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Sensory Processing Yoga

Sensory Processing Yoga

Sensory Processing Disorder is a condition that exists when sensory signals don’t get organized into appropriate responses and an individual may exhibit clumsiness, poor motor skills and behaviour difficulties as a result of their sensory systems becoming over responsive to sensory input or under responsive so they want to seek out more.

The yoga of pregnancy DVD by Mel Campbell

Pregnancy Yoga DVD

This Pregnancy Yoga DVD has yoga classes and training videos which will help you enjoy the changes in your body and prepare physically, emotionally, and spiritually for childbirth.

Sensory Processing Yoga

As I near completion of my advanced practitioners post certification in Sensory Integration, I see my rekindled love for Occupational Therapy complimenting my love for Yoga and my two paths merging into one; Sensory Processing Yoga.

For the past two years I have been working with children with sensory processing difficulties. 

Defined by the spdfoundation.net :

Sensory processing is a term that refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses. Whether you are biting into a hamburger, riding a bicycle, or reading a book, your successful completion of the activity requires processing sensation or “sensory integration.”

Sensory Processing Disorder is a condition that exists when sensory signals don’t get organized into appropriate responses and an individual may exhibit clumsiness, poor motor skills and behaviour difficulties as a result of their sensory systems becoming over responsive to sensory input or under responsive so they want to seek out more.

The sensory systems involved are typically vestibular (movement), proprioception (body awareness) and tactile (touch) resulting in an individual having difficulties such as poor balance, coordination, and/or be over or under sensitive to movements, have difficulties knowing where their body is in space and have poor discrimination to touch. Due to their heightened sensitivity to sensations or as a result of their motor based difficulties an individual with SPD is more often than not in a constant state of alert..fight/flight or freeze.

Yoga helps to bring them back into their bodies and learn to breathe, regulating their arousal levels and helping their central nervous systems relax. Through practicing yoga, the asanas have so many wonderful benefits which help support the vestibular, (movement) proprioceptive (body awareness) and tactile (touch) sensory systems that can support an individual get back into their body and feed into their functional skills (that’s my Occupational Therapy hat!). I know me one of the main reasons I practice yoga is that is puts me in the right frame of mind to face the world, puts me back into my body and gives me the permission to be – is just seems to make sense.

For example, how can we teach someone to write (Occupational Therapy world again) if they have no idea what up/down/under/over feels like in their body (that’s proprioception -body awareness!!)?

Practicing Sun Salutations incorporates these movement, as we move through the poses we go up, down, forward, backs which support the vestibular and proprioceptive sensory systems and by using the breath through this sequence we help to calm the nervous system and regulate ourselves to help us get ready for the world.

Here is a modified version of the Sun Salutations (suitable for the first and second trimester if you are pregnant):


5 Best Yoga Pregnancy Poses

If you don’t have much time, these are the 5 best yoga pregnancy poses I would recommend you do!

A Breath for Labour

Malasana

Malasana - Squat or Garland Pose. This pose helps to open up the hips and is a great pose to practise Kegel exercise and pelvic awareness exercises as well as the birthing breath and breath for labour. Ensure your hips and knees are at 90degrees and you are supported using cushions or rolled blankets.
(It is advised not to practice deep or unsupported squats after week 34 of pregnancy or once the baby’s head is engaged).
Birthing Breath for Labour

Baddha Konasana – Cobblers Pose

Baddha Konasana – Bring the soles of your feet together and support your thighs and knees with cushions or rolled blankets. During pregnancy your body produces relaxin, a hormone which naturally relaxes and stretches your connective tissues in readiness for labour, therefore to ensure there is less strain and over stretching whilst in this pose, bring your feet away from your perineum to make a larger diamond shape.
Again, you can use this pose to practise your pelvic floor and breathing exercises.
 
