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From left: Rochette Mabansag-Eusebio, Vice President of YYT; Mabel Costas, Marketing Manager of YYT; Julie Ann Remando, President of YYT

From left: Rochette Mabansag-Eusebio, Vice President of YYT; Mabel Costas, Marketing Manager of YYT; Julie Ann Remando, President of YYT

In the field of medicine, it is usually the doctors or physicians who get the glory.  Seldom do we recognize the unsung heroes of the allied health field – nurses, Occupational Therapists (OT), Physical Therapists (PT), Speech Pathologists (SP), etc.  They perform an amazing job in helping patients get back to their usual home and family life.r

Each one offers a different specialty.  While OT’s assist with performing daily tasks like combing your hair or eating on your own and PT’s in activities of daily living like moving from one place to another with ease and less pain, SP’s, on the other hand, aid in communication disorders.

Out of all the three, Speech Pathology is the least mentioned and discussed. In an attempt to raise awareness, the owners of Yeasty Yogic Tribe, shared with MB Home and Garden fun and interactive learning sessions that will enrich self-awareness and handling emotions of every child with special needs.

Yeasty Yogic Tribe is managed by Speech Pathologists from the University of the Philippines Manila headed by Julie Ann Garcia-Rimando-President, Rochette Mabansag-Eusebio, VP and Mabel Costas, Marketing Manager.  Rochette explains that they got their unique name by combining yeasty meaning rising, yogic meaning a person practicing yoga and tribe, a collective term for the family.

Yoga and Speech Therapy

“The concept of YYT was inspired by our own Yoga experiences. It’s a home practice with our kids. As therapists, we see the limited opportunity for kid’s yoga.   This is the reason why we created YYT — to provide services to kids”, adds Julie Ann.

Mabel shares that they are therapists for special kids aged 3-18 years old. As they’re dealing with them, they noticed that movement is a good avenue to teach kids communication, different social skills, and interactions. She furthers that kids really learn best when they have fun and when they’re with their family, friends and peers. Basically, the concept of YYT brings yoga fun and learning to the children at any place whether at home, school or in their therapy clinic.r1

Julie Ann highlights that they create different modules and yoga programs linked with therapy.  Last summer, they offered a summer yoga camp.   They incorporated vocabulary with yoga poses. For the month of July, they are offering Focus Attention Booster (F.A.B.) Yoga module that will aid in helping kids focus on their studies in school and at home.

Child-Handling Technique

With their collective years of professional experience in the Speech Pathology field, they could say that they’ve seen and dealt with different special kids – those with Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Down syndrome, Learning disability, and Speech and Language delay.

Based from Julie Ann’s experience, changes from kids are shown subtly and most often, it can only be seen by trained eyes. For them, change can easily be seen from their demeanor, emotions (as they become more aware) and their feelings.  They eventually become connected with their peers, parents and families. Sometimes parents do not see the little changes right away.  It usually takes time and practice to notice them.

“During the first half of the session, kids are able to attend, focus and sit more compared to their initial demeanor.   Towards the end, you’ll notice how the child begins to listen, sit or try the yoga positions with enthusiasm”, adds Mabel.r2

Julie Ann shared her experience with her 21 year old student when she incorporated yoga in their therapy sessions. “Before, he seemed disconnected and had zero imitation. Now, he showed remarkable changes — his voice became louder and he imitates more.  He can now do phrases and responds faster. He is alert, present and into the activity.”

Since they’re dealing with children, part of the job requires skills on handling tantrums.   Rochette says that they comfort them or do time-outs. Kids are brought in the corner or they do breaks. Kids do get tired that’s why they throw tantrums. Mabel agrees that taking a down time is needed to redirect their focus. When the child is ready, they go back to the group to finish the tasks.

Parent Involvement

To help improve the lives of a child with special needs, family support system is needed.  Mabel says that parents are now more open to the activities that they let their child do. “There are those who try to join our sessions. There are some who are into yoga so once in a while they join our class especially when we invite them. I think they’re open to try different things”, Julie Ann noticed.

She adds that the beauty of doing yoga is that every family member can do it anywhere and use it to create stronger bonds and closer ties with each other while helping their child with special needs.

Yeasty Yogic Tribe offers free session for first timers wherein the parents and kids could try out the poses that aid in communication disorders. For more information visit and like their Facebook page and Instagram account at Yeasty Yogic Tribe or contact 09216710154 or email