YoYo Yoga Signature Professional Development Trainings
Select from YoYo Yoga’s signature professional development trainings below or allow us to customize a training to meet the professional and continuing education needs of your organization and the populations you serve. Our training sessions teach vital skills that can be implemented immediately. Half, full and multi-day trainings are offered in person or via video conferencing.
Breathing, Meditation and Relaxation for Kids and Teens
An informative hands-on training for professionals who work with children exploring how breathing, meditation and mindfulness techniques typical to yoga can be adapted for kids and teens. Engaging and fun, the techniques learned in this workshop allow kids to explore the breath and how to make it work in an empowering way to self-regulate responses, reactions and emotions. Active and passive meditation techniques are explored from games, to centering and energizing techniques ideal for the classroom and clinical setting, to guided imagery and progressive relaxation. Adaptations to appeal to different ages and abilities will be demonstrated, allowing trainees to begin working with these techniques immediately with all populations.
Yoga for Kids – The Basics
An introductory training for professionals who work with children, exploring how yoga and yoga based activities can be adapted to benefit and appeal to kids of all ages. Covering basic yoga postures and sequencing, attendees will learn how to confidently design engaging age-appropriate yoga sessions for kids of all ages.
Explore Basic Yoga Postures:
- Correct alignment
- Identify appropriate yoga practices for each developmental stage
- Modifications for safety and different developmental stages
- Benefits of Postures
- Creative tips to make yoga postures appealing to kids
Sequencing Yoga Sessions for Kids:
- Sequencing for Safety
- Centering – Centering techniques to prepare the mind and body for yoga
- Warming Up – Explore sun salutations and other warm-up sequences for kids
- Yoga Adventure – Theming yoga for kids and teaching yoga to kids
Educators – Yoga in the Classroom and Beyond–
Learn how to adapt yoga, breathing techniques and mindfulness for the classroom setting. Includes seated and standing yoga stretches that work with desks/chairs, and effective 30-60 sec “yoga breaks” to refocus and energize a classroom full of kids! Plus strategies for “thinking outside of the box” and learn how to creatively theme yoga sessions around school curriculum to support kinesthetic learning in children.
Health Professionals – Yoga in the Clinical Setting
Learn to adapt yoga, breathing and mindfulness for the clinical setting. Includes seated and standing yoga stretches that work in an office setting, and bed yoga for hospital settings. Explore facilitating group sessions for support groups of all ages, including family yoga sessions.
Pediatric Wellness – Yoga Support for Healthy & Happy Kids
- Developmentally and physically supportive yoga – identify age-appropriate practices to balance and support wellness in all children.
- Identify yoga practices that support common childhood conditions – from tummy troubles to colds and allergies to the ability to focus.
- Explore physical and energy anatomy systems in developing children.
- Learn to apply traditional yogic principals and practices when planning yoga to support developing children.
- Learn how to teach yoga philosophy to children in a simple and non-denominational manner.
Kids’ Adaptive and Accessible Yoga (KAY) for Professionals
Kids’ Adaptive and Accessible Yoga (KAY) focuses on adapting yoga sessions for those children with differing abilities, special needs, illness, and physical or developmental limitations. Identify simple adaptations of common yoga poses and learn how to plan yoga sessions that flow flawlessly when working with kids with physical limitations or in unusual settings. KAY gives trainees the confidence to lead kids’ yoga sessions that are inclusive and accessible to all children.
Adapting Yoga for Children with Special Needs
- Learn beneficial yoga practices, including safe modifications, for children with diagnoses such as: ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder (including Asberger’s), and Down Syndrome.
- Learn yoga practices that provide a balance of sensory input to support brain and sensory system development in children.
- Understand sensory processing, sensory processing disorders and triggers when working with special needs children .
- Identify yoga practices that support children with sensory processing disorders to find a balance of input to calm and center and avoid triggers.
- Learn vital skills to help children self regulate and shift from reflexive to reflective behavior patterns.
- Deepen communication skills to support connecting with children in an authentic manner. Hone communication skills to include children who may not communicate verbally or visually.
- Creating a safe, supportive and nurturing space for a child’s yoga experience.
- Learn how to engage children and adults of varying ages in yoga. Including modifying challenging postures for younger children.
- Develop the skills to balance movement, mindfulness and meditation in sessions to benefit all ages.
- Explore yoga plans that are balanced, fun for the whole family and encourage strength, unity and support.
- Learn how to teach stress relieving strategies to benefit families that can be easily accessed beyond yoga sessions.
Facilitating Yoga Sessions for Support Groups
Learn to facilitate yoga sessions for support groups – including movement, mindfulness and meditation techniques for all ages that can be adapted to small or large group settings. Develop skills to create ongoing programs for specific populations and ages.
Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra for Children
- Restorative yoga for children – learn to teach, safely use props and understand the benefits of restorative yoga postures and how to teach and adapt to children.
- Learn how to creatively teach yoga nidra to appeal to and benefit children through each developmental stage.
- Learn how to create a safe, nurturing and relaxing environment for children.
The only requirement for our professional development training is a passion and desire to share yoga with children – you do not need to be a yoga teacher! Some yoga experience is helpful, but not a requirement.