0-18 years +
The MahaDevi Yoga Centre offers 1:1 sessions of yoga therapy to children with special needs to help them build balance, strength and confidence.
The sessions are for babies and children with autism, Down’s syndrome, epilepsy, Prader-Willi syndrome, Hemiplegia, ASD, ADD, ADHD, eye impediments, ME, sciatica, cerebral palsy, speech impediments, behaviour issues, wheelchair users and many more.
The practice involves:
- An integrated series of yoga postures to increase body awareness and strength
- Specialised breathing exercises, eye exercises and relaxation techniques, to improve focus and concentration
- Vocal work to improve speech, strengthen lungs, and deeply oxygenate the whole body
Yoga for the Special Child: The Sonia Sumar Method is an acclaimed international yoga therapy method developed by renowned senior yoga teacher Sonia Sumar.
Who is the service for?
The service is open for any baby or child with special needs in the UK to apply for.
It is currently provided to babies and children with Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Microcephaly, Autism, Attention Deficit Disorder, ADHD, learning disabilities, and many other conditions and developmental challenges.
Criteria for access to service
Any parent or carer for a child with special needs may apply for the service direct with the MahaDevi Centre.
Accessibility of this service
The Maha Devi Centre is in North London, Highbury & Islington and open 7 days a week. A parent or carer is required to be present during the session.
How this is provided:
The centre has full wheelchair access and fully caters for families.
How can I access this service?
How is this service funded?
The Centre is in the process of becoming a registered charity and will move into an Islington Council run building this autumn.
Currently the centre subsidises Yoga for the Special Child sessions by running adult Hatha yoga classes.
Do you need to pay for this service?
Parents are asked to pay a minimum fee subject to their circumstances.
Useful to know
The MahaDevi Yoga Centre is run by the founder of the centre Denisa Nenova, who is the principal therapist.
She will be your main point of contact.
The MahaDevi Yoga Centre, 102A Holloway Road, London, N7 8JE
Nearest tube Highbury & Islington
T: 07772 336 719
If a Southwark resident wishes to train in delivering Yoga for the Special Child they are very welcome, Sonia Sumar and Denisa Nenova run trainings annually at the MahaDevi Centre.
The Centre is also running the very first Yoga for the Special Child conference in the UK in November 2017.
Drop in service
The Centre currently runs only scheduled 1:1 sessions for children and bookable adult classes.