Dates: Monday 10/17, 10/24, 10/31
Time: 4 to 5pm
Cost: $80 for 3 sessions per child. $75 for current Yumcha Yoga members.
Age: 4 to 7 years old
Note: All participants please note that this is a group class and there is a flight of stairs to go up to the studio on the second floor. 
Limited to 10 children and their families! Register early!
Register by calling 718-3218348 or email: info@yumchayoga.com.
You can also register directly under WORKSHOPS on https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/admhome?studioid=37308
 
Description
If your child has difficulty focusing, has difficulties with motor planning, balance, coordination, muscular
development and social skills, this series will introduce yoga as a non-competitive, healthy, calming activity that can address those needs.
 
*Session 1: Parents and kids will learn what Yoga is and the role it can
play in their daily lives, along with an introduction to asana (poses)
and sequence of yoga poses that promote healthy living
*Session 2: Students will be introduced to more Yoga poses connected to form a sequence that will enhance focus, improve sensory abilities and social behavior.
*Session 3: Parents will practice alongside their kids, and be provided the tools to
carry over techniques used during sessions at home. 
Clothing: Parents and kids should both come in comfortable clothing for yoga practice. Parents will assist where necessary in sessions #1 and #2. Parents will take the class together with their children in session #3.
About Victor
Victor Cotto is a certified Yoga Teacher and has been a Occupational Therapy practitioner for over 15 years at private pre-schools in NYC, providing services for children with developmental delays, physical impairments and other diagnoses. He initiated a Sensory Yoga program for private pre-schools in the Bronx & Queens, teaching groups of students and providing individual sessions.
Venue
Yumcha Yoga: 33-59 Farrington St #2nd Floor
Flushing, NY 11354
Tel: 718-321-8348
What the Research Says
In an NYU study of 48 students in 8 classrooms in an urban school district serving 700 elementary-aged students with autism, researchers found that the poses, chanting, breathing and relaxation exercises in a daily yoga program over 16 weeks produced a reductive in maladaptive behavior that interfered with classroom learning. This included behaviors such as “irritability, lethargy, social withdrawal, hyperactivity, and noncompliance” (Koenig, Buckley-Reen, & Garg, 2012). We note that the children in this study underwent yoga practice on a daily basis for 16 weeks. The Yumcha program aims to provide parents with the the tools to practice with their children at home so that the practice can be consistent and effective.
References
Koenig, K. P., Buckley-Reen, A., & Garg, S. (2012). Efficacy of the get ready to learn yoga program among children with autism spectrum disorders: A pretest-posttest control group design. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy,66(5), 538-46. Retrieved from http://0-search.proquest.com.liucat.lib.liu.edu/docview/1038404003?accountid=12142