In my early twenties I spent a summer volunteering at a Cheshire home, basically just spending time with the kids and helping around the place. Thinking back to that time now I remember a couple of us rented a van and took Lee, who was around eighteen at the time and had MS, to Glastonbury. This must have been around 1980-81, one of the years with a lot of rain.....a LOT of rain. We would try and push Lee's chair through the mud but always end up with a bunch of people coming over and carrying the ruddy thing from the tent city to the main Pyramid stage and later back again, UB40 that year I seem to remember.
Reading about the centre below and watching the video I'm reminded of that time and wish there'd been something like this back then, that I'd have been able to do a little more than teach a couple of the kids to play chopsticks together, one able finger each.
If I ever do get around to teaching I hope the centre is still open , that it survives the current financial climate and is still offering courses like those below.
This is a long post, I've kind of run amok through their website cutting and pasting all kinds of bits, hope you manage to come back a couple of times to read the different sections. If your not in the UK you might find an international course here http://www.specialyoga.com/ or encourage your studio to host one.
Have a look at the website, the centre is a big space and runs all kinds of courses and workshops not just in the area of special needs. It also rents out it's space should you be looking for somewhere to run a workshop of your own.
The Special Yoga Centre (www.specialyoga.org.uk) is a registered charity based in London. This unique centre offers yoga therapy to children with special needs and dedicated support to the parents and families. Through the training of yoga therapists, the work now reaches 1,000’s of children and families across the UK. The Charity is currently seeking new patrons to help with annual fundraising projects to enable them to continue with their wonderful work.
Jo, who continues to study with Sonia, founded the Special Yoga Centre in 2004 to give the Yoga for the Special Child®, LLC programme a nurturing and inclusive home in a place that made the gifts of yoga available to all. The centre offers yoga therapy to infants, children and adolescents with a variety of conditions including cerebral palsy, autism, Downs Syndrome, epilepsy, attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder as well as physical and developmental difficulties.
The Special Yoga Centre is a sanctuary of peace, which provides yoga, meditation, chanting and workshops in a nurturing space for everyone. As a registered charity, we offer yoga therapy programmes to children and families with special needs, aiming to bring about positive and transformational change. We believe that yoga provides a pathway to help people reach their full potential and we nurture that journey.
The Special Yoga Centre is a UK Centre of Excellence offering a comprehensive package of unique teacher training courses for yoga for children of all ages including yoga for children with special needs and mainstream children.
What we do
The healing practice of yoga strengthens the body, balances the mind and nurtures the spirit. Using the renowned Yoga for the Special Child®, LLC techniques, the benefits of yoga therapy for children with special needs include:
- improved motor control
- greater physical strength, muscle tone and balance
- increased flexibility
- better postural alignment
- improved self-awareness
- greater sense of inner calm and mental clarity
- Specialised breathing exercises and deep relaxation help:
- improve concentration
- reduce hyperactivity
- relieve respiratory ailments
- release tension
- reduce fear, frustration and stress
- enrich the quality and quantity of sleep
About Teacher Training
Yoga for the Special Child®LLC
About Yoga for the Special Child®LLC
Upcoming dates for this training are:
- November 28th - December 4th, 2011
- March 12th - 18th, 2012
- July 9th - 15th, 2012
- October 20th - 26th, 2012 (with Sonia Sumar)
About Yoga Therapy for Children with Developmental Challenges (Y4DC)
Upcoming dates for this training are:
- September 22nd - 23rd, 2011
- May 10th - 11th, 2012
- September 20th - 21st, 2012
About our studios
- studio hire
- sound system
- use of projector/screen
- toilet facilities
- changing facilities
Studio One – Jyoti
Capacity: 50 (yoga mats)
Studio Two – Shanti
Capacity: 40 (yoga mats)
DonateYou can help support The Special Yoga Centre financially in many ways. We are grateful for donations small and large.
How to Donate
- computer monitors
- PCs, Macs and laptops
- office furniture and equipment
- kitchen equipment
- items to sell in our shop