How Yoga and Horse Riding Provide a therapeutic response to disability Wednesday 1 February 2017




The theme for this week has been ‘sport for therapy’ and to start us off we had Jyoti Manuel, a teacher of yoga to children with special needs and founder of the Special Yoga Foundation.

“We all have special needs,” said Jo as she explains that yoga can be adapted to suit everyone.  She has helped a variety of people from those who just want some relaxation or to stretch to those who have lost the confidence to stand and speak.  Travelling the world as well as working in Britain to deliver therapeutic yoga sessions, Jo promises that she and her organisation have “big plans for 2017!”

Here’s how you can keep up with Jo and the Special Yoga Foundation:





Mel Betteridge does not let anything stop her getting on a horse.  Despite being registered blind and having both hearing impairments, alzheimers and memory loss; at the age of 50, she does it all: raising, training and riding horses with Riding for the Disabled Association.

“I lost my sight but not my determination!” she remarks.  Mel is a member of two disabled riding centres in the UK and finds that riding has helped her overcome many obstacles and given her confidence, encouragement and support.  We might even see her in some RDA championships soon.

Here’s how you can find out more about the RDA and other participants like Mel:


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