Facilitator Skills Master Classes
Open to the public and FREE for Members of our Teachers' Community.
These focused, online sessions will help you hone your skills using Yoga with a capital "Y" for families and children of all ages. There will be Q&A to address your individual needs & interests. These sessions are personalized and interactive. We have discovered that some of the best connections have been made at these community-building continuing education classes.
Facilitator skills master classes are intended for anyone in a teaching space - school teachers, yoga teachers, counselors, coaches or anyone in the role of facilitating a group (sports team, scout troop, etc.) who wants to incorporate a holistic approach into their work.
They are recorded so even if you are unable to attend live, the class is available to you. They're just $27.
2024 Master Class Topics/Schedule
Always at Noon Central Time
Polyvagal Theory in Your Kids Yoga Class
Polyvagal Theory is the new science of connection. The vagus nerve influences social behavior, stress response, and emotional regulation. Learn how to apply this neurobiological framework to create a safe, social and nurturing space for children, fostering a sense of security and resilience.
Self-Care for Teachers/Providers
There’s no serving anyone until you’ve served yourself. This is an important topic to revisit regularly. Together, we’ll explore ways to nourish your well-being to better serve young minds. You’ll leave with a practical self-care plan that fits your schedule and style so you can serve children from a place of inspiration and creativity and not one of overwhelm and exhaustion.
Planting Seeds: Child Development & Age-Appropriate Practices for Littles (Under 7)
Children in this age range are developing rapidly on all levels. They have big feelings and want big movement. Learn how to engage them in a way that is safe and developmentally appropriate. When you meet children at their level of interest and development, the practice is more effective and it’s easier to keep them engaged. Learn what most ignites their curiosity and joy on the mat.
Top Tips for Teaching Yoga to Dysregulated Kids
Regulation, or homeostasis, is the body’s ability to come back into balance whenever an internal or external event disrupts that equilibrium. We’ll explore many ways to promote this natural ability to re-balance and tools to facilitate it.
Learn how your own internal dialog as well as how you communicate with your students can promote regulation. Gain practical strategies and insights to create a supportive environment where every child, regardless of emotional state, can find peace through yoga.
Class Sequencing & Timing
Sequencing and timing can make or break your class. They are the backbone of an effective and engaging experience. When children are engaged, they’re less likely to be distracted or distracting. Take a peek into our lesson plan structure and why it works the way it does. We’ll also recommend our favorite lesson plans for your teaching environment.
Learn how to craft a class that keeps young yogis captivated from start to finish. We’ll also explore the topic of when and how to modify the sequence in the moment as needed.
Taking Root: Child Development & Age-Appropriate Practices for Middles (8-12)
Tailor your teaching to the dynamic age group of 8-12-year-olds. Uncover age-appropriate practices and developmental insights to keep this energetic bunch focused, challenged, and excited about their yoga practice. When you meet children at their level of interest and development, the practice is more effective and it’s easier to keep them engaged.
Stories & Themes
Ignite imagination and creativity through the power of storytelling in yoga. Stories engage emotions and make memories. Themes create a cohesive journey that turns a simple class into an adventure. Learn how to weave captivating stories and themes into your classes, making each session a memorable experience for your students. We’ll share examples from our catalog of lesson plans and make specific recommendations for your classes.
The kids will come running into your class excitedly asking, “what’s the theme today?!”
Stress, Anxiety & Yoga
Equip yourself with tools to guide children through the number one challenge children face today - stress and anxiety. Discover yoga practices that promote emotional resilience and nervous system regulation, plus practical tools to educate children about their own body and mind so they become the captain of their own ship, even when being tossed about by difficult emotions and nervous system states.
Yoga is an unsurpassed strategy for reducing anxious feelings. You’ll get the top tips for formal classes as well as on-the-go for whatever situation you support children.
Walking the Path: Child Development & Age-Appropriate Practices for Teens
Connect with the unique needs of teenagers on the yoga mat. Explore adolescent development and learn how to tailor teaching to create a space where teens can find balance, self-expression, and calm. This teen cohort are on their way to becoming the next founders, leaders and experts in our world. Let’s give them the tools they need to thrive.
Teach Meditation to Children
Introduce the transformative power of meditation to young hearts and minds. Children often report that meditating is one of their favorite parts of a class because it’s the only time they are guided into a quiet and peaceful state. It’s simpler than you think and has profound benefits. Learn practical techniques and age-appropriate approaches to guide children in cultivating mindfulness and inner peace through meditation.
Sensory Awareness in a Kids Yoga Class
Explore the sensory system and how what you say and how you set up your classroom can support a variety of sensory needs. We’ll discuss highly sensitive children, sensory processing differences and various levels of stimulation. Understand the importance of sensory integration and learn how to incorporate soothing and sensory-rich and experiences into your classes, fostering holistic development for every child.
Yoga Games for Children
Wrap up the year with joy and play! Explore creative and educational games that make learning yoga a delight for children. Infuse laughter and fun into your classes while building a strong foundation for a lifelong love of yoga. You’ll learn the most popular yoga games and how to sequence them into a well-rounded class.