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 the Special Yoga Foundation.


The Special Yoga Foundation 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 SYF & 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.


Roger Andrews | Executive Chair

Roger is building the organisation to continue operating in a transparent and efficient manner. His fiercely inclusive take on communicating our services is scaling SYF to reach more and more children in the UK and worldwide.


Dhara Nortcliffe | Senior Practitioner & Business Development

Dhara is an exemplary representation of our clear-cut approach towards conducting business.With the deep knowledge and experience of working with the children and outside organisations, Dhara is a vital part of growing and expanding our ability to serve more children.


Pippa Seeta O’Connor | Director, Mindfulness

Pippa is a strong supporter of the work SYF does with children, and is a valued member. Her professional credentials includes extensive experience in mindfulness and compassion support.


Jodie Spiers | Head of Service Operations

With great focus, compassion and commitment Jodie keeps the centre running and on track. Everything from organising workshops, our reception team and overseeing the smooth day to day running of the Special Yoga Foundation.


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 sits on the SYF board of trustees and supports the organisation in a variety of ways.

Jess Taylor | Therapy & Outreach Coordinator

Jess schedules the sessions for the children. As well as welcoming outside organisations such as schools and care homes to have therapeutic special yoga sessions.


Hannah Cloke | Training Development Manager

Hannah is our upbeat professional taking charge of organising training courses. She’s the attentive person you will be in touch with when you chose to book a training with us.


Ingrid Sanchez | Graphics Designer
Our very talented Ingrid uses her craft to visually communicate the celebratory message of our brand. Ingrid is responsible for all our beautiful branding, art, print and web design.


Claire Baker | Fundraising Manager
Claire builds relationships to welcome new corporate supporters and organisations into our diverse community, alongside coordinating and managing our fundraising activities.


Naomi Sherry | Ambassador

Naomi is a very valued volunteer who provides a tremendous support across all our departments and management team.


Rochelle Alexandra | Marketing Coordinator

Rochelle is our multi-talented marketer and copywriter encouraging the growth of the special yoga community.


Travers Lee | Marketing Director

Using his leading expertise, Travers connects the core values of the foundation with the wider community, gradually reshaping society’s perceptions of what’s possible for children with special needs.


Priscilla Granozio | Administrator & PR Coordinator

Priscilla is using her breadth of experience to share the mission of Special Yoga with a wider community and encourage more people to celebrate children with special needs.


Sandy Asante | Receptionist

Sandy is our weekend receptionist who greets everyone with a smile and has a wonderful relationship with our families.


Bashara Phillips | Receptionist

Bashara is our lovely receptionist who welcomes those who have 1:1 sessions with our practitioners at People’s Centre for Change.


Angela Chiwai | Receptionist

Angela Chiwai is our welcoming part-time receptionist with a fantastic talent for supporting our visitors at the foundation.


Edward Espinosa | Friend to SYF

Edward brings joy and happiness every time we enter and leave work. He ensures that our building is well maintained and greets everyone will a warm heart!