Our flagship course:

Special Yoga for Special Children

The Special Yoga methodology discovered in our Special Yoga for Special Children training course will provide you with the confidence and tools to encourage the child’s full potential to flourish.

2020 Courses

Mexico City, Mexico

Dates: February 15th to 21st 2020

Location: Algoralucia, Polanco, Mexico City

Normal Price: $13,000 pesos

London, UK

Dates: 20th – 26th April 2020

Location: The Arc Centre, 98b St Paul St, London N1 7DF

Normal Price: £750

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London, UK

Dates: 10th – 16th October 2020

Location: The Arc Centre, 98b St Paul St, London N1 7DF

Early Bird Price: £700 (book by June 12th 2020)
Normal Price: £750

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Lima, Peru

Dates: 2nd – 8th November 2020

Location: Lima Yoga, Lima, Peru

Early Bird Price: TBC
Normal Price: TBC

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Glasgow, UK

Dates: 30th November – 6th December 2020

Location: YogaJo’s, Milngavie, Glasgow G62 6JN

Early Bird Price: £700 (book by August 1st 2020)
Normal Price: £750

Sydney, Australia

Dates: TBC

Location: Luz All Abilities, Naremburn NSW 2065

Normal Price: AU$950

The course was developed by Jyoti Jo Manuel who has led the path in the UK for the delivery of therapeutic yoga for children with special and additional needs for many years.

We believe that all children are special and that all children deserve to experience inner peace, joy, comfort and fulfilment of their potential and purpose.

Special Yoga for Special Children training provides what is needed to help those caring for and working with children with special needs to support the development of their potential.

As a participant, you will be guided through highly effective and accessible strategies for integrating the remedial advantages of the Special Yoga methodology into the lives of children with special and additional needs.

With these skills you will have the ability to tailor this therapeutic intervention in various settings to the specific needs of the child or group you support.

Special Yoga’s unique and mindful practice has supported thousands of children who are differently abled around the world. This comprehensive course is appropriate for sharing yoga with all children and young people with special and additional needs, including children with autism and ADHD, Down’s Syndrome, cerebral palsy, PMLD and other learning, developmental and physical challenges.

We welcome you to join this course, regardless of your yoga skills. If however, you are on a path to teaching Special Yoga professionally, then this is the first step you need to take to join Special Yoga’s development programme and become a professional Special Yoga practitioner.

The course is accredited by Yoga Alliance and ASDAN.

Special Yoga’s methodology includes the classical yoga practices of movement, breathing, deep relaxation combined with sound, rhythm, massage and sensory integration techniques.

How this Course Benefits You

  • You will feel empowered to deliver Special Yoga to children with special and additional needs.
  • You will observe a variety of live classes to witness first-hand the impact of Special Yoga.
  • You will master the practical skills to manage challenging behaviours.
  • You will learn how to develop a tailored practice both an individual and group setting to fully support the wellbeing and potential of the children.

Course tutor

Jyoti (Jo) Manuel

Founder of Special Yoga and a leading expert in Special Yoga for children and the creator of this course. Jyoti Manuel has devoted her life to increasing awareness, knowledge and practical experience in the therapeutic effects of Special Yoga and making the practice available to as many children as possible.


Teaching Style

You will be guided through highly effective and accessible strategies for integrating the remedial advantages of the Special Yoga methodology into the lives of children with special needs. With these skills you will have the ability to tailor various settings to the specific needs of the child or group you support.

Topics Covered

Please note the topics covered are provided as a guide on what to expect throughout the experience.

Topic 1 – Introducing the Special Yoga Practice

You will be provided with a background to the evolution of our practice and possibilities of Special Yoga. Whether you are a parent, teacher or therapist, we will provide you with the personal and practical knowledge to enter various situations ready to bring the best out of the child.

Topic 2 – Practitioner & Child

You will be guided through how to develop relationships with children and their carers. A positive intention will be established from the outset, and you will understand how to celebrate the child’s strengths to support them in embracing their potential.

Topic 3 – Yoga For Special Babies

Gain an understanding of how to use Special Yoga as an early intervention to support the potential of babies with special needs.

Topic 4 – Sound and Breathing Techniques

Develop an understanding of how to use sound, rhythm and chanting as a valuable part of the practice.

Topic 5 – Asanas

Asanas are the yoga poses. They help to realign, balance and strengthen the body. The course leaders will guide you through how to adapt poses for the different conditions, to build sequences and to nurture the potential within.

Topic 6 – Meditation and Mindfulness

Special Yoga methodology encourages a mindful practice in all aspects inviting deeper awareness of the body and control physically and emotionally.

Topic 7 – Specific Special Needs

You will gain a comprehensive range of practical and personal tools that are relevant to the condition of the child.

Topic 8 – Applying Special Yoga (includes live sessions)

A series of case studies and live sessions will provide you with a deeper insight into how core principles can be practically applied.

Topic 9 – Creating a Class

You will learn how to pose questions, challenge behaviours and become aware of a child’s range of abilities to help tailor your practice accordingly in both a one-to-one sessions and group settings.


You will be asked to register online and make payment to finalise your booking.

What does my fee cover?

  • Full course tuition
  • ‘Special Yoga for Special Children’ course manual
  • Special Yoga Certificate of Accreditation with 100% attendance
  • Live sessions
  • Personal contact with the course leaders

What does my fee exclude?

  • Lunch
  • Parking / Travel / Accommodation

Course Certificate

A Special Yoga for Special Children course certificate will be awarded with 100% attendance.

Useful information

The course will run on a 9.30am to 5.30pm schedule. Please do not schedule travel or other commitments at a time which will require you to arrive late or leave early.

What experience do I need for this course?

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

  • Occupational therapists and physios
  • Yoga teachers and yoga therapists
  • Trainee yoga teachers
  • School teachers and staff
  • Parents

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

Completing the course ‘Special Yoga for Special Children’ will be the first step towards building your knowledge to support all children with special needs.

Special Yoga is a yoga training organisation of excellence. We pride ourselves in appropriately preparing you towards a career. Therefore we highly recommend joining our practitioner development programme if you are considering becoming a professional practitioner with Special Yoga. If you are interested, this will be discussed during your course.

What courses could I do after this course?

To see the extensive range of 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.

Course Tips
Who can do this course?
Occupational therapists, yoga teachers and yoga therapists, trainee yoga teachers, school teachers and staff, parents or anyone interested in exploring Special Yoga.
Is this course recognised?
You will receive a Special Yoga certificate after completing the course with 100% attendance. This course is recognised by Yoga Alliance Professionals and Special Yoga is a British Wheel of Yoga recognised centre. All our courses are recognised by Asdan.
Can I practice professionally with this course?
This course will equip you with the skills to begin using Special Yoga as a therapeutic intervention. As a training centre of excellence we offer a practitioner development programme for those who wish to be registered with Special Yoga. This will be open to students who complete our flagship course Special Yoga for Special Children followed by Special Yoga for Special Children Level 2.
What courses could I do after this course?
After completing the Special Yoga for Special Children course we suggest taking a range of our CPDs and Special Yoga courses to expand your personal and practical tools. Special Yoga for Special Children Level 2 will take you forward on your journey to becoming a Special Yoga Registered Practitioner
Need help booking this course?
We are always ready to help anwser your questions regarding taking our courses. Email teachertraining@specialyoga.org.uk