TheraPlaYoga™ is a secular, therapeutic, playful pop-up yoga program specifically designed for kids and adults with diverse and special needs (and their parents).
However, TheraPlaYoga™ programs and services are inclusive and beneficial to people of ALL abilities. You can find details of services offered in the Greater Lansing area and around Mid-Michigan right here.
This unique program was developed with education, training, personal experience, and loads of passion. My mission is to help families whose lives are often governed by a child’s complex needs and the lack of opportunities offered to fulfill those needs. Families- similar to my own.
TheraPlaYoga™ offers fun while encouraging functional life skills. My goal is to empower my students to enjoy their time practicing yoga while discovering ways to reflect, engage, and connect more fully in their lives using techniques learned in sessions.
Through workshops, I offer parents, caregivers, and teachers mindful, positive practices and tools to create a collaborative, peaceful, and productive environment. More info on workshop details- coming soon.
Yoga for Special Needs
Although TheraPlaYoga™ is inclusive to all abilities, individuals with complex diverse needs or specific goals will benefit most from private sessions. 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
TheraPlaYoga™ Unique Methods + Techniques for ALL
The methods and techniques practiced, go beyond stretch-based poses seen in many kids’ (and adult) yoga classes. In fact, TheraPlaYoga™ blends sensory integration, Integral yoga, and play.
This includes knowledge of contraindications and the use of modifications for a safe, holistic approach to self-awareness and progression toward self-regulation. The practiced methods and techniques below ensure the safety, enjoyment, and progression of each student.
- sensory integration + nervous system balancing
- engaging visual + 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, marching, skipping, dancing + props
- positive behavior strategies
Life Skills + Benefits Achieved with TheraPlaYoga™
To achieve the greatest results or for students with complex diversities, private sessions are recommended. You can learn more about private sessions and other services right here. Results will vary on the student’s complexities, goals, longevity with the program, and parental support.
- body + mind awareness
- self-regulation + independence
- 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 (currently in 200-hour vinyasa training). I’m also a certified mindful parent and positive discipline educator and coach.
I earned my certification in yoga teacher training for kids and teens in September 2019 through Kidding Around Yoga® by founder/creator, Haris Lender (aka Momma Kay).
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 favorite human, Liam, who has complex diverse needs and disabilities.
THIS is my grand entrance back into the “work world” and I couldn’t be more thrilled!
I’ve always had a passion for what makes people function well- on a physical and mental level. Before my son was born, I studied medicine and psychology with a strong interest in child development and parenting. Individuals with special needs have always been an influence in my life. In fact, an early experience was back in second grade. I formed a tutor group to teach kids with special needs how to read.
Writing has been a passion since childhood. I’m a semi-uncensored writer and sharer of experiences on my special needs parenting and lifestyle blog, LiamAndGlo.com. There, you can read a bit more about us and Liam’s conditions, among other things.
Thanks for visiting! Pop over to YOGA services next.