UK: Teaching Yoga to Children with Jo Manuel

| 09-15, 2010

London | 24 – 25 – 26 Sep & 15 – 16 – 17 Oct, 2010

Jo Manuel, founder and director of The Special Yoga Centre, the UK home of The Yoga for the Special Child Programme, will teach a workshop on how to adapt traditional postures, breathing techniques, relaxation and visualisations for children; Yoga Songs, chants and Yoga oriented games; and how to give children a basic understanding of Yoga philosophy. The workshop will also cover children’s mental, emotional and anatomical development, the safety aspects of teaching children, behaviour management and the whole range of challenges and joys of teaching Yoga to children. The programme includes how to set up children’s Yoga Classes and teach in schools and will provide you with a tool box of class structures and techniques to help give children flexibility, strength, emotional stability, self esteem and an overall sense of wellbeing through their yoga practice.

You will be required to do some homework after each weekend and your teaching will be assessed for certification. All graduates are obliged to be police checked (CRB check) and to be fully insured before teaching children; this process will be covered during the course.

Jo’s understanding of how to teach Yoga to children with all kinds of developmental challenges comes from her experience of offering Yoga as a therapy to hundreds of children. Jo established The Special Yoga Centre in 2005 and, as well as hosting a range of adult and family Yoga classes and courses, The Special Yoga Centre is the UK home of The Yoga for the Special Child Programme, a programme that supports children with a wide range of conditions, including cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, autism and epilepsy, ADD and ADHD and other physical and developmental difficulties. Read Jo Manuel’s full biography.


You will receive a Yogacampus Teaching Yoga to Children certification on completion of all course requirements. If it is felt necessary, students may occasionally be asked to complete additional work to ensure their knowledge and teaching is of the standard required to qualify.

Are you eligible?

This course is aimed at Yoga Teachers and Trainee Teachers and those who have extensive experience with children (providing they also have strong and disciplined Yoga practice and an understanding of the wider aspects of Yoga).

Students on Yogacampus Teacher Training Diploma who attend all six days may count this as one of their approved intensives. However, as the course requires some teaching experience, it may not be taken either as a first intensive or within six months of starting on the Yogacampus Teacher Training Diploma.

About Jo Manuel

Jo Manuel is founder and director of The Special Yoga Centre, a registered charity dedicated to making yoga available to everyone irrespective of age, disability, ethnic background, religion, or economic status. Jo first came to Yoga as a teenager, began studying daily in her early 20s and has been practising ever since. Her teaching of children came from her older daughter, Cleo, who watched and copied Jo as she practised. Before long Cleo’s friends wanted to practise Yoga too and Jo’s children’s classes began. In 2001 she took her first basic training for Yoga for the Special Child with Sonia Sumar, and has since taken all her advanced courses and completed training with her as an Integral Yoga teacher. Sonia invited her to act as the UK representative for the Yoga for the Special Child programme offering basic training programmes. To find out details of the next Yoga For Special Child Training please contact

Date: Friday to Sunday 24th, 25th and 26th September 2010 and Friday to Sunday 15th, 16th and 17th October, 2010
Hours: Attend all 6 days from 10.00am – 5.00pm
Location: Yogacampus HQ, Top Floor, The Westover, 304 Westbourne Grove, W11 2PS – London
Value: £525

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