Yoga helping children
Healing through relaxation
STACEY Nelson’s job is one few others do.
She works as a yoga therapist at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.
While yoga as a therapy, not exercise, is not a new concept Ms Nelson said it’s relatively unknown as a treatment for children.
“I’m not aware of any other children’s yoga therapists working in hospitals in Australia and it’s quite a new concept in terms of a mainstream setting,” she said.
Ms Nelson decided to study yoga therapy after seeing the number of children requiring the treatment.
“Previous to teaching yoga I was teaching kids training classes and I kept attracting people who needed extra help from a therapy aspect,” she said.
Through her work she treats clients with a range of conditions, asthma the most common.
“I work a lot with children with asthma, it’s a huge, prevalent condition,” she said.
“A lot of the time kids with asthma don’t breath through their nose, don’t fully use their diaphragm, and don’t expel properly so the breathing part of yoga really helps.
“I can go in and look at their monitor and see their oxygen levels and it’s amazing the improvement at the end of just a half hour session.”
She also works with a number of children with ADHD and autism.
“Often they’re over-stimulated and start behaving in a way that people see as naughty when it’s just their way of calming their nervous system,” she said.
“So I teach them poses and breathing techniques they can use as a socially acceptable way to self-sooth.”
Ms Nelson also shares her 12 years of knowledge with others, running yoga for kids with special needs teacher training programs to help others teach children yoga.
“When teaching kids any form of yoga it needs to not just be lying there being still you need to know how to engage with children,” she said.
“My lessons are about teaching how to make it high energy but also relaxing at the same time.”
Her next training session is on November 18.
To for more information visit, staceynelson.com.au.
YOGA KIDS: Stacey Nelson has been teaching children yoga for 12 years.