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Monday, November 2, 2015

Therapeutic Yoga Services at NESCA


By Hannah Gould, M.Ed., RYT
October 26, 2015

This just in: Hannah Gould is now seeing clients on Saturdays! Call 617-658-9800 for addtional information and to schedule appointments.

Hannah Gould, M.Ed., RYT
Yoga, meditation and other mindfulness practices are rapidly gaining recognition as effective treatments for conditions such as ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, anxiety and depression. At the cutting-edge of this treatment revolution, NESCA has provided therapeutic yoga services to children and adolescents for the past several years, with excellent results. 

The NESCA yoga program is rooted in the belief that self-regulation and self-awareness skills are essential foundations of success and general well-being in all settings. Sessions are designed to work with the learning style of each participant and to be appropriately engaging and fun in order to promote active participation.

NESCA is pleased to offer the following Therapeutic Yoga Services:

The “Yoga Connects” Program

Yoga Connects is a unique yoga program designed to meet the needs of young people with autism and other special challenges. Parents and children typically participate together, although 1-1 sessions may also be available. Yoga Connects utilizes a visual yoga curriculum and specialized teaching approach developed by Hannah Gould. Home practice is encouraged and supported by the take-home visual curriculum.

With Yoga Connects, yoga can become a meaningful shared activity and provide a daily respite from stress for both parent and child.

Therapeutic Yoga

Therapeutic yoga uses movement, breathing, mindfulness exercises and meditation techniques to bring children to an awareness of what is happening in their bodies and minds and to provide them with specific tools they can use to regulate themselves. Many children respond better to the body-based approach used in therapeutic yoga than to traditional talking-based therapies. This approach can be especially powerful for kinesthetic learners and those with language processing difficulties.

Therapeutic yoga sessions are typically done 1-1, but in some cases small groups may be available.

Adaptive Yoga

Adaptive yoga sessions are available for children or adults with physical disabilities or mobility challenges. Sessions are offered in NESCA’s wheelchair-accessible space, and may also be available off-site in your home, school, day program or other setting. Adaptive yoga emphasizes strengthens the body-mind connection and places emphasis on what the student’s body can do.

Consultation and Training

Hannah Gould is available to provide consultation and training to parents and professionals interested in bringing yoga and mindfulness based activities or the Yoga Connects program into their home, school or clinical settings.

About the NESCA Therapeutic Yoga Teachers

Hannah Gould, M.Ed, RYT

Hannah received her M.Ed in the education of children with special needs from Simmons College in 1999. She worked as a special educator in a public middle school for two years, and as an activity-based social skills counselor at Academy MetroWest for eight years.

Since 2007, Hannah has directed the therapeutic yoga program at NESCA. Hannah also teaches adaptive yoga classes for adults with physical and cognitive disabilities. Hannah has completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training and additional trainings in the Every Kid’s Yoga and Integrated Movement Therapy programs for children with special needs, the Opening Yoga adaptive yoga program and Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra.

Yoga Connects was developed in response to the particular learning strengths and needs of children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. Hannah believes yoga is a natural fit for this population, and has affirmed this belief by witnessing the incredible focus and inspiring growth of her Yoga Connects students.

Ann-Noelle McCowan, M.S., RYT

Ann-Noelle McCowan, M.S., RYT
Ann-Noelle has served children and adolescents as a school guidance counselor since 2001. She began her study of yoga in 2000 San Francisco in while earning Master’s degrees in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling as well as School Counseling. Ann-Noelle has worked in San Francisco Public Schools, at Academy MetroWest, and for the past decade has been a guidance counselor at a local high-achieving middle school.

In her school counseling role, Ann-Noelle incorporates cognitive-behavioral strategies, relaxation and mindfulness into individual and group sessions, and is actively involved in working with her students' families and outside providers. She enjoys combining her counseling experience and knowledge of brain-based learning with the positive effects that yoga, meditation and mindfulness can have on student anxiety, depression and attention-related issues.

Ann-Noelle completed her yoga teacher certification in the Shri Yoga program in 2014, and has also completed a yoga training specific to children in the Kidasana program.

For more information or to sign up for therapeutic yoga services please contact Hannah Gould at 617-640-0450 or email hgould@nesca-newton.com.

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