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Yoga for Adults with Special Needs

Yoga for Adults with Special Needs

3 day Intensive (12-14 May 2017)

“From this course I’ve got inspiration, confidence to go out and use what I have learned.” HG ★★★★★

This in depth three day course will help participants gain an understanding of how to approach teaching yoga to less able individuals. You will be provided with the tools necessary for teaching yoga in a variety of situations to form the basis of a solid foundation of learning, and feel confident to work with different populations.

We will explore how yoga postures and movements can be modified so that yoga`s therapeutic benefits are accessible to all. You will learn how to structure and plan a yoga session for adults with physical restrictions and/or learning difficulties and how these people can be integrated into a class or taught one to one. You will observe how props such as chairs,blocks, bolsters and belts can enhance the quality of the physical practice and how pranayama and chanting techniques can be introduced effectively, and the benefits of these methods.

You will participate in a chair yoga class and learn a variety of techniques which can be applied to different groups and class situations. You will observe a live group yoga class for adults with special needs and a one to one session.You will learn and practice massage techniques and how these can be applied to your students.

The course will include how to work effectively with staff and how to create a caring and inclusive environment where people are welcomed and encouraged to feel comfortable and at ease. We will examine group dynamics and behavioural issues and explain the right guidelines required to prepare for a yoga session. By the end of the course you will feel empowered to be a knowledgeable yoga practitioner and ready to teach yoga to individuals or groups and to continue to develop your teaching in this way.

The objectives of this training are to provide a solid foundation for participants to approach a yoga class with those with additional needs, and the right guidelines and practices to empower their teaching.

Here is an example of Richard teaching a sensory impairments class

Our students say…

“From enrolling onto this course I have a new found confidence, ability & ambition to teaching Yoga to adults with special needs.”
“From this course I’ve got inspiration, confidence to go out and use what I have learned.”
“The course has inspired me to go and learn more about yoga for adults with special needs and has also given me the confidence to perhaps start teaching.”
Sept 2015

Course Booking Information

MAY COURSE – Early bird still available!
Early Bird Price: £297 (Standard price £350) discount ends April 5th

Course Date: 12th-14th May 2017 (3 days)
Course Times: 9:30am-5:30pm
Deposit Policy: Early bird price only applies to full payments, deposits are based on the standard price
Venue: Special Yoga Center, Portobello Dock, 557 Harrow Road, London, W10 4RH

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  • Teaching Yoga to special people
  • Live group session
  • Live one to one session
  • Working with groups
  • Chair Yoga for the less mobile
  • Asana for different populations
  • Creating sequences
  • Massage and touch

Student pre-requisites

  • Open to yoga teachers, school teachers, occupational therapists, day centre supervisors, support workers, health professionals.
  • To those working in the social services, colleges, residential homes and anyone working with adults in the special needs arena.
  • Also open to carers and therapists. Prior yoga experience is helpful but not mandatory.

Student Benefits

Practitioners gain an understanding of how to approach a yoga class incorporating people with reduced mobility and learning difficulties.
Access to the tools required to help adapt renowned yoga techniques to aid the physical and mental development of adults with special needs.
The learning outcomes will enable students to structure and plan classes for high functioning adults and those less able such as non-ambulatory individuals.
Learn how Chair Yoga can be incorporated into a lesson plan for people with reduced mobility.

Course Teachers

Richard-Kravetz-TTRichard Kravetz
Course leader

Richard has been teaching Yoga for over 20 years to Adults, Children and Special Needs. He is a qualified British wheel of Yoga(BWY) teacher for adults and children and a qualified Special Needs Yoga therapist and Chair yoga instructor. Richard has served as County Rep. for the BWY North london & City 2005-13.
His interest in teaching Special needs originated when his second child was born with Global Developmental Delay.
Richard currently  teaches at Day Centres, Schools and Care homes for people with Special Needs, Sensory Impairment and Dementia. He has recently developed a programme of Chair yoga to help teach yoga to the elderly and those with reduced mobility as well as conducting regular training courses and workshops.

Christine-GodwinChristine Godwin

Christine has been a practitioner of cognitive behavioural therapy for the NHS, a full-time reflexologist since 1994 and has been teaching yoga and practicing yoga therapy for 15 years. She first started training as a yoga therapist to work with her son Jacob who has Down syndrome. From the early inspiration and practical experience of Jacob, Christine extended her teaching and yoga therapy to include Hatha yoga and yoga nidra classes, classes for adults and children with disabilities and/or learning difficulties and one to one yoga therapy sessions. Jacob is now 17 and continues to be an inspiration as he grows older and his needs change. Christine has two other sons and lives and practices in west London.


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