The Yoga4Kids Vocational Training: Yoga4Children with Challenges is comprised of Modules 1 & 2 which include theoretical and practical training for a total of 95 hours. A brief description of each Module is given below. For a comprehensive overview document, which also includes pricing, please contact us (provide the city in which you would like to do the training please).
Modules 1 & 2: Theory This is a combined six days of workshops. This fun and resourceful training focuses on the theory of working with children who present with challenges. This training [presented by Suzie Manson (SYT) and Abigail Friedman Occupational Therapist and Children’s Yoga Teacher] teaches you to bring yoga in a creative way to children who require one-on- one yoga therapy or small group teaching. Areas covered in this specialized training include:
Childhood developmental stages including age appropriate anatomy and physiology. Here we look at the physical/motor, social, cognitive and language development milestones. We explore how to effectively teach yoga to each stage of development.
Definitions of special needs and how these present.
How Yoga benefits children with special needs.
How to prepare a special needs yoga space.
How to teach yoga as a discipline and implementing safe practices in your classroom.
What makes a special needs children’s yoga teacher successful? Here we explore the relationship between you (as a yoga teacher) and school teachers, therapists and/or parents and how to build a comprehensive case study and yoga development program for the individual child.
Creating case studies and building assessments.
The structure of a special needs children’s yoga class which includes the introductory breathing and heart openers, yoga asana, meditations, relaxation, yoga games, creative activities and breathing practices.
How to build individualized yoga asana, breathing practices and relaxation techniques for your case studies.
The benefits of mudra and mantra for special needs children
Practical examples of meditative and energizing breathing exercises
Analysing postures and exploring their emotional, physical, mental, energetic and special needs benefit.
Index of books, music, meditations and references for a successful class.
Modules 1 & 2: Practical Experience The practical experience will assist you in building a knowledge of special needs and to assess the need or benefit for yoga. The practical experience will cover:
15 hours total must be spent observing children with challenges in either a school, yoga classroom, home or therapeutic environment with consent.
25 hours must be spent building and teaching your own case studies.
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