5 best yoga pregnancy poses

Warrior II

Warrior II – Feeling strong and courageous are essential elements as you begin to contemplate the birth of your baby and prepare for labour. In this pose be that fearless goddess your are and cultivate feelings of strength, vigour, power, bravery and resolution. Feel the support of mother earth beneath you, supporting you and  lets the fire of a warrior breathe through you, feeling it ignite your whole being.
5 best yoga pregnancy poses

Cat Sequence 1

5 best yoga pregnancy poses

Cat Sequence 2

Cat /Cow - As your pregnancy progresses you may undoubtedly experience lower back pain, due to blossoming belly, shift in your centre of gravity and change in hormones.  To get into Cow Pose, inhale as you drop your belly towards the mat. Lift your chin and chest, and gaze upwards toward the ceiling. Widen your shoulder blades and draw your shoulders away from your ears. To help relieve any discomfort the Cat and Cow pose can help lubricate the spine and ease tension. You can always add a pelvis rotation to get into the swing of spiralling the hips, you never know you may return to this during labour!
5 best yoga pregnancy poses

Balasana – child’s pose

Child Pose – Resting, ahhing, breathing, ahhing, Time to contemplate and be quiet. To often we try to fit so much into an already congested schedule and being pregnant is not different. Time creeps up on you and before you know it you are writing your birth plan and packing an over night bag.
In the first trimester it is vital you don’t over do, since the fotus is laying down its foundations and your is making its own adjustments. In the second trimester your may be feeling re-energised so ready to take a rest in the third trimester despite feeling pulled to ‘nest.’ Child pose gives you the permission to be quiet to breathe and simply enjoy being with your baby, as you continue to practise of The Yoga of Pregnancy, breathing, mediation and asana.
You could add a sixth pose which is the Birthing Breath which I have covered in a previous blog (& it’s on page 63 of my book ‘The Yoga of Pregnancy’).
The yoga of pregnancy DVD by Mel Campbell

The Yoga of Pregnancy DVD by Mel Campbell

yoga and pregnancy from www.yogawithmelcampbell.com

The Yoga of Pregnancy Book by Mel Campbell


Pregnancy Yoga DVD

This Pregnancy Yoga DVD has yoga classes and training videos which will help you enjoy the changes in your body and prepare physically, emotionally, and spiritually for childbirth.

Connect with your unborn child through your mind, body and breath.

Turn your focus inward, connect with your growing child, and make your pregnancy the most wonderful and memorable time of your life …

The yoga of pregnancy DVD by Mel Campbell

The Yoga of Pregnancy DVD

 

£24.99 + P&P

First Class Delivery (UK only).

Please contact me if you live outside the UK



Prenatal Yoga: Creating your space

Being with your growing baby on your yoga mat is a sacred time, a time to come away from your day and be with your unborn child. A place to connect, to enjoy togetherness and to  feel empowered within your pregnancy. It is a place to let go of any fears, anxieties or holdings and connect with your inner power. A place to find your breath, to be quiet and to cultivate a presence of mind, body and soul which you can take with you into labour and into the birth and the more we practice cultivating these during our pregnancy the more instinctive they will be for the birth of our baby.
It takes time, its takes patience, it takes practice.

So it is important to create a beautiful space, free from distractions and interruptions which can become your special place for you and your unborn child to bond.

Into this space bring some flowers, photos of loved ones, light a candle and form an altar to honor this time you are sharing with your unborn child.

Prenatal Yoga: Creating your space

By moving your body in the asana practice you can become aware of the needs of your body and your baby. You can learn to listen and trust your intuition, and prepare your body physically for the demands of labour, so your body is open and ready to receive the birth of your baby with grace.

By meditating on the breath, using different breath techniques and incorporating sound in your practice you can become familiar with how your body can naturally release tension, and ease discomfort.

By bonding and uniting with your unborn child through the practice of affirmations, intentions and visualizations you can prepare yourself emotionally and spiritually and tune into your inherent motherly instincts.
These gifts are the lessons you can learn on the yoga mat during pregnancy and take with you into labour, the birth and motherhood.

This is the Yoga of Pregnancy.

 


The Yoga of Pregnancy: Gratitude

The following is adapted from my book ‘The Yoga of Pregnancy‘ Week 34: Gratitude

Cultivating feelings of thankfulness, I will bow to my heart and find ways to express my feelings of gratitude.

You are now almost like a newborn baby.

Your internal system is almost fully functioning, just awaiting the finishing touches to your liver, kidneys and lungs.

The millions of connections within your nervous system are communicating, responding and interacting with your mind and body.

You have established a rhythm to your sleeping patterns and you respond to touch, taste, sound and light.

The hair on your head is growing and the wrinkles on your skin smoothing themselves out, effortlessly disappearing as you fill out.

I hope they weren’t worry lines – there’s no need to worry, my little one, we are almost there!

Your skin acts like a quilt, keeping you warm and safe, and your complexion becomes a shade of rosy pink.

Each day you are becoming more beautiful as you get ready for your birth-day.

The ‘Yoga of Pregnancy’ is also available as a DVD

 


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