19 May to 16 June 2017  | London

12 Jan to 18 March 2018  | London

‘Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to Children’ will give you an extensive set of tools to help children navigate the challenges of life and highlight their natural joy and peace. Book This Course

This is one of the most comprehensive courses of its kind in the UK. The strategies taught will prepare you to inspire children, with or without special needs, to independently integrate the holistic benefits of yoga and meditation into their lifestyle.

How this Course Benefits You

  • You will encounter the enjoyment of enhancing your skills to help children from the age of 2 – 14 years embrace their full potential.
  • Your theoretical understanding of the practice will advance.
  • You will learn from highly experienced practitioners in the field of mindfulness and meditation to explore engaging, fun and creative practices.
  • You will learn extensive tools to learn to create a mindful space for children giving them life long tools

Topics Covered

Please note the topics covered are provided as a guide on what to expect throughout the experience. For more details, click on the link above to download the course programme.


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 5 -Family Yoga

Learn how to deliver yoga and mindfulness to families.

Topic 6 – Sound and Breathing Techniques

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

Topic 7 – 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 8 – Meditation and Mindfulness

Special Yoga Foundation 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 9 – Children With Special Needs

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

Topic 10 – 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 a lesson plan.

Topic 11 – 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 12 – 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.


Course Dates and Locations

All training for this course will take place at our centre: Unit 7 Portobello Dock, 557 Harrow Road, London, W10 4RH unless otherwise stated. To see the nearest transport links please click here.

Our 10-day course in 2017 will run over 4 weekends:

19 – 21st of May 2017 | 3rd – 4th of June 2017 | 23rd – 25th June 2017 | 15th – 16th July 2017

Sessions will generally take place on a 9:30 – 17:30 schedule.

We have also introduced a course starting from 12th January 2018 to 18th March 2018. Booking now available.


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.

Full price: £995

Once payment has been made, you will be emailed a registration form for completion prior to your booking being finalised.

What does my fee cover?

  • Full tuition
  • ‘Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to Children’ Manual
  • Special Yoga Foundation certificate with 100% attendance
  • Live demonstrations
  • Personal contact with the course leaders


What does my fee exclude?

  • Lunch
  • Parking / travel / accommodation

Course Certification

Your success in completing the ‘Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to Children’ course will be celebrated with a distinguished certificate of participation from the Special Yoga Foundation training centre of excellence.


Many of our students use Airbnb to find accommodation when coming to stay with us. To see the accommodation available through Airbnb click on the appropriate date range below. Please note that we are not affiliated with Airbnb.
19 – 21st of May 2017 | 3rd – 4th of June 2017 | 23rd – 25th June 2017 | 15th – 16th July 2017

Teaching Style

You will be guided through highly effective and accessible strategies for integrating the remedial advantages of Special Yoga Foundation 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.

Course tutors

Jyoti (Jo) Manuel

Founder of the Special Yoga Foundation, 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.


Ayala Homossany

With an unyielding appreciation for the creative elements that yoga entails, Ayala Homossany uses her background in classical ballet and design to bring her own unique teaching into classes. Ayala is the author of the Enchanted WondersTM books and is a qualified British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance teacher.


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.


Dr Katya Langmuur

Katyayani or Dr Katya Langmuur has fifteen years worth of experience in teaching meditation among her many other achievements. Armed with a PhD in twentieth century Hindu Studies, and as a university lecturer in Indian Philosophy and Religious Studies, Dr Katya Langmuur finds innovative and joyful ways of threading authentic traditional philosophies into modern ways of living.

Leading classes and workshops in Meditation, Chakra Meditation, Kirtan and Chanting for Babies and Toddlers over a number of years has heightened Dr Katya Langmuur’s dedication to making mindfulness and meditation accessible and inspiring to young children.

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:

  • Occupational therapists
  • 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 ‘Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to Children’ course is a part of your journey towards supporting all children through Special Yoga.

The Special Yoga Foundation is a training center 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 Foundation. If you are interested, please refer our training journey page by clicking here


What courses could I do after this course?

To see the extensive range of CPD’s 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?

Take a look at our teacher training journey if you are unsure about your suitability for this course, or 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 and parents. If you are not a yoga teacher please provide a letter of recommendation from your regular yoga teacher.
Is this course accredited?
You will receive a Special Yoga Foundation Certificate of Participation after completing the course. The Special Yoga for Special Children and Teaching Yoga & Mindfulness to Children are our more comprehensive courses that are recognised by ASDAN and Yoga Alliance.
Can I practice professionally with this course?
As a Training Centre of Excellence we offer a SYF Practitioner Development Programme for those considering practicing professionally. If you are interested please visit the Plan My Journey Section.
What courses could I do after this course?
After completing the Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to Children course we suggest taking a range of our CPD's or If you have not done our Special Yoga for Special Children course yet, we highly recommend that this is your next course as it provides a comprehensive guide across all conditions and is the first steps towards becoming a professional practitioner.
Need help booking this course?
We are always ready to help anwser your questions regarding taking our courses. Either contact +44 208 968 1900 or email teachertraining@specialyoga.org.uk