Helping You Help the Next Generation

As an independent yoga and mindfulness specialist for children and teens we give school teachers, yoga teachers and other professionals working with children the skills and tools to help them bring the many benefits of yoga to children in a safe, fun and engaging way.

We are now in our 20th year and still committed to the highest quality training for our students. We use traditional yoga postures, breath awareness, relaxation and mindfulness techniques to sow the seeds for a lifelong practice, building happier, healthier and more resilient children.

Teaching Yoga to Children

This course offers a comprehensive training, giving students the skills and confidence to teach yoga to children. The course is run as two separate modules. There are homework assignments and group teaching assessments for both modules. A teaching certificate will be issued on successful completion of both modules and assignments and a certificate of attendance will be issued to students who opt for just one module.

Module 1

This module looks at the physical, emotional and psychological development of children between the ages of 2½ to 7. It explores how to adapt asanas for children and ways to introduce simple breathing and relaxation techniques. Students will learn how to use stories, music, themes and play to teach yoga to this age group. Appropriate language and class management techniques will be taught. This module is run over a weekend from 9.30 – 5.00 on both days. There is approximately 12 hours of homework assignments to complete and a practical assessment.

Module 2

Students will explore the physical, emotional and psychological development of this age group. This module will focus more on the structure of the asanas and how to introduce yoga philosophy to 8-12-year-olds. It will consider appropriate themes and explore ways to demonstrate how yoga can be beneficial in everyday life. Students will learn class planning techniques and behaviour management for this age group. There is a lecture on anatomy and physiology.

There is a comprehensive manual for each course which includes detailed lesson plans along with visualisation and relaxation techniques. Students will also receive a marketing pack to use when approaching schools and other children’s organisations. This will include practical information on what you need to get started.

This module is run over a weekend from 9.30-5.00 on both days. There are approximately 12 hours of homework assignments to complete and a practical assessment.

Our training school has met the stringent requirements set by Yoga Alliance Professionals, demonstrating that our courses are of the highest standard and that our Teaching Yoga to Children course graduates may register with Yoga Alliance Professionals to use their relevant membership level designation, as a sign of quality training.

Our Teaching Yoga to Children course, Teaching Mindfulness to Children course and Teaching Yoga to Teenagers Workshop are also eligible for CPD (Continuous Professional Development) hours for Yoga Alliance Professionals members.

Teaching Yoga to Children

Booking Information

Entry Requirements:

This course is suitable for yoga teachers and trainees. We will also consider applications from school teachers, TA's and other professionals who can demonstrate a thorough understanding of yoga and a strong personal practice.

Venue: 8 Dalling Road, London W6 0JB

Course Dates:

Autumn TT 2019

Module 1 - 5/6 October

Module 2 - 9/10 November

Spring TT 2020

Module 1 - 8/9 February

Module 2 - 7/8 March

Cost £650. We have limited spaces on single modules, cost £ 350.
Early bird rate of £630 available if booked and paid for 12 weeks before the course start date

Teaching Mindfulness to Children

This course is run over a weekend and is suitable for professionals who are working with children, either as school teachers, yoga teachers or in other areas. Applicants need to have their own meditation practice. The course includes skills and tools to help bring the benefits of mindfulness to children, building their resilience and ability to cope with stress and difficult situations. It also gives teachers techniques to support their own practice. On the course you will work through a six-week course (including lesson plans) that can be delivered in primary school for KS1 and KS2. As well as the material in the lesson plans there will be other material you can use in the classroom, in yoga sessions or in your professional work with children.

