Yoga for Children and Teens with Special Needs

Please contact Sophie to set up:

Yoga therapy sessions 1:1

Yoga group classes at Local Children’s Centres and organisations 

Yoga classes in Special Needs Schools

The benefits of yoga for children are to help build their physical strength, self-esteem, flexibility, muscle tone and alignment. 

Yoga helps regulate a child's emotions and to realise their full potential

Specialised breathing exercises and deep relaxation methods improve concentration, respiratory function and reduce hyperactivity, fear, stress and tension. It can help improve the quality of sleep.

 

Yoga for children and teens of all abilities

Includes children with physical challenges and Learning Disabilities and Autistic Spectrum Conditions, Developmental delay, Downs syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, ADD, ADHD, PMLD and other physical and mental developmental difficulties. 

Why I do this work

Because I love it!  It's a clear calling! I grew up close to two children with Autism when I was small. I remember mixed feelings of curiosity and fear when I was asked to hang out with this very different kind of energy. I then started working as a care support worker in my twenties for children with Autism which lead me to train in yoga for children with special needs as an already qualified yoga teacher.

I am also a very proud Auntie of my beautiful niece Laragh who was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome.  I love to spend time with her.  When I visit her in Ireland we sing and chant together which we both love!

So it's my life's joy to be of service to children with additional needs and their families. By combining the wisdom of yoga's ancient practices with the knowledge of current western psychology and neuroscience I aim to work with the whole person towards mental, emotional and physical balance.  

 

Certification and Connections

I trained in 2009 as a yoga teacher for children and adults

In 2011 I trained with the Special yoga foundation.

http://specialyoga.org.uk/teacher_training/ 

Background as care support worker for children and adults with special needs.

I see children weekly for 1:1 yoga therapy at their homes and in their schools.

I also co-facilitate yoga therapy groups in Bristol and Stroud with:

Special Yoga Works (Stroud)

Rebecca Furniss (Bristol)

 

Links to other special needs organisations

Autism Independence - a charity to support children and parents with Autism in the Somalian community of Bristol

 

My son (aged 8) has ASD and dyspraxia and has been attending private 1:1 yoga sessions with Sophie Bolton for a little over a year now. As a result of his disabilities, he had very little body awareness and co-ordination which meant he had little or no interest or ability in any sport or physical activities. Yoga with Sophie has taught him many simple things, like how to relax and breathe properly (something many neuro-typical children take for granted) but in addition it has significantly assisted his fine and gross motor skills, balance, co-ordination and concentration. The 1:1 teaching has meant that he can do all of this at his own pace with no fear of being ‘the worst’ or ‘left behind’ and has given his a strong sense of achievement and self-belief. He looks forward to his weekly yoga sessions and now substitutes a school lesson for a yoga class and hopes to be a yoga teacher/palaeontologist ‘when he grows up’
- Julie Johnson Mother of Flynn
Before Zak started Yoga, he used to be very anxious, he lacked focus and found it difficult to control his behaviour. I feel because of yoga Zak is much more relaxed, happier and he has more focus. Seeing him in Yoga, was a dream come true. I have never seen Zak so relaxed. I don't think I will ever stop his sessions, he is completely different child now. Zak comes home after his session so relaxed he look forwards to Wednesdays because of Yoga.
- Nura Aabe - Mother of Zak with Autism aged 16

Qualifications

  • Special Yoga for the Special child course with Jo Manuel
  • Yoga from Within - accredited by European Yoga Alliance
  • Bristol City Yoga - accredited by Yoga Alliance
  • Yoga Bananas - children’s yoga - accredited by Yoga Alliance
  • Indian Head massage
  • Reiki I and II.

Certified to work with children

Paediatric first aid 12 hour course
Public Liability insured to £5000,000
Enhanced CRB check – Ofsted Early Years registered person

Contact

info(at)yogasophie.com

07903 342 652