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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Yoga For Autism Course

From TriYogaBoston

June 22, 2016

Learn to teach yoga meaningfully and effectively to children and adults with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders). 

Individuals with ASD often experience a high level of daily stress and anxiety, challenges with motor planning, and co-morbid health challenges such as chronic GI distress. Individuals with ASD are often unable to benefit from traditional language-based therapies due to impairments in speech and communication, making a body-based approach to therapy ideal. These individuals may not be able to participate successfully in a typical yoga class, however, when presented appropriately yoga is a natural fit for many individuals with ASD and can provide immense therapeutic benefits.

5 Day Yoga For Autism Workshop

In this workshop you will learn to utilize and individualize the Yoga Connects visual yoga method developed by Hannah Gould. Yoga Connects is both a ready-to-use visual yoga curriculum with 20 preset mini-sequences (designed for ease of use by non-yoga teachers such as parents and educators) as well as a comprehensive teaching methodology that can be infinitely adapted and expanded to include any poses, sequences or exercises that the yoga therapist would like to use with a client.

Course will be taught over 5 days. Each day will begin with participation in a 20-30 minute Yoga Connects yoga session.
  • Day 1 will be primarily presentation and discussion and will familiarize participants with ASD.
  • Days 2-4 will be a combination of presentation, discussion, and hands-on experience with the visual yoga curriculum.
  • Days 3 and 4 will include designing and practice teaching several Yoga Connects sessions and going beyond included sequences to adapt and expand the curriculum.
  • On day 5, the course will be open to parents and professionals. Day 5 will serve as a comprehensive review of the curriculum as well as an opportunity for yoga therapists to discuss ASD with parents and professional experts, and for parents and educators to benefit from the knowledge of practicing the sequences with guidance from yoga therapists.


5-day program: $450 
5-day Price includes Yoga Connects binder (Over $100 value)

1-day program – Sunday only: $135 
1-day price does not include Yoga Connects binder. You may optionally purchase at cost for $100

Instructor: Hannah Gould,  M.ED, E-RYT, RCYT

Hannah is the Therapeutic Yoga Program Director at NESCA, Newton, MA, a pediatric clinical setting providing therapeutic yoga and other services to children and adolescents with a wide range of developmental challenges including autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing difficulties, anxiety, and attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder. Hannah also teaches adaptive and therapeutic yoga to adults with special needs through Jewish Family and Children’s Services. She has developed a proprietary visual yoga program called Yoga Connects to meet the needs of yoga students with autism, and she offers trainings in the Yoga Connects program to schools, clinical programs and parents as well as yoga teachers and yoga therapists.


Gould, Hannah. Yoga and Autism: A Rewarding and Challenging Assignment, Yoga Therapy Today, December 2010 Vol.6, Issue 3

Gould, Hannah. Social Skills and Behavior in Children with Asperger Syndrome: An Educational Perspective. AANE Journal, Spring 2006

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