Join us to bring Special Yoga’s profound, accessible and effective practices to children and young people with autism and/or ADHD.

This foundation programme provides you with the confidence and tools to support the children to be more embodied and regulated enabling their true potential to flourish.

Course begins on Saturday 10th October with pre-course materials available from 30th August.



THE SPECIAL YOGA PATH

Your Foundation

This Special Yoga and Mindfulness for Autism and ADHD foundation level course introduces you to the Special Yoga methodology, teaches you accessible practices and adaptations to begin to teach children with Autism and/or ADHD. After taking this course you will be able to take a short bridging course before progressing to our Special Yoga for Special Children Level One training. In this you which will build on the knowledge and skills you have learned here which may lead to accreditation as a Special Yoga Practitioner.

How this Course Benefits You

  • You will develop an understanding of how to use yoga and mindfulness therapeutically in bringing the physical and emotional body into balance (and by supporting emotional regulation, motor planning skills and coordination).
  • Your understanding will be developed of how yoga and mindfulness can be used to restore health and wellbeing, improve digestion, enhance metabolism and elimination, in addition to enhancing immune function.
  • You will understand the use of yoga as a daily ‘sensory diet’.
  • Your ability to plan and sequence for one-to-one and group yoga classes will strengthen.
  • You will adapt the practice for the differential in the autistic spectrum.
  • You will develop the tools to enable an effective delivery of Special Yoga methodology to enhance the potential of the child.

Teaching Style

Using a combination of live webinars and study groups, online course materials including videos and written content you will be guided through highly effective and accessible strategies for integrating our remedial advantages of Special Yoga methodology into the lives of children with autism and ADHD. With these skills you will have the ability to tailor various settings to the specific needs of the child or group you support. You will be supported throughout by your own mentor and enjoy the support of the course community via the community page.


In this course 

Right from the start of our foundation course 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 Autism and ADHD. On our courses you will learn the three different aspects of the Special Yoga methodology taught using a variety of tools with mentor and community support throughout

■ Inner Work – Learn how your state matters

The underpinning of Special Yoga is offering practices to support your emotional and energetic state and bring the best to the children. Our state matters. When we are able to regulate and calm ourselves and develop self care, understanding and compassion, we are more able to deeply ‘listen’ to the children. Understanding how to support their behaviours as an expression of their needs creates new channels of healthy and more peaceful communication and allows us to more fully support them. As we change our inner landscape we offer them the potential to change and flourish

■ Practice Tools – The Special Yoga methodology uses classic yoga practices including:

■ Asana – Deeply Effective Postures and Movements

At Special Yoga we offer a few simple but very effective postures and movements that support the children’s sensory, physical, physiological and emotional needs. Our therapeutic and accessible programme teaches you to use the practices therapeutically, giving the children a sensory diet and supporting their needs. This modules shares a basic understanding of sequencing and finding appropriate and useful adaptations for the children

■ Breathwork-  Engaging the breath to regulate and calm

Pranayama (breathwork) is one of the eight limbs of yoga. Being aware of our breath and learning how to manage and use help us to develop some of the most powerful practices for self regulation and calm. This modules shares varying profound and simple breath practices for ourselves and for the children to support emotional regulation and wellbeing.

■ Sound and Song – Using the vibration of sound to calm the nervous system

The value of sound is becoming more fully understood. Sound is a vibration and can be used to calm the nervous system and alleviate symptoms of anxiety. It can help to regulate the breath and bring the child into the present moment. This modules also teaches you how to use the vibration of sound and rhythm to improve the child’s concentration, motor planning and motor coordination.

■ Relaxation – Help the child(ren) drop into the deepest place of relaxation

Our intention at Special Yoga is to help the child(ren) drop into the deepest place of relaxation. This module looks at different pathways to enhance the possibility for the child to relax and calm. This is where the brain and body is at its optimum state for our learning and potential.

■ Mindfulness – Managing and accepting our human emotions

This module offers a variety of mindfulness practices to help children become more self-aware and bring an understanding of what is happening in their brains. We will share a variety of mindfulness tools to help the children to manage their emotional state compassionately and kindly. Learning how to manage and accept our human emotions of frustration, rage, anger, emotional meltdowns, as well as fear and anxiety is an important life skill.

■ Massage and Energy – Help the child(ren) drop into the deepest place of relaxation

This module will offer a variety of massage techniques that we have learned and used at Special Yoga to enhance the wellbeing of children with special needs. These are not full modules in any specific modality but will offer a variety of basic massage and energy practices that help to regulate and support the autonomic nervous system and bring balance and peace to body and mind. Learning how to work with the energy body supports our wellbeing.

■ Working with the Feet – Managing and accepting our human emotions

You can undo a lot of the body tensions through the feet. Some children with autism are toe walkers. By working through their feet, we can enhance their health and vitality as well as invite a connection to the ground through the complete sole of the foot to bring improved balance and embodiment.

■ Adaptation Know-How – Discover how different practices can be adapted for different children

These adaptation modules will give you keys to the different pathways of practice for children in different place on the huge spectrum of autism. You will learn how to tailor the practices to meet the individual needs of each child to support their health and wellbeing.

Fees

What does my fee cover?

  • Full tuition
  • ‘Special Yoga and Mindfulness Foundation Course Certificate with 100% attendance, completion of all quizzes and assignments and demonstration of your understanding of the Special Yoga methodology through submission of a video showing you working with a child.
  • Downloadable Course manual available as pdf’s your progress through the course.
  • Personal contact with your own mentor
  • Course community page with fellow students

What does my fee exclude?

  • Face to face in person training

Useful information

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:

  • Special needs teachers
  • All yoga teachers
  • Trainee yoga students
  • Special needs and paediatric professionals
  • School teachers
  • Occupational therapists
  • Parent of a special needs child

Can I become a Special Yoga practitioner after completing this course?
Completing the course, Special Yoga and Mindfulness for Autism and ADHD, will be the first step towards building your knowledge to support all children with autism and ADHD. We pride ourselves in appropriately preparing you towards a career You may wish to join our Special Yoga for Special Children level one training, to do this you will first need to take a short ‘Bridge to SYSC1’ course. This will be discussed during the 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.

Course Tips
Who can do this course?
Special needs teachers, all yoga teachers, trainee yoga students, special needs and paediatric professionals, school teachers. occupational therapists, parents of a child with special needs or anyone with an interest in a career in Special Yoga.
Is this course recognised?
You will receive a Special Yoga certificate after completing the course with 100% attendance. 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 course, Special Yoga and Mindfulness for Autism and ADHD, we suggest registering for our flagship course, Special Yoga for Special Children, or, if you have already taken this course, then we suggest taking our Special Yoga CPDs to expand your personal and practical knowledge.
Need help booking this course?
We are always ready to help anwser your questions regarding taking our courses. Email teachertraining@specialyoga.org.uk