About Special Yoga

You are special. Regardless of your abilities, appearance, culture, gender, race or the assumptions society has placed on you. The activities Special Yoga do are centered around this belief

Special Yoga’s methodology includes the classical yoga practices of movement, breathwork and deep relaxation combined with sound, rhythm, massage and sensory integration techniques. Over the many years of being blessed to share yoga with thousands of children with special and additional needs all over the world, what we see again and again is that the extraordinary power of yoga allows us to truly reach our full potential. That potential is not only physical, but also mental, emotional, physiological, energetic, neurological and spiritual. Through the practice of Special Yoga we want children to gain the most strength and balance they can in every way, to release their fears and to achieve what they have come into this life and this body to do. Yoga gives them this opportunity. It is a lifelong practice for developing inner peace and calm and taking the child out of stress and into a relaxed state creates the optimum condition and possibility for positive change. As part of our mission to reach all special children around the world, we are committed to build a global network of SY practitioners continuously supported through our accredited training courses.

Jyoti Jo Manuel

Founder of Special Yoga

We have now been working with children with special and additional needs and training Special Yoga practitioners for many years. In that time have developed, enhanced and added to our teaching practices and methodology. Working online recently has been an interesting and uplifting exprience both for us and our beautiful community and we have seen that keeping our introductory courses simple and accessible helps you find the tools that you resonate with. We know that working with them will significantly impact the physical, physiological and emotional wellbeing of the child/children you work with. We have seen how, after a time of using the introductory practices you are ready to continue developing your own inner landscape and adding practices to your toolbox. Listening to our community we have now reviewed these and reconfigured our flagship courses to ensure we serve you and the children in the best possible way.

THE SPECIAL YOGA PATH

Your Foundation

Your path with Special Yoga may begin with a short or a foundation course. Short courses are generally focused on a particular diagnosis like Dyslexia and Dyspraxia or Multiple Sensory Impairment or a particular way of practising like Chair Yoga. Our foundation courses are slightly longer and will introduce you to a wider range of practices. Special Yoga for Special Children (SYSCF) is our most comprehensive course at this level and after this you will be able to enroll in our Special Yoga for Special Children Level One course (SYSC1) and may then qualify as a Special Yoga Practitioner. Our other foundation level courses include SY for Adult with Special Needs (YASN), SY for Cerebral Palsy and PMLD (CP/PMLD) and SY and Mindfulness for Autism and ADHD (SYMA) If you wish to continue to take a practitioner training after one of these courses you will need to first take the 'Bridge to SYSC1' short course. This will teach you the additional practices included in the SYSCF course. After taking a short or foundation course you will receive a Special Yoga Certificate of Attendance.

Practitioner Training

Should you wish to build on the solid base you have developed from our foundation level courses our practitioner training offers a deeper immersion into both your own personal practice and what you offer to the children. Course materials will provide a broader range of practices and adaptations for the children you are working with and throughout the course you will be asked to demonstrate your knowledge and use of these. At the end of the course you may be awarded Certification as a Special Yoga Practitioner. We recommend a period of teaching and consolidation of all that you have learned before embarking on our Level Two training. This again teaches yet another layer of practice, both personal and for the children. Jyoti and her guest teachers delve into such topics as yoga philosophy, somatics, embodied listening,sensory integration, polyvagal theory and neuroscience. At the end of the course you may be awarded Certification as a Special Yoga Senior Practitioner. Those with a special affinity with this work may be invited to take part in Mentorship Training and help us support the development of our world wide community of practitioners.

COURSE CONTENT

The What

On our teacher training courses you'll learn the three different aspects of the Special Yoga methodology taught using a variety of tools. Aspect One - Your state matters. Our philosophy is that our state and how we show up for the children is indicative of how our work with them will go. For this reason we teach and encourage you to become familiar with your own inner landscape and we will give you tools to manage your own emotional wellbeing. Aspect Two - You'll be taught accessible and highly effective practices to share with the children. These include movement, breathwork, relaxation, sound and singing, mindfulness and massage and energy medicine. Aspect Three - Following many years of experience we will teach you how to adapt these practices to different populations and different diagnoses.

COURSE STRUCTURE

The How

Our courses are taught using a variety of tried and tested methods. These include live teaching webinars which are delivered by Jyoti via Zoom. These are recorded so you can watch again for the duration of the course. Also live via zoom are the study group webinars where you get to work with other participants and learn from each other and the mentors supporting the course. There is an extensive library of videos and classes which you can study yourself at your convenience with PDF's to download and create your own course manual. Throughout you will be supported with a number of one to one mentor calls and a course community space and you'll be able to track your learning with our quizzes and assignments.

IS THIS COURSE FOR YOU?

Yoga experience is not required.

This training has been designed in a way that occupational therapists, school teachers and staff, parents, yoga teachers, yoga therapists, trainee yoga teachers or anyone interested in exploring Special Yoga will find it accessible. You will be individually supported throughout by one of our Senior Practitioners in one to one mentoring sessions. No prior experience of yoga is required just an open heart and mind and passion to work with these very special children.

AFTER THIS COURSE

When you take a course with Special Yoga you can be confident that our approach to training, our practice methodology and the years of experience we have of delivering training will leave you well equipped to teach and support children with special and additional needs in a variety of settings.

  • Parents - This course offers the opportunity for parents to have the pathways to work with their own child and support them to reach their potential, manage their emotional, physical and physiological wellbeing

  • Teachers - This course offers skills that teachers can use in the classrooms to enhance the child's potential to learn. It will also empower you with tools to improve your own mental and emotional health as well as the mental and emotional health of the children and supporting staff.

