Yoga and Mindfulness Tools for Special Education & Counselling

Next Workshop: July 11, 2015 at UBC, 11-5:30. Cost $75.

To register call 778-227-2090 or email:

Space is limited so sign up soon.

Everyone has special needs, and everyone has special gifts! This workshop offers simple yoga and mindfulness techniques to promote health and well-being for all individuals by recognizing individuals’ special gifts and offering practical tools to meet their special needs. We highlight practices that may be particularly helpful for children and adolescents on the autism spectrum, and those living with ADD/ADHD, depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. Learn tools to promote calm, focus, self-awareness, self-regulation, self-compassion, and healthy relationships with others. Discover how these practices can be applied by educators and counsellors to promote self-care and positive relationships with students and clients. No previous experience with yoga or mindfulness practices necessary.


Topics included in the workshop are:

  • An overview of some of the gifts and common challenges experienced by individuals on the autism spectrum, and those living with ADD/ADHD, mood disorders, body image issues, and eating disorders.
  • Simple yoga poses to build strength and stability, gain focus, boost mood, and balance energy levels.
  • Breathing and relaxation techniques to calm the body and mind and address anxiety and hyperactivity.
  • Tools for cultivating self-awareness and self-regulation.
  • Self-compassion exercises to build acceptance and self-kindness.
  • Strategies for fostering healthy relationships and effective communication.


Meet the instructors:

Jacqueline Maloney and Maggie Dension are Registered Children’s Yoga Teachers, who have been introducing yoga into educational and clinical settings for many years.

In addition to teaching yoga in schools, Jacqueline directs the Children’s Yoga Teacher Training at Semperviva Yoga Studios. She is also a UBC graduate student who studies the effects of yoga and mindfulness practices on the development and well-being of children, adolescents, and educators.

Maggie Denison works together with Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech and Language Pathologists to develop yoga programs to complement other therapies for children, teens, and their families.

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