Therapeutic Yoga for Children
The ancient insights of Yoga for the well being of children today.
April 14-19, 2015 in Chicago, IL
- About the Training
- Who is This Training For?
- About the Instructor
- Required Reading
- What Past Participants Say
Many imbalances children face today are either triggered or exacerbated by stress. Yoga reduces stress, oftentimes strangling the root of the “disease.” Yoga also expertly addresses mental and emotional imbalances – anxiety, depression, sensory processing issues and challenges with attention and focus. Yoga helps regulate the nervous system – the home base of these conditions. It also addresses the mind, which includes attitudes and perspective that effect health at every level.
There is mounting evidence that the medications used to treat these “soft” conditions of the mind and emotions are not only ineffective in the long run, but are also dangerous and impede proper development. Read more. Lifestyle enhancements and personal discipline, inherent in the practice of yoga, can make a huge difference.
Regardless of where an individual falls on the spectrum of health or disease, Yoga is a life affirming practice that promotes well being on all levels, while addressing the whole person and revealing the natural state of true health that is everyone's birthright.
By the end of this program, you will be able to -
- Apply an understanding of the theory and techniques of specific yoga practices such as regulated breathing, guided relaxation, and physical postures (yoga poses) to help children experience emotional regulation and sensory integration.
- Shift thinking from disease-based assessment and treatment to wholeness/well being based life-affirming approaches.
- Recognize how environmental and lifestyle factors shape behavior and well being along with steps to positively impact these factors.
- Determine the components of an optimal healing environment - internal and external.
- Incorporate this training into your work by creating individualized wellness plans - for both children and families.
Additionally, in this 50 hour intensive you will learn -
- Specific assessment tools
- Criteria for the diagnosis of health conditions children commonly face
- How to research conditions
- Lifestyle – diet, sleep, routine
- Sensory integration techniques
- 5 kosha model
- Energetic and nervous system anatomy
- Deep listening skills/compassionate communication
- Meditation, Mantras and Mudras
- Yoga nidra
You will learn how to facilitate one-on-one, family and small group sessions for children with specific health imbalances. Included in the manual is a complete 6-week course for reducing anxiety, done for you and ready to use. You will also have several opportunities to practice these skills in small group sessions during this training.
This training is particularly targeted to pediatric therapy practitioners, educators and yoga teachers. Parents and other caregivers who meet the application criteria will also benefit from this learning experience.
Those who are registered yoga teachers with Yoga Alliance® will earn 50 contact hours of continuing education.
This is considered an “intermediate” course for Occupational Therapists’ continuing education credits and qualifies for 5 AOTA CEUs.
The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
Our Training Director, Mira Binzen, ERYT, RCYT will facilitate the intensive. She has been committed to the development of children for over 20 years. Mira has a degree in Child Psychology and received her teacher’s training certificate from Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashram in India in 1999. She is certified to teach both children and adults, and is registered at the 500-hour level with Yoga Alliance. She also has a 1,000 hour Professional Yoga Therapist certificate with Integrative Yoga Therapy and is a Certified iRest Yoga Nidra teacher. For her, the heart of Yoga is discovering the Self through play and laughter.
The required reading for this course includes Yoga and Ayurveda by David Frawley and Yoga For Wellness by Gary Kraftsow. You will also need the Yoga Teachers Toolbox, produced by Joseph and Lillian LePage of Integrative Yoga Therapy. It can be purchased online for $59.95 plus shipping.
The complete list of required reading will be sent to you when your application is accepted. All other assignments not listed above are available for free online.
I grew professionally, personally, and spiritually. It exceeded my expectations in every way and I made wonderful friends in the process".
The intensive can be just that - intense - but having a group of supportive, thoughtful, inquiring people to be on the journey with made the experience very enriching".
I got more out of this intensive than I envisioned. I have a much better understanding of the concepts of Yoga than just the asanas. The additional insights from all the attendees was very valuable".
The content was so "spot on" for me and where I'm at in my journey to define myself as a yoga teacher and school psychologist. I just loved the energy I felt there... from the other students (who were bright and curious and grounded) and of course from you...you set the stage for great things to evolve".
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This is an advanced training course and previous experience is required. You must have a minimum of one-year of personal yoga practice and one-year of experience working with children in a professional or home setting. Additionally it is recommended that you have formal training in basic yoga and yoga for children. Each application is assessed on an individual basis.
You can download the application form below.
The number of participants is limited for this training. Please get your application turned in early to ensure your place.
Childrens Yoga Teacher Training Application
This is an easy to complete two-page form asking for basic personal information, yoga experience and your experience with children. If you have questions about the application process, or you have any special needs or requirements please contact us.
Registration is a two step process. You can put both the application form and the training registration in your cart at the same time to simplify the process.
- Download, complete and submit the application form (available above).
- Register online by clicking below.
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