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Sacred Heart Centre
25 Rodney Street, edinburgh, EH74EL Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Children’s Yoga Teacher Training Certification Course
Dates: 20-24th July
This children’s yoga teacher training course, led by Toni Westaway, will equip you with the knowledge and skills to share the light of yoga with children and teens in your community and classrooms. Toni has been guiding children through the principles of yoga since 2009.
Childhood is a time of vibrancy, creativity and natural curiosity – a perfect time for kids to explore how their bodies and minds function, and to learn how to nurture a calm and contented mind.
Learn how to use the traditional yoga asana, pranayama and mindfulness techniques to:
Build strong and flexible bodies
Teach relaxation techniques...
Improve focus and concentration
Increase learning potential
Improve balance and coordination
Increase body and spatial awareness
Develop self-assuredness, confidence and self-expression
Sharpen and expand awareness
Help children to cope with the stress of modern living effectively
1. Yoga Practice and techniques
In order to teach effectively, it is required that we practice. An important part of any yoga teacher’s toolkit is her own personal practice. This course will include daily yoga practice sessions that will focus on:
Personal practice principles
Sound applied biomechanics for a safe yoga practice
Most popular yoga asana you will use in children’s yoga classes
Age-appropriate yoga postures, pranayama, relaxation and meditation
The benefits and contraindications of yoga asana, pranayama and meditation
The art of adjustments and the power of healing touch for children
Asana-based movement, games and activities
2. Teaching children: focus on yoga by development stage
Study and understanding childhood development stages from 2 to 16. This section will focus specifically on:
Anatomy and physiology
Cognitive and emotional development
Energy systems (chakras, nadis and prana)
Learn how to apply stage-appropriate yoga themes, asana, pranayama and mindfulness exercises
3. Teaching children: methods for success
Teaching methodology will vary from one stage to another. Learn:
How to create age-appropriate lesson plans
Effective communication skills using songs, stories and creative expression
Integrate yoga into the classroom.
4. Yoga philosophy
Modern yoga is underpinned by a deep philosophy. Learn and understand the fundamental yoga philosophy principles, and how they relate to children and teaching yoga to children. Learn fundamental Sanskrit mantras, what they mean and how they apply in a children’s yoga setting.
This part of the course is all about the application of the theory:
Building your own lesson-plan library
Observing and assisting in classes
You will be required to build lesson plans and teach them during the contact hours with Toni and supplement this with self-study hours.
Requirements of certification
Your certificate will be issued based on the completion of the following:
90% attendance at the course
Submission of 5 lesson plans
Teaching 5 lessons (minimum of 45 minutes), submitting an accompanying teaching log
Submission of yoga philosophy essay
Submission of anatomy and physiology essay
Submission of your personal practice log (3 x 1 hour practice sessions)
Toni Westaway Yoga Bio:
Toni's love affair with yoga began when she found a faded piece of paper with some yoga postures and exercises on it.
Even back then, with little guidance and only a rudimentary idea of what she was supposed to be doing, Toni discovered that the power of yoga lies in its ability to transform your perspective, habits and mental state — for the better.
Her approach to yoga is this: that the function of yoga asana is to bring about an awareness of connection within yourself, in a way that is playful, curious and challenging at the same time. She teaches and practices with careful consideration of sound anatomic and physiotherapy principles to ensure that your yoga asana practice is safe and balanced.
She completed her first yoga teacher training in 2008 with Jim Harrington. Since then she has advanced her studies with Jim Harrington, Simon Borg-Olivier, Shimon Ben Avi, Raghavendra Adiga-ji and Budokon University. She teaches yoga asana, meditation, yoga philosophy and Budokon Yoga.
£600 Full Course
£550 Early Bird (Valid till 30th April)