Yoga For The Special Child®

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Founded in science, enriched with compassion, Yoga for the Special Child® is an innovative and effective approach to early intervention.  Yoga provides infants, children, and their parents with a pleasurable way to improve the quality of their lives. Click here for information on our studio’s accessiblity and language options.  Click here for our weekly schedule of classes in six locations throughout Reno, Sparks, Wadsworth and Nixon.

Yoga for the Special Child® is a comprehensive program of yoga techniques designed to enhance the natural development of children with special needs. Yoga stimulates all the areas necessary for a child’s development and will benefit children with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Attention Deficit Disorder, Learning Disabilities and other developmental delays.


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Kathy and Ian doing double boat pose

Our style of yoga is gentle and safe and requires no special equipment.  A session consists of six 15 to 40 minute classes (depending on age and ability) which are held once a week for six weeks. Children will learn a step-by-step integrated system of yoga poses and breathing techniques designed to increase cognitive and motor skills.

Adult and private classes are also  offered by our Certified Practitioners of Yoga for the Special Child®:

Kathy RandolphLisa Everett-BridgewaterMary Lou Urrutia,  Lyndsay Slocumb, and Carees Gonzalez

See our Weekly Schedule, Yoga for the Special Child® Weekly Schedules and Certified Instructors Pages for more info. 

The Yoga Center’s mission since 1998 is “Affordable Yoga for the Committed Weekly Student, Focused on the Therapeutic Benefits of Yoga in a Fully Accessible Studio”. The Yoga Center has a full Yoga for the Special Child® program which started in 1999. We now have 10 teachers offering classes at our studio, in three local studios/clinics in Reno/Sparks, in day cares, pre-schools, Head Starts, public schools, clinics, community centers, group homes, sheltered workshops, rehab facilities, and a full program for the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal Clinic teaching everyone from infants to elders. Yoga for the Special Child® has state funding for children and adults with special needs, we work in federally funded programs, and have funding from Washoe County Social Services, Very Special Arts, and Tru-Vista.  Be sure to ask about our Raja Yoga Sponsorships for group classes.

See our Yoga for the Special Child®Teacher Trainings if you are interested in taking the training and joining our team as a Yoga for the Special Child® Practitioner.  Come join us in this wonderful work!