"When we seek to find the best in others, somehow we bring out the best in ourselves."

LEAD TRAINER: Shawnee Thornton Hardy is a C-IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist, E-RYT 500, RCYT, M.Ed, and the Founder of Asanas for Autism and Special Needs, Founder and Director Yoga Therapy for Youth and the Founder of Embodied Wellness Yoga Therapy

She has worked with children and youth for almost 30 years, specializing in working with children with diverse needs and  behavior challenges.She has worked with children with Autism, ADHD, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Prader Willi, Sensory Processing Disorder, Learning Difficulties, Motor Coordination Difficulties, Language Processing deficits, Mental Health issues, Behavior Disorders & Children who have experienced significant Trauma and Abuse.

She completed Yoga Therapy studies with Aadil Palkhivala, Master Teacher and Founder of Purna Yoga. She studied Yoga Therapeutics extensively with Rachel Krentzman founder and Author of Yoga for a Happy Back and Yoga for Scoliosis and has studied with Judith Lasater along with many other great teachers. Shawnee is also an Advanced Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner through the Trauma Institute - Developed by Peter Levine.

Shawnee is the Author of Asanas for Autism and Special Needs- Yoga to Help Children with their Emotions, Self-Regulation and Body Awareness and the creator of the C.A.L.M.M Yoga Toolkit.

She is excited to be working on a new published book through Singing Dragon Publishers: Yoga Therapy for Children and Teens with Complex Needs - Embodying a Whole Child Approach for Mental, Emotional and Physical Health and Wellbeing scheduled to release in 2022!

She has presented at conferences in the US and Internationally on Yoga for Autism, Yoga Therapy for Sensory Integration & Self-Regulation, Yoga & Mindfulness for Teens facing Mental Illness, Yoga & Mindfulness for Youth and Yoga to Reduce Stress for Educators and has written articles on topics related to yoga & mindfulness for youth for various magazines and online journals. Shawnee leads trainings in the US and internationally to empower others to bring yoga & mindfulness to youth and adults of diverse needs and abilities.