Meet our Founder
Shawnee Thornton Hardy
Shawnee is a C-IAYT - Certified Yoga Therapist, SEP - Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Author, RCYT, RYT-500, M.Ed., Educational/Behavioral Specialist and the founder of Asanas for Autism and Special Needs and the Founder/Director of Yoga Therapy for Youth
She has trained thousands of people from around the world in bringing the benefits of yoga and mindfulness to ALL children!
Connection - Compassion - Inclusion
Yoga and Mindfulness for Children and Teens with Diverse Brains, Bodies and Abilities
"Our children can be our greatest teachers if we are humble enough to receive their lessons."
Asanas for Autism and Special Needs is dedicated to bringing the practices of yoga and mindfulness to ALL Children. We believe these ancient and powerful practices can be shared in ways that are both inclusive and accessible to children with diverse needs and backgrounds including; neurodiversity, disability, sensory processing challenges, communication challenges, motor impairments, anxiety, depression, trauma and more...
Integrating yoga and somatic movement in educational, therapeutic and home settings supports children and teens in building greater capacity and resilience. The benefits include; improvement in self-awareness, self-regulation, self-esteem, social skills, body awareness, sensory processing, movement & coordination, fine/gross motor skills, attention, focus, learning and behavior.