Autism and Yoga
Effect of Yoga on Autism
For those with the ability to stick with it, yoga can be extremely helpful in treating some symptoms of autism; individuals with autism can sometimes (often with practice) can learn to benefit the calming aspects of yoga, as well as work their muscles in new and healthy ways.
Side Effects and Warnings
Hatha yoga is generally at least as safe as any other stretching-based exercise program. However there are a few hatha yoga positions, such as the headstand, that can cause injury when they are performed by a person who isn’t yet sufficiently advanced in yoga, or who has certain health problems, such as a detached retina. A properly qualified instructor can help you avoid injury, taking your own individual health status into account.