Yoga and Mindfulness for Young People with Autism and learning disabilities
Who are we?
Special Yoga Works is a Community Interest Company that provides community yoga and mindfulness groups to people with disabilities. The projects that we offer support the physical, emotional and social challenges faced by people with disabilities in Gloucestershire. We work with babies, children, teenagers and adults as well as parents/carers and teaching staff to ensure the whole system around people with disabilities is supported.
What would we like to do?
We would like to request your support to run weekly group yoga sessions with and for children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions and learning disabilities. These would run for 40 weeks per year delivered by two experienced Yoga for the Special Child practitioners. We will have up to 10 young people in each session and the sessions in a community yoga centre; advocating the inclusion and integration of young people with disabilities into our community.
Why do we do this?
We know Special Yoga Works. The evidence base shows that Yoga and mindfulness have been found to have multiple benefits for people with learning disabilities and Autism. For example Yoga can help young people with Autism manage difficulties with regulating emotions (e.g. managing anger and self regulation). Within the sessions we will support people with ASD to do this. People with disabilities are at a 40% greater risk of developing mental health problems (such as depression and anxiety, Bouras and Bouras, 2010). Yoga and mindfulness are well known to prevent the development of mental health problems and for the relief of anxiety and depression (Mason, 2009). Our own research has shown that yoga for families of children with special needs also promotes a sense of community and reduces social isolation. How can you help?
All we now need is to raise a further £3,600 to enable this project to begin. We do hope that you can pledge your support us to make a real contribution to the lives of young people with disabilities and we look forward to hearing from you.