What a great way to start 2018 — the first bespoke inset training at Manor School in London. Manor School is a primary academy for children based in Kensal Rise. They provide a specialist teaching environment for pupils with a range of special educational needs including global developmental delay, autism and moderate to severe/complex learning difficulties.
Special Yoga has a longstanding relationship with the school as they were local to our training centres. Teachers would bring their pupils to the centre for the free classes that we offered as a demonstration of the knowledge and techniques we teach during our training courses. Competition was rife among teaching staff regarding whose class would attend our sessions, because so many of them loved the opportunity to experience the peace and calm that Special Yoga provides.
I have been working as a therapeutic yoga practitioner in the school since 2015 and most of the children in the school have now experienced yoga. The more opportunties that teachers and teaching assistants had to participate in the classes, the greater the impact the work had on their pupils. Special Yoga is reputed for this groundbreaking work to create a calmer and more balanced environment for learning and for life.
In October last year, BBC Education contacted Special Yoga as they wanted to make a short film about the benefits of yoga in schools. They wanted to ask children how yoga makes them feel. Manor School was the perfect fit. The BBC came to the school and filmed one of the sessions with the children and interviewed them. The clip can be viewed here.
Manor Deputy Head, Louise Kimber, has seen the immediate and direct benefits for her students. She strongly believes that yoga as a therapeutic intervention works for the children at Manor, as well as for staff well-being.
— Rani Arduino, Special Yoga Practitioner