The book will explore at least three developmental stages in the growth of children and adolescents, providing general guidelines on how to adapt yoga practices for children of different ages and stages.
The book will explore the all-consuming effects of chronic pain and how children at different ages can learn to cope with it. It will also cover mood regulation in general, explaining how to apply yoga techniques when the child/teen is experiencing primarily depressive or anxious symptomatology, or eating disorders.
Yoga practices for trauma will be covered by age group, since the experience of trauma is radically different from one age to the next.
Sensory integration and developmental disabilities will be addressed and illustrations will be used to assist the clinician in developing yoga practices that help child/teen integrate sensory experience. Yoga practices that involve kinesthetic, auditory and visual repetition help these kids stay connected to the world around them, and bring relief from the hallucinations.
A Practice Library will constitute a visual index of all asanas, pranayamas, and other yoga practices discussed throughout the book.
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Ch. 1 Adaptations for Developmental Stages
Ch. 2 Chronic Pain
Ch. 3 Mood Disorders (including anxiety and depression)
Ch. 4 Eating Disorder & Body Image Issues (including obesity)
Ch. 5 Trauma, to be addressed at each developmental stage separately
Ch. 6 Suicidal Ideation and Self Injurious Behaviors
Ch. 7 Sensory Integration (including Autistic Spectrum Disorder and ADHD)
Ch. 8 Hallucinations
Ch. 9 Practice Library
About the Author:
Michelle Fury caught the yoga bug in 1992. It had such an impact on her life that she started saying, “Yoga is my therapy.” Several yoga certifications and a Masters Degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy later, Michelle is now a yoga therapist at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She holds her Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) status through the State of Colorado. She has a specialty in trauma therapy, as well as extensive training and experience using mindfulness-based therapy models such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). She has been involved in several yoga research projects. Her work with children in the field of yoga therapy as a psychotherapeutic intervention has been featured in a number of local and national publications including Yoga Journal, the Wall Street Journal, and Social Work Today. She wrote a feature article for the Spring 2013 issue of Yoga Therapy Today.