Addriya provides solutions that promote the calming and restorative effects of yoga with the enriched learning environment of movement.
Yoga is an ancient practice developed in India that seeks to enhance the mind, body and spirit mainly through physical postures or exercises called asanas. The aspect of yoga that separates it from other forms of exercise lies in the discipline of purposeful breathing. Coordinated movement aligned with focused breath results in the calming, peaceful state most associated with yogic practice.
Learning is optimized when information is acquired in one’s most receptive state and preferred learning style. Children by default are active-tactile learners. They are natural born scientists; touching, feeling and interacting with their environment. This natural inclination is suppressed in modern education. The expectation for children is to sit at desks and perform numerous paper and pencil tasks. Physical education and movement are often downplayed, yet they are essential to proper development. Research shows that movement and learning are concomitantly related and affected.
The genesis of Addriya came from a passion for developing tools for learning and a love of yoga.
Christine Ristuccia, M.S., C.C.C.-S.L.P., an experienced school-based speech-language pathologist and a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200), discovered in her school practice and with her own family that yoga could benefit children (as well as adults) to provide calm and restoration. Through gradual experimentation by introducing yoga postures and breathing techniques to her students, the benefits of calmer children and marked improvement in speech-language goals become evident. This research spurred more interest and research into yoga and movement. The result of this work lies in the techniques, ideas and products contained herein.
Christine Ristuccia obtained her Master of Science degree in communicative disorders at the University of Redlands, Redlands, California. She has experience working with a wide range of communicative disorders and ages, working with students from preschool through adulthood. Christine is also a nationally known speaker, having made numerous presentations at state speech and hearing organization events. Christine is the founder of Say It Right™ and is best known for her flagship product, The Entire World of R.™ She is a certified yoga instructor with over 500 hours of training for both children and adults.
She and her husband Jim, also a certified yoga instructor and educator, own Addriya, a company that develops, publishes and markets research-based tools that combine yoga and learning.