About this Course

4th October 2020, 10am until 4:30pm via Live Webinar

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. 


Short Courses

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.

Your Teachers

Richard Kravetz

Trainer for Adult/Chair Yoga

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. Visit www.yogaforall-uk.com/classes to join Richard's weekly yoga and meditation classes.

Karuna Jackman

Senior Practitioner and Trainer

Please email karuna@specialyoga.org.uk to join her classes. 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.

Course Benefits

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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.

Additional Information

Who, what next?

What experience do I need for this course?

This course is open to all, including those who do not teach yoga professionally. Regular attendees of this course include but are not limited to:

  • Special needs teachers
  • Parents
  • Therapists
  • Yoga teachers
  • Care professionals

Can I become a Special Yoga practitioner after completing this course? 

Completing our Chair Yoga course is a part of your journey towards supporting all adults with special needs and keeping up to date with the latest practices and techniques.
Special Yoga is a training centre of excellence. We pride ourselves in appropriately preparing you towards a career. You can read more about the Special Yoga Path of training on our home page.


Yoga is for everyone.

However, when online, it is up to the individual to assess whether they are ready for the class that they have chosen. Obviously, if you suffer from specific injuries or disease it is best to consult with your doctor first. Similarly if you are pregnant, follow the recommended practice only.

The practice of yoga asanas requires you – the practitioner – to gauge the safety of your practice within your personal physical limitations. It is better to build up slowly than to force and strain. Whilst one may feel exertion one should also feel

The techniques and suggestions presented in this website are not intended to substitute for proper medical advice. Consult your doctor before beginning any new exercise program.

Special Yoga assumes no responsibility for injuries suffered while practising these techniques.

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