We are a growing global community of families, practitioners, teachers, therapists, supporters and carers who empower children with special and additional needs to redefine their possible. We are Special Yoga.
Special Yoga Core Team
Our dedicated team share a passion for making an impact on children with special needs and redefining what our society perceives as possible of people with special abilities. Each person has a role that is integral to our success.
Jyoti Manuel | Founder of Special Yoga & Lead Practitioner
Having supported children with special and additional needs for over quarter of a century, Jyoti is a spiritual leader and mentor for all of our practice work. Setting the standard for a positive approach towards teaching yoga that our practitioners across the world reinforce.
Dhara Nortcliffe | Senior Practitioner & Development & Support
Dhara is an exemplary Special Yoga Practitioner with deep knowledge and experience of working directly with children as well as bringing the benefits of Special Yoga to other organisations. Dhara takes care of the support and development of our Practitioners and is a vital part of growing and expanding our reach and ability to serve the needs of as many children as we can.
Christine Godwin | Senior Practitioner
Christine is one of our Senior Practitioners with extensive experience both in supporting her beautiful child Jacob, who has downs syndrome, and other children and adults with special needs. With heartfelt commitment Christine supports the organisation in a variety of ways.
Claire Baker | Practitioner & Administrative Guru
Claire builds relationships to welcome new corporate supporters and organisations into our diverse community, alongside coordinating and managing our fundraising activities.
Karuna Jackman | Senior Special Yoga Practitioner & Trainer
Karuna is one of our Senior Practitioners, working with adults and children with special needs for over 8 years. She is a British Wheel of Yoga and Integral Yoga trained teacher bringing her compassionate gentle nature to all her clients. She has also trained in Hanna Somatic Movement, a form of neuromuscular re-education that helps to ease chronic stress in the body.
Karuna’s classes are rooted in compassion; aimed to develop a loving relationship to where we are right now and a chance to explore one’s full potential. A well-rounded class with some chanting, postures relaxation, breathing and meditation provides the opportunity to connect with our own true nature…bliss!
Rani Arduino | Senior Special Yoga Practitioner & Trainer
Rani is a Senior Practitioner at Special Yoga with an innate ability to create a fun, creative and empowering experience during her yoga sessions with children and teenagers. Rani values the transformational benefits yoga can give the next generation and dedicates her practice to helping children connect with themselves, feel loved and explore their potential. Rani also holds a degree in Psychology from the University of Torino in Italy.
Katy Lowe | Senior Special Yoga Practitioner & Trainer
Katy’s passion is to go beyond the body and see the real beauty that sits inside each and every one of us. Katy believes that there are no limits to what one can achieve, and she practises from a place of deep compassion and empathy. Katy’s work is predominantly with children and young adults with Cerebral Palsy, Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities and profound autism.
Special Yoga Mindfulness Team
Ayala Hosmany | Teaching Yoga & Mindfulness to Children Trainer
With an unyielding appreciation for the creative elements that yoga entails, Ayala uses her background in classical ballet and design to bring her own unique teaching into classes. Ayala is the author of the Enchanted Wonders™ books and is a qualified British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance teacher.
Emma Naisbett | Teaching Yoga & Mindfulness to Children Trainer
Having worked as an education professional for over 20 years, Emma has an exceptional understanding of primary teaching across all key stages. Emma’s desire to support her young daughter, who was suffering from severe anxiety, sparked the beginning of a fulfilling journey. Emma teaches mindfulness in educational settings to children, teachers, parents, families and has also been a part of the Oxford University-led MYRIAD project, which is investigating the impact mindfulness has on adolescents.
Beryl Lovegrove |
Beryl began practicing Yoga over 40 years ago and has been teaching yoga to children for the last 10 and is a qualified teacher with Yoga Campus and accredited by the British Wheel of Yoga. She has trained with Jyoti Manual at Special Yoga and with Michael Chissick of Yoga at School and holds a BTEC Advanced Diploma in Teaching Yoga to Children. Beryl has also trained with Judith Hanson Lasater as a Restorative Yoga Practitioner and is an ITEC Massage Therapist.
Beryl uses yoga as a therapeutic intervention to support children with Special Educational Needs in mainstream pre and primary schools when teaching yoga and mindfulness to children. She teaches Children’s Yoga Days, workshops and events and organises a ‘Yoga Space’ for children at community and charity events. Beryl also delivers Mindfulness for Mental Health Resilience Training to School teaching staff on behalf of Special Yoga.
Special Yoga Adult Team
Richard Kravetz | Trainer for Adult/Chair Yoga
Richard 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 North London & City 2005-13.
His interest in Special Needs originated when his second child was born with Global Developmental Delay. Richard currently teaches at Day Centres, Special Schools and residential homes. Richard’s training enables practitioners to deliver yoga therapy to the wider population and helps facilitate the practice of yoga for people with Special Needs.