The What and Why of Compassionate Co-Regulation with Jyoti Jo Manuel

Have you heard of compassionate co-regulation? It means that when we calm and regulate ourselves as the adults, we create an energetic circle of safety that supports the children around us to regulate themselves. It’s hard to be truly compassionate and kind when we are stressed out. 

In this week’s episode, Jyoti Jo Manuel, the founder and director of Special Yoga, joins Dale to discuss ‘The what and why of compassionate co-regulation’. We talk about how we underestimate the impact that we have as the adults around children and that children learn best from how we are and how we model behaviour.

“The energy field that we create inside and outside creates a compassionate, caring space for another.”

Jyoti Jo Manuel

Listen to hear the importance of looking after ourselves first. Balancing our autonomic nervous system (the part that controls involuntary actions, such as the beating of your heart) changes our thoughts, reduces our worries and anxieties, and helps us to become more heartfelt and kinder. Jyoti tells us that if teachers and parents/carers are balanced and calm then children can thrive.

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About Jyoti Jo Manuel

Jyoti has been practising yoga since 1974 and teaching since 1989. She is one of the leaders in the training and application of yoga as a therapeutic intervention for children with special and additional needs. She pioneered children’s yoga in the UK. She set up the global training school, Special Yoga in 2002 to provide sustainable and accessible training programmes and to support practitioners delivering the work . She works with local education authorities, NHS, academies and individual schools, parents/carers and paediatric professionals. She has travelled globally to extend Special Yoga in Sri Lanka, Thailand, India, Australia, Mexico, Peru, Russia, and many countries in Europe. She is currently training 45 psychologists in the Ukraine to support their traumatised children.

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