On the course you will learn how to:

  • Integrate mindfulness techniques into your yoga session or classroom
  • Plan sessions for your group
  • Use tools to help families and children improve listening skills
  • Help children establish their own regular meditation practice
  • Write your own visualisations for children

The course will include:

  • Breath awareness techniques and relaxation exercises that are suitable for different age groups
  • How children can take the skills they learn in mindfulness and meditation sessions and use them to enhance their everyday life
  • How to create an appropriate meditation environment for your sessions and ways to help children set up their own "mindful space"
  • Working with the senses and how they can help awareness of ourselves and the world around us
  • The difference between adult and children’s meditation and mindfulness and how to ensure you work within safe limits
  • How to explain and demonstrate the benefits of mindfulness to children

The course will include group work, discussion, lectures and practical sessions. Skills and techniques learned over the two-day course will include: mudras; breath work; ways to help children improve focus, concentration and develop mindfulness; listening exercise; mantras; affirmations; rhymes; techniques to develop visualisation skills; movement and quiet games.

The course draws on meditation and mindfulness techniques from several traditions and schools but is presented in a practical and secular way.

You will receive a course booklet and free CD.

Each day of the course runs from 9.30 to 5. You will receive a course booklet and free CD/Audio.

This Teaching Mindfulness to Children course is eligible for CPD hours for Yoga Alliance Professionals members.

Teaching Mindfulness to Children

Booking Information

Entry Requirements:

A personal mindfulness/meditation practice and attendance at an 8 week MBSR course or similar.

Venue: 8 Dalling Road, London W6 OJB

Course Dates 2019

June 29/30

Cost: £325 (£295 for Yoga TT Graduates)

Early bird rate of £ 295 available if booked and paid for 12 weeks before the course start date.



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To Book please contact info@calmforkids.com
Tel:+ 44 208 995 3352


Course FAQs

Teaching Yoga to Teenagers

This one-day workshop gives you the skills and confidence to start teaching yoga to teenagers in a safe, fun and engaging way. It looks at the difference between teaching yoga to adults and teenagers and you will also learn the physical, emotional and psychological development that occurs during adolescence.

You will learn how to pace a class for teenagers and ways to adapt postures. The course introduces relaxation and breathing exercises to help relieve stress and tension giving you tools to help teenagers achieve a state of physical and emotional well-being and balance.

This workshop is suitable for yoga teachers and teacher trainees. Secondary school teachers will be accepted at the discretion of the course director.

The workshop runs from 9.30 to 5.00 and you will receive a course booklet and CD/audio.

This Teaching Yoga to Teenagers workshop is eligible for CPD hours for Yoga Alliance Professionals members.

Teaching Yoga to Teenagers Workshop

Booking Information

Entry requirements:

Suitable for yoga teachers and trainees. Secondary school teachers will be accepted at the discretion of the course director.

Venue: 8 Dalling Road, London W6 0JB

Dates 2019: May 11th

Cost: £ 100 (£ 90 Yoga TT graduates)

(Early bird rate of £ 90 if booked and paid for 12 weeks before the course start date).




Course FAQs

BWY MODULE - Teaching Yoga to Children and Teens

This course covers teaching yoga to ages 2 1/2 to 18. Each weekend will focus on a different age group with key skills being reinforced over the duration of the course. You will learn how to set up and run yoga classes including the practical requirements. Teaching will include talks, group and pair work and practical sessions.

Weekend One - Ages 2 1/2 - 7

  • Benefits of yoga for children
  • Age grouping and developmental milestones
  • Exploring books, poems and rhymes as teaching tools
  • Age appropriate teaching points for asanas
  • Breath awareness and relaxation techniques
  • Class planning and structure
  • Class management techniques
  • Teaching meditation and visualisation
  • Using music in your class

Weekend Two - Ages 8 - 11

  • How to engage 8-11 year olds in yoga
  • Asanas - safety and adapting for this age group
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Active and quiet yoga games
  • Rhythm work
  • Relaxation
  • Creative class planning
  • Mindfulness and meditation exercises
  • Breath awareness techniques

Weekend Three - Ages 12 - 18

  • Introducing yoga to teens
  • Pacing your class
  • Recognising and dealing with stress
  • Sequencing
  • Bringing yoga into everyday life
  • Breathing and relaxation techniques
  • Mindfulness for teens

BWY Module – Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to Children and Teens.

Booking Information

Entry Requirements

The Module is open to qualified yoga teachers and trainess from all Yoga traditions.

