with Dawn Keighley at Coolidge Yoga Brookline
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2 - SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2019
Are you a yoga teacher or a dedicated yogi who works closely with kids or teenagers? If you have a solid pre-existing foundation in yoga and are interested in learning how to teach yoga to children, Kidasana Kids Yoga Teacher Training was designed just for you. Join CY’s kids yoga teacher, Dawn Keighley, and expert guest lecturers to learn the tools necessary to teach yoga to the younger set.
Training will include a look at:
• unique anatomical considerations• asana modifications for children
• age-appropriate breathwork and visualization exercises
• how to create a fun, productive classroom
• developmental and psycho-emotional tools for yogis ages 3 to 15
• practice teaching experience
Don’t miss out on this special opportunity to broaden your yogic and educational skill sets and to learn more about the rapidly growing field of kids yoga!
Dawn Keighley, M. Ed., is a Massachusetts licensed educator with more than fifteen years’ experience working with children in both physical and academic settings. This extensive experience, combined with graduate degrees in both education and child psychology and development, has provided Dawn with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of how to effectively deliver yoga and mindfulness to children. She has created and developed numerous kids yoga and mindfulness trainings for yoga teachers, educators, school psychologists and counselors that are used in both academic and yoga studio settings. Dawn completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Back Bay Yoga in 2011, and received additional trainings in yoga for anxiety and depression, yoga and mindfulness for special needs, yoga for children with ADD/ADHD, and yoga in the schools.
Drawing from her broad education and years of experience with children, Dawn skillfully designs each yoga class around the needs of a child’s developing mind and body. For the littlest yogis, her classes consist of yoga poses and breathing exercises incorporated into highly invigorating and imaginative educational play. For the big kids, Dawn offers a fun and lively vinyasa flow, through which children are able to cultivate a deeper understanding of themselves and their environment while developing strength, flexibility, and balance—both in the mind and in the body. No matter the age or the ability of her students, Dawn strives to honor, follow, nurture, and respect the natural flow of life.
Students will also have the opportunity to put this information into practice. Kid Asana training will include:
- in-training opportunities for both practice teaching and experiencing class from the child / student perspective
- observation of two kids yoga classes
- the opportunity to teach one kids yoga class under supervision with feedback
- (Optional: placement in a non-profit kids yoga class for additional practical experience; this requires a 4-week commitment.)
In addition to the comprehensive Kid Asana training manual, participants will also be equipped with a variety of age-appropriate sample lesson plans; a playlist; handmade props; tons of kid yoga resources; a kids yoga kit consisting of books, a kids yoga card deck; and additional resources to use in class.
General Background (2 hours)
psychological and physiological developmental stages of toddlers through teenagers
understanding of the yoga teacher’s relationship with parents and guardians
awareness of ethical behavior and state and local legal requirements about behavior with and supervision of children
specific training in the parameters and techniques of ethical touch of children
basics of ethical language and behavior, both when guardians are present and when they are not
Techniques and Practice (5 hours)
yoga-based practices appropriate for child development, such as asanas; asana-based movement; yoga-based games and activities; breathing techniques; and chanting
Teaching Methodology (6 hours)
classroom techniques, lesson plans, and group processing for children’s activities
age-appropriate teaching skills for yoga class techniques
effective communication skills (such as songs and stories) for working with children
Yoga Therapy (1 hour)
yoga for anxiety, depression, and ADHD
age-appropriate asana and trauma-sensitive techniques
Anatomy and Physiology (1 hour)
developmental anatomy, physiology, and age-appropriate asana
Yoga Philosophy (1 hour)
yamas, niyamas, mudras, meditation, pranayama
Practicum (4 hours)
observing a kids yoga class during both training and practice teaching
observing a kids yoga class outside training
teach one supervised kids yoga class with feedback
Saturday, February 2nd, 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 3rd, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$499 / $425 early-bird by January 2nd, 2019
(All workshops are non-refundable.)