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Asanas for Autism and Special Needs 25-Hour Training   
Yoga for Children & Teens (Autism, Neurodivers
ity & Diverse Needs)

Asanas for Autism and Special Needs is a Registered Yoga School through Yoga Alliance

Level 1 - Training 

Yoga for Children - Autism, Neurodiversity

& Diverse Needs

Yoga Alliance approved 25-hour training in teaching yoga to children and teens with diverse needs!

Complete the Level 1 training and be eligible for the 

Level 2 - 70 hour training to receive a 95-hour Children's Yoga Teacher Certification with an emphasis on Children with diverse needs!

Asanas for Autism and Special Needs – Yoga for Children - Autism, Neurodivergence & Diverse Needs 25-hour Yoga Alliance Registered course offers fun, hands-on and effective strategies for teaching yoga to children with diverse bodies, brains and abilities. Participants will learn tools to support children ages 5-17 with self-regulation, body awareness, social skills, expression of difficult emotions, language and communication and so much more! Learn strategies, supports and modifications to teach yoga to children including ADD, ADHD, Autism, Down Syndrome, Prader-Willi, Williams Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, sensory integration difficulties, language processing difficulties, developmental delays, limited mobility, anxiety, trauma, behavioral challenges and more!

Great For...

  • ​Yoga Teachers

  • Pediatric Physical Therapists

  • Occupational Therapists

  • Speech Therapists

  • Behavior Specialists

  • Mental Health Practitioners

  • Educators

  • School Psychologists

  • Social Workers

  • Therapists

  • Pediatric or School Nurses

  • Parents 

  • A.P.E./P.E. Teachers

  • Anyone who is passionate about sharing the benefits of yoga with children of all abilities.

Participants Receive


  • Playful and Passionate Connection with like-minded community

  • Comprehensive Manual, Resource List & Certificate of Completion.


  • 25-hours packed full of Learning, Yoga Lesson Plans, Games, Songs, Stories, Partner and Group Poses & Activities.


  • Anatomy & Physiology, Precautions and Contraindications related to children with special needs.


  • Creative, Fun and Safe suggestions for Asanas (physical poses), Pranayama (breathing strategies) and relaxation and mindfulness activities.


  • Suggestions for Props, Modifications, Adaptations, Tools and Supports to meet the needs of diverse cognitive and physical abilities


  • Chair Yoga for “yoga breaks” and for children with limited mobility

  • Positive Behavior Strategie​s

  • Understanding the nervous system, fight/flight/freeze and the impact of unmanaged stress and strategies and tools to support social/emotional learning and improved mental and physical health and well-being.

  • Trauma Sensitive Approach

  • Poses and breathing strategies to support self-regulation, sensory-processing and expressing/releasing difficult emotions.


  • Suggestions for how to structure classes and lesson plans for groups with diverse needs.


Participants Receive:

A printable manual, a Certificate of Completion in 25-hours of Yoga for Children with Special Needs (upon completing the requirements of the course) and 20% off the C.A.L.M.M Yoga Toolkit.




Level 1 - Yoga for Children & Teens (Autism, Neurodiversity & Diverse Needs)


Kaka'ako, Honolulu, HAWAII - IN PERSON

Dates: August 16th-18th, 2024


Friday: August 16th, 9am-5:30pm

Saturday: August 17th, 9am-5:30pm

Sunday, August 18th 9am-5:00pm


810 Pohukaina Street

Honolulu, Hawaii 96813



The Modern

The Prince Hotel

Hilton Hawaiian Village

Ala Moana Hotel


Boutique Hotels:

White Sands




AIRBNB areas:


Ala Moana


Early Bird Pricing: $550 USD

Early Bird Deadline to Save $100 is July 26th!

Registration Deadline: August 9th

See more details and REGISTER HERE


Level 1 - Yoga for Children & Teens (Autism, Neurodiversity & Diverse Needs) Training


Dates: September 18th - 29th, 2024

Early Bird Deadline to save $100 is September 6th.

