Yoga and Your Sensory Child
Poses to Improve Proprioception and the Vestibular System





When I first started taking note of my daughter’s sensory issues, I recognized the usual sensitivities that are related to the five main senses of sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch. But once I started doing more research on the topic, I discovered there’s many more senses than just those five and they can be greatly affected in a child with Sensory Processing Disorder



Proprioception is the sense of where your body is in space and this information is transferred through muscles, joints and bones.  Children that have difficulty in this area will often have some of the following symptoms:
-need tight hugs to calm down, or the opposite and avoid hugs and closeness
-seek out movement activities like jumping and climbing
-appear clumsy and accident prone – stubbing toes, bumping into walls and doors, tripping over feet
-enjoys rough housing and wrestling play

-tends to spill or breaks things frequently (my daughter is a Taurus and a true definition of a bull in a China shop!)


The vestibular system helps with balance, feeling the direction and speed of movement and remaining upright against the pull of gravity. Some children may exhibit these symptoms if they have problems with their vestibular system:
-poor postural control (falls from chairs frequently)
-poor eye / hand or eye / foot coordination
-may feel insecure in movement (may dislike coming down stairs)
-seeks out intense movement like running, swinging, spinning (doesn’t get dizzy easily)

-often suffers from motion sickness, doesn’t enjoy spinning or quick movements or being held up in the air or upside down.


The brain works together with input from proprioception and vestibular to understand the body’s position and acceleration from moment to moment. Yoga is a great way to strengthen these senses as your mind and body work together to complete the poses. Below is a list of six simple poses that children will love and will also help improve the proprioception and vestibular systems of sensory children. -Pitter Patter and Constant Chatter 


Downward Dog


One of the most common yoga poses, this one is a simple one for kids.  They receive proprioception input from the pressures on their arms and input to the vestibular system by having their head inverted.


Plank


Another great pose for proprioception as it has muscles throughout the body engaged and helps to build core strength.


Airplane


This pose builds balance and core strength and kids love pretending they can fly!


Tree Pose


One of my girl’s favorite poses, this helps builds balance as the body works hard to remain still and upright.


The Dancer


A little bit more difficult but they are excited when they can complete it.  Your body works hard to remain grounded as you extend your arm and leg outward.


Warrior


This strong pose strengthens your whole body while improving your balance.


Yoga Books, Yoga Games & Yoga Tools For Kids





Odin Books Sensory Yoga for Kids: Therapeutic Movement for Children of all Abilities
This book shows how to use yoga to bring calm and focus (and exercise!) to kids with special needs. Childhood is a time filled with new motor challenges and hurdles, and this is doubly true for kids with autism and other special needs. The motor challenges kids face require strength, coordination, and the ability to focus and attend.

Yoga can help kids with these challenges as it can strengthen their bodies while calming. This book demonstrates how to get kids started with the discipline that so many of us use in our daily lives. Occupational therapist Britt Collins tells how to use yoga to support special needs, increasing body awareness and fine tune coordination skills. 





Odin Books Yoga Whale: Simple Poses for Little Ones
Let's take a "deep dive" into yoga!
This delightful board book invites children ages 0–4 to join in a fun series of easy yoga poses. Whale, Jellyfish, Dolphin, Starfish, and six more friendly sea creatures show the way.

Yoga Whale, the third offering in our bestselling yoga board book series, keeps the healthy fun going. Includes complete yoga instructions for parents and caretakers.

Yoga Therapy for Children with Autism and Special Needs
If you are a parent of a child with special needs or a professional who works with one, you know how challenging it can be for them to sit still, to cope with change, to focus on self-soothing strategies, and to interact successfully with others. Behavior and focus, strength, flexibility, balance, and self-regulation are all improved through yoga, making it an ideal practice for children on the autism spectrum, with ADHD, sensory processing and emotional/behavioral disorders, and other exceptionalities.

Featuring 60 illustrated poses, 89 photos, and 65 lessons, songs, and games, child-friendly instructions are provided for posture, breathing, and mindfulness exercises. 

Therapy Shoppe Yoga Pretzel Activity Cards
Practice bending, twisting, breathing, and relaxing with Yoga Pretzels, a vibrantly colorful set of 50 illustrated yoga cards that provide a healthy dose of fun, while teaching all the basics of yoga! Builds children's minds, bodies, and spirits--as well as their coordination, flexibility and sensory processing skills! 50 oversized, color-coded activity cards in 9 categories, packaged in a splendid hard-cover box. Each 5"x7" card features a pose on the front; with illustrated, step-by-step directions on the back. These yoga for kids cards are popular with children, teens, and adults!




