7/6 Concurrent Session 4-A 15:00-16:30 Yoga Therapy for Adults with Severe Developmental Disabilities Aryong Choi-Hantke Institute of Body and Mind
[4-A] Yoga Therapy for Adults with Severe Developmental Disabilities The severely developmentally disabled lack verbal communication ability, adaptive behaviors and social maturity. Most special education focuses on the disabled under 20 who can go to school. Parents also often give up trying to educate them when they cannot see any improvement. When the disabled are older than 20 years old, they still have difficulty in personal hygiene and in producing sounds, let alone speaking. Inability to speak results in many interpersonal problems and stress, both for the developmentally disabled and the assistants. Many times it brings about uncontrollable behaviors. Arch yoga therapy, based on Pancha koshas and Isometric Yoga, is effective for adults with severe developmental disabilities. Some yoga programs focusing on dynamic yoga asanas caused side-effects for the disabled. At my workshop, I will show how yoga therapy works for the developmentally disabled by comparing pros and cons with case studies.
Aryong Choi-Hantke Aryong completed her degree at the School of Media, Sogang University, South Korea, where she specialized in communications, cultural studies and film. She began yoga in 1996 and established Yoga Into the World and the Institute of Body and Mind in 2003. She has also studied yoga therapy in Japan since 2006. She was director of the Korea Yoga Federation from 2005 to 2007 and a referee for the Federation’s yoga instructor license test in 2008. Since 2010, she has presented papers and focused on yoga therapy for the both physical and mentally disabled, for cancer patients at palliative care centers, and for people with addictions at psychiatric hospitals.