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Ridgefield Offers Yoga Class For Parents Of Special Needs Kids

A new workshop series at Basil Yoga Center is designed for caregivers of children with special needs.
A new workshop series at Basil Yoga Center is designed for caregivers of children with special needs. Photo Credit: Contributed

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Parents and caregivers of children with special needs share the same concerns as all parents about child-rearing.

However, these caregivers also face additional challenges with health, cognitive, social, and behavioral needs.

At a new workshop series at Basil Yoga Center in Ridgefield, certified yoga instructor Bryn Northshield will teach caregivers to use yoga to help alleviate stress and anxiety, self-nurture and be better able to parent from one’s center.

Yoga for parents of special needs children are now underway, and will be running through Oct. 11.

The class is a four-week series taking place on Sundays from 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

“We love our children so much,” Northshield said. “We also need to love and nurture ourselves, so we are better able to care for others," Northshield explained. "In this workshop, students will learn to use yoga tools—asana (poses) and pranayama (breath work) for self-acceptance and self-compassion."

"The practice will help them integrate lessons from the mat into their lives. The class will give students the space to separate, yet connect with others in similar situations,” Northshield said.

The class will be Gentle Flow, with restorative poses at the end of each session for a fully relaxing experience.

After each class, students are invited to stay for refreshments and meaningful conversation with parents and caregivers facing similar challenges.

In addition to teaching yoga, Northshield is a dancer, designer and mother of two.

“Guiding parents of children with special needs is truly an honor,” she said.

Basil Yoga Center believes that cost should not be an impediment to participating in this important workshop.

Please contact the studio and speak with Christine, the manager, for special confidential arrangements.

Basil Yoga Center is located at 31 Bailey Ave. For more information, call 203-403- 2280 or visit www.basilyoga.com .

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