Creative Relaxation® Yoga for Children with Autism & Special Needs (Levels 1 & 2)

with Louise Goldberg

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Creative Relaxation® yoga may be used with all children, but the emphasis of the training will be teaching children with autism spectrum disorder, Asperger's, ADHD, sensory processing disorders, anxiety, and other special needs. In addition to educators, therapists, and yoga teachers, the course is appropriate for parents who want to practice yoga with their children.

In this training, you will learn assessment techniques and ways to maintain control and avert meltdowns through communication and postures. Ideas for creating a safe environment and the use of a visual curriculum will be presented. Louise will share methods for using your voice and body efficiently and techniques for working in small spaces. You will learn yoga postures and routines for calming and energizing, and to promote social interaction, as well as lessons for public schools, private sessions, and parent-child classes.

Of course HAVING FUN will be the main focus!

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-create a sacred space
-engage the child
-provide tools for success
-develop opportunities for independence

Louise's book: A how-to manual for yoga with kids in classrooms and therapeutic settings. Available on, Norton, or most Barnes & Noble bookstores. Please purchase the book and bring to the training.

About the Book: Yoga can improve behavior and focus, increase strength and flexibility, and improve self-regulation in children with special needs.  This book presents principles of Creative Relaxation® and teaches a range of poses specifically for use with children on the autism spectrum, with ADHD, and with sensory processing and emotional/behavioral disorders.  60 illustrated poses.

Want to learn more? Consider continuing to Level 2!


Creative Relaxation® Yoga for Children with Autism and Special Needs Level 2 focuses on the benefits of specific postures relative to strength, flexibility, balance, and sensory processing challenges. You will:

- Learn about the effects of stress as it relates to children with special needs
- Experience routines to enhance vagal stimulation
- Explore respiration and its role in the relaxation response
- Learn how to ease classroom anxiety
- Explore using breathing flows
- Practice lessons for improving communication skills and increasing focus
- Explore the challenges of transitions, with postures and techniques presented to help children move more easily from activity to activity
- Experience hands-on practice and guidelines for adjusting and assisting children in posture.

Live Demo Class:
Louise will teach one or more demo classes with children with special needs from the community.  You may bring your own child or student for pre-arranged instructional sessions.

Pre-requisite: Completion of Creative Relaxation® Yoga Level 1 training.

It is not necessary to be a Registered Adult Yoga Teacher or complete our 95-hour RCYS program in order to attend our trainings.

About the training - What people are saying:

"I was overjoyed to find similarly-minded people who have a passion for benefiting children with extra needs. What was most rewarding was going back to my Occupational Therapy clinic with specific, practical knowledge I applied the next day. Having a research study, anatomical, practical teaching about how the body relaxes and having practiced the class sequences, this training helped me gain instant tools." ~ Jenna N.

"Loved Louise's heart centered approach. She clearly has great love and respect for the populations she serves and teaches. I am the mother of an adult with developmental challenges and have met many "experts" along the way, but rare is the person who can combine such a wealth of knowledge with humility and empathy. I learned a great deal during her workshop." ~Dodi M.l

“Hearing real life success stories of children with special needs responding positively to yoga! I also enjoyed the experiential aspects, doing the yoga in groups, sharing and learning from each other.” ~ DL

Louise GoldbergLouise Goldberg, MA, E-RYT 500, a certified yoga teacher since 1981, is the founder of Creative Relaxation® and owner of Relaxation Now LLC. She has been a relaxation consultant with the Broward Schools for over 30 years and is on the faculty of the 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at the Yoga Center of Deerfield Beach. She is the author of Yoga Therapy for Children with Autism and Special Needs (Norton, 2013) Classroom Yoga Breaks (Norton, 2017) and co-author of S.T.O.P. and Relax©, Your Special Needs Yoga Toolbox. Her DVD Creative Relaxation® Yoga for Children features children with ASD. She was also published in the International Journal of Yoga Therapy in 2004. Louise has presented for the Autism Society of America annual conferences, "Weekend with the Expert Series," Learning and the Brain conference and SYTAR. She teaches yoga at the Miami Children's Hospital-Dan Marino Center Camp and has been an English teacher and remedial reading specialist. She has taught Yoga at the college level.


Yoga International featured Louise Goldberg, read the article here

Florida news story on the benefits of Yoga for children with Autism featuring Louise Goldberg can be viewed here.

Read the recent article Louise wrote and published in AutismFiles Magazine here.





Upcoming Trainings

Please purchase required textbook and bring to the training.  

Attend separately or as part of the  ChildLight Yoga 95 Hour Program.

Our trainings are also offered privately and for Professional Development. Contact Sally Delisle, Director of ChildLight Yoga Teacher Trainings, to inquire about rates and availability.

Tuition: Early Bird Discount  $295 / $325 thereafter 

Dover, NH

Dates: July 20-21, 2017
Times: Thursday, 9-4:30pm; Friday 9-4:30pm
Early Bird Discount: Register by July 6th for $295

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Dover, NH

Dates: July 22-23, 2017
Times: Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday 9am-3pm
Early Bird Discount: Register by July 8th for $295

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Level 1 Course Includes:

» Creative Relaxation Yoga for Children DVD and curriculum
» Supplemental Handout Materials
» Level 1 Training Certificate

»Possible CEU's, PDP's and Yoga Alliance credit hours.  Please contact your credentialing organization to verify acceptance.


Yoga for Children:  200+ Yoga Poses, Breathing Exercises and Meditations for Healthier, Happier, More Resilient Children, by Lisa Flynn

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"Play with the practices in this book and bolster your child's resilience and self-esteem as you enhance your relationship." ~ Amy Weintraub

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