The UK’s leading Yoga Charity for Children, The Special Yoga Centre, has announced that Trudie Styler has accepted their invitation to become an Honorary Patron.

Philanthropist, actress and avid yoga fan, Trudie met the Founder of The Special Yoga Centre, Jo Manuel, and was introduced to some of the children who attend the Centre. Moved by the stories of the families bringing up children with special needs and knowing the benefits yoga can bring to both adults and children, Trudie has decided to support this remarkable charity.

“I was delighted to receive the invitation to become Honorary Patron of The Special Yoga Centre,” said Trudie. “I’m touched by the work the Charity offers to babies, children and teenagers with Special Needs and hearing the incredible stories of how children’s lives have improved with yoga therapy has been extremely moving. With so many children in the UK who could benefit from yoga therapy, I’m delighted to have the opportunity to raise awareness for a service which I believe can bring real change into people’s lives.”

The Charity and Centre of Excellence for Yoga Teacher Training for Children, based in London, offers yoga therapy to over 600 children a week throughout the UK. The Centre trains over 70 yoga therapists a year and the work helps children with a range of special needs including those with cerebral palsy, downs syndrome, ADHD, dyspraxia, autism and learning difficulties benefit from regular yoga therapy sessions which are offered by donation only.

Jo Manuel, Founder and Director, of the Special Yoga Centre says: “Yoga Therapy is essential for children’s well being, especially those with special needs. Along with the families of these children, we are delighted that Trudie Styler has made such a generous commitment to this Charity.”

The Centre and Charity offers 1 to 1 yoga therapy for children with special needs and has recently rolled out The Get Ready to Learn programme in schools whereby children enjoy a group yoga session before starting their lessons. If sponsorship for schools can be raised, The Charity hopes to roll out the programme in schools across the UK in 2012. Click here for more information.

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