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Yoga - for those with special needs
YOU & ME Yoga is a system of professional yoga training with a difference - it’s specifically aimed at yoga teachers and allied professionals with two years yoga experience who wish to teach yoga to people with special needs, their carers and their parents.

The system is designed to aid the physical and mental development of those with learning difficulties, physical disabilities, sensory impairments and severe/multiple disabilities, right across the age range.

The effectiveness of YOU & ME Yoga is widely recognised by health and education. For more than 30 years, this system, developed by
Maria Gunstone, has been taught across the UK to help clients with disabilities achieve their full potential.

YOU & ME Yoga Training involves a thorough and concise modular programme for teaching clients of all ages and abilities. It is administered through various means including books, video/audio resources and learning guides.

This modular programme is available to buy with contact training and/or distance learning and online support with Maria Gunstone, the originator of the system.

The YOU & ME Yoga Training delivered by Maria online through Skype has allowed trainers in the US, Australia and Hong Kong to implement YOU & ME Yoga into their special needs communities.

The ethos of YOU & ME Yoga is the use of a colour code which assists with both the teaching and learning processes, and lesson planning to ensure health and safety for each individual's needs and abilities. This unique system with its user-friendly reference and teaching material means that once learnt, it is simple to use.

The modular programme can be purchased for independent learning or with optional supported learning and certification with Maria Gunstone.
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Sample clips from the YOU & ME training programme:
Audio:
The Half Butterfly from CD Basic Yoga Techniques for people with Special Needs
Meditation song from the CD Sound and Colour Breathing and Relaxation

Video: A session from the DVD: Introduction to YOU & ME Yoga
Peter & Maria with vocals from the CD tutorial the Relaxation CD

"I think Maria is providing a wonderful service and has found a good way of making yoga accessible to all."

Claire Hay, Clinical Team Manager, Greenwich Teaching Primary Care Trust