Our aim at ELIYA is to help children to improve their visual acuity as much as possible, but also to help them to deal with the difficulties ensuing from their disability. At ELIYA we teach our children to learn to deal with the physical and emotional challenges that often accompany their visual impairment. One way that we achieve this is through providing them with Yoga classes since Yoga is a discipline that combines physical as well as emotional benefits.
In our Yoga classes, our children learn the various physical exercises and how to breathe and relax. The combination of these techniques helps them to “get acquainted” with their bodies and their abilities. The instructor helps them to deal with and to enjoy whatever they manage to achieve and gradually the children gain confidence in themselves and their bodies. A child with visual impairment or who is blind is unable to imitate or copy the teacher’s movements, therefore most of the classes are given on an individual basis until he/she has mastered the technique, and then eventually the children come to enjoy Yoga within the group.