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 22nd 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.
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.
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
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
Spring TT 2021
Module 1 - 6/7 March
Module 2 - 3/4 April
Cost £600. We have limited spaces on single modules, cost £ 350.
Early bird rate of £550 available if booked and paid for 12 weeks before the course start date. If Covid Restrictions are still in place we will run this course online.
Teaching Mindfulness to ChildrenThis online course is run over 8 weeks 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. The course includes a six-week programme that you can introduce into schools, including lesson plans and a workbook to use with children. This course can be delivered in primary school for KS1 and KS2 and can be adapted up or down for EYFS and years 7 and 8. 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 video lectures, videos of classes, presentations, audio and written lectures. Skills and techniques learned over the duration of the course will include: hand 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. There will be support for teachers in deepening and developing their own practice.
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 as well as the workbook for kids and audio downloads.
The course is mainly self-paced with weeks 1 to 3 and 4 to 7 available on Teachable. Weeks 4 & 8 consist of 90 minute livestream via Zoom. The Zoom sessions will be recorded and available to watch later if you are unable to attend live.
The next course opens on January 20, 2021 and booking will be open on November 14th. Please email us to register your interest on email@example.com. This Teaching Mindfulness to Children course is eligible for CPD hours for Yoga Alliance Professionals members.
Teaching Mindfulness to Children Online
A personal mindfulness/meditation practice and attendance at an 8 week MBSR course or similar.
Venue: Online, self-paced with live sessions.
Course Start Dates 2021
January 20th. March 31st. June 9th
BOOKING FOR THE NEXT COURSE OPENS ON NOVEMBER 14TH. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest. )
To Book please contact email@example.com
Tel:+ 44 208 995 3352
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 will run in two sections, from 10.00 - 1.00 as a livestream via Zoom and there will be 3 hours of pre-recorded lectures available via Teachable. You will receive a course booklet and CD/audio.
This Teaching Yoga to Teenagers workshop is eligible for 6 CPD hours for Yoga Alliance Professionals members.
Teaching Yoga to Teenagers Workshop
Suitable for yoga teachers and trainees. We will also consider applications from secondary school teachers and children's yoga teachers working with KS2.
Dates 2020: November 28, 10 - 1.00 pm live, 3 hours of pre-recorded lectures via Teachable.
Cost: £ 100 (£ 90 for Calm For Kids Teaching Yoga To Children graduates)
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
- 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
- Bringing yoga into everyday life
- Breathing and relaxation techniques
- Mindfulness for teens
BWY Module – Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to Children and Teens.
The Module is open to qualified yoga teachers and trainess from all Yoga traditions.
To register please download the booking form below and return to firstname.lastname@example.org
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
This course is open to all parents. No mindfulness experience necessary.
Chiswick, West London (5 minute walk from Turnham Green Tube station)
Cost: £325 including all course materials.register now
If you would like any further information please email: email@example.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;
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
- 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
0208 995 3352
Learn to Teach Mindfulness to Children
We’ve just launched our first online self-paced 8 module course and we’re delighted that it sold out. We’ll be offering this course again in January 2021 so you can register your interest below.
This certified course is largely self-paced with sections released weekly and includes 2 x 90-minute Live Zoom classes. If you are unable to attend the live sessions, they are available to watch as a recording. Each section will be around 2 to 3 hours long and the course will focus on helping you to develop your own mindfulness practice.
Training will be through:
- Video lectures
- Video of children’s classes
- Video of techniques
- Quizzes to test your knowledge
- Small group mentoring
There will be a course workbook as well as printable worksheets and audio that you can use in your classes.
The curriculum is based on the Teaching Mindfulness to Children course we have been running in person for over 6 years.
The course creator is Christiane Kerr and she will be supported by other experienced mindfulness teachers.
As this is our first online Teaching Mindfulness to Children Course, we will be limiting the numbers and offering it as a special rate of £275 (normal price will be £475). We will be giving special attention to all students and are hoping for your detailed feedback to help us develop the course.
We will be delivering this course via Teachable, our learning management platform. You can find details of the curriculum and sign up to Teachable here, or via the button below, and if you have any questions, contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Introduction to Mindfulness for Children
Course Tutor – Christiane Kerr
This self-paced course is suitable for yoga teachers, schoolteachers, professionals working with children and parents.
Date: New dates coming soon
On the workshop you will learn:
- The importance of cultivating your own practice
- Benefits and current research on Mindfulness for Children
- How to introduce mindfulness practice to children
- Takeaway skills and tools – including audio downloads and handout
- How to integrate mindfulness techniques into school and family life
Course will be held online and we’ll send you the relevant link when we receive your registration.
Teaching Yoga to Teens Workshop
Course Tutors – Christiane Kerr & Dr Sammy Kale
This workshop is suitable for yoga teachers and trainees. We will also consider applications from secondary school teachers with a serious yoga practice and children’s yoga teachers who are working with KS2.
Time: 10.00am – 5.00 pm
Cost: £100 (includes audio downloads and booklet)
This one-day workshop gives you the skills and confidence to start teaching yoga to teenagers in a safe, fun and engaging way. You will learn:
- Differences in teaching yoga to adults and teens.
- Physical, emotional and psychological development of teens.
- An introduction to the teen brain – neuroscience and neurobiology.
- Yoga poses and sequences that are ideal for teens
- Relaxation and breathing exercises to support physical and emotional wellbeing.
- How to introduce partner work for teens
- Creative games to build resilience and community.
Course will be held via Zoom and we’ll send the link when we receive your registration. (You can download a free version of the Zoom app)