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Yoga for Adults with Special Needs

Yoga for Adults with Special Needs

3 day Intensive (2017 Courses: 12-14 May / 15-18 Sept)


This in-depth three day course will help practitioners gain an understanding of how to approach teaching Yoga to less abled individuals. It will provide students with the tools to demonstrate how to make yoga’s therapeutic benefits accessible to adults with a variety of special needs.

You will learn how to structure and plan a Yoga session for adults with learning difficulties and how these can be integrated into a class situation or one to one. You will observe how chairs, blocks, bolsters and other aids can enhance the quality of the physical practice and how pranayama and chanting techniques can be introduced effectively and the benefits of these methods.

The course will cover 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. It will look at group dynamics and the movements and methods to assist you to be an adaptable and knowledgeable special needs yoga teacher.

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.


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

2017 Course – Book Now! 

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.

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Once payment has been made, you’ll be emailed a registration form which will need to be completed to finalise your booking.

Time: 10:00-17:00
Price includes a comprehensive training manual.
Early Bird Offer:
May course – until 12th March
September course – until 15th July

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

Got any questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us via our enquiry form


– Working with different groups, such as those with ASD, ADD/ADHD, PDD, anxiety disorder; learning difficulties, motor planning issues, developmental delays, neurological disorders and sensory impairment.
– How to implement a yoga programme to build body awareness
– How basic yoga practice influences and enhances bodily functions
– Understanding how this population often experience anxiety, stress, depression and low self-esteem and offering tools and techniques to alleviate this
– How and why yoga works for these populations
– Exploring how yoga equipment, mudras, mantras and the voice can be utilised effectively
– Adapting traditional yoga postures, breathing techniques, relaxation and visualisations for a specific special need
– Managing challenging behaviour and how yoga can be used therapeutically to help individuals move towards inner peace.

Course Teachers

Richard-Kravetz-TTRichard Kravetz
Course leader

Richard Kravetz has been teaching Yoga for over 15 years to Adults, Children and Special Needs. He holds a BWY Dip for teaching adults and Children and served as County Rep for N. london & City 2005-13.
His interest in Special Needs originated when his second Child was born with Global Developmental Delay and he currently teaches at Day Centres, Special Schools and residential homes as well as training people at Special Yoga to work with Special Needs people.

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.

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.


Got any questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us via our enquiry form