TheraPlaYoga™ is a specialized, therapeutic, playful pop-up yoga program for kids and teens with diverse needs.
This unique program was developed with personal experience, education and training, and a mission to help families, similar to my own, achieve life-enriching results.
TheraPlaYoga™ is inclusive and welcomes all abilities. However, sessions are specifically designed for youth with special needs and disabilities. For instance-
- sensory processing disorder
- behavioral challenges
- motor delays/disorders
- cognitive/learning disabilities
- speech-language delays/disorders
- Cerebral Palsy
- chromosome disorders
- limited mobility
- processing delays
- difficulty expressing emotions
- and more
The methods and techniques practiced, go beyond stretch-based poses seen in many kids’ yoga classes. In fact, TheraPlaYoga™ blends sensory integration and integral yoga; with an awareness of contraindications and the use of modifications for a safe, holistic approach to wellness and positive progression.
TheraPlaYoga™ Unique Methods + Techniques
These practiced methods and techniques ensure the safety, enjoyment, and progression of each student.
- sensory integration + nervous system balancing
- engaging visual and tactile prompts
- breath + energy harmonizing (pranayama)
- meditation + mindfulness
- guided modified movements (asana)
- contraindication awareness
- intention focused + goal-oriented
- trauma-sensitive approach
- other therapeutic yoga + functional movement
- music, games + props
- positive behavior strategies
Life Skills + Benefits Achieved with TheraPlaYoga™
Results will vary on each individual’s goals, longevity with the program, and parental support.
- body + mind awareness
- coping strategies (anxiety, stress, etc)
- balance + coordination (motor skills)
- focus + attention
- language + communication
- social skills
- strength + flexibility
- self-acceptance + confidence
- social-emotional development
- sleep support
Hello! I’m Gloria- Mom / Yoga Teacher / Parent Coach
I am a certified yoga teacher for kids and teens with special needs and disabilities and a certified special needs positive parenting and discipline coach.
I earned my certification in yoga teacher training for kids and teens in September 2019 through Kidding Around Yoga®.
In December 2019, I completed level 1 training with; yoga therapist, author, and founder/creator of Asanas for Autism and Special Needs®, Shawnee Thorton Hardy.
For the past 10 years, I have been a stay at home-homeschool mom to my son, Liam, who has diverse needs and disabilities.
You can read more about us on my personal blog, LiamAndGlo.com– a special needs parenting and wellness lifestyle site. There you can read a bit about my inspiration- my son- and his conditions.
I want kids and teens to have fun while learning functional life skills. Without feeling like it, students will receive therapeutic services. My hope is to empower them to enjoy their time practicing yoga while discovering ways to reflect rather than react- to engage and connect more fully in their lives using techniques learned in sessions.
Through the workshops, for parents, caregivers, and teachers, I teach mindful and positive practices to create a collaborative, peaceful, and productive environment.
Locations + Classes
TheraPlaYoga™ is a pop-up studio, offering classes at various locations in the Greater Lansing area, primarily in the comfort of your home. This allows me the freedom to make my own schedule, travel for private sessions and pop-ups outside the Lansing area. Visit the services menu for more info.