Empowering people of all ability levels to achieve their highest potential.
The Yoga Bridge approach combines yoga with sensory supports, brain gym, sound and movement patterning techniques and visual supports to provide a unique integrated movement and learning experience.
Can we improve thinking just by moving our bodies? Yes, numerous studies support this. When we work with movement, we actually re-pattern the brain and nervous system to increase their capabilities.
The regular practice of yoga affects physical, intellectual, and emotional development. Physically, yoga increases strength, balance, stamina, eye-hand coordination, body awareness, and fine and gross motor planning skills. Mentally and intellectually, yoga increases focus, mental clarity, concentration, creativity, and communication skills. Yoga can also help to regulate emotional states, calming or energizing as needed. Yoga increases self-esteem and adds to a sense of personal well-being.
Using yoga with children who experience learning disabilities and ADHD has been shown to help develop better concentration, emotional balance and composure. Using both sides of the brain through movement activities helps to develop intellectual capacity.
Children with developmental disabilities have shown quicker mastery of basic motor, communication, and cognitive skills.
Children with autism who practice yoga learn social skills such as imitation and joint attention which are both crucial to the learning process.
Children with cerebral palsy show increased range of motion, improved breathing, and more ability to relax.