We exist in order to serve as many special children as possible using our leading Special Yoga Foundation methodology. A part of this involves providing Special Yoga in special schools and units as well as mainstream schools. [Register Your School]

All children can gain value from the therapeutic benefits of Special Yoga and mindfulness that we provide – a conviction born from working with thousands of special children throughout the years and witnessing the profound and far reaching effects that Special Yoga and mindfulness has on the lives of the child, teacher and family alike.

Our pioneering project with the Havering commissioning group saw groundbreaking results. We created a course in Mindfulness for Mental Health Resilience. It was designed for staff and children in all schools and nurseries through the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in Havering and opened up the possibility to support teachers and teaching staff as well as the children.

The programme, which was commissioned by the NHS, involves three sessions: One for primary schools, one for secondary schools, and one for staff and children with special and additional needs. Each session gives teachers an invaluable insight into what it means to be mindful and how to translate that to children.

The reduction of stress and anxiety in both teachers and students following on from the project was dramatic. The project also resulted in increased levels of focus and concentration. It was a fantastic way of showing how a holistic and improved education system will enable teachers, and teaching staff, to use yoga alongside mindfulness as tools for developing their emotional regulation and reducing stress.

We have also had many successes bringing Special Yoga into schools following our Schools Project. Schools have the opportunity to send a member of staff to train with us at Special Yoga Foundation with continual support after training or host and INSET training within their school to support the staff and children. Many schools have also welcomed a Special Yoga Practitioners into the classrooms for weekly yoga sessions.

 

What school services can you provide?

The services we can provide schools with include:

  • Group sessions
  • Individual sessions
  • Sessions which are tailored to the individual needs of the school
  • Customised inset training for staff members

If you would like more information on the services we could provide for your school please send an email to jess@specialyoga.org.uk

 

Testimony from Jack Tizard School

Christine has been working with my class (young learners with severe and profound multiple learning difficulties, complex health needs and physical difficulties) for a year now.

Both the pupils and the staff members look forward to our weekly yoga sessions. Christine’s approach is based on thorough knowledge of yoga and learning/ physical difficulties, and this knowledge allows for flexible and inclusive practice that suits the needs of our pupils.

During the Special Yoga sessions, pupils learned about their bodies and how they could move their bodies in different positions. They began to be aware of and use muscles, and perform poses that we would not normally address in our everyday lives. Pupils also benefited from the sequencing and routine of the sessions, which made them calmer and more focused for the rest of the day. The yoga lessons create a wonderful sense of community; the pupils can see each other and can get close to each other to interact with one another whilst following the pose.

Special Yoga helped in particular with:

  • Contributing towards regulating and encouraging bowel movements
  • Learning specific poses such as the ‘bridge pose’ which then helped pupils to be more actively involved in their personal care routines by being able to lift their bottoms up
  • Strengthening core muscles which contributes towards better posture
  • Balancing (sitting, standing, walking)
  • Developing cognitive skills such as body awareness/ spatial awareness/ learning about directions
  • Learning language relating to body parts, movement and directions
  • Further developing early communication skills such as making choices, basic interaction and vocalisations

Dóri Seregély
Jack Tizard School

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Interested in bringing Special Yoga and Mindfulness to your school?