Join us from around the world and gain the knowledge and confidence to teach yoga to children of diverse abilities and backgrounds!

See More Details and Register HERE!


Level 1 - Yoga for Children & Teens (Autism, Neurodiversity & Diverse Needs)


Athens, GREECE - IN PERSON & Live Zoom

Dates: November 8th-10th, 2024


Friday: November 8th, 9am-5:30pm

Saturday: November 9th, 9am-5:30pm

Sunday, November 10th, 9am-5:00pm


Idras 3, Kalithea 176 76, Greece

Places to Stay: There are many AIRBNB options in the area near the studio

Unable to attend in person? Option to join via LIVE ZOOM

Early Bird Pricing: $550 EURO

Early Bird Deadline: October 2nd, 2024

See more details and REGISTER HERE


Join us for both the Level 1 and Level 2 Trainings online and become a 95-hour Certified Children's Yoga Teacher with an Emphasis on Making Yoga and Mindfulness Inclusive and Accessible to Children of Diverse Abilities and Backgrounds! All Children!


Level 2 ONLINE Training

Completion of Level 1 Training is a pre-requisite

Next Upcoming Level 2 Training

Dates: November 16th-December 29th



Register HERE!



Dates: January 5th-April 20th, 2025

CLick HERE for details on the Level 3 - YOGA THERAPY FOR YOUTH TRAINING 


What Attendees say about the 25-hour Training

I just completed Shawnee’s 25-hour Asanas for Autism training. This comprehensive program combines Shawnee’s years of experience within the special needs community as an educator and her extensive knowledge and passion for yoga. Her use of props and techniques to facilitate communication and social skills are so simple to use throughout the day, not just in a yoga class. I also gained a deeper understanding and appreciation of the importance of restorative yoga. I now feel so empowered to offer my students a yoga program that recognizes and supports their sensory needs in a fun and therapeutic way. I recommend this training to ANYONE who hopes to share yoga within the special needs community, all ages and abilities!  

♥ Michelle - Parent of a Child with Autism & Director of Beyond Autism

This weekend was anything short of incredible! I had always imagined incorporating yoga into my occupational therapy practice but couldn't find an effective way to do so. The Asanas for Autism program has such creative and unique adaptations and activities that I've already seen the children I work with respond to! On top of learning so much to better help children, I have gained so much love and knowledge to give my own soul nurturing and love. And without that, we cannot provide the same for the kids we interact with. Simply put "The answer is yoga." Thank you Shawnee for spreading your love and light! 

♥ Erin - Occupational Therapist

Personally, I have to say! that  the 25 –hour training was very educative, efficient, fun! and enlightening. Shawnee’s expertise, passion, love and dedication to sharing her knowledge and long experience in teaching our beautiful special children filled me with inspiration and awakened enthusiasm in me to go out and do the same.

I am planning on taking more trainings with her to refine and learn new skills to serve better, as well as to meeting other great loving souls as the dear Ones I have met in this training… Loved the yogi peaceful and fun energy of our group!

Also, myself, as a parent of a 5 years old autistic child and who lives and understands the great challenges of Autism,  this training has given me hope and  provided me with new perspectives on how to integrate the therapeutics of ‘Yoga for Special Needs’  in my teaching and playing with my son and looking forward to spreading out the light and healing to other special children and their families.

Thanks Dear Shawnee for being such beacon of Light and Hope to our children and new generations to come and our families.

♥ Damian - Yoga teacher & Parent of child with autism

I learned so much in Shawnee's 25-hour training. Her passion for her mission to give the gift of yoga to children of ALL abilities just oozes out of her, and it's contagious! Her knowledge of yoga combined with her amazing creativity (and all of her props!) had us spellbound throughout the weekend, itching to get started with our own students. I'm so excited to share her incredible work, and know I am forever a better person because I crossed paths with Shawnee. 

♥ Amy- - Educational Therapist

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