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Every Kid’s Yoga: Teaching Yoga to Children with Special Needs

December 2, 2016 - December 4, 2016


Don’t we all have special needs?


The meaning of the word Yoga is “to yoke”, which speaks to the fact that yoga is all about the integration of mind, body and spirit.  In accordance with this definition and intention, we at Every Kid’s Yoga approach the art of teaching yoga to groups of children as an integrated process that views them along a continuum in terms of ability and need.  Because we are likely to encounter those identified as “typically developing” alongside those identified as having “special needs”, yoga teachers must have the ability to quickly assess group and individual needs and to respond accordingly.  Therefore in this training you will learn how to teach yoga to groups of children with varied abilities and needs.


Discover the many ways that yoga can promote the healthy development of children, ages 4-12.  In addition to learning all you need to know about creating a children’s yoga class, you will learn how the practice of yoga addresses difficulties with attention, self-regulation, speech and language, learning, and sensory processing.


This experiential workshop will address how to work with children exhibiting the following challenges in a group setting:

  • Those who are easily over-stimulated
  • Those who are potentially impulsive and/or distractible
  • Those who exhibit poor body-awareness and social skills
  • Those who are learning disabled/with an emphasis on speech and language based learning disabilities
  • Those who are potentially oppositional and/or disruptive
  • Those who present with high or low muscle tone


We are likely to encounter children diagnosed and undiagnosed with the following in most group yoga classes:

  • High Functioning Autism
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Sensory Processing Dysfunction (SPD)
  • Learning Disabled (LD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD

This program is appropriate for yoga teachers and parents, teachers and therapists with a personal yoga practice who are interested in sharing the gift of yoga with children.

Price: $495.00 includes training manual and accompanying DVD ($450 until November 1)

For more information and to register: http://www.monkeydoyoga.com/

Craig Hanauer E-RYT 500 is a Kripalu Certified Yoga Teacher, a New York State Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, a licensed school teacher and administrator, and a longtime children’s program director at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. For 13 years Craig directed the yoga program at The Parkside School, a non-public special education elementary school located on New York ‘s Upper West Side. Parkside serves children with sensory processing challenges and speech and language based learning difficulties. At Parkside, Craig designed and implemented a yoga curriculum to address the needs of the children, offering small group and individual sessions. Craig specializes in training yoga teachers, parents and “helping professionals” to use yoga to support child development.



December 2, 2016
December 4, 2016


Monkey Do Yoga
279 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215 United States
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