Teaching Yoga to Kids with Special Needs

teacher training:  yoga for kids with special needs

Teaching Yoga to Kids with Special Needs

w/ Rachel Greb

Saturday, March 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.




Discover the many ways that yoga can promote the healthy development of children, ages 4-12. Find out how the practice of yoga parallels and supports other therapeutic modalities in addressing difficulties with attention, self-regulation, speech and language, learning, and high and love muscle tone.

This experiential workshop will provide a strong foundation to teaching yoga to children with the following special needs:

  • Those who are easily over-stimulated
  • Those who are potentially impulsive and/or distractible
  • Those who exhibit poor social skills and boundries
  • 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

Diagnoses to include:

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

The primary focus of this training will be upon working with groups of “higher functioning” children with special needs, who are essentially “physically able”. This training will not address working with severely physically, developmentally, cognitively, or emotionally challenged children. Basic information will be provided through the training to assist participants in understanding the needs and challenges of the population outlined above. Professional therapists may benefit from this training by learning creative, developmentally appropriate, fun ways of engaging and supporting children with special needs in the practice of yoga.

This program is appropriate for yoga teachers and parents, teachers and therapists with a personal yoga practice who are interested in incoporating yoga into their work with children.

As a result of taking this program, participants will be able to:

  • Structure a class for potentially impulsive children using behavior management and limit-setting techniques
  • Modify posture for this population
  • Teach breathing exercises, meditation and relaxation to children
  • Integrate props, chanting, Thai Yoga Massage and partner yoga
  • Employ visuals for children with language-based learning disabilities
  • Use yoga to support speech and language, sensory processing, memory, and reading comprehension
  • Approach organizations and schools to create a yoga program for children with special needs

Rachel Greb

Teaching Yoga to Kids with Special NeedsRachel started her yoga teaching career in 2007 with the creation of yogaSprouts, yoga for kids-teens. Rachel holds a masters degree in Special Education and, as a former Special Education teacher,  she specializes in working with people with special needs. She has completed many other trainings and workshops, including a 200-hour yoga teacher training with Christina Sell.  In 2014, Rachel founded Strong Girls with Kim Turner, a girls empowerment group.  Her classes are accessible for all level students, it is a mix of flow, alignment and fun.