Empowering you to share the benefits of yoga and mindfulness with all children
This training course encompasses neuroscience, breath work, posture, yoga philosophy and mindfulness. The practices taught will enable you to inspire children with or without special needs in mainstream education to integrate yoga and meditation into their lives.
Who may join this course?
It is our intention to share yoga and mindfulness with as many children as possible. We invite anyone with a sound yoga foundation, including a current, regular practice and a love of yoga and children, to join this course. We welcome yoga teachers, school teachers or TAs, therapists or parents/carers. Some experience of mindfulness practices is also a pre-requisite. If you are not a yoga teacher please provide a letter of recommendation from your regular yoga teacher, or get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Skills in an area related to yoga may also enable you to join this course.
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How this Course Benefits You
You will learn:
- A variety of approaches to help children from the age of 2 – 13 years embrace their full potential through the practice of yoga.
- How to include children with special education needs and additional needs into your classes.
- How to manage challenging behaviours and teach children how to self regulate
- Engaging and creative practices of mindfulness from highly experienced practitioners in the field
- Extensive tools to create a mindful space for children giving them life long practises to enhance their wellbeing, confidence and self care.
Please note the topics covered are provided as a guide on what to expect throughout the experience.
■ Topic 1 – Introducing the Yoga Practice
You will be provided with a background to the evolution of our practice and the possibilities of 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 be encouraged to celebrate the child’s strengths as you support them in embracing their potential.
■ Topic 3 – Teaching Yoga Through the Ages (Includes live kids classes)
A series of live classes displaying how to approach techniques with specific ages groups will make for a lively experience. Get a first-hand insight of how to address various requirements of a class and become more certain of your talent in delivering this discipline.
■ Topic 4 – Family Yoga
Learn how to deliver yoga and mindfulness to families.
■ Topic 5 – Sound and Breathing Techniques
Develop an understanding of how to use sound, rhythm and chanting as a valuable part of the practise.
■ Topic 6 – 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 ages, to build sequences and to nurture the potential within.
■ Topic 7 – Meditation and Mindfulness
Special Yoga methodology encourages a mindful practice in all aspects, inviting a deeper physical and emotional awareness of the body for both yourself and the child.
Topic 8 – Children With Special Needs
Sharing practices that will support children with special and additional needs that you will meet in mainstream education.
■ Topic 9 – Yoga in Schools
You will be guided through a variety of styles to suit teaching yoga in schools. This will involve teaching yoga for a school play scheme, as an after-school club activity and ways to effectively integrate yoga as part of the curriculm.
■ Topic 10 – Applying Special Yoga
A series of case studies and live children’s classes will provide you with a deeper insight into how the core principles can be practically applied.
■ Topic 11 – 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 one-to-one sessions and group settings.
We will guide you through highly effective and accessible strategies for integrating the remedial advantages of Special Yoga methodology into the lives of children. With these skills you will have the ability to tailor classes in schools, within the community and within the private sector.
Jyoti (Jo) Manuel Founder of Special Yoga, a leading expert in Yoga for children and the creator of this course. Jyoti Manuel has devoted her life to increasing awareness, knowledge and practical experience around the therapeutic effects of Yoga and making Yoga available to as many children as possible.
Gemma Carey Clark has worked as a teacher in mainstream and specialist provisions since 2006 and holds an MSc in Special and Inclusive Education. Having practiced yoga since she was 18, she knew this was her path and has been sharing Special Yoga since 2015. She is also a qualified Yoga Campus teacher, accredited with yoga alliance and has been leading the ‘yoga in schools’ pilot study in Norfolk.
Beryl Lovegrove began practicing yoga over 40 years ago and has been teaching yoga to children for the last ten. She is a qualified teacher with Yoga Campus and accredited by the British Wheel of Yoga. She has trained with Jyoti Manual at Special Yoga and with Michael Chissick of Yoga at School and holds a BTEC Advanced Diploma in Teaching Yoga to Children. Beryl has also trained with Judith Hanson Lasater as a Restorative Yoga Practitioner.
Emma Naisbett Having worked as an education professional for over 20 years, Emma has an exceptional understanding of primary teaching across all key stages. Emma’s desire to support her young daughter, who was suffering from severe anxiety, sparked the beginning of a fulfilling journey. Emma teaches mindfulness in educational settings to children, teachers, parents, families and has also been a part of the Oxford University-led MYRIAD project, which is investigating the impact mindfulness has on adolescents.
What experience do I need for this course? This course is for yoga teachers or people with a strong yoga practice or skills in a related area. If you are not a yoga teacher please provide a letter of recommendation from your regular yoga teacher, or get in touch. It is also expected that you will have experience of mindfulness practices. Regular attendees of this course include but are not limited to:
- Occupational therapists & physios
- Yoga teachers and yoga therapists
- Trainee yoga teachers
- School teachers and staff
Course fees cover:
- Full tuition
- Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to Children manual
- Special Yoga certificate with 100% attendance
- Observed live yoga sessions
- Personal contact with the course leaders
What does my fee exclude?
- Parking / travel / accommodation
- The course will run on a 9.30am to 5.30pm schedule throughout.