Therapy Shoppe Yoga Spinner Game
Introduce kiddos to the amazing benefits of yoga with this neat sensorimotor skills game that combines fitness and fun! Yoga Spinner Game includes 54 colorful, oversized yoga pose cards and a spinner that doubles as a carry case. This neat yoga for kids game provides a fun way to help build balance, strength, flexibility, bilateral coordination, and sensory motor skills. Great for classrooms, clinics, occupational therapy groups, home, and traveling therapists. Designed for beginners to experts, ages 5-adults. 

Good Night Yoga
For parents and caregivers looking for a fun and effective new routine for bedtime, innovative educator Mariam Gates presents Good Night Yoga, a playful yet wholly practical book for preparing for sleep.

Gaiam Kids Yoga Mat Exercise Mat, Yoga for Kids with Fun Prints - Playtime for Babies, Active & Calm Toddlers and Young Children
Every kid was born to flow. Yoga makes our bodies healthy and teaches concentration, balance and calm - even in the face of too much silliness. That's why at Gaiam, we're rolling out yoga mats for the smallest of yogis, with bright colors and fun patterns to help shake out the wiggles and work out those funny bones. 
TEXTURED NON-SLIP SURFACE: Yoga mats are slightly sticky with a light tack, providing a safe and secure grip for your active boy or girl while on the mat 

Calm Ninja: A Children’s Book About Calming Your Anxiety Featuring the Calm Ninja Yoga Flow (Ninja Life Hacks) 
Calm Ninja experiences frustration and anxiety, but then learns how to find inner peace through breathing and practicing the Ninja Yoga Flow.
Children will learn with Calm Ninja how to calm worries and stay peaceful under extreme circumstances.Find out what happens in this comedic book about stress relief. Life is tough. But so are you!
The new children's book series, Ninja Life Hacks, was developed to help children learn valuable life skills. Fun, pint-size characters in comedic books easy enough for young readers, yet witty enough for adults.
The Ninja Life Hacks book series is geared to kids 3-11. 

Good Morning Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Wake Up Story (Good Night Yoga)
Calm and awake, "I can do this!" is all I need to say.
A deep breath in, a long breath out―
I am ready for the day!
This "wake up" story is so much more than a story. It’s a practice for kids and parents to greet the morning with joy and embark on their daily adventures with intention and confidence. Turn the page and reach up to the sky, press your feet into the earth, and get ready for a great day!

Gaiam Kids Balance Ball - Exercise Stability Yoga Ball, Kids Alternative Flexible Seating for Active Children in Home or Classroom
45 cm (1.5 ft) kid-sized balance ball is perfect for exercise, yoga, fitness, homework, playtime, movie time or watching TV as well as active sitting at a desk in the classroom or at home
When used as a seat, the stability ball encourages kids to build a healthy posture and improve balance while the constant ball movements increase blood flow to the brain, improving focus & concentration
Perfect as a flexible seating option for high-energy kids in classrooms or at home and is a fun way to reduce fidgeting, get the "wiggles out" and provides an outlet for excess energy




Therapy Shoppe NEW!  Yoga Memory Game is a versatile yoga set we love using for sensory breaks, a breather at work, as a focus tool in classrooms, as an organized yoga memory game, or for freestyle yoga. This neat yoga pose game features 36 illustrated yoga cards (2 cards of each of 18 poses).  Flip over 2 cards and do the pose if you get a match; an excellent way to build gross motor skills, body awareness, balance, flexibility, bilateral coordination, core strength and sensory processing skills.  Makes a nice "deck" of cards for pediatric physical or occupational therapists (especially itinerants) to keep in their therapy bags – and fun exercise / sensorimotor focusing essential for classrooms, therapy clinics, and sensory therapy rooms. For ages 5-up.

Therapy Shoppe Yoga Cards for Kids
NEW!  Wonderful deck of 50 interactive 5”x7” yoga cards featuring photos of actual children doing poses on the front and detailed “what to do steps” on the back.  Yoga Cards for Kids features 4 neat color-coded categories:  yoga poses, mindfulness activities, breathing, and relaxation exercises.  Learning yoga and building sensory-motor skills, flexibility, body strength, bilateral coordination, and gross motor skills – has never been so easy and fun!  This skill-building deck is nice for all ages, 3 to adults.

