What is Reflex Yoga?
Owner of Sensory.Yoga, Ann Marie Devi, created a yoga program based on research of sensory integration, yoga, somatics and neuroplasticity. Yoga in itself is sensory in nature but this program was developed more specifically for people that experience life with sensory sensitivities. The use of specific exercises and yoga postures in this program was purposeful to focus on sensory issues. The program includes mudras (hand forms), mantras, and breathwork that focuses on sensory sensitivities.
Can Reflex Yoga or Misophonia Yoga heal a disorder?
There is a lot of supporting research on how yoga is beneficial to our health and beneficial to the disorders that may have sensory sensitivities. Yoga teachers can offer yoga through breathwork, postures, stretching and other principles that can possibly help someone improve symptoms but everyone is different in their experience of yoga and meditation. Yoga teachers are not medical professionals and cannot diagnosis or specifically treat or cure a health condition or disorder. At Sensory.yoga we take a holistic approach and feel yoga is part of wide variety of choices one can make for better health and potential improvement of symptoms. See research on yoga on our resources page.
Who should attend Reflex Yoga?
Though not an all-inclusive list, Reflex Yoga is geared toward adolescent/teens in 5th-12th grades that may have neurological differences that include sensory issues, such as: Autism; ADD/ADHD; Cerebral Palsy; Down Syndrome; Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)/Concussion; Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD); Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); Anxiety Disorder; Learning Disabilities; or other possible Mental Health diagnosis. See the Reflex Yoga page.
What should my child bring to class?
If your child has a yoga mat or any yoga props, they may bring those but if not then the items are provided at the studio. Does your child have a blanket or weighted item they like, they are welcome to bring it. A water bottle is recommended for staying hydrated during class.
What should my child wear to class?
Dress comfortably in clothing that is easy to move in. Keep in mind that there is bending and folding so making sure clothing covers in a variety of positions. It is recommended to do yoga barefoot but if they are uncomfortable with that, then socks can be worn, no shoes.
What is a Sensory Diet?
A sensory diet may be prescribed for your child through an occupational therapist. The ‘diet’ consists of movement exercises based on the child’s evaluation and current deficit areas. The Sensory.Yoga program can be helpful in your child's need for a Sensory Diet.
What is trauma-informed yoga?
Trauma-informed yoga is a class taught by a teacher with a knowledge base of trauma. The teacher makes effort to create a safe space, offers choices so that opting out of something that could be triggering is encouraged, and is deliberate in the words used while teaching to avoid triggering. In a trauma-informed class any assisting touch is consensual and with children must also be consensual by the parent. There is no guarantee that a person with trauma will not experience a trigger while taking a yoga class so a trauma-informed class or teacher does their best to apply their trauma knowledge to reduce this possibility.
What if I feel my child is not ready for the class atmosphere?
At Sensory.Yoga we can offer private classes in the convenience of your home. We hope that after private classes your child will become comfortable enough to attend a class with other children in the future, but if not, private lessons may be just what your child needs.
What if my child not in 5th - 12th grades, is Reflex Yoga available for them?
Reflex Yoga is designed for sensory adolescent/teens at a time when their responsibilities increase, the need for executive functioning skills is increasing, they are required to become more and more independent, and they are faced with many social and physical changes. If your child is in the 1st through 4th grades and you are interested in Sensory.Yoga, please connect with Ann Marie, private sessions and workshops are other options.
What is Complementary Alternative Medicine?
Ann Marie Devi has a Masters of Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine. This knowledge base has provided her with a deeper understanding of the human body, development and physiology, along with complementary and alternative methods of healing. Please note, her scope of practice does not include diagnosing, treating or curing illness or disorders. She does use research based practices in her yoga program. The US Department of Health and Human Services has a description of complementary and alternative medicine here: https://nccih.nih.gov/health/integrative-health.