Yogatise: an on-line yoga program for children and youth with disabilities
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Yogatise is a home-based, online yoga program that was specifically developed for children and youth with disabilities between 6 and 17 years of age to create a meaningful occupation outside of school and to increase their social, emotional and physical well-being. It has been found that children and youth with disabilities experience occupational injustice including limited participation in sports, music programs and other organized social activities in schools. The Social Cognitive Theory and the Mindfulness theory provide the theoretical foundation of the problem and the development of the program Yogatise. A search of the evidence-based literature on well-being in children and youth with disabilities and yoga-based interventions showed that important social, emotional and physical skills in these individuals can be increased through these interventions. Yogatise was developed to offer children and youth with disabilities the opportunity to practice yoga according to their unique abilities and skills. It was created to reach children and youth with a variety of disabilities internationally to improve their occupational performance, occupational participation and occupational justice. Yogatise can increase an individual’s well-being and decrease long-term challenges to their school education, future employment and housing. The program involves families and caregivers and offers a community of like-minded people. Yogatise is unique in its focus on the particular needs and abilities of each particular participant and provides the possibility to practice yoga on their terms (e.g., personal schedule, abilities). Yogatise can be implemented in health care facilities, yoga studios and schools.