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George’s Story

George’s Story

George's Story

The Special Yoga Foundation is a truly amazing place. We arrived here over 4 years ago with a little 2 year old boy called George. We were unsure of the future ahead for George and were desperate for some help.

George is a very poorly boy, complex health needs, severe epilepsy, undiagnosed degenerative neurological condition, visually impaired and the list goes on!

He had no muscle tone and no awareness of his body or the world around him. At 6 months old he was given only months to live and it felt like we were left alone by other professionals to just enjoy what little time we had left. We looked into and tried anything and everything with no difference until we found Special Yoga.

Once we spoke to Jo Manuel we felt this was our life line and I cannot tell you how much it has helped not only George but our whole family too.

We live in Kettering, Northamptonshire and it takes us 2 hours to get to the centre but that really does not matter, it is so worth it. Jo has been amazing and such a talented lady and cannot thank her enough for all the help and support she has given us over the years.

George is now almost 7 years old, has amazed all his professionals and is getting stronger and stronger. Yoga has taught him about his body, how to use his poorly lungs to their best. He loves to chant (which when he is well he can make his own noises and very distinctly chants “Hari Om”). He has 2 younger sisters who both love yoga, I myself have taken up yoga practising and have overcome post natal depression with lots of help from Kathy Osbourne (yoga teacher at SYF).

I feel that SYF is my extended family and would love for all their much needed work to carry on. There is so many families like ours out there who need SYF.

Love Donna xxx
(The Butterworth Family)

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