Special Needs yoga, Yoga for special needs, Autism, downs syndrome, SP, SEN, Special Yoga, Yoga therapy

Yoga for the Special Child - The Sonia Sumar Method

The Pioneering Yoga Therapy method developed over 45 years ago

Basic 1 |  28th Aug - 02nd Sept  2017 

 

Yoga for the Special Child Basic 1 is a comprehensive, hands on, experiential 7 days course that will help you gain all the tools and skills you need to start teaching yoga to children with special needs. The course is open to yoga teachers, yoga students, school teachers, health practitioners, OT, PT, parents of children with special needs and everyone who is interested in helping children with special needs through the means of yoga.

The Method Sonia Sumar pioneered over 45 years ago, is rooted in classical Integral Hatha Yoga, therefore it carries all of its components : voice work- chanting, eyes exercises, breathing work- pranayama, physical exercise, asanas, deep relation and meditation- yoga nidra. It is a safe and gentle but yet extremely powerful therapeutic yoga approach that has been helping improve the life of children with special needs across the globe. The method is suitable for any age and any condition. 

What you will learn

With this training you will learn how to work with babies and children up to 12 years of age. Sonia will share with you all of her knowledge and experience. She will guide you through deepening your knowledge of Yoga , developing your own yoga practice, and gaining an understanding of the actual Yoga for the Special Child method - its core values and structure. 

Itinerary 

The timetable  is 6 full days 9:30am to 4:30pm and the last day - day 7 is half day 9:30 to 12:30 . You will have 1hr for lunch break and occasional tea breaks during the day. Tea and nibbles are provided. You will be provided with a manual - work book and as the week progresses all material from it will be covered.

 On day four, five and six you will have the chance to observe a demonstration of the method. Sonia will be working with children on 1:1 basis applying the method directly so you can gain even a deeper inside on how it all work. This offers a really fantastic opportunity for all participants on the course to not only see but also have the chance to discus, question and investigate further all that has been learned over the week. 

During the program Sonia also leads short yoga sessions with the aim and towards building up a regular yoga practice that you can do at home for yourself. It is important to be abel to understand and experience the benefits of yoga on your own body/ self before even attempting to apply it & share it with children with special needs. (Please remember this is only for your own practice, this does not qualify you in teaching regular yoga classes to adults. To do that you need to complete a 200hr Teacher Training which you can do with Sonia Sumar herself or any other yoga school.)

Accreditation 

At the end of the course you will receive a Certificate that is recognised by Yoga Alliance UK and Yoga Alliance US. Once you receive this certificate you can officially start teaching yoga to children with special needs from 0 to 12 years old. If you decide to do that Privately you will need insurance and valid up to date CRB ( this is only applicable/ needed in  UK, other countries may have different rules and regulations. ) 

You will be also able to apply for Yoga for the Special Child Practitioner Licence which means that you will be able to use the title “Yoga for the Special Child Practitioner”, use the logo of YSC and also have your contact  details listed on the main website. This is a great way of generating clients as the website is worldwide recognised and has a huge number of visitors. It will also  connect you to the rest of the Yoga for the Special Child family from all around the world. It is an extensive network of fantastic dedicated yoga therapy practitioners that offers a great support and connection. 

Price 

The cost of the course is £750. Early Bird £730 until 30th June 2017 

The initial deposit is £250 and the rest is payable no later then two weeks before the starting date of the course. 

However, we understand that sometimes splitting things on monthly instalments is more manageable financially therefore that option is also available. Once you pay the deposit we can then split the rest of the payment into equal amounts and you can pay it off monthly till the start of the course. If you choose this option please do let us know so we can arrange the details. 

Accommodation 

If you need help with finding a place to stay while on the course in London, do let us know. We can help out with finding a suitable accommodation in the area to make things easier for you. 

Further Help 

If you need any further information, feel free to email us at any time. We will do our best to help and support you in the process.

