Can yoga be a therapeutic tool for all including those with physical and cognitive differences?

What are differences in similarities? Can yoga offer the same access to the inner being to individuals with special needs?

What to Expect::

As much of the yoga research will tell you, yoga is therapeutic for many conditions. Movement is essential to development from the moment of conception and when physical and cognitive movement is reduced or stagnant, development slows. This course will look at how to provide movement meeting the student right where they are able. Melanie will teach strategies on encouraging the mind and body to signal each other to move in non-linear patterns and to provide safe and effective sequences for each individual student. She will lead discussions about the most common disorders seen in children and how using yoga can be an effective way to develop motor skills, flexibility, strength, attention and emotional regulation.

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Module:: $325


  • Extraordinary Gifts to an Ordinary World: Developmental Differences and Disabilities in Children and Adolescents

    • Understand anatomy and physiology of most common developmental differences

    • Learn practical yoga accommodations the most common differences

  • Adapting the Ordinary: Accessible Yoga for All

    • Explore the yamas and niyamas and their application in caring for individuals of all abilities

  • Extraordinary Grace: Accessing Individual Strengths

    • Learn how to use safe and engaging yoga techniques with children experiencing physical and developmental differences

    • Learn how to find and use an individual’s most developed abilities to teach to their potential

Required resources::

Yoga Therapy for Every Special Child - Nancy Williams

Meet Your Teachers:


Melanie Hester B.S, M.ED, E-RYT 200, RYT 500 & RCYT

 Melanie Hester

Melanie Hester

Melanie has taught and worked with children with special needs and their families for over 25 years. Her passion for the healing nature of yoga has fired her interest in merging traditional education with the ancient yogic teachings and practices. Melanie believes that all people, even little ones are unique vibrational beings and yoga allows individuals to explore that inner space where there is a convergence of all potentiality. Melanie teaches workshops for educators on effective practices in the classroom and to help the educators themselves stay centered and available to their students. Melanie’s desire to help others ignites her passion to teach and invites others to find empowerment and healing in their life and to become mindful that each person is a soul with radiant beauty. Blessed by the teachings of Nina Be and Lisa Clark, she teaches yoga with an embodiment of the practice and the potential for the convergence of all possibilities. She is the founder and director of Converging Grace Children’s Yoga Teacher Training and teaches individual and group yoga classes.

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Global Breath Studio
Durham, NC


Fri: 6-9 pm;
Sat: 7:30 am - 6:30 pm
Sun: 7:30 am - 6:30 pm


December 7-9, 2018
March 1-3, 2019

*You must pre-register for modules 2 weeks in advance (space permitting).

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