Link: Yoga for disabled youth
"Let's begin to relax the toes, relax the feet, soften the ankles," Shauna Frantz told her students in a calming, almost hypnotic voice. The students, some with autism, others with developmental disabilities, obeyed her instructions as best they could, stretching their limbs on their yoga mats, their heads on colorful pillows they'd brought from home.
"[The students] tend to be very tight," Ms. Frantz, 47, explained to a visitor in the same calming voice she uses to give exercise instructions. Her eyes were on her students as she looked out over the class while seated on her own mat. People with some emotional or developmental disabilities tend to be oversensitive to light and sound or anything going on in their environment, she said.