special needs and disability yoga leicester

I offer yoga to children, young people and adults with special needs and disabilities in Leicester & Leicestershire, through groups and one to one work in special schools, privately in families homes or at Leicester Sports Medicine Clinic – Victoria Park Rd, Leicester.  I have developed the yoga provision in several of the cities schools, if you are a school wanting to explore the provision of yoga & mindfulness for your students please be in touch.

I have specialist training in yoga for Neurodevelopmental differences (ie Autism & ADHD), taken training with Jo Manuel of the Special Yoga Centre and in Yoga for the Special Child®LLC – The Sonia Sumar Method a comprehensive programme of Yoga techniques designed to enhance the natural development of children and young people with special needs, ranging from those with conditions on the Autistic spectrum,  ADHD & ADD, to children with Downs syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Cystic Fibrosis and many other limiting conditions.   More than the training I have worked with I would say nearly 200 different children over the last 7 years, so I’ve come across so many different bodies and abilities, it really is a privilege to be of service to this client group.

I have found that working with adults one to one can be an incredibly enriching experience for them, easing out tensions that have been held in the body for years, strengthening weak areas, helping to ease anxiety, sharing tools for emotional well-being, people that have thought no way was yoga suitable for them have been thrilled with the progress they have made.  Adults and children with Cerebral Palsy in particular can really benefit from a weekly program of yoga which can be supported by care staff between sessions.

These therapeutic programmes include an integrated series of balanced yoga poses that increase body awareness, strength and flexibility, specialised breathing exercises, yoga Nidra and relaxation techniques to improve concentration and reduce hyperactivity, the aim is to guide the client to find more ease and peace within themselves.

When used therapeutically and mindfully, yoga is an invaluable tool to enhance a child’s capacity to learn, build confidence and reach potential.

Benefits of a regular yoga practice include:

  • Increased emotional stability
  • Improved concentration
  • Improved self regulation of stress
  • And improved self-esteem, promoting an overall sense of wellbeing
  • Releasing overall stress and tightness in muscles where possible
  • Strengthening low muscle tone
  • stretch & realign spine
  • Increased body awareness
  • relaxation techniques

“Dear Kay,  Thank you so much for inviting me to a yoga session. I’m so glad I took you up on it! It was so amazing. I was really quite blown away by how much the children got out of it….so impressed with how well they remembered the routines and movements as well as their coordination and your ability to adapt it all for them. It was brilliant how you managed to challenge them and ensure they could all access it, including xxx on the Acheeva bed, which, given their disabilities and the fact it’s physical, was so impressive! It was lovely to see how much they were enjoying it and that yyy, along with the rest of the class, was engaged in so much of it even when he was in his tent he couldn’t help himself! The TAs really knew what to do too and I felt it was a really lovely session for the adults as well as the pupils.   Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you – it was wonderful to be part of it and see what you do and the amazing impact it was having on (the class)!”   Principal Leicester Special School 2019

“I find it an absolute joy to offer yoga to these children, even those with very limited movement find a way to move, strengthen, release and relax in this practice and I have seen many children absolutely delighted in the way they can move into postures & find comfort & positive physical challenges in ways they hadn’t imagined”