20-HOUR YOGA ALLIANCE REGISTERED CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES
Kids and Teens Yoga Teacher Training
Yoga Teacher Training for Special Needs
The Benefits of Yoga for Children, Teens, and People with Special Needs:
Yoga is an amazing way to work on all systems of the body, enhance the brain, and keep one’s mind at peace. Specific types of breathing and yoga postures allow more oxygen to be brought to brain cells leading to increased stimulation, attention, and concentration. Oxygenating the brain can help rejuvenate damaged areas. Yoga poses, combined with certain breathing techniques, helps the body in a multitude of ways; it improves metabolism, calms the nervous system, improves sleep, increases body awareness, and increases body strength.
This course teaches the skills necessary to effectively educate children and youth, ages 3 to 18, about yoga. It consists of a 2-day long intensive training session and is ideal for anyone who is passionate about sharing yoga, mindfulness, and healthy living with the younger generation. In this course, participants will learn the knowledge, techniques, and tools to help children and youth with self-regulation, body awareness, social skills, the expression of difficult emotions, and so much more. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between the brain, nervous system, breath, body, and child development, as well as how yoga and mindfulness can support effective integration and function. The course is also designed to support your personal and professional growth and awaken your inner child through play, laugh, and exploration. Theory, practice, and hands-on experience will create a strong foundation to deliver the effective yoga class to children and teens.
No pre-requisites required.
This program is recommended for: Parents, Yoga teachers, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, Behavior Specialists, Educators, School Nurses, School Counselors, A.P.E. Teachers, and anyone who is passionate about sharing yoga with children and youth.
Your Sunshine Curriculum
-What are Yoga and Mindfulness?
– Role of the yoga teacher? Teaching tips, behavior management checklist, that support a loving, non-competitive environment and encourage self-expression and respect for self and others
– What is physical, emotional, mental and energy bodies?
– Body anatomy, understanding emotions, happy balanced body, and awareness of the energy centers
– Self-care resources and tools
– Breathing exercises, yoga poses, partner poses, group poses, and relaxation techniques
– Visualizations, themes, stories, yoga games, and creative movement ideas
– Incorporating music, songs, books, yogic themes, games, props
– My First Lesson Plan: 3-6 years old, 6-9 years old, 10-18 years old
– Adaptations and considerations for special groups: special needs children, teens, families, etc.
– Practice teaching the class and ‘being’ the child/student
Training is developed by Anastasia Martynova, ERYT -200 is a Founder of Your Sunshine nonprofit charitable organization and has extensive experience in yoga, mindfulness, and meditation. She is a dedicated yoga teacher and recognized for her powerful practice, intuitive understanding of the body, mind, and spirit and her creative, and engaging teaching style. She believes that yoga is a journey to recalibrate the biomechanics of the body, release tension through movement, increase strength, flexibility, and balance while harmonizing the body, mind, and spirit through the breath, postures, relaxation, and meditation.
Having grown up as a child with special needs, Anastasia Martynova, gained lifelong insights through her first-hand experiences in what it truly feels like to be different from others. While facing her own challenges in the context of complex societal norms and harsh misconceptions, she developed a motivation to look beyond limitations, while allowing for the growth of deep compassion and keen understanding toward all individuals with special needs.