Are you someone who recognises the fast-paced world we are living in and the impact it is having on the health and well-being of children and teens?
Would you like to make a positive difference by empowering children of all ages to be able to manage stress, stay calm, build confidence and be emotionally resilient?
Creative Yogis is a Registered Children’s Yoga School (RCYS) & Continuing Education Provider approved by Yoga Alliance USA. I am super passionate, dedicated and humbled to serve as a yoga & mindfulness educator supporting and celebrating the uniqueness of each child at every age. I would love to guide YOU to be able to teach all ages and abilities appropriately, safely and meaningfully in a variety of settings as an engaging, playful, creative and confident ‘Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher’(RCYT).
Providing a safe space for children and teens to express their feelings and thoughts can cultivate emotional intelligence and self-regulation. It increases self-awareness, supports anxiety & depression, assists behaviour management and enables them to better connect to themselves and others. As we empower children, teens & families with the holistic skills of yoga and mindfulness they begin to thrive, shine and become caring, compassionate and empathic well-rounded individuals.
5 Day Teacher Training for Teens (9-18 years old)
‘Blossoming Tweenies & Tuning into Teens’ (Teaching Yoga & Mindfulness to 9-18 years)
Total Duration – 48 hours – (45 hours contact / 3 hours non-contact)
NEW DATES : to be confirmed
Time: Daily schedule of 5 day training / 8am to 5pm.
In order to gain the RCYT 95-hr Certificate full attendance is required. Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT 200) are eligible for the specialty designation upon completion of the training and additional requirements.
Location: Studio Fort-Jaco
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About this Training:
Our fabulous preteens and teens are the special population that need and benefit from yoga and mindfulness the most. A delicate and tender time in their lives largely influenced by the huge changes taking place both internally and externally.
This training provides a solid foundation of practical knowledge and relevant skills to enable YOU to engage, empower and support this diverse age group. Delivered through comprehensive modules that are designed to explore age-appropriate yogic and mindfulness tools. The training is facilitated with a balance of theory and embodied knowledge in a fun, creative, informative and interactive format.
I am deeply passionate and motivated to guide tweens and teens to take yoga, ‘off the mat’ and into their daily lives. Once confident and comfortable to apply the tools and practices this becomes ‘yoga in action’. Empowered with a variety of skills they are then better equipped to navigate school stress and pressure. With the dramatic increase in both anxiety and depression in our youth, the ability to self-regulate and manage difficult emotions as they arise is essential. Sustainable coping mechanisms and tools that build resilience and promote positive emotional, mental and physical health and wellbeing can aid in the gentle development of an internal place of refuge. A place of stillness to connect to daily helps to cultivate inner peace and stability from which to support ongoing stress management.
This role requires authenticity, humility, compassion and a great sense of humour from which to gain their trust, confidence and respect at this vulnerable time. On a less serious note what really keeps them coming back is YOU and your ability to be light, creative, engaging and fun. Inspire tweens and teens to experience the value of making time to relax, play and connect with one another in their busy lives. To become a lighthouse in their lives and shine a torch on ways to empower them to manage their health and wellbeing is truly rewarding.
· Tuning into ‘Preteens’ and ‘Teens’
· Benefits of yoga and mindfulness
· The developmental stages
· Neuroscience of the preteen and teen brain
· Honouring our unique learners
· Yoga anatomy & physiology
· Yoga philosophy in action
· Class elements, structure and behaviour management
· Mindfulness meditations and activities
· Mudras, yoga with your hands
· Breathing for calm, balance and energy
· Yoga poses, sequencing and safety
· Sun and moon salutes
· Partner and group poses
· Yoga games and connection
· Themed activities promoting self-esteem, confidence, acceptance, compassion
· Anxiety tool box
· Blossoming goddesses and peaceful warriors
· Sleep, relaxation and yoga nidra
· Creativity, journaling and reflection
· Exploring the chakras
· Practice teach and embodied learning
· Crafting creative classes
· Yoga in action
· Yoga in school and all settings
· The Biz and being a ‘yogipreneur’
A & P – mini manual and webinar
‘Yogadalas Colouring Book’ – PDF printable
Mentorship and ongoing inspiration – Teachers private Facebook group and global community
Why chose this training?
The 45-hour Children’s Yoga Teacher Training (RCYT) is a fully comprehensive programme crafted with the perfect balance of theory, embodied practice, discussions, both fun and informative whilst being facilitated in a relaxed atmosphere that inspires optimum learning.
