The main objective of the practice is to help and teach the child to take care of their body, to feel it, and be healthy, successful, and happy.
There is no need to be afraid of a child with distinctive features. Whatever the specifics, he is still a child and you need to look at him that way. But if you’re afraid, that’s okay, too. During the process, you will feel that this is just a child like any other.
If you encounter resistance from any of the students’ parents, suggest that they participate in a general class where everyone, children and parents alike, will do asanas. That way, the parents will see that all children are equal and any questions will disappear.
There are many points that are similar to a regular training session: each class begins and ends with certain body positions – the Start and Closing rituals.
The class may conventionally be divided into three parts: the warm-up, the main part and savasana.
The main part of the class consists of different elements: asanas, pranayamas – breathing exercises, and movement coordination exercises. Often the main part of the session is accompanied by stories adapted to yoga. This makes the class interesting and beneficial.
Always remember safety and move from simple elements to more complex ones. See how the child copes, and then complicate the element or keep it the same.
If you’re hesitant to include a child in a group right away, have a one-to-one session with them, or with their mother, who will act as your assistant.
If you’re worried about how other children will accept the new participant, prepare them in advance. Tell them that a new friend is about to join you. Talk about similarities and differences. For example, everyone on the planet has a lot in common, and we are all really alike. But there are also differences, and that is also normal. Say a new person is coming along, and he also has two arms, but that just one is ordinary and the other is a superhero hand.