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Involve differently abled children in 'assistive gesture yoga' on this International Day of Yoga: Focus group
Owning to impressive advocacy by India and due to the universal appeal of yoga, in December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed June 21 as the International Day of Yoga.

Ever since, the International Day of Yoga is being observed each year to raise awareness worldwide and gain many benefits of practicing yoga.

Yoga is an ancient Indian practice that combines body, mind and spirit. According to the UN, the word ‘yoga’, derived from Sanskrit, means to join or to unite and it symbolizes the union of body and consciousness.

It being held at the UN that yoga needs to be seen as an 'approach to health and well-being can make a direct and useful contribution to humankind's quest to achieve sustainable development and move towards lifestyles that are in harmony with nature'.

However, if differently abled children are to be involved in yoga, it is to be done individually as an intervention as a procedural assistive kin aesthetic experience, said a focus by therapists and interns at Disha in Jaipur.

It was suggested that gestures as a means of non-verbal communication used by differently abled children can be converted into assisted 'Gesture Yoga' quite akin to 'Yog Mudras' of hands.

I feel, yoga as a group activity with differently abled children is futile exercise since they already have language development delayed milestone to understand the instructions and also have short attention span. Therefore, assistive movement therapy done slowly and stay in new 'gesture posture' for while and slow returning back to original posture can work as a 'gesture yoga' done on individual basis under supervision of the special educator.

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