How can yoga help a young person develop a life time of resources that are always available? Why can the body be a resource for children and youth to access? What can embodied yoga provide that other forms of movement cannot?
What to Expect::
This training begins with an understanding that to teach is to give of ourselves. Self-care is a skill that must be gained to be present and available to those we teach. The training is an adventure of playful exploration through the stages of child development. It is an opportunity to learn how to teach yoga to all children no matter their developmental or physical differences. We use games and stories that promote self-love, acceptance and compassion for others and themselves. Activities that allow choices and non-judgmental creativity with music and songs that promote movement in all directions and steeped in the ancient and traditional practices of yoga. Using the body and breath, children of all ages and abilities can be honored for who they are while helping them to re-pattern what is there by nature, nurture or both. These yogic tools can help them to slow the movement of the world around them and to come home to themselves.
Teaching Tips: Engage all Children in the Magic
Learn the physical and emotional characteristics of the main developmental stages of children and how each stage impacts what and how you teach.
Learn the many ways that yoga can benefit children and adolescents.
Make it Yoga, Make it Fun: Make Yoga Engaging and Purposeful
Learn developmentally appropriate yoga based games, stories, songs and asana that incorporate breath with movement.
Understand how to communicate with children using non-judgmental and supportive language.
Making Magic Happen: Self-Care for the Magician
Learn strategies for keeping yourself available to all children
Learn how to teach engaging your own personal Sankalpa and positive affirmations in each lesson
Teaching Yoga Basics for Children and Youth Manual - Melanie Hester
Meet Your Teachers:
Melanie Hester B.S, M.ED, E-RYT 200, RYT 500 & RCYT
Melanie has taught and worked with children with special needs and their families for over 25 years. Her passion for the healing nature of yoga has fired her interest in merging traditional education with the ancient yogic teachings and practices. Melanie believes that all people, even little ones are unique vibrational beings and yoga allows individuals to explore that inner space where there is a convergence of all potentiality. Melanie teaches workshops for educators on effective practices in the classroom and to help the educators themselves stay centered and available to their students. Melanie’s desire to help others ignites her passion to teach and invites others to find empowerment and healing in their life and to become mindful that each person is a soul with radiant beauty. Blessed by the teachings of Nina Be and Lisa Clark, she teaches yoga with an embodiment of the practice and the potential for the convergence of all possibilities. She is the founder and director of Converging Grace Children’s Yoga Teacher Training and teaches individual and group yoga classes.
Global Breath Studio
Fri: 6-9 pm;
Sat: 7:30 am - 6:30 pm
Sun: 7:30 am - 6:30 pm
November 2-4, 2018
January 4-6, 2019
*You must pre-register for modules 2 weeks in advance (space permitting).