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February 24, 2005



Thanks for your reply...the post is from quite a while ago, and unfortunately we never were able to pursue further study...although we did get some collaborative projects going with the dance movement program at Antioch U./New England in Keene with Susan Loman.

Allison Whittaker

Thank you for sharing in your podcast. I have a few questions--is the instructor certified?--if so in what type of yoga? I have been trained in Bhakti Devotional Flow Yoga and one of our other focus'is on alignment. We do not teach by doing the poses necessarily in sync with the class-we actually TEACH--through verbal communications--in an one hour session I may cue as many as 4000 words. We find it allows the mind and the body to begin connecting--As a rule we find that all
most students are very out of touch with the connection of the body and mind (tradtitional students)-this is a process--I am beginning to teach a 28 year old Aspergers' student privately starting this Sunday--I am open to suggestions--And the suggestion to align with the student when I am cueing verbally is a great one. My job is to hold the space for the person/s who come to my class (one on one or more) I teach to them in a way they can learn--we are not traditional western yoga, fast movements that are not mindful--I hope that my feedback that I am happy to share as I proceed doing one on one yoga with this young man will be helpful. I will document each session and report back with his mother's permisssion. His mother was a special education teacher for 30 years--Our goal is to integrate him into our regularly scheduled classes. Namaste-Allison


Hi, I am married to a highly intelligent man. We are in our forties with 3 children. Been married for 18 years. My husband is on the milder end of the aspergers scale, (I think). He has found Ashtangar yoga in the past 2-3 years and has had a transformation in the way he thinks, how he communicates with colleagues and patients (he is a GP) and feels he can cope with his busy life and stresses of work which he has always had difficulty doing, (and as a supporting and loyal wife I took the brunt of) Unfortuneately he has found it so overwhelmingly fantastic, that the mild mannered, gently, non-competitive practise of yoga has now become his obsession and we are currently seperated. Do you/are you aware of those types of people who take things too far? Would you ever advise a person to do less practise or point out to them that yoga is not to take them away from the realities and responcibilities of the 'real world'. Just a note of caution,- watch out for the personality types who practise yoga as an extreme sport! Thanks. Marie

Melinda Coppola


I am interested to read of this. I am a parent of a teen girl on the Autism Spectrum, a Yoga teacher, and I teach adapted Yoga to individuals with disabilities. The benefits are numerous!

Melinda Coppola

ADHD Therapy

I've being researching about Autism and reading your blog, I found your post very helpful :) . I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog!

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