The Children’s Yoga course at a1000yoga Academy is designed by experienced Master yoga teachers and children’s health and education professionals. This course is registered under the Yoga Alliance, USA’s RCYS (Registered Children’s Yoga School). The course was conceptualized keeping in mind the need for specialization to teach Yoga to Children. We observed that many of qualified Yoga teachers were hesitant to take up teaching Yoga to children due to reasons like: is yoga even for children and if so when to start, unsure what to teach to which age group, what differentiates Yoga teacher who teaches adults and someone who teaches children , what measures to take when teaching children, what it takes to teach children with respect to personality, energy, creativity so on and so forth . Hence what we realized was to first bring the child back in you. To be a teacher for children in any field, one needs to connect with them at their level and then start teaching, guiding or nurturing them. It is a two-way process and never-ending with related to learning. RCYT course will take you back to your connection with the self as a child and then how you can bring in Yoga practice to teach children. This will take you through most of the nuances of teaching yoga to children.
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This module is designed to enable Yoga Teachers to understand the yoga practices appropriate for child development such as asanas, asana-based movement, yoga-based games and activities, breathing techniques and chanting.
Theory and Philosophy
This module enables students to understand child developmental stages and how this knowledge assist a Yoga Teacher in deciding appropriate practices for children. Along with the traditional yoga philosophy to understand a child's need in a modern world, this module also throws light on a yoga teacher’s relationships with parents/guardians and developmental specialists.
This module is designed to equip the student with both modern and traditional teaching methodologies. It helps in building confidence of students as a teacher and provide them with age-appropriate teaching and communication skills required for working with children.
Non-contact hours includes apprenticeship and group work – executing a yoga workshop for children. The non contact hours may be completed through a more flexible approach keeping in mind the existing scheduling constraints of an active teacher and satisfy the core requirement at their convenience and flexibility.
How you progress during the course
The course is designed to equip yoga teachers with knowledge and first- hand experience of teaching yoga to children according to their developmental stage in a safe, fun and enriching manner.
Study and understanding of all childhood developmental stages, how the issues of each stage impacts what is appropriate for teaching them.
Understanding of the yoga teacher’s relationships with parents/guardians and developmental specialists, communication skills for conducting those relationships.
Yoga-based practices appropriate for child development such as asanas, asana-based movement, yoga-based games and activities, breathing techniques and chanting.
Detailed study of classroom techniques, lesson plans and group processing for children’s activities.
Age-appropriate teaching skills for yoga class and effective communication skills for working with children.
Anatomy and physiology related specifically to changes during child development and their application to yoga techniques.
Apprenticeship and Group work – executing a Yoga workshop for children.
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Registered under Yoga Alliance: 87461
Yoga Teacher Training Certification from any recognised yoga school, some Teaching experience will be most helpful. (Exceptions accepted on a case-by-case basis –meet TTC student counselor in person for acceptance into program)
Piyush Sharma is a Coach, Facilitator and Wellness Evangelist. He has over 18 years of corporate experience, including 13 years in Software Product Development and Quality Assurance. He is an alumnus of Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Bangalore (NMIMS). He has worked with major organizations such as Oracle India, Hexaware and vMoksha Technologies.
Piyush is currently associated with a1000yoga Academy to train aspiring yoga teachers and various course management activities. He is a Certified Coach (Neuroscience based Results Coaching methodology) from Neuro Leadership Group, India and a Certified Counsellor from Manford Group, India. He is a Certified Hatha Yoga Teacher – RYT 200+300 (Yoga Alliance, US) and QCI Level 2 (Ayush Ministry, India). He is an integral member of “Yoga Utsav” initiative for Bangalore and is an active volunteer for Giftabled India and VillageKidsIndiaTrust NGOs.
In his own words: “I have always been fascinated by the potential of human mind and human body. In my journey so far, I have been exploring various realms…be it human anatomy or positive psychology…yoga or holistic healing…physical fitness or mindfulness … counselling or coaching; one consistent message is that we humans have unlimited potential. All we need is to explore ‘inward’ and move ‘forward’.”
It was in San Francisco in 2008, that Nishara conducted her first Yoga class, at the Sivananda Ashram Centre. She was initially nervous, but “being an Indian, with the ‘exotic’ looks paid off.” While she used to go to the Gym and also do Aerobics, there was something missing. She used to work in Public relations, and soon realized that it was not really her calling. “A corporate job was not my cup of tea”. She started learning Yoga in 2005 and started teaching since 2008. She specializes in Hata and Sivananda. She has also completed her Advanced Teacher Training Course (ATTC) at the Sivananda Ashram at Neyyar Dam. Her shortness of breath and carpel tunnel syndrome are both in check with the regular practice of Yoga. She truly embodies the youthfulness of Yoga, as no one would believe her age, even if she told you.
“Yoga rocks!! Yoga is my life, my breath, my everything!!”