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Frequently Asked Questions

 
 

What is Spectrum Yoga?

Spectrum Yoga is an adapted yoga service for kids, teens, and young adults with autism, sensory processing challenges, adhd, unique learning styles, and anxiety. We focus on strengths and interests of each child (ages 4+) and supply students and parents with personalized strategies for life skills to be used off the yoga mat and into the world. Students are empowered with tools for autonomous regulation by learning goal-based breathwork, guided movements, mindfulness activities, and other therapeutic yoga practices.

 

What is Therapeutic Yoga?

Therapeutic yoga is goal-oriented yoga. Each class is goal-based and designed to meet the specific needs of individuals; whereas is in general yoga classes, students must form to the class. Because class sizes are kept at low capacity, I am able to support each child in his/her unique developmental journey. Tools are provided to to implement off the mat and into the world for your child specifically.  

 

What ages do you serve?

We have classes and private sessions for children and youth ages 4+.

 

How many students are in each class?

Specialized group classes for anxiety, focus, physical, and regulation are kept between 4 - 8 students per class based on the class-type. 

 

Where are you located?

Currently, I teach group classes in Highlands Ranch and Littleton.

 

I’m not sure my child could do yoga. What do you suggest?

This isn’t your typical yoga! This is my speciality and I have created these classes specific to youth with autism, sensory processing challenges, and adhd. First call is free so that you can try it out (not applicable for special events, workshops, cooking, or in the summer). Private Sessions are also available for a highly goal-oriented, personalized plan. Contact me to learn more. 

 

How much do classes cost?

Group Yoga Classes are $15/student or $13/sibling. Pricing may vary for specialty classes, length of classes, and additional benefits of class.

 

Do you accept insurance, medicaid, or waivers?

Currently, Spectrum Yoga is a private pay service. Unfortunately, waiver services specifically exclude yoga as a coverable service.

 

What should my child bring and wear to classes?

I have all yoga materials needed. Your child may want to bring water and wear comfortable clothes - whatever that is for your child.

 

Can I volunteer?

Volunteer opportunities are available. Please visit  www.spectrumyoga.co/volunteer to complete the form.

 

Can I observe a class?

Spectrum Yoga has a no observation policy. If you’re not sure how your child will do in class, you are both welcome to observe before participating in a class.

 

What should I expect at classes?

  • A mix of students, abilities, interests, and goals. 
  • In yoga classes, although movement will not consume the entire class, there will be some physical postures and sequences. Students should dress in comfortable clothing and bring water. It is always a good idea to not eat one hour before classes; however, if needed, having a small snack should be fine.
  • In yoga classes, mindfulness is included in each class 
  • Non-Heated Rooms. Our yoga rooms are not heated (for many reasons), but with physical movements and games, students can still get warm and work up a sweat. Breaks are incorporated throughout each class and students are encouraged to rest when their bodies need them to.
 

What if my child doesn't have autism or sensory processing challenges, can she still come to class?

Yes! All children are allowed and inclusive environments are very important to Spectrum Yoga's classes. Private Sessions are also an option.

 

 

Are siblings allowed to join classes?

Siblings are welcome to join! A discounted rate is applied for siblings.

 

What class would best support my child with sleep?

The Sensory Wind Down class @MBLTC; Mondays 7:00 - 7:45pm

This class is for kids and teens aged 8 - 17 who have trouble winding down before bedtime and for those who need a low sensory environment to assist processing the day, feeling safe, and calming the  mind and body. Mindfulness activities, essential oils, soft music, and restorative poses are paired with optional ball pressure to calm the body and mind in order to ease into sleep.

NOTE: Students in this class need a calm and quiet environment. It is very important students registering for this class are able to stay on their mats and whisper or talk quietly for the length of the class.

 

What class would best support my child with anxiety?

Intro to Yoga, Life Skills Yoga, Private Sessions, and Therapeutic Groups support anxiety management tools.

Intro to Yoga and Life Skills Yoga classes are for kids aged 7 - 13. Students may be new to yoga, need hands on assistance to get into some postures, and may need assistance with focus, strength, and following directions. This class is more calmly paced as we learn the fundamentals of yoga, together, through breath, movement, and play. Siblings and neurotypical friends are welcome!

 

What class would best support my child with focus and self-regulation?

Life Skills Yoga, Intro to yoga Workshop, Energy Outlet Workshop, Private Sessions, and Therapeutic Groups support focus and self-regulation.

Intro to Yoga, Energy Outlet, and Life Skills Yoga classes are for kids aged 7 - 13 (with flexibility on age). Students may be new to yoga, need hands on assistance to get into some postures, and may need assistance with focus, strength, and following directions. This class is more calmly paced as we learn the fundamentals of yoga, together, through breath, movement, and play. Siblings and neurotypical friends are welcome!

 

Is your schedule consistent year-round?

Spectrum Yoga classes vary year-round. To stay up to date, it's recommended to join the email list. 

 

Is yoga religious?

Yoga dates back to over 5,000 years ago and practices with body, breath, and mind, while integrating self-awareness. These practices are neither characteristic of religion, nor typically practiced in religions.

"A great thing about Yoga is that it teaches acceptance and regular practitioners tend to be very accepting of others and their choices. This is why a Yoga class today has people in it from all religious backgrounds and belief systems, and no one really cares. No matter what religion, color, or race you are this does not matter in Yoga. Everyone is welcome to join any Yoga class regardless of personal beliefs.

This goes to the very core of what Yoga means; union, as it unifies all types of people from all walks of life." - Yoga Time

 

What is your background and what are your qualifications?

Christine has worked with kids and adults with various needs since 2007, focusing on health, wellness, and independence. She specializes in a mind-body approach, teaching goal-oriented classes to kids, teens, and young adults with neurodiversities.

Credentials

  • Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) | Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • RYT-200  |  Integrative Yoga Therapy
  • Module 1: Advanced Teacher of Therapeutic Yoga | Kripalu; Integrative Yoga Therapy
  • Every  Kids Yoga Teacher Trained