Voice Colors is a non-profit founded by Eve and Matt Megargel.
Voice Colors Yoga offers a comprehensive visually guided yoga curriculum for autistic individuals We offer unique training and opportunities to people who want to teach yoga to students across the spectrum. Our ultimate goal is to help yogis of all abilities access the health and wellness benefits of a life long yoga practice.
We believe that all individuals on the autism spectrum:
Many important aspects of learning and development are embedded into Voice Colors Yoga sessions including:
Voice Colors Yoga is a highly beneficial practice on its own, and also enhances therapeutic services such as Occupational Therapy, Recreational therapy, Adaptive PE or Speech and Language.
Voice Colors Yoga works in a variety of settings: 1-1 or groups, day habilitation programs, clinical practices, recreational and educational settings.
Yoga addresses many aspects of autism as a systems disorder: Individuals with autism tend to experience some degree of imbalance and sensitivity across physical systems (gastro-intestinal, seizure, emotional, sensory etc...). This makes it imperative to support optimal balance in their minds, bodies and nervous systems.
"I was fortunate enough to observe (Voice Colors Yoga) recently as they worked with a small group of neurodiverse people. To say that I was “blown away” is an understatement. As I told them afterward, the people in the class – all of whom have significant challenges and need a lot of support – transformed before my eyes over the course of the hour-long adaptive yoga session. The experience for me was a game-changer in terms of the potential for this type of work to help many neurodiverse people achieve a higher level of focus, self-regulation, flexibility, strength and self-direction." - Greg Austin, Inclusive Fitness
"I use the visuals, tools, and resources from your training in my transition classroom almost every day...with individual students or in a group. And thank goodness that I don’t have to modify or change it myself! It is not often that you find curriculum or tools that are already so appropriate for our students. Have you heard the term “access is love?” Well you hit the nail on the head with Voice Colors Yoga! Especially for our transition aged students and young adults with disabilities, having access to the activities that enrich our own lives helps to make the world more inclusive.
-Lola P., The Cotting School
"I found this training to be relevant to so many different aspects of special education as a whole. This training dives into creative ways to provide students with opportunities for communication and self-advocacy that can be translated into many different situations even outside of yoga.”
- Participant in 30-hour Yoga for Autism Teacher Training
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