HI Somatic Movement for Special Needs – Special Yoga Training

Somatic Movement for Special Needs

Learn how somatic movement develops body awareness and proprioception, relieves chronic tension and muscle spasms, and improves the stress response in people with special needs. Suitable for practitioners with an interest in exploring the mind-body connection and how physical movement can regulate the nervous system through neuromuscular retraining.

Dates TBC

This one day workshop will introduce you to the principles of Somatic movement and its applications for people with special needs, as well as self care for the practitioner.  

Somatic movement views the body as a whole, or the Soma, integrating the sensory system with motor control. It is based in Hanna Somatic movement as developed by Thomas Hanna. It is a process of reprogramming the body and brain connections through targetted movements and conscious muscular contraction and release.

Somatic movement directly benefits people with special needs by developing proprioception, developing new neural pathways, strengthening

How this Course Benefits You

  • Understand very basic Hanna Somatic movement principles
  • Learn how Somatic Movement can be brought to individuals with additional needs.
  • Experience tools and movement flows to help reduce chronic tension and spasms, developing new neural pathways and improve body awareness and proprioception.
  • Explore how these simple techniques can support the practitioner’s body.



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.

Topic Summary

Introduction to Somatic movement

Benefits for people with special needs

Practical applications of somatic movement

What does my fee cover?

  • Full tuition
  • Special Yoga course certificate; with 100% attendance
  • Personal contact with the course leaders
  • Herbal teas

What does my fee exclude?

  • Lunch
  • Parking / travel / accommodation

Course Certification

Your success in completing the course with 100% attendance, will be celebrated with a certificate from Special Yoga as a training centre of excellence.

Course tutors

The course will be delivered by Special Yoga, Karuna Kathryn Jackman. We are pleased to introduce you to the team here.

Teaching Style

This one day workshop in experiential in nature, so that you can experience the movements in your own body. Once embodied,  the applications of the movements are more easily understood.

Please wear loose comfortable clothing and make sure you bring plenty of layers so that you are warm and comfortable

Useful Information

The day will run from 9.30am to 5.30pm. Please come dressed comfortably to be seated on a yoga mat for the day. You are invited to bring your own yoga mat and props though we will have mats for those who do not have one.

What experience do I need for this course?

This course is open to all, including people who do not teach yoga professionally. Attendees of this course may include but are not limited to:

  • Special needs teachers, teaching assistants and SENcos
  • Paediatric professionals and therapists
  • Parents of a child with special needs
  • All yoga teachers
  • Trainee yoga students

Can I become a Special Yoga practitioner after completing this course?

Completing our course, Special Yoga for Children and Young People with Multi-Sensory Impairment, is a part of your journey towards supporting people with special needs, and to be equipped with the latest practices and techniques.

Special Yoga is a training centre of excellence. We pride ourselves in appropriately preparing you for a career. Therefore we highly recommend joining our practitioner development programme if you are considering becoming a professional practitioner with Special Yoga. This will be discussed during the course.

What courses could I do after this course?

To see the extensive range of courses and CPDs we have designed to give you practical tools that can further develop your personal practice, please click here

Can we support you in choosing your course?

If you have any queries please let us know at teachertraining@specialyoga.org.uk

Policies & Procedures

For the full course policies and terms & conditions please click here.

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