Bikram Yoga Troy
2559 Livernois
Troy, MI 48083

Bikram Yoga Farmington Hills
27889 Orchard Lk Rd
Farmington Hills, MI 48334

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Yoga Workshop For Children With Special Needs

Ruthie Cissé of One Spirit Arts is a Yoga Teacher and Visual Artist who lives in New York City. She lived in Michigan for 15 years, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at University of Michigan, and is happy to return to the family, warmth, and community of her roots to share a Yoga Workshop for children with special needs.

Over the past 5 years, Ruthie has developed an effective sequence of individual, partner, and group poses to assist special needs children in focusing the breath and the mind, creating flexibility and strength in the body, and connecting to the spirit of friendship, self-confidence, and the light within. She is excited to share her workshop in service to the community at Detroit Bikram.

Ruthie works mostly with children and teens with autism and Down's syndrome, but all children 5 to 18 years old with special needs are welcome to this workshop, with the exception of children with violent tendencies towards themselves or others.

Parents are invited to a 15 minute question/answer session after class and will receive a Mandala Art Project as a gift to take home to assist their child in integrating themes from the yoga class.

Workshop Details:

- Sunday, November 15th, 1:30pm - 2:30pm (with Q&A from 2:15 - 2:30)
- Bikram Yoga Farmington Hills, 27889 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills, Mi 48334
- Cost is $18 per child. Parents are free to attend.
- Please arrive 15 minutes early. 

on our Events Page for the Workshop. If you don't pre-register online, that is ok you are welcome to just show up, however we would appreciate if you can email us in advance to let us know you are coming. 

Email with any questions. 

Response to Recent Questions:

Q: Will the room be hot?
A: No, the room will not be heated

Q: How much should parents be involved? 
A: Parents are welcome to be involved as much as their child needs so that the child feels comfortable given it is a new environment, and so that optimal participation can happen. Some children may need physical assistance with the movements if they do not follow verbal cues. Since they don't know Ruthie or the other assistants, a parent may help them the most to feel comfortable. They can also learn valuable techniques to deepen their yoga and meditation practice at home.

Q: Should we bring anything to class? 
A: If you have your own yoga mats for yourself and child, please bring. If you do not have your own mat, you can rent a mat at the studio for $1.

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Ruthie has created Personalized Divinely Inspired Mandala Art and Mala Jewelry for clients all over the world. She has chaired community-building projects for children's art exhibits at Sotheby's, where a project was backed by the Mark Rothko Foundation to raise money for public schools. Her collaborative children's mandala painting is on permanent display at Chop't Creative Salad Company, Upper East Side.

She is an accomplished professional dancer who has participated in nationally televised fitness demos for New York Sports Club; she studied at the School of American Ballet with legendary ballerina Suzanne Farrell, and West African Dance with members of the National Ballet of Senegal. After yoga liberated her from the suffering connected to dance injuries, childhood trauma, and a broken heart, she became an Ashtanga-based yoga teacher who continues her education at Pure Yoga, NYC.

Ruthie leads regular Mandala Art, Yoga, and dance workshops in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx for adults, children, and at day-habilitation centers for developmental disabilities and Traumatic Brain Injuries.

"My mission is to create wellness in communities through the magic and medicine of art and movement, connecting communities to the light within themselves, each other, and to the One Spirit."

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Ruthie Cissé
One Spirit Arts
Personalized Divinely Inspired Mandala Art and Mala Jewelry
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