Special Yoga Foundation, the charity founded to provide yoga as a therapeutic intervention for children with special needs throughout the UK and across the world.

special yogaSpecial Yoga is a centre of excellence for Therapeutic and Professional Yoga Teacher Training offering programs for yoga teachers, parents and paediatric professionals to deliver yoga as a therapeutic treatment in the special needs community. In addition they also offer training in schools to support whole classrooms as well as smaller groups of children.

All children can benefit from the therapeutic service provided, with Special Yoga working with thousands of special needs children throughout the years and witnessing the profound and far reaching effect that therapeutic Yoga has on the lives of every child it reaches. With a dedicated and ever expanding team of special yoga practitioners offering this work, they offer extensive trainings in the UK and internationally to support Special Yoga’s mission to reach and serve as many children as possible.

Special Yoga’s methodology includes the classical yoga practices of movement, breathing, deep relaxation, as well as sound, rhythm, massage, and sensory integration techniques. Children are taken out of stress and into a relaxed state, creating the optimum condition for the possibility of positive change, working with each child helping them reach their full potential.

Although a vulnerable group in every community, people with special needs and disabilities have a great deal to teach others about acceptance and unconditional love. The Special Yoga practice team helps these children physically, emotionally and spiritually. The increased sensitivity the practitioners use and gain from spending time with vulnerable people continually refines their practices helping to open many doors to their health, well-being and communication.

At the heart of Special Yoga is the quality of the therapeutic practice provided.  Ensuring through certified training programmes and Continued Professional Development (CPD), mentoring and peer to peer support, that Special Yoga as practitioners provide a service of excellence.

Yoga is a 5000 year old practice of mind, body and spirit.  There are innumerable benefits on all levels of the child’s being. Many studies have been carried out regarding the impact that yoga and mindfulness has on the well-being of all who practice.

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Specific Yoga benefits include;

  • Reduction in stress and anxiety
  • Improved resilience
  • Developing the ability to self-regulate across environments and demands
  • Developing balance and the ability to relax and release tension, fear and frustration
  • Improved self- awareness: both body and mind
  • Improved motor planning and control
  • Improved immune function
  • Improved quality and quantity of sleep
  • Enhanced respiratory ability and capacity
  • Enhanced sense of well-being, calm and peace
  • Creating emotional balance
  • The family

The family can benefit from the holistic approach at Special Yoga Foundation where their children are safe, accepted and nurtured.  The practice that draws out and encourages the personal development and potential of each child without the need to focus on or to define problems and issues. Furthermore Special Yoga also provide parents’ workshops, and family classes, encouraging parents and carers to take training with the practitioners to learn how to support their own well-being as well as that of the child.

The Special Yoga Foundation delivering their flagship therapeutic training ‘Special Yoga for Special Children’ in Preston from the 18 April 2016. This powerful course is highly popular amongst healthcare professionals. The training gives attendees the essential tools to make Yoga’s therapeutic benefits accessible to infants and children with various special needs, helping them reach their full potential.

For more information about the Special Yoga Foundation you can get in touch by calling 020 8968 1900, emailing info@specialyoga.org.uk, or visit their website at www.specialyoga.org.uk. Keep up to date with the latest from the charity on Facebook and Twitter.

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