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Yoga, Sensory Processing & Self Regulation

Yoga, Sensory Processing & Self Regulation

Yoga, Sensory Processing & Self Regulation

This course includes
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Certificate of completion
This course was recorded in March 2017



This online physiotherapy course will focus on using a multi-sensory yoga approach to support children and young adults with sensory integration difficulties. We’ll tap into the 5 senses along with the 2 hidden senses, the proprioceptive and vestibular systems, and will explore asanas, breathing strategies, and visualization strategies that support the integration of internal and external stimuli in the sensory processing system.

We’ll explore how to effectively develop a “sensory diet” specifically designed for the individual needs of the child or young adult based on observation, assessment, and evaluation. This multi-sensory approach will support children and young adults who exhibit sensory integration difficulties with body awareness, self-regulation, motor planning, and coordination.

This course will also teach hands-on and interactive activities, games, yoga poses, chair yoga, visualization strategies, and breathing exercises specifically designed for children of all abilities, including children with autism and special needs and children with emotional and behavioral challenges.

We’ll explore the impact stress and anxiety can have on a child’s nervous system and how this impacts mood, behavior, and physical well-being.

We’ll learn how to incorporate “sensory breaks” and movement activities throughout the day in order to support children with identifying uncomfortable sensations in the body, communication, and expression of difficult emotions, coping skills, social skills, body awareness, executive functioning, and self-regulation. Participants will learn strategies for empowering children with tools in order to cope with stress, reduce anxiety and find their C.A.L.M.M.


Learning Objectives

  1. To develop an understanding of specific yoga practices and systems.
  2. To learn current evidence and research in therapeutic yoga for children and young adults with sensory integration difficulties.
  3. To experience a “sensory diet” specifically designed for the individual needs of the child or young adult.
  4. To develop the knowledge and skills to improve the healthcare experience of individuals with different needs, illnesses, goals, and objectives.



This course is open to all yoga instructors and healthcare professionals – physiotherapists, physiotherapy students, physiotherapy assistants, occupational therapists, chiropractors, naturopathic doctors, massage therapists, registered kinesiologists, medical doctors, nurses, and midwives.

**This session was recorded at the Montreal International Symposium on Therapeutic Yoga (MISTY) in March 2017.

The instructors
Helene Couvrette
Co-Founder, President of MISTY

Her passion for yoga inspired her to share yoga with a few friends in the basement of one of whom eventually lost her battle with cancer. She soon realized her love of yoga could only be surpassed by the desire to share it with others & the joy of seeing them benefit from yoga on many levels.

In 2002 just after delivering a stillborn boy Helene embarked on a 200hr YTT Certification Course. During 2003 she continued the training at same time began teaching yoga at the St. Lazare Community Center. Helene continues to teach regular yoga classes with a therapeutic approach, offers Private Yoga Therapy Sessions & mentors a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training. Winter of 2018 she will introduce an Advanced Yoga Teacher Training focusing on Therapeutics.

Helene is also co-founder of this international conference bringing health care professionals & yoga therapist together with the mission of integrating yoga into the Canadian health care system.

Montreal International Symposium on Therapeutic Yoga (MISTY)

MISTY is an organization by Helene Couvrette that provides high quality continuing education for healthcare professionals, yoga therapists, and educators who have a shared passion in the mission of yoga therapy and science.

Shawnee Thornton Hardy
E-RYT500, RCYT, Yoga Therapist, M.Ed

Shawnee is an Educational/Behavior Specialist, 500 RYT, E-RYT, RCYT (Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher), Yoga Therapist and M.Ed.

She has worked with children with autism and special needs for over 16 years. She has specialized in working with children who have significant cognitive and language delays, sensory processing deficits, as well as severe behavior challenges. Shawnee has experienced first hand the benefits yoga can provide to health and overall well-being. Her goal is to bring the experience of yoga to all individuals no matter their differences or challenges.

Shawnee has presented workshops on Yoga to Reduce Stress and Increase Relaxation for teachers and other professionals who work with youth, Yoga for Children with Autism and Special Needs and Yoga for Teens facing the challenges of mental illness. She wrote a published a book, Asanas for Autism and Special Needs – Yoga to Help Children with Their Emotions, Self-Regulation and Body Awareness and is the creator of the C.A.L.M.M Yoga Toolkit.

She started a Yoga School through Yoga Alliance in order to train others in yoga approaches to support children and young adults with autism and special needs. Shawnee is dedicated to helping support youth in developing strategies to cope with stress in order to live happier, healthier more peaceful lives.

Course Material included in this course
  • Sensory Integration for Special Needs
  • Auditory Processing
  • Olfactory System
  • Gustatory/Oral Motor Processing
  • The Two Hidden Senses
  • Vesitbular Input
  • Vestibular Exercises
  • Crossing the Line
  • Proprioceptive Input
  • Behaviors & Replacement Behaviors
  • Weighted Restorative Poses & Vagus Nerve
  • Cheat Sheets
  • Self Regulation for Autism & Special Needs
  • Self-Regulation Defined
  • Autism, Communication, and Challenges
  • What Does Yoga Have To Do With Autism and Self-Regulation
  • Research
  • Communication Excercise
  • Expressing and Releasing Difficult Emotions
  • Behind Every Behaviour is a Need
  • Let Myself Breath
  • Move My Body
  • Tuning The Radio - Calming
  • Cause and Effect
  • Energizing Poses
  • Conclusion
  • Feedback
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