As a follow-up to the Yoga for Children with ADHD, Autism training, students write about their experience working with the Radiant Child Yoga method. What follows is from Eve M, an Occupational Therapist and Radiant Child Yoga teacher:
“I have been using both the meditative aspects of Kundalini Yoga as well as the asanas at home after work. I have found simple sequences incorporating weight bearing postures using downward dog, plank, cat and cow to be most helpful in regaining my state of grounded-ness.
My children have observed my breathing and my movements, but most of all, my attentiveness (truly) to them, afterwards. My life is typically hurried and can feel non-observant, at times. This basic practice is allowing me more inner awareness to simply notice my life more and more. To notice the words my youngest daughter is learning to say, to notice the humming of the refrigerator, to notice how I am feeling moment to moment. That is the biggest gift I’m receiving from my practice.
I have also been incorporating these ideas at work, as I’m an OT in the school setting. The question “how are you vibrating?” really is sticking with me. It’s a question I ask myself all day, with co-workers, at meetings, and most importantly in my sessions with the children.
Just that awareness has allowed me new connections with one specific young girl with multiple challenges including hearing loss, cognitive delays, sensory integration dysfunction, and more. She is making notable eye contact with me during our time together, whether it’s yoga, brushing, or passing her by in the hallway. She has hugged me spontaneously, which is totally new for us. Also, our verbal exchanges are much more relevant and functional, as she shares with me spontaneously about her home life/routines. She had previously been using much more immature styles of communications such as noises and behaviors, rather than her words.
I cannot say enough about the change I’ve see in our relationship by putting these simple ideas into practice. I have to say it’s more about my state of being than what I’m doing with her. I came to the conference looking for yoga strategies to use from a motoric standpoint, but I left with so much more than that to help me be more effective with my students.