Chicago yoga studios are increasingly catering to kids with special needs. In a report appearing in the Chicago Tribune, many parents of children with special needs praised the holistic health regimen for the remarkable effects it's had on their sons and daughters.
Louise Feeney told the newspaper that yoga has helped her daughter, Erin, blow out her first birthday candle.
Before age 19, Erin had trouble doing so because of her cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that affects muscles, range of motion, facial expression and diaphragm strength. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 303 American children has the disorder.
However, the Feeneys haven't let it get them down. After learning how to use ki energy and improve her lung capacity, Erin blew out her first birthday candle at her 19th birthday party, and another at her 20th.
"Not two or three, but one, and one is way better than none," her mother told the news source.
The Tribune noted that yoga is currently used as an adjunct therapy for all sorts of pediatric disorders, from autism to attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder.