Yoga, Meditation, & Mindfulness: Improve Brain & Body Balance for Children & Their Families
Children who are balanced in their body and brain do better in school, are more resilient, and feel more calm. Research shows yoga improves brain functioning, focus, balance, proprioception, the vestibular system, physical strengthening, and sensory desensitization. Studies show positive changes in brain patterns by quieting the mind and moving the body in mindful ways. Attend and learn calming breathwork individualized to each child’s diagnosis and symptomologies; active and restorative yoga poses and sequences; and specific mindfulness techniques to help children with autism, sensory disorders, and neurological disorders.
Betsy Shandalov, OTR/L, C-IAYT, AWC, is a holistic Occupational Therapist and has worked as a clinician, educator and supervisor in rehabilitation, community re-entry and the school setting. Her extensive knowledge of disease and disability with adults and children in a variety of settings combines with her complementary holistic treatments to provide a new level of understanding of how the brain and the immune system work together for natural and therapeutic healing. Betsy teaches clients to empower themselves to prevent injury, heal an existing injury and help with pain management and trauma throughout the lifespan. She works with individuals and families helping to find balance in their minds and bodies by using Ayurveda, Yoga therapy, Meditation and Mindfulness for healing.
Betsy is a certified yoga therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists and is certified as a yoga kids' teacher and trainer by Yoga Kids International. She has advanced training in trauma through The Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, D.C. and is a Level I Reiki practitioner. She recently completed her Ayurvedic Medicine Training for wellness coaching and this past year authored a chapter on Meditation in an Integrative Medicine Textbook for Rehab Professionals.
Financial: Betsy Shandalov maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Betsy Shandalov has no relevant non-financial relationships.