ThinkFun Yoga Dice Game for Boys and Girls Ages 6 and Up
Trusted by Families Worldwide - With over 50 million sold, ThinkFun is the world's leader in brain and logic games.
Your goal - Compete together to WIN by holding yoga poses! As a group, move 6 pose tokens past the FINISH line before the focus token crosses the line.
What you get - Yoga Dice comes with 6 six-sided yoga pose dice, 6 pose tokens, 1 six-sided breath die, 1 focus token, 1 yoga mat game track and a game-go bag.
Clear instructions – Easy to learn with a clear, high quality instruction manual. You can start playing immediately!

Develops critical skills – Encourages teamwork to complete a shared goal.

Yoga For Children Over 200+ Yoga poses.
Yoga for Children will encourage your child to learn about yoga with an attentive, at-home instructor--you! Even if you are new to the practice, author, mom, and children's yoga expert Lisa Flynn will guide you and your child through more than 200 yoga poses, meditations, and activities that are suitable for children between the ages of two and twelve. Complete with full-color photographs, instructional scripts, and pose modifications, Yoga for Children will help build your child's confidence, self-awareness, and focus while strengthening your connection--one yoga session at a time.

ALEX Active Yoga Activity Blocks
Work on strength balance and focus with this fun yoga game
24 yoga pose cards in 3 levels of difficulty
Choose 6 cards to place tin the pocket block and roll both blocks, do the pose for the time shown
Includes 2 fabric covered foam blocks, 24 double sided yoga pose cards, 3 plastic sand timers and instructions
Recommended for children 3 years of age and older

Kids can benefit from the strength-building exercises while work on balance and focus by playing this fun yoga game! There are 24 yoga pose cards in 3 levels of difficulty. 

The Yoga Garden Game
Jennifer Durand, a San Francisco yoga teacher who specializes in teaching yoga to children, created the game to help her students learn yoga. The Yoga Garden Game is designed for having fun with one another rather than against each other. Since many yoga positions are named after animals and objects found in nature, kids can use their imaginations while learning different poses. No winners or losers in this game, everyone just has fun! Contents include: Beautifully Illustrated Yoga Garden Game Board, 1 bee shaped marker, 8 pie shaped night pieces, 8 circular flower pieces, 24 YogaKids pose cards, 1 die, 1 rule book 

Yoga Direct Fun Yoga Mat for Kids 
Rounded edges to help keep the mat in place on the floor Our best-selling mat is now in special designs and a size that is just for kids! Our new fun printed Kids Yoga Mats are perfect for children to bring with them to class or school, or even just to use at home. Choose from three different bright designs: Orange with Suns, Pink with Butterflies, or Blue with Turtles. Like our Classic Yoga Mats, our Kid's Mats are made of durable foam with a high-tack surface for stickiness, and the rounded corners help to keep the mat in place on the floor while in use.




Therapy Shoppe Yoga Together
Wonderful spiral-top, easel-format yoga guide with step-by-step scripted lessons, the mind-body benefits of each activity, and beautiful graphics of children from around the world. Features over 40 kid-friendly yoga post activities / lessons designed to build strong bodies and calm minds. Yoga Together includes calming yoga games, focusing yoga partner activities, and other relaxation tools. This beautiful 12" x 8-1/2" yoga guide is an amazing user-friendly yoga resource for therapists, parents, teachers, families, and mental health professionals. You'll love it!

Odin Books Little Calm Spot: A Story About Yoga and Feeling Focused
Sometimes when your emotions get TOO Big it's hard to stay CALM and FOCUSED. A little Calm SPOT is a story about how using breathing, movement and mindset can help overcome some the biggest emotions. This book is full of fun illustrations that will inspire children to try belly breathing and yoga!



Odin Books I Am Yoga (I Am Books) 
Celebrate the creativity and self-expression of yoga in this companion to New York Times bestsellers I Am Human and I Am Love!
An eagle soaring among the clouds or a star twinkling in the night sky . . . a camel in the desert or a boat sailing across the sea. Yoga has the power of transformation. Not only does it strengthen bodies and calm minds, but with a little imagination, it can show us that anything is possible.
Renowned illustrator Peter H. Reynolds and author and certified yoga instructor Susan Verde team up again in this book about creativity and the power of self-expression. I Am Yoga encourages children to explore the world of yoga and make room in their hearts for the world beyond it.
A kid-friendly guide to yoga poses is included.

