Children & Families
The Mission of Special Yoga Foundation is to reach as many children with special needs as possible throughout the UK and worldwide with our therapeutic yoga programme.
Who we are – Our beliefs
Special Yoga Foundation was founded to provide yoga as a therapeutic intervention for children with special needs. We consider all children special and know that no label can define or limit a child’s potential for positive change. All children can benefit from the therapeutic service we provide.
What we do
Special Yoga Foundation was established to provide yoga as a therapeutic intervention to children with special needs throughout the UK and across the world.
All children can benefit from the therapeutic service we provide – a conviction born from working with thousands of special children throughout the years and witnessing the profound and far reaching effects that therapeutic Yoga has on the lives of every child it reaches.
We have a dedicated and ever expanding team of special yoga practitioners offering this work.
We 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. We meet every child both in our group and in our individual sessions with the pure intention to create a practice that will encourage their fullest potential. We celebrate the strength within each child and work from there. When the child is taken out of stress and into a relaxed state, it creates the optimum condition for the possibility of positive change.
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. Their message to us is very powerful in exchange, and with respect and care, we can share with them the Special Yoga practice that can help them physically, emotionally and spiritually. The increased sensitivity that we as practitioners gain from spending time with vulnerable people continually refines our practices which helps to open many doors to their health, well-being and communication.
Special Yoga Practitioners
At the heart of Special Yoga is the quality of the therapeutic practice that we provide. We therefore ensure through our certified training programmes and Continued Professional Development (CPD), mentoring and peer to peer support that enable our Special Yoga practitioners to provide a service of excellence.
Yoga is a 5000 year old practice of mind, body and spirit. We see 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 wellbeing of all who practice. When the child is taken out of stress and into a relaxed state, it creates the optimum state for the possibility of positive change.
Specific 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
We recognise that parenting a child with special needs comes with additional challenges for the whole family.
The family can benefit from the holistic approach at Special Yoga Foundation where their children are safe, accepted and nurtured without having to look at what is wrong. 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.
As well as the moments of respite support and identification with other parents and carers when their children are doing yoga, we also provide parents’ workshops, and family classes. We actively encourage the parents and carers to take training with us and learn how to support their own wellbeing as well as the child’s.