with Shawnee Thornton Hardy
Friday, April 13th – Sunday, April 15th (9:00am – 5:30pm Fri/Sat, 9:00am – 5:00pm Sun.)
at Align Fitness

$695 ($600 early bird registration)

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This Yoga Alliance Registered course offers fun, hands-on and effective strategies for teaching yoga to children of diverse abilities. Participants will learn tools to support children with self-regulation, body awareness, social skills, expression of difficult emotions, language and communication and so much more! Learn more and register at https://www.asanasforautismandspecialneeds.com.

Instructor — Shawnee Thornton Hardy

Shawnee is an IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) Certified Yoga Therapist, Educational/Behavior Consultant, M.Ed and a 500 E-RYT, RCYT (Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher) and YACEP – Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider through Yoga Alliance. Shawnee has worked with children and adults with autism and special needs for over 17 years. She has specialized in working with children and adults with significant cognitive and language delays, sensory processing deficits, as well as severe behavior challenges. Shawnee works with private clients of all abilities to facilitate health and healing. Her goal is to bring the experience of yoga to all individuals no matter their differences or challenges. 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 adults with autism and special needs and travels globally to share her teachings. Shawnee is dedicated to helping support youth and adults in developing strategies to cope with stress in order to live happier, healthier more peaceful lives.

Through her study and experience teaching yoga to her students in her classroom, she quickly realized the benefits of yoga on her students attention and focus, reduced anxiety, body awareness and development of calming strategies. She also noticed the positive reaction from her students and the excitement they displayed each time they practiced yoga. She has experienced first hand the benefits yoga can provide to health and overall well-being. She has a unique combination of understanding autism and other special needs and knowing how to teach and reach these young people.

Shawnee has led  several workshops at major conferences including MISTY (Montreal International Symposium for Yoga Therapy) on Yoga for Sensory Processing and Self-Regulation for children with ASD, BOOST Conference (Best Out of School Time) on Yoga for Children with Special Needs , Yoga and mindfulness for youth and Yoga to Reduce Stress and Increase Relaxation for Educators. TRUST  conference (Teens Understanding and Reflecting Stigma Together) on Learning to Breath, Yoga and Mindfulness for Teens, including teens struggling with mental illness. She also had the opportunity to showcase her program Asanas for Autism and Special Needs at the UCSD Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth Conference. 

Shawnee has written for and has had her work featured in several magazines and online resources. She also offers private, small group therapeutic sessions and corporate sessions for adults as well as yoga workshops and trainings through her company ABLE Yoga Therapy.

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