Empowering you to share the benefits of yoga and mindfulness with all children.

This training encompasses neuroscience, breath work, posture, yoga philosophy and mindfulness. The practices taught will enable you to inspire children with or without special needs to integrate yoga and meditation into their life.

2020 Course


Dates & Locations:

Weekend 1 – 14-15 March Beethoven Centre, London W10

Weekend 2 – 4-5 April Arlington House, London NW1

Weekend 3 – 2-3 May Arlington House, London W10

Weekend 4 – 13-14 June Beethoven Centre, London NW1

Full Price: £850

Early Bird Price: (book by November 15th 2019)

Payment Plans: Available with 50% deposit for the Full Price only

Attendance: Sessions will be filmed on a laptop to allow students to catch up if 100% attendance in person is not possible. Email teachertraining@specialyoga.org.uk for full details.

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.

Topics Covered

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.

Teaching Style

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. 

Course tutors

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.

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

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.

Useful information

What experience do I need for this course? This course is open to all, including people who do not teach yoga professionally. However you will be expected to have 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. 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


Course fees cover:

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

What does my fee exclude?

  • Lunch
  • Parking / travel / accommodation


  • The course will run on a 9.30am to 5.30pm schedule throughout.

Course Tips
Who can do this course?
Occupational therapists, yoga teachers and yoga therapists, trainee yoga teachers, school teachers and staff and parents. This course is for yoga teachers or people with a strong yoga practice. If you are not a yoga teacher please provide a letter of recommendation from your regular yoga teacher, or get in touch.
Is this course recognised?
You will receive a Special Yoga certificate of accreditation after completing the course. This course is recognised by Yoga Alliance Professionals and by Asdan.
Can I practise professionally with this course?
As a training centre of excellence we offer highly regarded courses which enable you to practise professionally. Many of our students go on to teach in schools or for other organisations. You will also need to be insured and generally need to pass a DBS check. This course does not qualify you to teach yoga to adults.
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 CPDs 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 step towards becoming a professional practitioner.
Need help booking this course?
We are always ready to help anwser your questions regarding taking our courses. Email teachertraining@specialyoga.org.uk