Course Structure

The second part of our flagship course Special Yoga for Special Children has been re-designed for Online Learning. Each module of between two and two and a half hours will provide an opportunity for participants to practise together as Jyoti or a member of the Special Yoga team lead a meditation and yoga practice. The course will offer time to reflect, time to connect, time to absorb and learn, time for deeply embodying the various practices that will be shared with you as well as time to immerse in your own spiritual and emotional journey. There will be homework after each module to support (rather than assess!) you on this journey.

  • Be part of a 'buddy/mentor' group 'sitting' together to share, practise and discuss each of the learning modules

  • Be supported by a Special Yoga Mentor throughout your journey on the course and have the opportunity for monthly one to one mentoring sessions

  • Participate in a buddy group monthly meeting online either with or without your mentor to reflect, share and support each other.

Lead Teacher and Founder of Special Yoga

Jyoti Jo Manuel

Jyoti Jo Manuel


Founder of Special Yoga, passionate about the healing potential of a therapeutic yoga, mind, body, breath practice for children with special or additional needs


Karuna Jackman

Senior Practitioner and Trainer

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.

Katy Lowe

Senior Practitioner and Trainer

Katy’s passion is to go beyond the body and see the real beauty that sits inside each and every one of us. Katy believes that there are no limits to what one can achieve, and she practises from a place of deep compassion and empathy. Katy’s work is predominantly with children and young adults with Cerebral Palsy, Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities and profound autism.

Christine Godwin

Senior Practitioner & Trainer

Christine is one of our Senior Practitioners with extensive experience both in supporting her beautiful child Jacob, who has downs syndrome, and other children and adults with special needs. With heartfelt commitment Christine supports the organisation in a variety of ways

Course curriculum

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