Rocket Ship Yoga: An Out-of-This-World Kids Yoga Journey for Breathing, Relaxing and Mindfulness (Yoga Poses for Kids, Mindfulness for Kids Activities)
Take a trip to the solar system and get ready to blast off and learn popular kids yoga poses as your child soars through the galaxy. They'll relax under the stars and do some calming breathing after this imaginative outer space journey.  Yoga poses for kids that are out of this world. Watch your child blast off as they join popular children and family recording artist and globally recognized kids’ yoga educator Bari Koral on a cosmic yoga for kids adventure. Based on her hit Bari Koral yoga YouTube channel, Rocket Ship Yoga is filled with her "Rocket Ship" lyrics and approachable kids yoga poses. Beautiful illustrations help guide your child through the poses, along with catchy lyrics that’ll have them engaged with their bodies and minds.

YOGi FUN Kids Yoga dice Game gets Children, Boys and Girls, Moving, Bending and Twisting Includes 4 wooden dice: 3 yoga dice featuring 18 yoga poses and a special instruction dice
Portable tube package for easy and compact carry
Develops kids' improvisation, self expression, and solo or group play

Practicing yoga poses is the perfect learning activity for kids, either boys or girls. Kids develop important life skills like: making choices, improvising, breathing, complimenting others, patience, and using yoga to stay in the moment. All done while moving and having super fun! These YOGi FUN dice contain 4 artistic high quality wooden dice with 18 colorful yoga poses

Kids, Tween/Adult Yoga Mat Sizes & Yoga Game, The Chi Mat + How-to Poster - Makes Yoga Fun
More than just a mat! It's an educational mat and program that turns Yoga into a fun game and great workout! Great for all ages and skill levels. The mat comes with easy to follow poster how-to Game Poster, and provides you with access to a free online videos and an IPAD app detailing each of the exercises so you'll always know what to do, and feel perfectly aligned!

Mindful based learning and concentration are the cornerstones of success, the Chi Mat & Yoga Game helps to improve focus by keeping kids engaged for longer mentally and physically.



Gaiam Kids Peanut Bounce Desk Chair - Exercise Yoga Balance Stability Sitting Ball - Sensory Toys for Autistic Children - Flexible Seating for School or Classroom, Wiggle Seat for Boys and Girls
Promotes healthy posture, core strength, and increases blood flow to improve concentration and balance. Kids can straddle and bounce while getting the wiggles out. Ideal for boys and girls ages 5-8.
A flexible seat made for high energy, active or adhd kids who will enjoy a unique form of fitness and fun way of being seated.
Ball movements encourage blood flow to the brain that results in increased attentiveness, decreased restlessness, and lack of boredom and distractions at home or in the classroom.

Yoga Bingo: A Relaxing Game, Connecting Children & Families! Yoga Game for Kids | Sensory Play | Mindfulness | Social and Emotional Learning (First Edition)
24 yoga cards organized into 3 bingo boards. Poses are carefully selected for kids to practice safely. Each yoga pose is named after animal or nature. Fun for children to memorize.Colorful card deck with beautiful design. Detailed pose instructions are broken down into four steps by experienced yoga teachers. Appeals to various ages and settings. Yoga Bingo is great for family bonding as well as brain breaks in the classroom. Great for indoor and outdoor play.






The Yoga Dragon: A Dragon Book about Yoga. Teach Your Dragon to Do Yoga. A Cute Children Story to Teach Kids the Power of Yoga to Strengthen Bodies and Calm Minds (My Dragon Books) 
Having a pet dragon is very fun.
You can teach your dragon to do tricks such as sit, stand, roll over, and you can even potty train him.
But what if your dragon is feeling stressed and tired? What do you do?
You teach him to do Yoga!
The perfect children book to introduce the power of Yoga to strengthen bodies and calm the minds. Fun, cute and entertaining with beautiful illustrations for basic Yoga Poses, this is a must have book for children and parents to teach kids about the awesomeness of Yoga!
Get this book and teach your dragon to do Yoga!
Just My Style MoodJoy Young Butterfly Yoga & Meditation Set by Horizon Group USA, Yoga and Meditation Accessories, Yoga Mat Spray Tea Tree, Eucalyptus Essential Oil Rollerball, Yoga Cards for Kids
The MoodJoy Young Butterfly Yoga & Meditation Set includes the essentials you need to find your inner zen, all in one mindful set! Give your yoga mat some love and care with natural essential oils like lavender, chamomile, and tea tree — known for their cleansing and centering properties.
Calm the chaos with easy-to-follow instructional yoga cards designed to inspire emotional, physical, and cognitive development — perfect for yoga with your bestie!

