Yoga for the Special Child

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Yoga for the Special Child

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Hi everyone

I just wanted to share my wonderful experiences of the last week. I went on a 7 day course at the Special Yoga Centre in London to study Sonia Sumars methods for teaching yoga to children and infants with special needs. It was taught by Jo Manuel and i feel extremely prinileged to have worked with her as she is one of the most inspiring people I have ever met.

The philosophy of love and the asanas were very much the same as Birthlights' although the methods of working with the children did differ. For example Jo prefers to use mantras and "Om" rather than nursery rhymes ann the emphasis is placed on working one to one (although there are group classes as the children get older).

Throughout the week I did plenty of work on myself, shed tons of baggage, had my chakras re-aligned (to my immense surprise!), practised new asanas, pranayama and cleansing techniques and learned so much I can't even begin to describe it here (I even went without breakfast on one occasion in order to try Nauli! - I was quite good at it thanks to Francoise tips on ab strengthening!)

The children that we worked with have a range of needs from Autism to Downs syndrome and cerebral palsy. It was truly humbling to watch them practise their yoga and to see how it was helping them to reach their full potential. I just hope I can try to reach mine with such courage

I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in expanding their yoga practice. Jo runs the Special Yoga Centre on love and faith, so if anyone out there is blessed with riches and is looking for a good cause, I would urge you to send a donation!

"I am peace

I am joy

I am love

I am light

There is the Divine light in my heart which God gave to me when I was born, and because of that light I am not afraid of anything or anyone"

Om shanti shanti shanti

Jo

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Mon, Feb 19 2007 4:48 AM In reply to
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Hi Jo,

it's great that you were able to do this course with Jo Manuel. Her book on the spiritual teachings of Yoga should be on all the Birthlight reading lists! Jay, who has trained with Jo and with Sonia Kumar in Brazil who has brought this teaching to London will give a one day workshop at YCT that counts as an external CPD credit for Birthlight teachers interested in including special babies in their Baby Yoga classes. The day is also open to qualified infant massage instructors. The day will include practice with visiting mothers and special babies. It can be a useful taster for those teachers who might consider taking Jo's week's course. Taking Jo's course would give full external CPD credits to Birthlight teachers if Jo agrees to have it on the Birthlight CPD list so I will contact her about this.
Hug to Theo and both parents

Francoise

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Mon, Feb 26 2007 9:24 AM In reply to
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Dear Jo and Francoise

I was there too with Jo and what a wonderful course. I am working with a little boy who is about the same age as Theo and who also had pneumococcal meningitis - just over a year ago. Jo Manuel is quite amazing. I now work with Rory very much one to one. He loves his Yoga - and today he was an absolute joy to be with. Jo, do tell me how you are getting on. I do that cross-legged rocking one which works really well - and today we did headstand using the pillow.

Francoise I am guessing that from what you say, the week's course will count towards CPD training for this year.

Much love

Judy

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Mon, Feb 26 2007 2:36 PM In reply to
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Hi Judy

Theo is also loving his yoga! I've been really concentrating on his alignment and have picked up on some resistance in bending his left leg to his chest (my physio was suitable impressed!) which we think is due to his developing scoliosis and pelvic instability. So, we're not quite up to the rolling yet, but he is gradually coming up to kiss his knee. I can't get him to copy my Kappala bhati breathing as he just kills himself laughing ! He's starting to initiate some of the exercises himself which is such a joy to me.

keep up the good work with Rory, maybe see you on the advanced 1 course when I've paid for this pne!!

love and joy

Jo x