Asanas for Autism and Special Needs by Shawnee Thornton Hardy
I had the pleasure of receiving a copy of Asanas for Autism and Special Needs by Shawnee Thornton Hardy. It is such an exciting time with so much attention being brought to the many benefits of yoga and meditation for the special needs population and the wealth of books on this subject!
Asanas for Autism and Special Needs is a clearly laid out book with many fun and creative ideas on modifying yoga to make it more accessible. I especially liked the idea of using pipe cleaners and beads to make wrist bands to aid in the learning of right and left. I like it both because it is innovative and it is a craft that the children can make themselves, which only increases the learning aspect. To start the book, Ms. Hardy creates coherent descriptions of various special needs populations and offers support and modification ideas for each group. Throughout the book, there are great photographic examples for each pose, and Ms. Hardy also includes a fantastic chair yoga section, which really expands the breadth of the book.
Asanas for Autism and Special Needs by Shawnee Thornton Hardy is a necessary addition to special needs yoga books. It belongs in every library and all yoga teachers can learn from her creativity and passion for bringing yoga to children with autism and other special needs. A side note, Ms. Hardy has recently put out an accompanying set of yoga pose cards. They are a great addition to the book and are very useful when teaching and sharing with children.
Full Disclosure: The authors provided me with a copy of Asanas For Autism And Special Needs to review. All opinions expressed are my own.