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Special Yoga @ Maitri Studio

  • by Tory Campbell - Aug 06, 2020

Special yoga @ Maitri Studio

We are delighted to bring you Special Yoga @ Maitri Studio, with regular provision of classes and 1:1 for children and families with additional needs. Tory Campbell has been providing such classes for a few years now at Maitri, so this is a next step to consolidate that as we welcome a second Special Yoga teacher Geraldine Mullan.

The following short article by Tory explains more.


The mission statement of Special Yoga is ‘to inclusively and holistically support children with additional needs through our multi-dimensional Special Yoga and Mindfulness methodology’. In special yoga sessions we meet each child where they are at, and use yoga as a therapeutic intervention to encourage them to move towards their potential.

Special yoga has become the international term used to describe yoga for people with a variety of additional needs including autism, ADHD, Cerebral palsy, Down’s Syndrome, learning disability / difficulties, PMLD (profound and multiple learning disabilities), complex needs and other physical challenges.

Special yoga sessions focus on the following areas:

  • Breathing practices
  • Physical postures
  • Deep pressure massage
  • Sound therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Relaxation

Special yoga can help to:

  • Balance body and mind
  • Increase body and spatial awareness
  • Develop motor skills
  • Encourage self-initiation and self-regulation
  • Improve concentration
  • Improve efficiency of lungs and cardio-vascular system
  • Improve posture, flexibility, strength and muscle tone
  • Reduce anxiety and depression
  • Improve quality of sleep

Special Yoga practitioners at Maitri

Tory Campbell runs SHINE special yoga and offers yoga to children and adults in a range of settings, including regular session slots Maitri Studio; offering 1:1 sessions, private family sessions and ASD family yoga from the ground floor studio space. Tory is an accredited senior practitioner and mentor for Special Yoga, and maintains her continued professional development through them. Read more on Tory's profile page here.

Geraldine Mullan comes from a healthcare background and is a qualified yoga teacher with Special Yoga training. She is developing her Special Yoga practice as she believes this greatly benefits children with special needs, bringing peace, balance, groundedness and helping them connect with themselves. Read her profile page here.


Maitri Studio is able to offer a wheelchair-accessible ground floor studio, helping to make yoga more accessible to a range of people. Read our current provisions on our FAQ and in this document.

Contact Us

Maitri Studio Limited
4 The Mount, Belfast, BT5 4NA

Tel: +44 (0)28 9099 2428

Company number: NI635546