Autism is one of the developmental disorders resulting due to retarded motor development. Autistic kids and individuals need a lot of training and effective therapies to help them carry out simple daily activities smoothly. Fortunately, you can also teach autistic individual yoga poses that help improve their stability, balance, concentration, body awareness, co-ordination, alertness, and overall health and well-being. Find below effective yoga poses that can help autistic individuals enhance their motor skill development effectively.
Performing tree pose helps boost the concentration and improve balancing abilities of autistic individuals. It also helps strengthen calves, thighs, and ankles. All you need to do is stand upright in a mountain pose, raise your hand above your head and join your palms. Band your right knee and bring it close to your left thigh. Look upwards in the direction of the sky. Take some breathes.
Cat Cow Pose
This yoga pose helps autistic individuals to how body and their breath connect and warm up your body. It gently massages your spine and internal organs appropriately. Also, it helps stretch your neck. All you need to do is kneel on the floor on your knees and hand keeping knees below your hips and hands below your shoulders. Let your belly fall towards the ground while inhaling and look up like cow. Arch your back towards the ceiling while exhaling and look down like cat.
Performing ragdoll pose is highly beneficial for autistic kids and individuals. This yoga pose helps calm your mind and minimize stress. All you need to do is stand upright legs near each other, raise your arms, and bend at your waist carefully and slowly. Allow your arms to fall on the ground and relax your knees. Have deep breaths and allow your arms to sink. After a few minutes, raise back.
Warrior pose improves concentration and balancing abilities of autistic individuals, and strengthens your core. Also, this yoga pose stretches several vital muscles in your legs, shoulders, and chest. Warrior pose mitigate any pain that concerns you and boosts your self-confidence substantially. All you need to do is stand on the ground placing feet wide apart. Twist your right foot outwards and turn to your right slowly. Turn your left foot inwards. Bend at your knees. Then raise your arms and keep them upright parallel to your shoulders. Keep your back straight and breathe for about two minutes. Follow this same process on your left side.
Pranayama can be defined as breath awareness. Deep breathing provides your body calming effect. Autistic individuals can learn to use their breath to calm themselves from stress. Practicing pranayama promotes good development of breath support for postural stability and speech. Autistic kids with unstable activity levels respond very well to breathing technique of pranayama. Also, this yoga pose also stabilize activity levels in these special individuals. All you need to do is sit on the ground, fold your legs, place your thumb of right hand on your right nostril and close it. Exhale from left nostril and then inhale deeply through the left nostril. Now, close left nostril with your third finger and remove your thumb from right nostril and exhale. Inhale from the same right nostril. Repeat this several times daily.
Shark pose is highly beneficial for autistic individuals. It helps minimize depression, alleviate stress, and calms your body. Also, it energizes your upper body, mitigate pain in your head, and improve the strength in your arms and legs. Place your hands and knees in a table pose. Breathe out by lifting your hips and straightening your knees. Hold your head between your upper arms. Exhale and bring back your knees to the ground and relax.