Partner Yoga- The Square
When you need a lift, try a partner yoga pose. It can give the therapist a break as you do your breathing and regroup for the next activity. Partner yoga offers the children many fun skills and can meet therapy goals.
- Build Social skills
- Follow directions
- Complete a Forward bend
- Practice Core tone for the Abdominals
- Improve Lifting the legs
- Take the opportunity to work through sensory issues
- Implement turn taking for the standing and floor position.
Directions for Partner Yoga Pose: The Square
- One person lies on the floor and lifts their legs and extends their arms
- The other person stands at the top of their head
- The standing person does the forward bend and holds the ankles
- The person on the floor extends their arms to hold the ankles of the one standing
- To build social skills, you can invite the children to discuss a fun topic like their favorite foods or activities.
- Use a timer for 1-2 minute to hold the posture, or to the clients tolerance
- Repeat and allow each person to do both parts.
- Discuss how the activity was for everyone.
Adaptations- If you can’t do this as a partner pose
- Do legs against the wall, chair or ball
- Do a forward bend towards the wall, arms extended
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