We are part of a population where due to disability, injury or ageing some people cannot participate in traditional mat-based yoga. This course addresses the situation by demonstrating how yoga can be adapted to make it accessible to people with restricted movement or mobility: yoga for everyone.

The robust three-day course explores the tools you can use to support adults with a variety of differing abilities in discovering their potential through the therapeutic benefits of Special Yoga.

 

How this Course Benefits You

  • You will develop the knowledge to guide differently-abled individuals in a yoga session.
  • Your confidence to integrate training into a group and individual session will increase.
  • You will strengthen your understanding of how the yoga practice can influence functions of the body from a physiological, physical and emotional perspective.
  • Your skills will be refined through the use of props during the practice.

Topics Covered

Please note the course outline is 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 the practice and the 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 with confidence to nourish their fullest potential.

Topic 2 – Sound and Breathing Techniques

Music and the voice can be powerful tools in installing, rhythm, flow and a compelling ambience into your sessions, especially when combined with mudras, a hand movement that will direct the flow of energy through your body. The various ways to incorporate music and mudras into your practice will be introduced.

Topic 3 – Working with Groups

Different strategies will be demonstrated throughout to support you in understanding the importance of keeping an open mind and having a dynamic approach. The module will also consider various group sizes and environments.

Topic 4 – Chair Yoga

As a leader in the practice of Chair Yoga, Richard Kravetz will help you advance your skills by teaching a range of yoga poses adapted for people who are less mobile. Chair Yoga has proved to be invaluable for the members of our community and will give you the capacity to ensure no one will feel excluded from the sessions your offer.

Topic 5 – Meditation Techniques

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 person you support.

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 – Yoga Nidra

You will be directing movements in a sequence that will encourage the body to relax. This will be adopted by reading a range of books, studying research and undergoing specialist training.

Topic 8 – Applying Special Yoga

A series of case studies and live demonstrations 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 person’s range of abilities to help tailor your practice accordingly in both a one-to-one sessions and group settings.

 


Fees

Full price: £350

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.

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

This training runs from 9:30-5:30 with an hour for lunch and appropriate breaks throughout the day.

What does my fee cover?

  • Full tuition
  • ‘Yoga for Adults with Special Needs Manual
  • Special Yoga certificate with 100% attendance
  • Personal contact with the course leaders

What does my fee exclude?

  • Lunch
  • Parking / travel / accommodation

 Course Certification

Your success in completing the ‘Yoga for Adults with Special Needs’ course will be celebrated with a distinguished certificate of accreditation from the Special Yoga training centre of excellence.

 

Accommodation

Many of our students use Airbnb to find accommodation when coming to stay with us. To see the accommodation available through Airbnb please visit their website.


Teaching Style

You will be guided through highly effective and accessible strategies for integrating the remedial advantages of Special Yoga methodology into the lives of adults 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.

The strategies taught throughout this course will be applicable to a range of special needs including, but not excluded to, people with:

  • ASD
  • ADD/ADHD
  • PDD
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Learning difficulties
  • Motor planning issues
  • Developmental delays
  • Neurological disorders
  • Sensory impairment

Course tutors

Richard Kravetz – Course Leader

Richard Kravetz has been teaching yoga for over 15 years to adults, children and special people. He holds a BWY Dip for teaching adults and children and served as county rep for N. London & City 2005-13.

His interest in Special Needs originated when his second child was born with Global Developmental Delay and he currently teaches at Day Centres, Special Schools and residential homes. Richard’s training enables practitioners to deliver yoga therapy to the wider population and help facilitate yoga for Special Needs.

 

Karuna Jackman – Special Yoga Trainer

Karuna is one of our Senior Practitioners, working with adults and children with special needs for over 8 years. She is a British Wheel of Yoga and Integral Yoga trained teacher bringing her compassionate gentle nature to all her clients. She has also trained in Hanna Somatic Movement, a form of neuromuscular re-education that helps to ease chronic stress in the body.


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 not limited to:

Previous students have included:

  • Occupational therapists
  • Day centre supervisors
  • Support workers
  • Health professionals
  • Yoga teachers
  • School teachers
  • Social service professionals
  • Residential homes  carers
  • Therapists

 

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

Completing the ‘Yoga for Adults with Special Needs’ course is a part of your journey towards supporting all children through Special Yoga.

The Special Yoga centre is a training centre 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.

 

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 accredited?
You will receive a Special Yoga Certificate of Accreditation after completing the Yoga for Adults with Special Needs training course.
Can I practise professionally with this course?
This course will equip you with the skills you need to share yoga in group or one-to-one sessions in a variety of settings.
What courses could I do after this course?
After completing the Yoga for Adults with Special Needs course we suggest taking a range of our CPDs, or if you have not done our Special Yoga for Special Children course yet then we would highly recommend this as your next step. This course will provide you with 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. Email teachertraining@specialyoga.org.uk