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Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to Children

Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to Children

10 day Intensive  (6 days yoga + 4 days mindfulness)


We have refreshed our Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to Children course from 6 to 10 days. We are now proud to offer the UK’s most comprehensive course of its kind, providing students the tools to make Yoga’s therapeutic benefits accessible to children aged from two to adolescence; helping you to be a confident, intuitive and adaptable Children’s Yoga Teacher. It also encourages a holistic and age-appropriate approach to teaching children, with the aim of helping them reach their full potential.

This pioneering training explores creative, engaging, fun and yet transformative ways to introduce and develop mindfulness and meditation practices for children aged 4-12 years. Concurrent with a satisfying grounding in theory and technical awareness, there will nonetheless be a strong emphasis on experiential ‘hands on, minds on’ learning throughout. Intentionally supportive and nurturing, and with opportunity to reflect on and deepen your own personal practice, this 4 day course investigates therapeutic agenda, holistic benefits, creating and holding appropriately mindful spaces and the creative possibilities for teaching children in this way that is only limited by the expanse of your imagination!

This course is conceived and taught by Jo Manuel, who shares her vast experience having worked with hundreds of children. Her course allows you to learn from your relationship to children, and empowers you to make Yoga a safe space where children can develop emotionally and physically.

For the first time we also bring on board a range of exceptional teachers to support and guide you through this comprehensive course. Ayala Homossany will join Jyoti in leading the Yoga training and Dr Katya Langmuur and Emma Naisbett will lead the mindfulness training.


Our students say…

“I absolutely love this course. The most rewarding thing I have done in my life. Jo is such an amazing teacher and person. Thanks very much for sharing your Yoga with us.”
“Sending huge thank you for all that was taught to me on your teaching course. One of the best experiences of my life so far. I have been offered the job teaching in childrens centers.”

2017 10 day TYMC Course – Book today as places are limited.

Our 10 day course in 2017 will run over 4 weekends:

  • 19th – 21st May (Focus on yoga)
  • 3rd & 4th June (Focus on mindfulness)
  • 23rd – 25th June (Focus on yoga)
  • 15th & 16th July (Focus on mindfulness)

Time: 9:30 – 17:30
Venue: All trainings take place at our centre: Unit 7 Portobello Dock, 557 Harrow Road, London, W10 4RH unless otherwise stated.

Please note: Early bird discounts are not applicable to deposits or payment plans. If you choose to pay a deposit you will be required to pay the remaining balance prior to the course start date.

Ways to pay for this course

  1. Pay £150 deposit and reserve your place – based on the standard £995 price: £845 balance required in full by 12th May 2017
  2. Get the 15% off Earlybird price when paid in full: £846 (Discount ends March 19th 2017)
  3. Pay full price after 19th March 2017 (Courses have limited spaces and often book out before end of the earlybird period)

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Once payment has been made, you’ll be redirected to our booking page to fill in your details you’ll also receive an email with a link to this page.



  • Anatomy and age-appropriate postures
  • Relaxation, breathing practices and mantras
  • Regulating music and songs
  • Creative visualisation
  • Yoga in the classroom
  • Behaviour management
  • Safety guidelines and practicalities of setting up classes


  • Comprehensive theory and practice of teaching mindfulness and meditation to children
  • Mindfulness weekend one focuses on 4-7 year olds
  • Mindfulness weekend two focuses on 7-12 year olds
  • Exploration of therapeutic agenda and holistic benefits
  • Consideration of how to plan, create and hold mindful spaces
  • Emphasis on developing confidence in creating and leading bespoke practices for children
  • Experience and learn creative practices to include breath work, voice work and music; expressive movement; rotations of consciousness and body scanning; drawing and art; mindful eating practices; creative visualization.



This course offers a formal certificate of attendance which enables you to teach children aged two to adolescence.

Our training school has met the stringent requirements set by Yoga Alliance Professionals, demonstrating that our courses are of the highest standard and that our graduates may register with Yoga Alliance Professionals to use their relevant membership level designation, as a sign of quality training.

Special Yoga for Special Children is now accredited by ASDAN. If you would like to receive a certificate from ASDAN, please contact teachertraining@specialyoga.org.uk.

Course Teachers


Jyoti (Jo) Manuel

Jyoti Manuel is one of the UK’s leading experts on the long-term therapeutic benefits of Yoga for children. Her acclaimed Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to Children teacher training course is a result of her longstanding commitment to increasing awareness, knowledge and practical experience around the therapeutic effects of Yoga and making Yoga available to as many children as possible.


Ayala_web2Ayala Homossany

Ayala Homossany has a background in design and classic ballet, and a sincere appreciation for creativity of any kind, she brings her own unique teaching into her classes. Ayala is the author of the Enchanted Wonders(TM) books which have been published on the iBook store in 2012. Ayala is a qualified British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance teacher, having qualified with Jyoti Manuel, Uma Dinsmore Tuli and Janet Balaskas.


Dr Katya Langmuur ProfileDr Katya Langmuur

Katyayani, or Dr Katya Langmuur, is a personal development facilitator, multi-modality therapist, academic and a meditation teacher of over fifteen years standing. With a PhD in twentieth century Hindu Studies coupled with over twenty years’ experience working with groups and individuals, she finds innovative and joyful ways of threading authentic traditional philosophies into modern ways of being, living and working. A university lecturer in Indian Philosophy and Religious Studies, Katyayani has been creating and running spiritual and meditation programmes for all stages of NHS HIV-related palliative care since 2001 and has led classes and workshops in Meditation, Chakra Meditation, Kirtan and Chanting for Babies and Toddlers for the Special Yoga Centre, amongst other places, also over a number of years. As a mum of two young boys, she has been particularly interested in recent years in making mindfulness and meditation accessible and inspiring to young children.


Emma Naisbett ProfileEmma Naisbett

Emma is a passionate, committed and inspiring education professional with over 20 years of primary teaching experience across all key stages. Emma first became interested in mindfulness to support her young daughter, who was suffering with severe anxiety. Over the last five years she has completed extensive training with Bangor University and the Oxford Centre of Mindfulness, specializing in teaching mindfulness in educational settings to children, teachers, parents and families. Emma delivers all three of the Mindfulness in Schools Project programs, and is an independent trainer for them. In addition to her work with children, Emma delivers mindfulness training and workshops to schools, at deputy head and head teacher conferences, and to the general public. Emma has been part of the Oxford University led MYRIAD project, which is investigating the impact mindfulness has on adolescents. Emma is also a fully qualified children, teen and adult yoga teacher, and blends mindfulness and movement in her classes, which she teaches in schools and to the wider community in a variety of contexts.

Student pre-requisites

– Open to Yoga Teachers and Trainee Yoga Teachers
– Also open to those working with children who have extensive Yoga experience and a reference from their teacher
– Interested in working with children through mindfulness and meditation need to demonstrate a suitable level of personal proficiency. This could include (but is not restricted to) attendance of an 8 Week Mindfulness Training, a Vipassana retreat, ongoing personal practice etc. If in doubt please contact one of the course leaders.

Benefits to Students

After the training, participants should feel both confident and empowered to create considered, creative and transformative practices and programmes for children from the age of 4 until 12. Whilst adhering to traditional methodology and thinking, these sessions will nonetheless be entirely personally reflective of who and how they are as individuals. This is learning to teach from the heart not just from the book, learning how to model what we teach. Accordingly, this professional exploration offers an opportunity to reflect on and deepen own personal practice at the same time.



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