Special Yoga Trainings in Ireland – 2020

Our Specialist Trainings are unique in their nature and targeted towards specific populations. By taking these training you will learn the benefits of yoga as a therapeutic intervention and how to adapt it for chosen populations and acquire a toolset you can use after completion.

For those wanting to work with children with special needs , there is the possibility to affiliate with The Special Yoga Foundation  and become part of a worldwide Sangha of Special Yoga  (SY) practitioners. This flagship training ‘Special Yoga for Special Children’ is a pre-requisite for becoming one of its practitioners. Ongoing training will help to continually refine and develop your skills and abilities as a practitioner.

Specialist Trainings, open to:

– Parents of children with special needs: Our therapeutic trainings will give you skills to support your child, yourself and your family.

– Paediatric professionals: You will expand your tool set and develop skills to use yoga as part of your therapeutic practise.

– School teachers: You will learn beneficial tools to use the healing practises of yoga with the children in your schools.

– Also: Occupational therapists, yoga teachers, trainee yoga teachers, carers, educational psychologists, and anyone else working in the health or education sectors.



Special Yoga & Mindfulness Training for Children with Autism, ADHD and Learning Difficulties

3 Day Intensive

Dates: Next course will take place in The University if Limerick in 2020.

If you would like to be placed on the mailing list please mail info@innerspacehealth.ie 

This intensive three-day course will give you the experience to use Yoga and Mindfulness therapeutically to benefit Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC) and ADD/ADHD.

It assists you to develop the confidence to effectively plan and sequence one-to-one and group Yoga and Mindfulness sessions that lead to increased well-being for this population. It will also allow you to bring the benefits of Yoga and Mindfulness into your own daily life.

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This course has been a springboard to further interest and learning. It has inspired me to incorporate my own Yoga practice with the children I work with. I also liked that we got the opportunity to watch Jo work, it galvanised the learning. -R M         



Student Pre-requisites

– Open to Yoga Teachers with an interest in teaching Yoga to children and to Trainee Yoga Teachers with experience of teaching.
– Also open to School Teachers,Early Years Educators, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and others working in the field of paediatrics .



– Using and implementing Yoga to support self-regulation, body awareness, motor planning and coordination
– How a basic Yoga practice influences and enhances bodily functions, brain chemistry and behavior
– How to balance the child’s nervous system
– Using Yoga as a daily ‘sensory diet’
– Understanding how and why Yoga works for these populations
– Analysis of basic Yoga postures: physiological and therapeutic benefits, and the components of a balanced programme
– Classroom Yoga




Course certificates are  delivered by   Special Yoga UK and are accredited by Yoga Alliance 

Course Leader
Jo Manuel is an international specialist in the field of Special Yoga and has been the UK’s leading practitioner and teacher trainer in Therapeutic Yoga for children with special needs since 2001. Her Special Yoga for Children with Learning Difficulties, Autism and ADHD training course, is a result of her longstanding commitment to making Therapeutic Yoga available to every child that could benefit from it.