YoYo Yoga LLC, Kids’ Adaptive and Accessible Yoga (KAY)

Continuing Education for Pediatric Professionals: Yoga-based Movement, Meditation and Mindfulness

Signature Professional Development Trainings

Earn professional development credits and learn vital skills to implement immediately in the workplace. Select from YoYo Yoga’s signature professional development trainings below, or allow Lisa Roberts to customize a training to meet the professional and continuing education needs of your staff and the populations that you serve.

Half, full, and multi-day trainings are offered in person, with video conferencing available for remote clients. Participation in a YoYo Yoga professional development training requires a passion and desire to help children thrive; you do not need to be a yoga teacher, some yoga experience is helpful, but certainly not necessary.

Breathing, Meditation, and Mindfulness for Kids and Teens

This hands-on training explores the benefits of breathing, meditation, and mindfulness and provides the tools to teach these vital skills to kids and teens.  Learn engaging and fun methods to help kids explore the breath as a tool to self-regulate responses, reactions and emotions. Identify a core set of adaptable practices to engage children of all ages and abilities in meditation and mindfulness practices; including active techniques, games, and crafts for children who may be challenged sitting still. Develop relaxation experiences for children of all ages, and learn how to effectively incorporate creative storytelling, guided imagery, and progressive relaxation. 

Yoga for Kids: The Basics

An introductory training for professionals who work with children, exploring how to effectively adapt yoga and yoga-based activities to benefit and appeal to kids of all ages. Learn basic yoga postures, developmentally supportive adaptations, and sequencing to confidently create age-appropriate yoga experiences for all children:

Basic Yoga Postures:

  • Benefits of postures
  • Correct and safe alignment
  • Modifications to support developmental differences 
  • Introducing practices to support healthy development
  • A playful and imaginative approach to yoga postures

Planning Yoga Sessions for Kids:

  • Sequencing yoga sessions to be safe, beneficial and developmentally supportive
  • Accessing breathing and centering techniques to prepare the mind and body for yoga
  • Sun salutations and warm-up sequences for kids
  • Creating yoga adventures: Theming engaging and fun kids’ yoga experiences
  • Supporting kinesthetic learning: Educating kids through movement 
  • Relaxation for kids
  • Games 
Educators: Yoga in the Classroom and Beyond

Adaptive yoga, breathing techniques and mindfulness for the classroom setting, and beyond:

  • Seated and standing yoga stretches; utilizing desks/chairs in the classroom setting
  • Effective 30-60 sec “yoga breaks” to refocus and/or energize a classroom full of kids!
  • Strategies to theme yoga sessions around school curriculum to support kinesthetic learning 
  • Introducing yoga philosophy in a non-dominant way for a harmonious classroom 
  • Games 
  • Creating group sessions for after school or PE programing
Health Professionals: Yoga in the Clinical Setting

Learn to adapt yoga, breathing and mindfulness to benefit children in the clinical setting.

  • Yoga Wellness: Empowering kids with tools to navigate a clinic visit or hospital stay
  • Yoga Wellness: Tools to relieve stress and anxiety, improve sleep and support overall feelings of wellness for children in the clinical setting
  • Assessing a child’s needs for yoga-based movement, meditation and mindfulness interventions in the clinical setting
  • Adapting yoga for each developmental stage from toddler to young adult
  • Adaptive Yoga: Seated and standing yoga stretches suitable for the clinic or office setting
  • Adaptive Yoga: Restorative, in-bed yoga adaptations for the hospital setting
  • 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 for children:

  • Identify age-appropriate practices that support healthy development and wellness in children
  • Identify supportive yoga practices to address common challenges – from tummy troubles, to colds/allergies, to quality sleep, and the ability to focus well
  • Explore child development and how yoga practices play a vital role in supporting physical, sensory, cognitive and social development
  • Understanding and incorporating traditional yoga philosophy and basic energy systems when teaching children (keeping it simple and non-denominational)
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, Asbergers, and Down Syndrome
  • Identify 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 remain organized, calm and centered
  • Gain the ability to assess and provide children with a set of tools to self-soothe, self-regulate, and shift from reflexive to reflective behavior patterns
  • Deepen communication skills to support connecting with children authentically
  • Creating safe, supportive, and inclusive yoga environments for ALL children
Family Yoga
  • Learn how to engage children and adults of varying ages in yoga
  • Safe modifications for younger children, challenging modifications for older kids and adults
  • Learn to plan sessions appropriately balanced with movement, meditation and mindfulness skills to benefit all ages
  • Create fun family experiences that foster strength, unity and support
  • Provide families with helpful yoga-based movement, meditation and mindfulness tools that can be easily accessed beyond their yoga sessions
  • Games 
Facilitating Yoga Sessions for Support Groups

Learn how to facilitate yoga sessions for support groups:

  • Assessing and identifying a support groups needs
  • Designing beneficial yoga experiences for all ages
  • Develop sessions to incorporate yoga-based movement, meditation, and mindfulness for all ages
  • Design sessions that can easily adapt to small or large group settings
  • Create ongoing programs for specific populations and age-groups
Yoga Yum: Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra for Children 
  • Benefits of restorative yoga and yoga nidra for children
  • Identify core methods to creatively adapt restorative yoga and yoga nidra to engage and nurture children through each developmental stage
  • Learn to adapt, safely use props, and creatively teach restorative yoga to children
  • Skillfully guide yoga nidra for children
  • Create a safe, nurturing and relaxing environments for children