Workshop: Yoga Children Training
Yoga Teacher Training to Work with Elementary School Students (ages 7–11), December 3–4, 2022
With Evelyns Gaiti, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, RCYT, C-IAYT, and Melinda Atkins, MEd, E-RYT 500, RCYT, C-IAYT
December 3-4, 2022
8:30 am–5:30 pm
Friday, December 16: 5–7 pm, Protocol Review.
This course is one of three offered for credit toward the 95-hour certification as a Children’s Yoga Specialist through AUM hOMe Shala.
Due to COVID-19, this course has been moved entirely to an online Zoom format. Save on travel costs and earn approved recertification hours from the comfort of your home while maintaining social distancing!
About This Workshop
Yoga allows youngsters to connect with their true nature, body, mind, and spirit. This training is essential for anyone who loves working with children and tweens. Over the course of a weekend, this workshop merges the science of yoga and play for children, leaving you with a full roster of engaging ideas to enhance your yoga programming for the 7–11 set.
In this workshop, you will learn:
A variety of yoga poses, partner poses, group poses, yoga games, breathing techniques, and relaxation and visualization practices
Ways to implement an art component and stories to underpin exciting yoga adventures
Mindfulness approaches specific to the age group
Creative methods to keep youngsters actively engaged while also providing the necessary relaxation needed to achieve centeredness and a sense of grounding
How to deliver a sequence of poses (asanas) and adapt them, if needed, to improve strength, flexibility, and confidence
A variety of breathing techniques (pranayama) to calm the body and mind in pursuit of harmony, as well as breathing techniques to increase alertness and focus
How to teach classes integrating music, books, dance, games, and a range of stimulating activities to activate a child’s imagination, balance the seven senses (touch, smell, sight, hearing, taste, proprioception and vestibular), and strengthen the body
Inclusive methods to fully engage all children, including those with special needs, in the practice of yoga
Guiding principles to help youngsters develop focus, concentration, self-control and self-confidence
Methods to create flow and address the energy of the group
How to foster a non-competitive yoga environment
Strategies to manage disruptive behaviors
Participants will also receive a Student Toolkit with an expendable ball, dance scarves, color pompoms, and yoga cards for kids.
About Evelyns Gaiti
Evelyns Gaiti, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, RCYT, C-IAYT, is an AUM grown certified Clinical Yoga Therapist with over 1200 hours of specialized training utilizing the therapeutic benefits of yoga in working with a multitude of pediatric conditions. Evelyns is a special needs educator who has been working with children and teenagers for more than 25 years. She was inspired to pursue yoga teacher training when she began offering breathing and postures to kids while working as a developmental therapist, and saw how much they benefited. In addition to her 1200-hour Yoga Therapy certification at AUM Home Shala, Evelyns studied Restorative Yoga with Cindy Lee, Yoga Therapy for Children with Loraine Rushton, Children’s Yoga Teacher Training at Karma Kid Yoga, and Yoga Education for Autism Spectrum with Vanessa Khalon, and received a 95-Hour Yoga Alliance Children’s Yoga Teacher Specialist certification at AUM. Evelyns is also trained in Sensory Impairment and Applied Behavior Analysis, and certified in Sound Bowl Healing and Reiki Master Natural Healing Method.
About Melinda Atkins
Melinda Atkins, M.ED, E-RYT 500, RCYT, C-IAYT, is the founding director of AUM hOMe Shala, where she trains yoga teachers and yoga therapists. She completed her Professional Level training at Kripalu, received her Clinical Yoga Therapy certification at Loyola Marymount University, became certified in the MELT Method® in 2012, and is currently enrolled in the Master of Science program in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Her yoga therapy practice focuses on those with MS and other chronic conditions and disabilities. Melinda also develops and directs yoga programs for at-risk youth in inner-city Miami schools. She holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Florida.