Special needs students

Yoga is an effective complementary treatment for children with various special needs. At YogaBuds, students with special concerns are often fully integrated into regular classes or benefit from individualized private yoga sessions. YogaBuds director Temmi Ungerman Sears believes that inclusion begins here and ensures that each young student feels loved and welcomed in the YogaBuds studio.

For years, children diagnosed with attention deficit disorder, ADHD, learning disabilities, sensory processing, emotional/behavioral disorders and other special concerns or exceptionalities have benefited from kids yoga classes at YogaBuds. Behavior, self-regulation, focus and all the physical benefits including strength, flexibility , balance and coordination make YogaBuds an ideal space for all children to learn.

Temmi Ungerman Sears, Director of YogaBuds, holds a masters degree in Expressive Therapies and is a internationally certified Iyengar yoga instructor, and special needs educator. Temmi pioneered the kids yoga movment in Canada in 1997 and founded the YogaBuds for Kids program after mentoring with Geeta Iyengar in Pune, India on teaching yoga to children. Temmi has also trained dozens of others in her specialized teacher training program called "Through the YogaBuds Lens" to yoga teachers and other professionals who wish to learn her methodology. Temmi also specializes in Yoga Therapy for children with migraines, anxiety and other stress-related conditions.

In kids yoga classes, all students have the opportunity to play movement games where everyone has fun and is a winner. Each pose is revisited in different classes and specific modifications are provided as needed so improvements and change happen resulting in improved self-confidence and self-esteem and independence. Iyengar props are used to help students fully embody the pose. This leads to the opportunity to understand how the pose feels from inside, gain greater sensory and body awareness and control,  and develop greater proprioception. At YogaBuds, students learn to feel secure, confident, relaxed and content within themselves.