• March 20-25, 2016
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with Sharanya Manner, E-RYT 500, Margabandhu Martarano, E-RYT 500

Yoga-5974Yoga for Autism Teacher Training helps you learn methods for healing symptoms associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and prepares you to instruct individuals diagnosed with Autism. Instructors Sharanya and Margabandhu explore the symptoms associated with ASDs (such as poor digestion, anxiety, and mania) and provide insight into how Yoga can begin to alleviate afflictions and heal the individual.

Beyond learning postures, you’ll become familiar with proper breathing techniques, relaxation methods, nutrition tips, and other practices that address the unique needs of people on the autistic spectrum. By combining Yoga and Western therapies, this model empowers and guides this population to peacefully achieve their highest potential.

These trainings were designed for parents and caretakers who want to integrate Yoga into their daily services. The course is also open to Yoga teachers hoping to continue their education, as well as physical therapists, occupational therapists and special needs teachers who are working with those on the spectrum.

This program provides the following CE opportunities:

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These trainings were originally developed for the Samadhi Spectrum, which was created in conjunction with Ashrams for Autism, a charitable foundation striving to create Yoga programs and facilities where individuals with autism can live, work, play, and contribute to their community.

LOVED the training. It was so helpful and so interesting. I learned so many fun facts about the human body regarding breath and nutrition and the benefits of chanting and Yoga poses. Since the time of the training, I have enjoyed teaching this population even more than before. It’s no longer a guessing game. I know why I’m doing what I’m doing and how it is helping my clients. Having this training has made my job so much more interesting and rewarding. Thank you ever so much for your wisdom, insights and generosity in sharing what you know. —Past Participant

I strongly recommend [this training] for anyone who wishes to practice Yoga with students on this spectrum. The students that I have worked with since this training are developing a love of Yoga. Their teachers are very pleased with their progress.—Past Participant

Course Structure:
• Teaching from the heart
• Understanding autism
• What the autistic population needs from teachers
• Personal practice
• Chakras, meridians, and koshas specific to ASDs
Asanas, chanting, and pranayama specific to ASDs
• Nutrition and digestive issues that effect ASDs

About the Instructors

-1Sharon Manner is the founder of Ashrams for Autism. She has been a Yoga and meditation practitioner for thirty-five years, embracing the ultimate goal of Yoga: to quiet the mind and find the peace within.

While running Samadhi Sun and Ashrams for Autism, Sharon remains devoted to her husband and four children. Additionally, she still finds time to teach at a variety of studios and facilities, including The Integral Yoga Institute (NYC and Fairlawn), The Center for Independence at TCI, The Union County Department of the Disabled, Inferno Yoga, and Morristown Beard High School.



Margabandhu2Margabandhu Martarano is the co-creator of Yoga for Autism Training and has served as the Director of the Fairlawn, NJ Integral Yoga Institute for more than thirty-five years. He accepted the position at the request of Sri Swami Satchidananda, founder of Integral Yoga. He is a Senior Certified Integral Yoga Instructor, proficient in all aspects of Yoga, having received instruction and guidance directly from Swami Satchidananda.