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Upward Mountain

Have you mastered the mountain pose and are beginning to feel more grounded to the earth through your feet? Adding in a challenge, such as Upward Mountain, may be what your yoga practice needs.

This is another pose that appears to be super simple, but there are many systems at work within your body to assist in keeping you upright. Instead of focusing on using this pose as a means to transition to a more Instagram-approved pose, use this pose to help you find center and grounding when you are trying to balance all the things in your life.

Stand with your feet comfortably beneath you, hips or shoulders-width apart, depending on your comfort in your balance. Allow yourself a breath or a short pause to feel the ground on the four corners of your feet. Breathe deeply and on an exhale allow your arms to reach over head. When your arms are where you feel comfortable, focus on your shoulders, allow them to roll up and around out of your ears and down your back. Allow your knees to bend ever so slightly and your hip points move forward, rather than back to decrease any arching you may feel in your back.

Feeling dizzy or off-balance? Use a focal point in front of you, and not looking at your hands. When you are looking up or to one side or the other, there are more complex body systems at work which impact your balance and body position.

In this pose you have just been working on postural stability, body awareness, increasing sensory input to the proprioceptive system and vestibular system, as well as coping for any retained primitive reflexes. When OTs work with individuals who have retained primitive reflexes, there is a focus on postural stability, proprioceptive input for calming, and integrating reflexes as well as other hindrances that impact an individual’s ability to self regulate.

For more information on how occupational therapy could be helpful for you or a loved one, contact a primary physician and your insurance.

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Mountain

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the stuff you need to accomplish in your day? Sometimes I write myself lists, but those lists make feel so overwhelmed that I “lose” my list and watch Netflix for hours on end.

A better way to help yourself feel not so overwhelmed?

Mountain Pose.

You can literally do this pose anywhere you are standing (still-preferably), like the grocery store line!

Plant your feet firmly on the ground, take a pause to sink into your feet and feel all parts of your foot on the ground. Imagine picking up marbles with your toes to add in some nice tension feet, then soften your toes and feet and let them melt into the ground. Next focus on your hips, make sure they are over your knees and ankles, and that you have a slight bend to your knees. Allow your shoulders to press towards the floor away from your ears, do not force your shoulders down if you have been sitting with a forward posture all day, allow your shoulders to move as they are able. Take in three deep breaths and know that you are grounded and strong and can make it through your list.

In this pose you have just been working on postural stability, body awareness, increasing sensory input to the proprioceptive system, and attempting to calm the vestibular system by remaining still. When individuals are overstimulated and/or overwhelmed the proprioceptive system is an OT’s go to in order to regulate the whole body, as proprioceptive input has been found to be the most effective for calming.

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April is OT month!

We’ve been busy writing away on all things OT and yoga. We have forgotten to say Happy Occupational Therapy Month to all of our fellow occupational therapists and their clients! Over the last month we have been working with 1000-petals to continue identifying the sensory systems used in the yoga poses included in their move mindfully card deck.

We have been working with Kathy and Stephanie from 1000-petals to incorporate a portion into their newsletter where readers can ask an OT a question they have regarding their yoga practices.  Kathy and Stephanie have graciously accepted our offer and as we work to fine tune details. Are there any burning questions you all have to ask an occupational therapist?

Here are a few links of blog posts related to OT, sensory, and yoga.

https://1000-petals.com/sensory-integration-move-mindfully/

http://blog.therapro.com/move-mindfully-card-deck-sensory-systems/

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Hello, world

Thank you for visiting Ka’Hanna Wellness! We are two occupational therapists who work primarily with children presenting with sensory processing difficulties. In our sessions we have found yoga, mindfulness, and relaxation strategies to be helpful with dysregulated individuals. Although this is not the only intervention strategy we use, we find it to be fulfilling for our clients and their families, and it makes for inclusive home programming.

We are branching out from our work in the clinic to utilize our skill set in order to identify the underlying causes of difficulties individuals may have in yoga practices. As occupational therapists we frequently modify activities to meet the needs of the individual in a just right challenge. This challenge is unique to everyone, which is why we focus on the underlying cause of dysfunction.

This project started as a question in a coffee shop and has become a much bigger endeavor than we had anticipated. We are so grateful for all of the inspiration and encouragement we have received, especially from 1000-petals. We are so excited to share what we have learned, and we hope the information will be beneficial to the greater community. Stay tuned, we are just starting to chip away at the surface.