Some of the challenges that the young people she worked with were facing (such as self regulation, attention and concentration) is what she found herself cultivating and growing during her own yoga practice. It was at this point she knew that she needed to combine the two. After some research and exploration, Lucy travelled to New York in 2005 to study with the internationally renowned Sonia Suma in her Yoga for the Special Child method. She knew at this moment that this was her life’s work. Lucy has since trained, studied and been dedicated to offering this work to hundreds of children and young people throughout London and now in Gloucestershire. She offers this work through the Special Yoga Centre. Lucy is a mother of two and works as a Clinical Psychologist and yoga therapist for children and young people of all ages and abilities. She has a special interest in mental health and neurodevelopmental disorders and holds an Msc in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities from Kings College, London. Lucy has trained to teach yoga to young people and their families; from womb to world. She has trained and worked with Uma Dinsmore Tuli in offering womb yoga for pregnancy and the postnatal period. Yoga played a crucial part in both her children entering the world peacefully and calmly at home. Lucy is part of Yoga Seva, working towards making yoga accessible to all children, young people and their families throughout the UK. Currently, Lucy is the lead consultant on delivering the Get Ready to Learn, classroom based Yoga Therapy programme in Gloucestershire. Additionally, she offers Yoga and Mindfulness to children and young people and their families in the community and within statutory services. She designs, develops and delivers teacher training programmes for professionals, parents and carers such as the Yoga for the Mind 8 week adolescent course and the Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher training course for young people with Dr Lana Jackson. She is committed to disseminating and reviewing the evidence base for mind-body practices in young people and making yoga available and accessible to all.
"Lisa explains everything with great clarity and connect yoga philosophy and neuroscience in a way that I easily understand. But most importantly I feel at ease in class. It's all very balanced." Yvonne Manzi on Yoga for Eating Disorders and Emotional Trauma, October 2016