Our class is structure based using many educational tool aides that the children use in their school settings. The class is guided with a master visual schedule and a yoga pose “to do” list which reduces anxiety since the children know exactly what will happen next. The poses are displayed with colorful visuals and words to label each pose. The classroom atmosphere is peaceful and yogic philosophy is used throughout the session. Each student practices on their own mat to encourage a safe place for themselves.
Randi Heichman received 200 hour yoga instructor certification from Blue Sun Yoga and certificates from Yoga for the Special Child program and Taste of Yogakids. She worked as a teaching assistant for the Northern Suburban Special Education District in the Education and Life Skills program. Randi also has a jewelry business with her sister called Susan Rose Designs in which she makes handcrafted necklaces featuring many spiritual pieces.
Randi has three children, Shayna, Ben and Adam. Her son Adam has Autism and practicing yoga has helped Randi in dealing with the challenges that go with raising a child with special needs.
Marcia is a licensed clinical social worker with 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents and families. Recently she has completed a training program in yoga for children and is currently working towards a yoga teacher certification through the Yoga Alliance. Marcia is also a mother of two sons, Alexander and Harrison. Harrison is is 9 years old with special needs.