Therapeutic Yoga for Children - Advanced Certification
July 17-23, 2016 in Racine, WI
ATTENTION Teachers, Therapists, Counselors, Yoga Instructors, and Others who Guide and Influence Children…
Are You Looking for an Effective and Transformational Way to Help Children Thrive Mentally, Emotionally, Physically and Spiritually?
Feeling frustrated by the lack of options available
to support a child’s mental and emotional wellbeing today?
There are primarily two choices for children from the modern health model when it comes to mental, emotional or behavioral health - medication and/or talk therapy. With Yoga, there are a multitude of practices and techniques that can be employed. Yoga goes to the root cause and looks at the whole child as well as the environment of the child. Learn what you need to know to safely and effectively shift the trajectory of a child’s life from one of disease and diagnoses based treatment to whole-hearted thriving from a solid foundation of wellbeing. We owe it to our children to help foster in this paradigm shift.
~ Let’s be there for our children ~
If you work with children in any capacity you can certainly empathize with the challenges they face. More than ever, children today are bombarded with expectations and conflicting standards everywhere they turn… at home, at school, on television and social media.
Add to this the pressures they face from their classmates (especially if they don’t quite “fit the mold”)… and it’s little wonder why they often feel unbalanced… unsure… and even afraid.
Children diagnosed with specific conditions such as anxiety, depression, autism, sensory processing issues, trauma and physical challenges especially need our help.
As someone who influences and guides children, you feel like it’s both your responsibility and your privilege to provide them with a feeling of stability and ease… and to empower them to develop the self-awareness and confidence they need to succeed.
Many imbalances children face today are either triggered or exacerbated by stress. Yoga reduces stress, oftentimes strangling the root of the “disease” or “disorder.” Yoga also expertly addresses mental and emotional imbalances – anxiety, depression 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.
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 wellbeing on all levels, while addressing the whole person and revealing the natural state of true health that is everyone's birthright.
But if you’re like many people… you either don’t have the depth of experience with yoga, or you don’t know specifically how to share the practice with children in ways that will address the challenges they face while making it fun, safe and engaging.
Our Therapeutic Yoga for Children Course Gives You Powerful, Positive, Advanced Training that Empowers YOU to Help Children Succeed
How Will This Course Help The Children?
With the right tools and techniques along with step-by-step training you will be able to help children thrive:
Greater poise, grace and confidence as well as balance, strength and flexibility. Imagine going through life with effortless aligned posture and feeling comfortable in your own skin.
Less sickness and disease, less aches and pains. How many colds does a child really need to get each winter?
Plus, better sleep and digestion – the foundation of physical wellbeing.
MENTALLY AND EMOTIONALLY
More focused thinking.
Greater emotional intelligence, which includes more meaningful relationships. It’s an incredibly important part of the human experience.
Strong internal compass to make life-affirming decisions throughout life.
Improved mood, balanced energy and ability to handle change with grace and ease. In other words, less reactionary. All this allows children to participate in classroom and social activities with minimal disruption.
Authentic confidence to avoid negative peer pressure, bullying, and other social challenges.
A deep-rooted sense of calm… which helps them make effective decisions in high-pressure situations.
The ability to reflect and be still.
A sense of being more than one’s likes and dislikes, their personality and all that is right or wrong with them.
A sense of awe and wonder, joy and uncaused happiness that is not disturbed by the sometimes rough waters in life.
Strong sense of purpose and clear intention to understand and pursue their own aspirations and goals.
Feeling of connection and living in harmony with all of life.
What Will You Learn in This Training?
After completing the course, you’ll have the exact training you need do this important work.
- Have a working knowledge of the theory and practice of specific Yoga techniques such as regulated breathing, guided relaxation, and Yoga poses that are safe, fun and beneficial for children.
- Be able to deliver life-affirming approaches that help children see themselves as much more than the diseases and conditions with which they’ve been diagnosed.
- Understand how to positively impact environmental and lifestyle factors that can influence the behavior of children.
- Identify, create and adapt optimal healing environments… both externally and internally.
- Have specific assessment tools to help you deliver professional, tailored experiences for kids and families.
- Be able to use a wide range of yoga techniques to provide individualized wellness plans for each child.
- Discover how to effectively use small group and one-on-one sessions to maximize each child’s potential through Yoga.
- And much, MUCH more!
Who is This Training For?
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.
Who is This Training NOT For?
