through Yoga curriculum was applied.
WHO BENEFITS FROM OUR PROGRAMS?
Move Through Yoga’s adaptive yoga training programs strengthen the skills of professionals who regularly or occasionally work with individuals with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities. Our programs directly support and can be applied to a diverse range of careers and professions, including:
- K-12 educators of all subject areas
- Postsecondary education programs, degrees, and certifications
- Occupational and physical therapy
- Agencies, day programs, and camps
- Professionals serving individuals who are neuro diverse and physically challenged (ie: autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome)