These courses are offered individually and allow for greater emphasis on a particular subject of interest.
Courses are scheduled upon request for educators and childcare professionals and those who teacher yoga to children, youth, Teens and families
Come play Flower Yoga games with beanbags, beanie babies and other fun props that you will make! Games are meant to be an innate expression of connection, community and joy. All games are non-competitive and offer opportunities for enhancing concentration, coordination, interdependence, independence and order. All to often children are thrust into a competitive game situation before developmental readiness. A lively discussion of the need for children to begin playing as a”Whole” with collaborative games and team spirit will be the foundation for playing and creating YOGA games.
This class is an exploration of Lakita Japa (mantra writing), coloring Mandalas (symbolic circles of life) and Chakra (energy wheels) symbols. In these practices, the key is to refine the attention of the mind to one point. These are ways to practice Dharana (concentration). We will explore these practices experientially by creating journals, making Mandalas, learning about the 7 main Chakras and creating lessons for introducing these activities to children
We will explore developmental movement integration as taught by Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen, the founder for The School for Body Mind Centering. From conception through the first year of life, the human being’s movement integration recapitulates an evolutionary phenomenon. We will explore how an understanding of developmental movement informs how we teach yoga to children-through observation, theory and experiential practice.
Ayurveda means “science of life.” We will explore ways the interest teens to examine and explore the cosmic alchemy that is within us all. It is said inn Ayurveda that we are made up of the elements of ether, air, fire, water and earth. Each one of us has a constitution that is a combination of these elements. A study of the 3 Gunas, designing yoga sequences for each constitution and understanding
We will examine an understanding of sensory integration through the lens of Rudolf Steiner’s “12 Senses.” This approach illuminates the esoteric nature of the senses and their relationship to human development. Our primary focus will be on the first four senses (discussion and practical activity) and how they lay the foundation for the proper/balanced progression of the other 8 senses.
“Prasad” is the offering up to or “gracious gift” of the practice. It is usually sweet because love is sweet. What are the sweets we can bring to children that inspire appreciation for the labor of growing food and the earth’s abundance? We will take into consideration the relationship of food to the three Gunas- Sattva, Rajas and Tamas and play some games to help children (ages 4-11) understand food choices and their affect on the mind/body.
Graceful transitions are the hidden curriculum when working with children and the real thread of yoga for children. We will discuss how transitions keep children centered and connected to one another. Creating class outlines and imaginative transitions will be practiced in this course.
Bhakti Yoga (Singing with feeling) is said to be the heart warming and devotional part of the yoga practice. Everyone loves to sing! Singing is uplifting and a joyful way to bring people together. We will discuss singing and child development and practice singing for different ages groups. In addition Vedics stories and chants for yoga, a traditional Satsang will be introduced and practiced.
Who are the “heroes” of yoga? Stories of the deities will be the main focus of this course, as well as how to weave them into a children’s yoga class. We will read samples of seasonal/multicultural stories and discuss how to choose stories for different age groups.
We will explore the balance between presenting appropriate sequencing and Imaginative engagement in an asana practice with children. This course includes practical application for seasonal lesson planning, choosing chants/ songs and creating classes based on multicultural stories.
We will explore the range of challenges teens face socially, emotionally and physically and how to respond to what they bring to class and bring it into their practice both in spirit through Yama and Nyamas.