Sharing yoga with children is a unique and fulfilling challenge that has the potential to bring great joy to both the teacher and the student.
Join one of the most professional and comprehensive Children’s Yoga Teacher Training programs available, and learn to teach a holistic class that uses all aspects of the yoga practice to meet children’s physical, emotional and social needs. Classes incorporate yoga and mindfulness activities that help children connect to themselves & their community, access the power of their breath, develop focus & concentration, find strength, balance and confidence through physical movement, recognize and regulate their own emotions, and learn how to nurture themselves through relaxation.
You will leave training with a deeper understanding of child development, the capacity and confidence to create lesson plans that meet children’s needs, and the knowledge to teach in a safe, engaging and compassionate way. We will address the challenges of teaching in school environments, as well as practical information about how to set up new classes, get insurance, talk to schools about yoga, and more.
Little Flower Yoga is a Yoga Alliance certified school, and participation in all three levels of training, plus the completion of an online mentorship program and reading/writing will quality for YA Children’s Yoga Certification.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, and click the registration links below for more info.
Weekend Modules are $595 advance, $695 within two months of training.
Chair Yoga tuition is $185.
Please note: this program provides certification through Little Flower Yoga, not 8 Limbs Yoga Centers.
Foundations of Children’s Yoga: Creating Safe & Engaging Experiences
January 28 – 29, 2017
The Level One LFY intensive will provide you with the fundamental understanding and tools needed to teach a well rounded class that incorporates all aspects of the practice.
- Making asana (yoga poses) accessible, safe and engaging for youth
- Pranayama (breathwork) for youth
- Introduction to mindfulness & meditation practices
- Finding teachable moments & incorporating academic skills into yoga classes
- Guiding principles for teaching classes based on a compassionate understanding of students’ needs
- Creating a well rounded yoga lesson plan
- The ethics of teaching yoga to children
Teaching the Whole Child: Compassion, Creativity and Mindfulness
March 11 – 12, 2017
The emphasis of Level Two training is on deepening and enhancing your teaching. The intensive is grounded in an exploration of youth development from eastern & western perspectives. We spend time learning mindfulness & meditation practices that enhance students’ capacity for emotional regulation, focus and good decision making. Classroom and behavior management strategies that support relationship building and engaged learning are discussed, as are compassionate communication strategies for working with students.
- Youth development: physical, emotional & socialTeaching mindfulness & meditation to youth
- Compassionate classroom management skills
- Communication strategies for working with children
- Getting creative: using art & journaling to enhance your teaching and promote reflection
- Partner and group yoga practices
- Practice teaching and feedback
Advancing Your Teaching and Expanding Your Reach
May 6 – 7, 2017
The Level Three intensive provides you with the tools to effectively create curricula and teach with your own authentic presence. In this final level of training we spend time learning to develop activities based on your personal practice. We also address the specific challenges of working with teens, and students with special needs. Time is dedicated to practice teaching, feedback on that teaching, and answering questions.
- Youth development through the teen years
- Building leadership skills through yoga
- Restorative yoga practices for children and teens
- Curriculum developmentTeaching from your personal practice
- Introduction to yoga for children with special needs
- Working with parents and caregivers
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May 5, 2017
Chair Yoga is a unique yoga style that adapts yoga positions and poses through creative use of a chair. The chair replaces the yoga mat and becomes an extension of the body. The student is able to warm up the body safely and perform yoga poses with more support and stability. Poses are done seated on the chair or the chair is used for support during standing poses, forward and backward bends, side extensions, balancing, and leg and arm stretches. Chair Yoga is suitable for all ages, fitness levels and physical conditions. The certification program is particularly useful for yoga teachers, classroom teachers, PT’s, OT’s, and other healthcare professionals. This form of yoga is ideal for school children to practice right at their desk without yoga mats or other props. This program will add a new dimension to your teaching and/or care-giving. The teacher certification will provide you with a firm foundation for teaching Chair Yoga and will address:
- Beginner, Intermediate, and Challenging Poses & Sequences
- Postural Education and Support
- The use of props (straps, resistance bands, and weights)
- Pranayama, meditation, mindfulness and relaxation techniques ideal for the chair.
- Safety Guidelines
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do you have to be a yoga teacher to take the training?
Definitely not. This is a comprehensive training that is appropriate for anyone who is interested in helping children become the best versions of themselves. Each training session contains a diverse group of yoga teachers, classroom teachers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, counselors, parents and many more.
What if I haven’t been practicing yoga for that long?
You don’t have to be able to do crazy yoga poses for training, but general familiarity with the practice is important. The best thing to do is to just participate in classes at a local yoga studio before training, and if possible taking a beginners workshop is wonderful preparation.
Is LFY Yoga Alliance Certified?
Yes. The Level One training qualified for Continuing Education credit. Yoga Alliance children’s certification requires that you participate in three levels of training, complete some required reading and accompanying writing assignments, and participate in a mentorship program (live or online).
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