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Mindfulness for Parents

The 6-week Mindfulness for Parents course is based on the MBSR (Mindfulness based Stress Reduction) model and includes mindfulness skills for parents.

During the course we will;

  • Learn mindfulness. Brain scans have confirmed that practicing regularly for just 8 weeks can have an impact on how our brains work. Our courses have developed from the 8-week MBSR courses, which have been running for over 30 years and were first developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn.
  • Explore neuroscience and how this is relevant to parenting. Our ability to calm influences not only our own wellbeing but also the wellbeing and happiness of our children.
  • Provide child friendly ideas and practical resources for introducing mindfulness to the family.
  • Enhance communication skills in practical and creative ways.



Attendance and homework: In order to fully experience the benefits of the course participants are encouraged to attend all sessions and also complete approximately 45 minutes of home practice for 5 days each week, for the duration of the course.

Mindfulness for Parents

Booking Information

Entry Requirements:

This course is open to all parents. No mindfulness experience necessary.

Course Venue:

Chiswick, West London (5 minute walk from Turnham Green Tube station)

Dates:

6-week course starting January 23, 2019.

Time: 10.00 to 11.30 am.

Cost: £225 including all course materials.

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If you would like any further information please email: info@calmforkids.com
Call: 020 8995 3352

SCHOOLS TRAINING MENU

We offer training days for staff as well as “whole school” taster sessions for children.

Whole School Yoga Session for each year group

We can come to your school for the whole day and offer a taster yoga session for each year group. These are designed to introduce pupils to yoga and give them some takeaway skills that they can use in the classroom and to help increase their well-being skills.

Introduction to Yoga & Mindfulness (2 hours)

This training includes simple stretches, yoga exercises and mindfulness techniques for use in the classroom.
Materials: Printed handout and 2 CDs suitable for Foundation, KS1 and KS2.

Full Day Training (6 hours)

This training includes a relaxing yoga class for teachers as well as fun and creative ways to introduce yoga and mindfulness techniques to children. The accompanying booklet includes 6 x 30-minute sessions as well as many other exercises that can be used in the classroom.

Materials; printed handout and 2 CDs suitable for Foundation, KS1 and KS2.

Half day Training (4 hours)

Option 1: Yoga exercises suitable for use in the classroom and two x 30-minute sessions that can be used for PE.

Materials: Printed handout and 2 CDs suitable for Foundation, KS1 and KS2

Option 2: A six session mindfulness course for KS1 & KS2. This a ready to use mindfulness course, consisting of 6 lessons to be rolled out on a weekly basis. This will include mindfulness techniques for teachers and recommendations on how to bring a culture of mindfulness into the school environment.

Materials: Printed handout and 2 CDs suitable for Foundation, KS1 and KS2

Let’s Go Yoga – Yoga for the Classroom

This four-hour training for schools comes complete with a resource pack containing an instructional audio CD and programmes cards with clearly presented photographs.

The pack contains ten, 6-8-minute yoga-based exercise programmes that can be used by teachers and teaching assistants and it is suitable for primary school children from reception through to year six. The programmes are specifically designed for the classroom and there are three categories;

  • FOCUS
  • REFRESH
  • CALM

These programmes can be delivered at any time during the school day and you can combine several programmes together for a PE session.

Price: £ 400, to include Let’s Go Yoga Packs.

Calm for Kids is committed to providing the highest quality training, giving teachers the necessary skills and tools to confidently teach yoga to children. In the training teachers will learn how to teach yoga in a safe, fun and engaging incorporating stories, rhymes, themes, music and play.

Yoga can enhance both physical and cognitive development and many of the exercises are specifically designed to create enhancement in the following areas:

  • gross and fine motor skills
  • proprioception
  • coordination
  • balance
  • strength
  • stability
  • focus and concentration

Additional packs and CDs can be purchased and there will be an additional cost for training outside London.

For more information, please contact us at

info@calmforkids.com

0208 995 3352