 

We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to MahaDevi Yoga Centre and the Yoga for the Special Child Family. 

Special Needs yoga, Yoga for special needs, Autism, downs syndrome, SP, SEN, Special Yoga, Yoga therapy

Basic 2 | 13th- 19th November 2017

 

Developing Yoga programs for Teens and Young Adults with Special Needs

 

This course further expands on the techniques learned in Basic 1 with special  emphasis on working with teens and young adults on one to one basis or in a groups. The course also further refines the participants skills to work with more complex conditions / diagnosis  and challenging cases.

The course is open to only those who have taken Basic 1 already. 

What you will learn

You will learn how to tailor the practice for specific cases and how to address different situations that arise during a session. Sonia will guide you through how to guide a practice for teens and for adults with Special Needs. 

You will also further develop your own practice as each morning will start with a 2hrs long Yoga Class which will include all components of a classical hatha yoga practice. It is fundamentally important to experience the effects of yoga on your own body before you attempt to teach it to a child,  teen or young adult. 

Note:  Participants are expected to have had some experience in teaching at least 2hrs  of yoga for the special child method sessions ( i.e. 4 half-hour sessions). Participants must bring at least one video recording of a session they have led which will be then watched in class and feedback on the video and how to improve and or further develop the work  the work will be given by Sonia Sumar. 


The Basic 2 curriculum includes: 

  • Discuss theory and practice of working with older students 13 and above
  • Describe physiological and psychological benefits of yoga on older children and young 
  • Learn challenges and solutions for working with adolescents and teens
  • Learn criteria and structure of group classes
  • Provide opportunity for feedback and guidance on specific case studies

Itinerary 

The timetable  is 6 full days 9:30am to 4:30pm and the last day - day 7 is half day 9:30 to 12:30 . You will have 1hr for lunch break and occasional tea breaks during the day. Tea and nibbles are provided. 

During the program Sonia also leads short yoga sessions with the aim and towards building up a regular yoga practice that you can do at home for yourself. It is important to be abel to understand and experience the benefits of yoga on your own body/ self before even attempting to apply it & share it with children with special needs. (Please remember this is only for your own practice, this does not qualify you in teaching regular yoga classes to adults. To do that you need to complete a 200hr Teacher Training which you can do with Sonia Sumar herself or any other yoga school.)

Accreditation 

At the end of the course you will receive a Certificate of Completion of the full Yoga for the Special Child Program,  that is recognised by Yoga Alliance UK and Yoga Alliance US. Once you receive this certificate you can officially start teaching yoga to children with special needs of all ages.  If you decide to do that Privately you will need insurance and valid up to date CRB ( this is only applicable/ needed in  UK, other countries may have different rules and regulations. ) 

You will be also able to apply for Yoga for the Special Child Practitioner Licence  if you have not done that already after competing Basic 1, which means that you will be able to use the title “Yoga for the Special Child Practitioner”, use the logo of YSC and also have your contact  details listed on the main website. This is a great way of generating clients as the website is worldwide recognised and has a huge number of visitors. It will also  connect you to the rest of the Yoga for the Special Child family from all around the world. It is an extensive network of fantastic dedicated yoga therapy practitioners that offers a great support and connection. 

Price 

The cost of the course is £820 with early bird price of £780.

The initial deposit is £250 and the rest is payable no later then two weeks before the starting date of the course. 

However, we understand that sometimes splitting things on monthly instalments is more manageable financially therefore that option is also available. Once you pay the deposit we can then split the rest of the payment into equal amounts and you can pay it off monthly till the start of the course. If you choose this option please do let us know so we can arrange the details. 

Accommodation 

If you need help with finding a place to stay while on the course in London, do let us know. We can help out with finding a suitable accommodation in the area to make things easier for you. 

Further Help 

If you need any further information, feel free to email us at any time. We will do our best to help and support you in the process.

We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to MahaDevi Yoga Centre and the Yoga for the Special Child Family.