This one-day intensive course will focus on the many ways you can evolve your yoga practice to become available for a wider community with varying levels of mobility. You will learn how to structure and plan a yoga session for adults with physical restrictions and implement the necessary tools to teach people with learning difficulties. These skills can be integrated into a class or taught as a one to one session. You will observe how props such as chairs, blocks, bolsters and belts can enhance the quality of the physical practice, and how specific practices can be introduced effectively. Having completed this course you will have the capacity to encourage a person with limited mobility to explore their potential in becoming physically, emotionally and psychologically stronger.
This Chair Yoga short course, which includes elements of the Special Yoga methodology, teaches you accessible practices and adaptations to begin to teach a community with varying levels of mobility. After attending this one day course you may wish to continue training with Special Yoga and possibly begin a path of learning with us. You can read more about our complete training programme on our home page.
Richard has been teaching yoga for over 15 years to adults, children and for special needs. He holds a BWY Dip for teaching adults and children and served as County Rep for North London & City 2005-13. His interest in special needs originated when his second child was born with Global Developmental Delay. Richard currently teaches at day centres, special schools and residential homes. Richard’s training enables practitioners to deliver yoga therapy to the wider population and helps facilitate the practice of yoga for people with special needs.
Karuna is one of our Senior Practitioners, working with adults and children with special needs for over 8 years. She is a British Wheel of Yoga and Integral Yoga trained teacher bringing her compassionate gentle nature to all her clients. She has also trained in Hanna Somatic Movement, a form of neuromuscular re-education that helps to ease chronic stress in the body. Karuna’s classes are rooted in compassion; aimed to develop a loving relationship to where we are right now and a chance to explore one’s full potential.
You will become increasingly confident in making a difference to the lives of those who experience difficulty taking part in traditional yoga classes. Your knowledge in creating the optimum environment for classes to become engaging, interactive and supportive will evolve. You will also learn anti-rheumatic methods to help release tension in the limbs and joints. The teaching style offers practical solutions to demonstrate how movements and postures can be adjusted and used to become accessible for students who are elderly or less-abled are the primary focus throughout the day. The course tutor will frequently engage you in an experiential series of coordinated sequences using props and hands on assistance for a flexible and adaptable teaching approach.