This training is the Module 2 of the full 95 hr RCYT Yoga Alliance USA approved Children’s Yoga Teacher Training. Module 1 and 2 can be taken separately and are stand alone modules.
Will I be able to teach right after I graduate from this 45-hour Tween & Teen Training?
Yes. All the course materials taught in this course prepare students with all the foundational knowledge and skills needed to become tween and teen yoga teachers. Some students take it to deepen their own personal practice, kick-start a life transformational experience, while others do it to immediately start a teaching career. Students from our training begin teaching friends, family, moving into part-time teaching in studios, schools and then full-time teaching.
How do I become a RCYT (Registered Children Yoga Teacher)?
If you are already a RYT 200 and on completion of the additional requirements of 30 hours of teaching practice with the full 95-hour certificate students are eligible for the Yoga Alliance USA RCYT specialty designation. This is a simple automated process and once your information is logged and the certificate uploaded, your lead trainer will be contacted by email to approve your request. Each individual student is responsible for this process and on approval will be able to add the RCYT designation to their credentials. However, a 200-Hour RYT training can be done either prior to or after the training.
I teach children, but have never done yoga before. Can I still join the course?
It is recommended that you have a minimum of one year’s yoga practice prior to joining. This is encouraged as it enables you to have a basic understanding of the foundational poses and terms and maximises your overall learning experience.
Do we get to practice teach with children during the training?
We will have special public community classes for students to both observe and practice teach. You are able to bring your own children and are encouraged to ask friends who may like to participate as well.
If I need to miss a session, will I be able to make up for it?
Students enrolled in this programme must be fully committed and understand that full attendance is required. If there is a need to miss any sessions, it will be decided on a case-by-case basis. Please indicate any of such requests during application.
Will I receive a certificate after the programme?
Upon successful completion of the programme and following the Code of Conduct – students will receive a Certificate of Completion (Yoga Alliance Accredited) from Creative Yogis for this teacher training programme.
Who can join?
If you have a passion and a desire to share the benefits of yoga and mindfulness with children, teens and families this training is for you. Whether you are a yoga teacher, trainee, practitioner, educational professional this training offers continuing education. Health care professionals, therapists, social workers and child psychologists can find inspiration and techniques to share in the workplace. To our very special Parents and Grandparents, I invite you to join and discover how to bring yoga play and mindfulness into your children’s lives as a way to enrich and nourish your time together in creative and health orientated ways. It is not essential but recommended that you have at least one year of personal practice that informs a basic understanding and experience of the fundamental yoga poses.
Faculty / About Karen Wightman
Karen Wightman is the Founder and Senior Trainer of ‘Creative Yogis’ a vibrant and passionate yoga & mindfulness provider. She is both a local and international children’s yoga instructor, advisor, teacher trainer and children’s art teacher with more than 20 years of experience.
Karen first began practicing yoga in Thailand in 1995 and initially assisted in children’s yoga classes under the guidance of her teacher Justin Herold in the Iyengar Yoga School in Bangkok in 2003. She then went on to coordinate a 3-year programme at Satit Kaset International Program in Bangkok.
In 2006, Karen moved to Australia to immerse herself fully in the study of yoga with Master Teacher Nicky Knoff where she completed her first RYT 200 hours teacher training in the Knoff system. She met world-famous Rachel Zinman in 2007 and finally completed her second teacher training in the Ishta System becoming a RYT 500 hours in 2014 after a period of extensive study.
Karen has continued to develop her skills in children’s yoga ongoingly since 2007 training with a number of leading teachers and pioneers in the field. Kylie Peters of ‘Simply Kids’, Christy Brock Miele of ‘Yoga 4 Teens’, Lorainne Rushton of ‘Zenergy Yoga 4 Kids’ and Charlotta Martinus of ‘Teen Yoga Foundation’.
She currently facilitates local and international teacher trainings and workshops in Australia, Japan, Europe as well as Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai in collaboration with Pure Yoga. When Karen is not a ‘travelling yogi’ she spends her time teaching the children and teens that continue to inspire her work. Her mission is to empower children and teens with yogic and mindfulness tools that promote holistic health and wellbeing to enable them to thrive and shine their full potential.
Yoga Alliance Registrations
Creative Yogis RCYS, E-RYT 500 hours-Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher
Specialty RCYT-Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher
YACEP-Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider
1000 EUR Early Bird
1200 EUR Regular
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