Therapeutic yoga (Yoga for the Special child®) is a unique yoga method that has changed and improved the life of countless children with special needs around the world. It consists of a comprehensive programme of yoga techniques designed to enhance natural development.

This style of yoga is gentle and therapeutic and yet very effective. A session includes a series of yoga poses to increase body awareness, flexibility, strength and control of gross and fine motor skills. The sessions are specifically designed in a way that can meet the individual requirements of children and young people with varying needs.

Benefits can include:

  • Improved blood circulation and brain oxygenation
  • Improved physical awareness and co-ordination
  • Better quality sleep
  • Relaxation of the nervous system
  • Lowering of anxiety levels.

Therapeutic Yoga Groups

 

Currently we are offering therapeutic yoga groups online- via zoom, where you work with your child at home, under instruction from the yoga therapists online.

 

There are 2 options available

  1. Weekly after school group:

Starting on Monday 5th October at 16:30pm-17:15pm
This will be a block of 8 weekly sessions and will be a closed group.
Blocks of 8 sessions are offered throughout the year

 

  1. Monthly Saturday group 

Starting on Saturday 3rd October at 10:15-11am
This will be ongoing throughout the year on 1st Saturday of every month and different people might attend at different times.

 

Group information and guidelines

  • Sessions will run for 45 minutes and will involve singing, breathing exercises, gentle physical movements, relaxation and massage.  
  • As the child’s carer you will need to be present and work with them throughout the whole session.  
  • You know your child best and you are an expert in their experience. This means you understand how their bodies work and what their strengths and challenges are, as well as what makes them more comfortable and how to comfort them if they get upset. Please bring everything you know about them into the sessions.
  • Make sure your child is warm enough and comfortable. Having a mat or blanket underneath them is a good option, and a blanket and cushion handy for relaxation.   

I just wanted to say a huge thank you the yoga sessions. I was amazed at the progress. I've honestly never seen him so relaxed and feeling his muscles. I had a very happy and relaxed little guy for the rest of the afternoon no tears at all.

Mum

Parents must accompany their children to the sessions.

Our Yoga therapist is a qualified and a licensed Yoga for the Special Child practitioner.


To discuss a referral to Haven House services please contact:

Clinical Nurse Manager
020 8506 5513 (Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm)
07872 198285 (out-of-hours mobile)

For more information about our referral criteria please visit our Refer a Child section