Yoga for

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities  

Teacher Training

YACP Approved - 12 hours certification


Dear Yoga teachers,

Thank you for your interest in the 2021 Cohort, Yoga for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Teacher Training

I am so glad that you are here and grateful for the opportunity to share a mission that has become my life's heart pursuits. 

My world was forever changed when a friend asked, How do you feel about teaching students with intellectual and developmental disabilities? 

At the time, I had honestly never thought about it, but the idea thrilled me. I was scared and searched endlessly for the knowledge and tools to feel comfortable and successful in a special education classroom. 

I admit, I cried a few times and initially felt like a fish out of water.  I just kept showing up trying new sequences and modifications. I have had a lot of ideas not work but the successes have far outweighed the defeats.

After a few years, my flow began to sync and I could see the impact that yoga and mindfulness had for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Before COVID-19 I was serving 230+ students in the Buncombe County, NC area living with an intellectual and developmental disability. 

But, I was at the point of exhaustion and in need of help.  I began searching for qualified teachers to help support and expand yoga services in our schools and communities. 

Unfortunately, my results were bare and I felt at another roadblock. 

I made a decision then that the students I adore need more and deserve more. They should have the same opportunities that us regular developing humans are allotted by the thousands. 

My path was illuminated and for the first time I knew my role in this life. 

I must help bridge the gaps in wellness services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in my community and beyond. 

In the Asheville, NC area there are currently No regularly scheduled yoga or movement classes for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Nor are there yoga teacher training programs specifically tailored for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities ranging from mild to profound. 

In addition, I was surprised to find that intellectual and developmental disabilities are not covered in the training materials credentialing yoga therapist (IAYT) nation wide. 

I am ready to change this dynamic and I need your help!

I have developed an on-line yoga teacher training course that will propel you forward in working with students living with mild to profound disabilities. 

The 2021 Cohort will launch a community inclusion initiative to create more inclusive and confident yoga teachers in the growing field of special education. 

You will earn 12 continuing education hours recognized by Yoga Alliance. 

In addition you will gain 20 hours of hands-on experience working one-to-one and in group setting with students with special needs. 

The course is completely online and self-paced, containing pre-recorded lecture, demonstration, and field experience videos. In addition the course contains reading materials and printable classroom visuals. 


There are over 12 hours of content directly related to teaching yoga to students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Multiple disabilities are covered in the course materials to be as inclusive as possible and to offer you as many practical tools, techniques, and creative classroom ideas.  




  1. Cohorts are required to donate 20 Volunteer hours before December 31, 2021. You can volunteer in the following ways:


  • assist and/or lead both individual and group classes - AVL, NC

  • help with the Spring 2021 Wellness Carnival Pop-up event series - AVL, NC

  • lead virtual classes

  • assist with Yoga & Mindfulness summer camp - July & August 2021 - AVL, NC

  • Teach community classes for students with special needs - AVL, NC

    • Community classes for outside communities will be considered upon request


  1. Submit a course review 

If you are ready to help me create positive changes in our community and beyond please email your resume and bio to: Jodi @ 

Cohorts will be announced December 31, 2020.


Following the 2021 Community Wellness Initiative tuition will be $250.00 (US). 


The 2021 Community Wellness Initiative is designed to respark healthy life-styles after isolation from the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 Community Wellness Initiative is a series of classes, events, and teacher training which promote physical activity, nutritional education and stress reduction. 

So much love,


Course Objectives:

1. Understand Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities


  1. Lecture: What is IDD?

  2. Body types and yoga for: 

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Down’s Syndrome

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Vision/Hearing Impairments

  • Paralysis conditions

  1. Common behavior traits in special education classrooms

  2. Additional Considerations 

  3. The 8-Limbs of Yoga is for All

2. What is Yoga for Special Needs?


  1. Lecture: What does yoga for special needs look like?

  2. Applications

  3. Field experience

  4. Yoga for the Nervous System

  5. Postures to support self-regulation skills

  6. Meditations to support self-regulation skills

  7. Sequencing and scheduling

  8. Visuals

3. Movement Modification

  1. The Teacher’s body & hands-on-assist

  2. Props and toys

  3. Creating a Nurturing & Supportive Classroom

  4. Promoting Movement 

4. Fun! Lots of Fun!

5. Community Inclusive Programming


  1. What is community inclusion for special needs?

  2. Community classes & Inclusion

  3. Creating weekly classes in our communities

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