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Evolve is pleased to offer a 95-hour Children’s Yoga Teacher Training, led by Kathy Therrien, RCYT, E-RYT. This training has been designated as an approved Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCYT) training by Yoga Alliance. The training will be presented through a series of five monthly weekend modules (see below). The cost is $1450 ($100 discount for registration before September 1, 2018) and includes a training manual.

Weekend 1

Friday, September 14, 2018 6:30-8:00 p.m. (first weekend only)
Saturday, September 15, 2018 8:00-9:00 a.m. – Yoga practice
10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Morning session
2:30-5:00 p.m. – Afternoon session
Sunday, September 16, 2018 8:00-9:00 a.m. – Yoga practice
10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Morning session
2:30-5:00 p.m. – Afternoon session

(All subsequent weekends follow above Saturday and Sunday schedules)

Weekend 2
Saturday and Sunday, October 13-14

Weekend 3
Saturday and Sunday, October 27-28

Weekend 4
Saturday and Sunday, November 3-4

Weekend 5
Saturday and Sunday, November 17-18

This comprehensive program provides an opportunity for yoga teachers, educators, health professionals and parents to learn the art and science of sharing yoga with children ages 4-13. Our approach is whole-child centered and integrates a range of traditional yoga practices.

Participants will meet and train with experts from the fields of psychology, speech/language therapy, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.
Evidence shows that children’s physical, intellectual, social, and emotional growth can be strongly supported throughout their unique developmental stages through the practice of physical yoga postures; meditation; and techniques for breathing, relaxation, and mindfulness. Participants will learn to share a safe, engaging, meaningful yoga practice that empowers children to connect more fully with themselves and their community.

Specific topics covered will include:
– The benefits of a regular yoga practice for children
– Children’s developmental stages
– The effects of yoga on the developing brain and body
– Anatomy and physiology with a specific focus on child development
– Child-friendly poses: solo, partner, group, and sequences (vinyasa)
– Pranayama, relaxation, mindfulness, and meditation for children
– Applying the eight limbs of yoga as they relate to children
– Incorporating music, props, books, storytelling, and group yoga games
– Managing behavior challenges in class
– Developing lesson plans and sequencing classes
– Sharing yoga with special needs children
– Adapting yoga to environments beyond the studio

Participants will also:
– Connect with other child health professionals
– Observe children’s yoga classes and practice teach
– Receive personal feedback to help build practical skills

Participants do not need to be currently certified as a yoga teacher to participate. However, those who wish to apply for Yoga Alliance recognition as a registered children’s yoga teacher (RCYT) must complete a 200-hour yoga teacher training; complete a 95-hour children’s yoga teacher training; and submit 30 post-training teaching hours in children’s yoga. Current Registered Yoga Teachers with Yoga Alliance are able to participate in this training for Continuing Education hours.

We are beyond delighted to be able to offer such a comprehensive program here in southern Maryland. Please contact the studio with any questions regarding this training or its suitability to your needs.