Benefits of yoga for autistic children

The Lose the Cape book club features books we have read and recommend to other moms. This week’s selection, Rachel’s Day in the Garden: A Kids Yoga Spring Colors book has been previously featured on our site. However, one of our contributors has a child on the autism spectrum, and she wanted to review the book again from the perspective of the benefits of yoga for autistic children.
yoga for autistic children

This sweet book written by Giselle Shardlow and illustrated by Hazel Quintanilla captured my attention as soon as I saw the request to review it in my inbox. I’m so glad that Alexa Bigwarfe from the blog No Holding Back asked me. My son is recently learning how to do yoga as part of his behavioural aid therapy as well as in his preschool. To say this lovely book was helpful is an understatement.

My son has autism combined with Sensory Processing Disorder and with that can come problems with emotional regulation. Being able to copy the poses and read all about the character Rachel in the garden was a wonderful learning tool.

His body and central nervous can go into fight or flight in the sympathetic part of his brain.

But… as soon as he gets into a mindset to do the yoga poses then his para sympathetic part of his brain can take over and rest. The lovely illustrations allow his imagination to take over and be in the garden scenery with Rachel.

As well as being comfortable in the yoga postures my son is learning to self regulate and bring all his senses into integration. It allows him to be active, engaged, and doing positive things for his mind, body, and spirit.

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What I loved the most about this book was that all the poses were incorporated into the story with using the name and also the demonstration. This book is a valuable tool for children and parents to teach them the value of having a calm body and mind. There is also information on how to use the book as well as the yoga postures broken down individually. This was a joy for me to read and participate in the relaxation and wonderment of enjoying this special time with my son.


Benefits of yoga for autistic children

Research shows that children with autism and ADHD are especially benefited by yoga. A Bronx public school with a daily yoga program for kids with autism found that the program reduced kids’ aggressive behavior, social withdrawal, and hyperactivity.

Other reasons we should encourage our children to learn yoga? The physical and mental health benefits are numerous and include:

  • Reduces stress and helps children calm down and channel their excess energy in a healthy direction
  • Increases strength and flexibility
  • Increases strength and flexibility
  • Helps them sleep better
  • Improves coordination, gross, and fine motor skills
  • Teaches mindful breathing and relaxation


Join Rachel as she and her adorable puppy look for signs of spring in the garden. Crawl like a caterpillar, buzz like a bee, and flutter like a butterfly. Discover spring, explore movement, and learn the colors of the rainbow! Age group: Preschoolers ages 3-6.


Author’s Bio

Giselle Shardlow is the author of Kids Yoga Stories. Her yoga books for kids get children learning, moving, and having fun. Giselle draws from her experiences as a teacher, traveler, yogi, and mom to write the yoga stories found on her website. or on Amazon worldwide. The purpose of her yoga books is to foster happy, healthy, and globally educated children. She lives in Boston with her husband and daughter.