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.
MODULE 1: Gentle Beginnings, Foundations & Family (Teaching Yoga & Mindfulness to 2 – 8 years and Family Yoga)
Dates: Monday February 24 to Friday February 28
Time: Daily schedule of 5 day training / 8am to 5pm (Total Duration – 45 hours contact / 2 hours non-contact reading assignment)
Location: Studio Fort-Jaco
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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.
About this Training:
The seeds we plant in our bodies and minds at an early age create the potential for a healthy and joyful life. In our busy world we are experiencing children as young as preschool age being impacted by the effects of stress. Evidence based research shows us the value and health benefits of sharing the tools of yoga and mindfulness to support this precious age.
‘Gentle beginnings, foundations & family’, is an invitation to YOU to reconnect to your inner-child and immerse yourself in 5 whole days by stepping into the world of children’s yoga and mindfulness. Learn to nurture and nourish, connect and inspire children and their families through mindful movement, dance, simple breath awareness, mindfulness activities and practices, creativity, games, laughter and song whilst remembering just how great JOY feels. The training is crafted with the perfect balance of both theory and practice facilitated in an interactive, educational, fun and dynamic format. The comprehensive modules are relevant, age-appropriate exploring the tools that children and their families grow to love and benefit from. Family yoga and special events for one parent and child continue to gain popularity as stress levels rise, family time lessens and quality time becomes precious. This is a unique opportunity to bring all ages together to share laughter, movement, bonding, connection and play whilst reminding us all of what truly matters in our lives.
It is my heart felt intention to enable YOU to feel practically equipped, confident and ready to teach. As you embark on your journey of teaching our ‘youngest yogis’ I cannot wait to guide to create a bursting tool bag that will both that captivate and engage the whole family.
– Benefits of Yoga and Mindfulness
– Our role and specialism
– The developmental stages
– Embody and practice teach
– The beauty of unique learners
– Safety, yoga anatomy & physiology
– Class structure & behaviour management
– Yoga philosophy in action
– Circle, music and chanting
– Mindfulness meditations and activities
– Simple, fun breathing exercises
– Warm up and creative asanas
– Partner and group poses
– Games and activities
– Yoga through story
– Art and creative self-expression
– Using props and tools
– Crafting your classes
– Yoga in schools and all settings
– Family yoga and special events
– The Biz and being a ‘yogipreneur’
– Comprehensive manuals
– A & P – mini manual and webinar
– ‘Creative Yogis Colouring Book’ – Teachers Resource – PDF printable, downloaded version
– Mentorship and ongoing inspiration – Teachers private Facebook group and global community
Will I I be able to teach right after I graduate from this programme?
Yes. All the course materials taught in this course prepare students with all the foundational knowledge and skills needed to become 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. Others who do not want to proceed into teaching immediately would immerse into further trainings. More than half of the students from our graduate programmes begin teaching friends, family, moving into part-time teaching in studios and then full-time teaching.
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 in the Byron Shire, NSW Australia. She is both a local and international children’s yoga instructor, advisor, teacher trainer and children’s art teacher with more than 18 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 enable them to support their holistic health, wellbeing and manage stress.
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 (prior to Jan 15)
1200 EUR Regular
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