This training is not for those new to the practice of Yoga with no formal training. As much as we REALLY want you to know what we’ll be teaching in this course, we are diving in deep and we don’t want you to feel lost and confused with the depth of content we present. If you are determined to make this happen in your life, please contact us and we can assess where you are at. You can get the basic training on Yoga for children through our GFY @ Home program.
This training is not for those who are not committed to growth and change. This is a paradigm shift and we are experts at guiding you through this process with skill and grace AND you have to be willing to do the work to “BE the change you wish to see in the world” (to quote one of our favorite yogis, Mahatma Ghandi). We are continually amazed and humbled by those who show up for this advanced training and if you are committed to this revolution in children’s wellbeing, you’ll feel right at home.
Make a Living Doing What You Love
You may be wondering (or your spouse may be asking) how you can get a return on your investment from this training. Yoga for children is an exploding field. Yoga Journal did a study in 2012 that showed 8.7 percent of U.S. adults, or 20.4 million people, practice yoga. That’s a 29% increase over the same study done in 2008…and the numbers keep climbing. Of current non-practitioners, 44.4 percent of Americans call themselves “aspirational yogis” — people who are interested in trying yoga.
More importantly to those of us sharing the practice with children – approximately 400,000 more children aged 4-17 used Yoga in 2012 than in 2007. Yoga and mindfulness are everywhere today – in studios, schools, pediatric practices and homes across the country. There is a significant need for trained professionals.
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health in their 2012 survey puts the number of practicing adults at approximately 21 million and children at 1.7 million. They note that the increase in Yoga has occurred across all age, racial, and ethnic groups. Most notably, the largest shift in the use of any mind and body approach was seen in the demographics of people using Yoga.
How This Training Started
After years of teaching people how to share Yoga with children in a way that is safe, effective and fun many of you came back to us and said:
“HELP! Many kids are coming to my group Yoga classes with “special needs”. The word is out that Yoga can not only help children feel calm and confident, but it can also help a child with sensory processing, it can help with anxious feelings, it can help with erratic behavior, it can help with low moods and other conditions from autism to Down syndrome to obesity."
So parents were bringing their children to Yoga classes (smart move on the parents part) and our trained teachers wanted to help. Teachers felt they needed additional training to meet the needs of this diverse group of children...and we're here to help.
Yoga teachers comprise about 30% of those who attend our trainings. Others are parents, educators and pediatric professionals. All appreciate the advanced methods learned in this training.
What would it mean to you and the children in your life to have the tools you need to facilitate calm, confidence and connection for them?
…HAPPY children! (and happy adults)
About the Instructor
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.
Please contact us for more information or register by clicking REGISTER below.
About the Retreat Center
The summer intensive program is held at a beautiful former college on Lake Michigan in Racine, WI. You will be able to completely relax in this serene environment.
Stately buildings welcome you to a comfortable and homey retreat center. The spacious grounds include a zen garden, labyrinth and lake views. There is a wading beach 4 blocks away and a swimming beach just 2 miles north.
The training begins at 4:00pm Sunday, July 17. Check-in begins at 2:00pm. We will conclude by 2:00pm Saturday, July 23.
Charming single, double and triple guest rooms with comfortable, antique furnishings.
There are a limited number of private rooms available on a first-come basis. All other students will be in shared accommodations.
Please view the photo gallery below to see pictures of the facilities and grounds.
Pricing includes course tuition, accommodations and vegetarian meals.
Private room = $1725*
Shared room = $1475
*There are no more private rooms available at this time. If you'd like to be put on the waiting list for a private room, please indicate so in the comments section of your registration. If a private room becomes available you will be notified.
What to Bring
Following is a list of a few essentials you’ll want with you.
- plenty of comfortable clothes for Yoga
- yoga mat and props
- extra blanket/small pillow/bolster for yoga nidra
- swim suit and towel
- shoes for walking outdoors
- personal size fan
- umbrella and/or rain jacket for walking between buildings
Submit Your Therapeutic Yoga for Children Application Today!
Because I will be giving my full attention to each attendee, I can only accept a limited number of professionals into this in-depth training. I really would love to work with everyone who wants to attend…but I do have to grant admission on an application-only basis.
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.
The sooner you apply, the sooner you can start your journey toward providing powerful, life-affirming yoga instruction to your children… so complete the application below and submit it right away.
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.
- Download, complete and submit the application (above).
- Click the Register button (below) and complete the check-out process.
REGISTRATION FOR THE 2016 SESSION IS CLOSED. PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU'D LIKE TO BE KEPT INFORMED ABOUT FUTURE DATES FOR THIS TRAINING.
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.