This course is one of a series developed by Jyoti Manuel

Jyoti has led the path in the UK for the delivery of therapeutic yoga for children with special and additional needs.

It is with great humility and gratitude that we welcome you to Special Yoga for this course to teach you to work with children with special needs. This course aims to give you an understanding and experience of yoga and meditation to support your work with the children. Over the many years of being blessed to share yoga with thousands of children, what we see over and over is the extraordinary power of yoga that allows us to truly reach our fullest potential. That potential is certainly not only physical, but mental, emotional, physiological, energetic, neurological and spiritual. Through Special Yoga we want the 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.


Short Courses

This Special Yoga short course introduces you to the Special Yoga methodology, teaches you accessible practices and adaptations to begin to teach children with special and additional needs. After taking this course you will get a certificate of attendance and may wish to go on to take additional training with us. This could be in the form of other shorts courses or by taking one of our foundation training course and from there going on to further training and becoming accredited as a Special Yoga Practitioner. You can read more about our complete training programme on our home page.


The Special Yoga for Dyslexia and Dyspraxia course

You will be guided through highly effective and accessible strategies for integrating the remedial advantages of the Special Yoga methodology to support the physical and emotional wellbeing of children with dyslexia and dyspraxia. Yoga can support children with Dyslexia and Dyspraxia by reducing anxiety, helping their coordination and balance, whilst also encouraging confidence with in the child. On our courses you'll learn the three different aspects of the Special Yoga methodology taught using a variety of tools with mentor and community support throughout.


Learn how your state matters

The underpinning of Special Yoga offers practices to support you emotionally and energetically to bring the best to the children. Our state matters. When we are able to regulate and calm ourselves and develop self care, understanding and compassion, we are more able to deeply ‘listen’ to the children's needs and support them to reach their potential.


ASANA - using deeply effective postures and movements

Special Yoga uses a few simple but deeply effective postures and movements to support motor planning and coordination, balance, core strength, and emotional regulation. Our therapeutic and accessible programme teaches you to use the practices therapeutically, giving the children a sensory diet and supporting their needs.


BREATHWORK - engaging the breath to regulate and calm

Our breath is our best friend. It is always there for us. The emotions and the breath are intertwined. Our breath changes our emotions and our emotions change our breath. Discover breath awareness and learn how to use the breath with simple but powerful practices to offer the child self regulation and calm. This module offers a variety of practices to support the child to use their breath to support their vital energy and emotional regulation.


SOUND & SONG - using the vibration of sound to calm the nervous system

The value of sound is becoming more fully understood. Sound is a vibration and can be used to calm the nervous system. This module teaches you how to use the vibration of sound and rhythm to improve the child’s motor planning and motor coordination, improve concentration and balance.


RELAXATION - help the child(ren) drop into the deepest place of relaxation

Our intention at Special Yoga is to help the child(ren) drop into the deepest place of relaxation. We know that when our system is at rest and peace, our brains and beings are in the optimum state to reach our potential. This module looks at different pathways to enhance the possibility for the child to relax and calm. This is where the brain and body is in its optimum state for learning and potential.


MINDFULNESS - managing and accepting our human emotions

This module shares various mindful practices that both support our self care and also offer different ways for the child to understand what is happening when they become overwhelmed with strong emotions and feelings of inadequacy. Learning how to kindly and compassionately support ourselves during these times are valuable lessons for life.


MASSAGE AND ENERGY - enhancing the wellbeing of the child(ren)

This module shares a variety of basic massage and energy practices that help to regulate and support the autonomic nervous system and bring balance and coordination to body and mind. Learning how to work with the energy body supports our physical and emotional wellbeing.


Discover how different practices can be adapted for different children

These adaptation modules will give you keys to the different pathways of practice for children with dyslexia and dyspraxia. You will learn how to tailor the practices to meet the individual needs of each child to support their health and wellbeing.


This course will be taught using a variety of tried and tested methods:

--- 2 live teaching webinars with Jyoti and the Special Yoga Team -- ------ 1 live study group webinars with the Special Yoga Team ------ ---------- Self study with video, audio and written materials ----------- ------------------ 3 one to one mentor support sessions ------------------- --------------------- an online course community space --------------------- --------------------- regular quizzes and assignments ----------------------


Our courses begin by giving access to pre-course materials enabling you to begin your inner work before the opening webinar. Between the webinars and study groups you'll have one to one calls with your mentor who will support your journey with Special Yoga.

  • Various pre-course self study materials are available from 20th December

  • The opening Webinar will be held on Thursday 28th January between 7.00pm - 9.30pm and the Closing webinar on Thursday 15th April between 7.00pm - 9.00pm

  • The live study group webinar will be held on Thursday 11th March between 7.00pm - 9.00pm. This study group gives you the opportunity to work with other students and a mentor putting into practice what you have learnt so far.


In addition to paying the £245 course fee in one go we also offer an interest -free payment plan of 4 monthly payments of £61.25. Please note that course access will be suspended if we are unable to take a monthly payment after several attempts. We will of course contact you beforehand.


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.


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 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 both 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.


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