While raising both hands and sitting up or even standing on one foot might seem trivial to the average person, it is major feat for some individuals with special needs.
Ruthann Zentner, owner of the ZenZone, and yoga assistants Star Cipolla, Cassie Cipolla and Hunter Zentner empowered the students in the Lee’s Summit extended school year program to improve these skills through yoga.
Yoga for children can be silly, fun, loud and mixed up, according to Ruthann Zentner. The yoga class included storytelling and yoga play therapy along with traditional yoga poses and relaxation techniques.
“Many of the students have been doing physical, speech, and/or occupational therapy most of their lives,” said Kay Rader, medically fragile program teacher. “Yoga is a fun way to integrate those same skills. Another benefit of yoga is it allows the children to do an activity that their same age peers partake in.”
Yoga is a safe low-impact exercise that all individuals can participate in to promote a healthy, active lifestyle, Rader added.