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Special Yoga, for Children with Autism

My work with special yoga began after my daughter’s diagnosis of global delay and Autism. I found practicing yoga with both of my children has helped them feel more grounded and connected to themselves and others. It has been a great tool for my daughter to help herself regulate during challenging transitions and has been a wonderful bonding experience to share with my family. I trained with Joyti Manuel at Special Yoga - a training centre of excellence - and joined her team of practitioners in 2017. I teach in schools in south-west London and now at the Re:Centre alongside Hammersmith river.

The group classes are for children with Autism and other disabilities. Within these small classes, I am able to work with each child according to their individual ability. Children with Autism, ASD, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy as well as many other diagnoses are welcome in the class.

What to expect in my Special Yoga Classes?

  • To feel welcome, accepted and have fun.

  • All classes are held in a holistic relaxed environment to minimise sensory overload.

  • We will practice yoga - incorporating gentle movement and breathing exercises to improve motor skills, improve focus, reduce anxiety and encourage self-regulation.

  • Carers are invited to participate in the class to receive the benefits of yoga and to learn techniques to support their children.

Some of the schools I have taught at:

  • Manor School, Chamberlayne Road, Kensal Green, NW10 3NT

  • Sheen Mount School, Temple Sheen Road, East Sheen, SW14

Group Classes & One-to-One Sessions

I run a small weekly Group Class at the Re:Centre (Hammersmith) on Wednesdays from 4.30pm – 5.30pm. I also provide One-to-One sessions for those children who are not ready to join the class, as well as home visit sessions and at schools.


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Weekly Special Yoga Group Class (1 hr)

4.30pm to 5.30pm on Wednesdays

At the Re:Centre, Hammersmith

Price: £8 per child


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Special Yoga One-to-One Sessions

1 child, with Mum and/or Dad or carer

About Special Yoga*

Special Yoga’s methodology includes the classical yoga practices of movement, breathing, deep relaxation combined with sound, rhythm, massage and sensory integration techniques.

Taking the child out of stress and into a relaxed state creates the optimum condition and possibility for positive change.
— from www.specialyoga.org.uk

The benefits of Special Yoga include:

  • Improving motor control and motor planning skills

  • Developing physical strength, muscle tone and balance

  • Promoting flexibility and correcting postural misalignment

  • Increasing self-awareness

  • Establishing calm, organised mental states

  • Improve concentration

  • Reduce hyperactivity

  • Relieve respiratory ailments

  • Develop the ability to relax

  • Release tension

  • Reduce fear, frustration and stress

  • Enrich the quality and quantity of sleep

* from www.specialyoga.org.uk