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Rainbow Yoga for Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) - One on One

Learner discovers a group of practices (poses, breathing, mini meditations) that have a positive impact on the quality of daily life by applying techniques that help with self-regulation and cultivate a sense of wellbeing at all levels.
Pamela Ocana, M.A. - Humanities/Yoga/Art/Languages
360 total reviews for this teacher
10 reviews for this class
Completed by 15 learners
30 minutes
per class
Meets once
year olds
learner per class
per learner

How does a "One-Time" class work?

Meets once at a scheduled time
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Great for exploring new interests and different styles of teachers

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In this mindful Yoga class, taught in the traditional, gentle-paced approach of synchronizing body/mind/breath, like fluid meditation, students will learn to become aware of how they are feeling, and select from a myriad of yogic techniques to manage stress and recover or maintain balance.  This sense of wellbeing and being grounded, will serve as a platform from which Learners may then interact in a way that feels reassuring to them.  They will also develop a wholesome body & mind discipline that is well known to support wellness and wellbeing at all levels.   Each class will be unique, meeting the students' needs at the time, so Learner may re-enroll as many times as desired to learn even more poses, breathing techniques, and other yogic practices that promote this integrated wellbeing. 
My professional background includes a B.A. in Psychology (summa cum laude), an M.A. in Liberal Studies (both from Rollins College, Winter Park, FL);  I am a Yoga Educator certified through Yoga Alliance with their highest qualifications (Experienced 500 Hrs., Yoga Alliance Continued Education Provider, aka as YACEP, and a Lead Yoga Teacher Trainer); I am a college professor of Yoga, both as a humanities and P.E. course; continue to conduct Independent Studies since the early 1980;  I am also certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists as a registered Yoga Therapist.  I worked ten years at the Maitland Counseling Center with Pre-K - HS children and adults. My teaching experience began in 2007, and I teach Yoga, Meditation and Humanities in College and at the studio.  
None, yet a home practice is highly recommended.  Parents are encouraged to set aside a Yoga space in the home.  When/if the Learner feels upset or agitated, the parent may encourage the teenager to go to that space and practice breathing or stretching as a replacement behavior to help them transition back to feeling well.  Parent may also encourage the Learner to practice their favorite pose(s) between classes; such a pose would continue to reassure his/her confidence and a feeling of success, while receiving the benefits from their Yoga.   Parent is always welcome to check back with the teacher if they have any questions.
Space: Learner will need a quiet space in the home, without sensorial (unless child needs it) and/or electronic interruptions. Materials: ideally, learner will have a non-slippery Yoga mat, a blanket (regular or weighted whichever one they prefer), a yoga strap, 2 yoga blocks, eye pillow (it could be any alternative acceptable to child like a small folded towel), and a cushion (or pillow) for his/her comfort. Water bottle: Learner will not need a water bottle, but it is encouraged that they be properly pre-hydrated. Clothing: Clothing (pants and a top) should be loose and comfortable. No shoes and no socks are required as Yoga is practiced barefoot for better freedom of movement and safety. Parents: Parents are encouraged to stay nearby in the background, monitoring the child's wellbeing, in case child needs parental support. No Pre-Stretching is required as class includes gradual warm-ups to the poses. Notebook & Pen: Optional, Learner may want to keep a journal of his/her class experiences.
Informal, identifying/celebrating/reinforcing the successes.  
30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Safety First:  Learner shall be cleared by his/her Physician to engage in the physical practice of Yoga. By registering Learner in this class, Guardian/Parent(s) acknowledge(s) they understand there are always risks in any physical program, assume(s) all risks, and waive(s) any rights to file any claim against the instructor in regards to Learner's participation in class.  Learner should practice on an empty stomach and be properly hydrated before the class. 


Pamela Ocana, M.A. - Humanities/Yoga/Art/LanguagesIt is my passion to share the gifts of Yoga, Meditation, Art History/Humanities, Languages, Kindness & Logic in a joyful & mindful way with children of all ages, including those young at heart. I believe these areas of study help cultivate personal wellbeing, an enriched community, and ultimately, a more peaceful world.
360 total reviews
693 completed classes

About Me

1) I teach subjects that have captivated my mind and heart for a lifetime:  Mindful Yoga, rooted in its well-proven techniques (Poses, Breathing Control Exercises, and Meditation); kid-friendly Art History classes; Linguistic Explorations intended... 
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