Chronicle Books Yoga Dice: 7 Wooden Dice, Thousands of Possible Combinations!
Contains seven wooden dice—one for each chakra: Each wooden cube included in the Yoga Dice set represents a different pose, so all you have to do is roll and start a unique and relaxing yoga session. No matter what your skill level, this is an excellent way to practice mindfulness while moving through the different asana categories.
Each cube features a variety of poses including seated, standing, balancing, twists, and more

When rolled together in the hand or using the storage container itself, the cubes generate a variety of yoga practices for practitioners of all ages and skill levels

Ugo Kids' Yoga Kit
2-Sided Printing 4mm Vigor Yoga Mat
45cm Fitness Ball with Stability Legs
12 Sided Activity Die
12 Sided Number Die
Dual-Action Pump
LET'S GET MOVING Fitness Fun and Games Ugo Kid Yoga Kit 2-side graphic yoga mat, two twelve-sided dice and one 45cm orange fitness ball included for kid's exercise and play






The Yoga 4 Classrooms Card Deck is a fun and effective tool for educators, counselors, therapists and parents to use with children for a peaceful and productive classroom. Larger 6x8 boxed set features 67 yoga and mindfulness-based activity cards which include illustrated instructions, discussion points, sub-activities, and educational tie-ins, for a total of more than 200 beneficial classroom practices. The activities were specially chosen for their suitability for the typical classroom space. The cards include a mix of yoga postures, brain boosting movements, breath exercises, visualizations, mindfulness activities, creative movement and community-building games. Wellness and character-building discussion points such as the power of positive.

Kids Yoga Mat Set - Fun Unicorn Yoga Mat for Girls - Comfortable - Chemical Free - Non-Toxic - Non-Slip - 60 X 24 X 0.2 Inches - w/ 12 Yoga Cards for Kids - Cute Carrier Bag - Pink - Ages 3-12
We know that children derive enormous benefits from yoga so we bring you the perfectly sized, comfortable children’s yoga mat in a sweet unicorn design ideal for children to carry with them to class or school, or even just to use at home.
=Of course you want your kids to workout but you want them to do it in a safe environment. For this reason, our kids’ size Yoga mat is made from non-toxic, latex and Phthalates-free, polymer resin PVC. The mat is textured and non-slip and provides a safe and secure grip for your child’s activities.

Smile with Yoga: Fun, Mindful, and Engaging Yoga for Kids
Fun, mindful, and engaging yoga book for kids and their parents.

Kid-friendly Yoga poses,  playful rhyming poems, fun animal facts, captivating and enjoyable games and activities, easy to follow step-by-step poses guide. Encourages children to exercise and practice Yoga and learn about kindness, awareness and compassion along the way.

ABC for Me: ABC Yoga: Join us and the animals out in nature and learn some yoga!
Crawl like a crocodile, stretch like a fox, and hop like a grasshopper, discovering basic yoga poses as you learn the alphabet. A fun family read, this interactive title is perfect for teaching toddlers their ABCs, as well as introducing them to familiar animals and basic, simplified yoga poses that promote health and well-being. Each letter of the alphabet is paired with an engaging illustration mimicking the various animals' natural movements. Clever rhymes explain how toddlers (and their parents!) can copy the poses, each of which encourage movement, physical fitness, and mental health.

Yoga Bug: Simple Poses for Little Ones
Flutter like a butterfly.
Twist and turn like a grasshopper.
Wiggle, jiggle, and giggle like a beetle.
Kids love bugs―and what better way to get them excited about yoga than with the help of our multi-legged friends?
This delightfully illustrated board book brings the fun and benefits of authentic yoga practice to infants and toddlers.

Yoga Bug guides children through ten authentic yoga poses named after insects that unfold in an irresistibly whimsical flow of play, imagination, and movement. Kids will want to return to them again and again.

Odin Books Yoga Bunny: Simple Poses for Little Ones
Babies and toddlers learn 10 yoga poses inspired by woodland creatures. Yoga Bunny invites you and your little one on a woodland yoga adventure. This book leads babies and toddlers through these authentic poses with guidance from some of their favorite animal friends. Parents, grandparents, teachers, and daycare providers a wonderful new way to help children increase body awareness, coordination, concentration, and self-soothing. The left-hand page shows an illustration of a child performing a pose, with the facing page featuring a woodland animal in the same pose, along with a playful narrative. 











DISCLAIMER: I am not an Occupational Therapist. I am an adult who has Sensory Processing Disorder, a sensory parent and a Grandma. The information on this website is not medical advice and does not replace the information that your child's therapists gives you. These are just ideas and information that I have learned myself over the years of being a parent and an adult living with SPD. If you are concerned for your child, please always seek medical attention through a family doctor, pediatrician or therapist. This website is for suggestions and informational purposes only. Each child is different and what works for one child may not for another because all children have different needs. Please always consult with a professional.

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