Teaching Yoga to Children with Special Needs

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

with Craig Hanauer
Fri, Aug 3 - Sun, Aug 5, 2018
Fee: $595
Scholarships Available

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 kids 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.

This program is appropriate for yoga teachers and for parents, classroom teachers, and therapists with a personal yoga practice who are interested in sharing the gift of yoga with children. In addition to learning all you need to know about creating inclusive yoga classes for children ages 3-12, you will learn to:

  • Appreciate children along a continuum in terms of ability and need
  • Create developmentally appropriate yoga classes for groups of children with varied abilities and needs
  • Determine the degree of structure and predictability your group needs in order to be successful and know how to give it to them
  • Relate on a deeper more personal level to the diagnoses and challenges that you are likely to encounter when working with groups of children
  • Understand, interpret, and manage the behaviors and challenges you are presented with in a children’s yoga class
  • Develop a deeper understanding of sensory processing and speech and language development
  • Enlist yoga to support self-regulation, focus, concentration, learning, motor development and social skills
  • Assist children in understanding and working with their own nervous systems

We may encounter children diagnosed and undiagnosed with the following in any group yoga class:

  • High Functioning Autism
  • Sensory Processing Dysfunction (SPD)
  • Learning Disabled (LD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD
  • Cerebral Palsy (mild)


Friday, August 3   1:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday, August 4   12:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Sunday, August 5   12:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Watch the trailer to the DVD that accompanies our teacher training manual.

Fees and Refund Policy

The fee for this training is $595, which includes Every Kid's Yoga Manual and DVD. No refunds within two weeks prior to the training, with the understanding that one can attend this same training in the future using past payment, plus a $100 rescheduling fee.


Circle Yoga offers as many partial scholarships as we can support to people who wish to take teacher trainings at the studio, but who cannot afford to do so. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, complete the Scholarship Request Form.

95-hour RCYT Certification

CertificationTagskitchInterested in pursuing Yoga Alliance's 95-hour Registered Children's Yoga Teacher (RCYT) certification? Through the Children's Yoga Teacher Training Collaborative, you can now combine the Every Kids Yoga Teacher Training and/or Budding Yogis Teacher Training with other children's yoga teacher trainings to meet the 95-hour Yoga Alliance RCYT requirement. Email linda@circleyoga.com for more information.

About Craig

Craig HanauerCraig Hanauer is a New York State Certified Creative Arts Therapist, a Kripalu Certified Yoga Teacher, and a Yoga Alliance 500-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher. Committed to the health and empowerment of children, Craig has developed "Every Kid's Yoga," a unique and successful program for children with special needs that integrates the creative arts, yoga, and play. He specializes in training yoga teachers, special educators, occupational therapists, and parents in this therapeutic and fun-filled approach to working with kids. Craig maintains faculty positions at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and The Parkside School, a non-public special education elementary school located on New York's Upper West Side, and is developing yoga-related products and materials for special educators and parents. For more information, visit www.everykidsyoga.com, or email Craig at craig.hanauer@gmail.com.