  • Therapists - This course supports the emotional wellbeing of therapists as well as giving them extensive skills that they can use within their therapeutic settings.

INVESTING IN THE FUTURE

When you book a course with Special Yoga you are investing in both your future and that of our special children. We pride ourselves on offering well researched, accessible and effective practices via skilled and experienced teachers. We record the live teaching and study group webinars enabling you to access them and the self study materials as often as you like for the duration of the course. We believe our courses to be excellent value for money but recognise that, especially in these difficult times you may wish to pay by instalments so we offer these to you interest free.

  • One off payment via credit or debit card

  • Interest free monthly payments - the number will vary according to the length of the course. For this reason we do not offer a payment plan for one day courses.

  • If you are attending on behalf of a school, organisation or company and need to pay by invoice please contact training@specialyoga.org.uk who can arrange this for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any other questions about our courses please contact training@specialyoga.org.uk

  • Will I be able to teach after this course?

    After completing our training courses you will be able to teach the population that the course was geared towards. Please note that none of our trainings are Adult Yoga Teacher Training courses, for this we recommend you take a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training.

  • Will i be able to teach children after this course?

    If you wish to teach children within the general population you may wish to take our TYMC course. If you wish to teach children with special and additional needs you will be equipped to teach the populations covered by the course you have attended, for example Special Yoga for Cerebral Palsy and Profound Multiple Learning Disabilities, Special yoga and Mindfulness for Autism and ADHD etc. Over our three Special Yoga for Special Children courses (foundation, level 1 and level 2) we teach the broadest range of practices and how to adapt them to most diagnosis.

  • How do I get insured?

    Once completing any of our courses you will be able to obtain insurance to the level trained. We can recommend BGi insurance https://bgi.uk.com/, who recognise all of our trainings.

  • When will your courses be in person?

    We are not currently planning to teach any of our courses in person. Our online training has been developed to give students an experience which is as close to 'live' trainings as possible. This includes 'live' teaching and study group webinars and demonstrating practices using films of 'in person' training courses. Students have fed back to us that they really benefit from being able to playback these videos and re-watch webinar recordings as it helps to consolidate their learning. Since developing our online training we have also realised the benefit of students being able to access our trainings across the world by our online school and for everyone to be able to study to fit around their own schedule.

  • Do you offer discounts/concessions?

    We don't currently offer any standard rate of discounts or concessions, however we feel our course represent excellent value and we also provide t he option to pay using an interest free payment plan on most of our courses. We are here to support your journey and ensure that all of our courses are inclusive, if finances are a potential barrier for accessing our trainings please do get in touch.

  • Can i call myself a special yoga practitioner?

    The Special Yoga Path offers the potential to become a Special Yoga practitioner after completing and passing the Special Yoga for Special Children Level 1. More information about the Special Yoga Path can be seen on this page.

  • Can i use the Special Yoga logo on my website?

    We have a family of logos, one or more of which you are able to include on your website according to the training you have taken. These will be sent to you, with guidance on usage, upon request after you have completed your training with us.

Special Yoga for Schools

Special Yoga are committed to the mental health and wellbeing of children. We work collaboratively with schools, education and paediatric professionals on the frontline of helping and supporting children to identify, understand and regulate emotions and behaviours. Promoting and supporting resilience and well-being of children, teachers and families are at the core of our work. We explore with schools professionals ways to build Special Yoga and Mindfulness practices into P.S.H.E, Citizenship and S.M.S.C. curriculum programmes. For more information contact us at: info@specialyoga.org.uk
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sara fiamberti

Gentle, kind and inspiring Heart felt

Gentle, kind and inspiring Heart felt

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Rachel Hargreaves

Thanks so much for this. I have been desperate to train with you and this has been great for me to do with my students while we are open during this worrying time.

Thanks so much for this. I have been desperate to train with you and this has been great for me to do with my students while we are open during this worrying time.

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a heart meditation

Ioanna Geeorgantidou

5 stars .Namaste Jyoti

5 stars .Namaste Jyoti

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Karen Daw

Wonderful, easy to take up with many levels of special need and mainstream children. Was thinking I could adapt some of the soundings to childrens names as we have many varying relegions. I have been a student of zen buddhism for 15 years and lo...

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Wonderful, easy to take up with many levels of special need and mainstream children. Was thinking I could adapt some of the soundings to childrens names as we have many varying relegions. I have been a student of zen buddhism for 15 years and love to be able to be open and flexible in delivery of mindfulness sessions. Thank you, I hope some day to meet you Jyoti. Love and best wishes to you from N.Z to the UK. xxxxx From Jyoti: Thank you so much Karen - yes adapt the soundings to children's names. we have done that in the past and it really works; given the power of the vibration of Om - I would try to keep that piece as you sing the names. The vibration of omm supports vagal tone which in turn calms the nervous system. good luck...blessings and love to you x

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Charlie Hall

Very useful tips and exercises for me to help my special adults to relax and have fun and connect together..shaking, tapping, dancing and breathing. Love it Clients and support workers together. This is so much fun, soothing and exuberant. I can't...

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Very useful tips and exercises for me to help my special adults to relax and have fun and connect together..shaking, tapping, dancing and breathing. Love it Clients and support workers together. This is so much fun, soothing and exuberant. I can't wait to share. A perfect tonic for these uncertain times. Thank you Jyoti. Thank you Special Yoga 🙏❤️

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If you'd like to know more about our bespoke services, programmes for schools or teacher mentoring or have a question about one of our courses please drop us a line at info@specialyoga.org.uk