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Teacher Training

Creative Yogis: 95-Hour Children's Yoga ONLINE Teacher Training

Module 1: 1-7 October & Module 2: 10-16 October, Online via Zoom

Are you someone who recognises the fast-paced world we are living in and the impact it is having on the health and well-being of children and teens?

 

Would you like to make a positive difference by empowering children of all ages to be able to manage stress, stay calm, be confident and build emotional resilience?

 

Creative Yogis is a Registered Children’s Yoga School (RCYS) & Continuing Education Provider approved by Yoga Alliance USA. Karen Wightman is super passionate, dedicated and humbled to serve as a yoga & mindfulness educator supporting and celebrating the uniqueness of each child at every age. She would love the chance to guide YOU to confidently teach all ages and abilities appropriately, safely and meaningfully in a variety of settings. Study and certify to become an inspiring, engaging, playful and creative ‘Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher’(RCYT) making a positive difference in children and youths’ lives.

 

Providing a safe space for children and teens to express their feelings and thoughts can cultivate emotional intelligence and self-regulation.  It increases self-awareness, supports anxiety & depression, assists behaviour management, and enables better connection to themselves and others. As we empower children, teens & families with the holistic skills of yoga and mindfulness, they begin to thrive, shine and become caring, compassionate and empathetic well-rounded individuals.

 

Why choose this training?

The online 95-hour Children’s Yoga Teacher Training (RCYT) is a fully comprehensive and experiential learning programme crafted with the perfect balance of theory, embodied practice and discussions via our Zoom classroom. Both fun and informative, the training is facilitated in a relaxed atmosphere that inspires optimum learning.

All training materials are in the format of detailed manuals, webinars, resources with access to a private Facebook group and global community of teachers for ongoing support and mentorship.

 

Course Outline:

  • Module One / ‘Gentle beginnings, foundations and family’ - Starts with our little yogis from 2-8 years who begin to explore their bodies through simple breathing practices, dance, mindfulness & mindful movement, play, song, stories, creativity and family yoga.

 

  • Module Two / ‘Blossoming tweenies and tuning into teens’ - The journey continues with our fabulous preteens 9-12 years and teens 13-18 years. A significant period of transformation for both ages supported through postures, breathing practices, mindfulness and meditations,

Challenges and games still delight, whilst reflective activities, deep relaxation and creative self-expression promote greater self-awareness. We guide them to discover the peaceful and resilient brave warrior within that is capable of navigating the bumpy road to young adulthood, as we support them with gentle humour, authenticity and deep compassion.

 

The online training is slightly extended to 14 days with a two-day rest period in the middle. This takes into account that studying online for lengthy periods can be tiring. We recommend as much live attendance where possible to allow for your direct contact with the teachers and other trainees. 

  • Practice is essential to building confidence in our teaching role and integrating skills.
  • Trainees will have teaching opportunities both individually and during breakout sessions. Learning will take place through group activities, sharing, lectures and quizzes.
  • The use of breakout rooms enables students to connect with one another promoting friendship and community during and beyond the training itself.
  • We will be joined by wonderful international guest teachers from the UK, Australia and Hong Kong during the training whose information you can read below. 

Students will receive the daily recordings at the end of the training as well as a link to additional on-demand videos created on ‘Teachable’. These aim to support graduates in refreshing the skills we have studied together during the training to enable further integration.

Module 1: Gentle Beginnings, Foundations & Family

(Teaching Yoga & Mindfulness to ages 2-8 and Family Yoga)
1-7 October (Saturday – Friday)

 

**44 Contact Hours / 3 Non-Contact Hours via Reading Assignment


The seeds we plant in our bodies and minds at an early age create the potential for a happy, healthy and joyful life. In our busy world, we are experiencing children as young as preschool age being impacted by the effects of stress. Evidence-based research shows us the value and health benefits of sharing the tools of yoga and mindfulness to support this precious age.

‘Gentle beginnings, foundations & family’, is an invitation to YOU to reconnect to your inner-child and immerse yourself in 7 whole days as you step into the world of children’s yoga and mindfulness. Learn to nurture and nourish, connect and inspire children and their families. Explore mindful movement, dance, simple breath awareness, creativity, mindfulness activities, games, laughter and song whilst remembering how JOY feels. Crafted with the perfect balance of theory and practice, the training is facilitated in an interactive, educational, fun and dynamic format. Each module is packed with current and age-appropriate tools that children and their families grow to love and benefit from. Family yoga and special events continue to gain increasing popularity as stress levels rise and family time lessens. A unique opportunity that brings all ages together to share laughter, movement, bonding, connection and play whilst creating special memories to cherish.

It is my heartfelt intention to enable YOU to feel practically equipped, confident and ready to teach. As you embark on your journey of teaching our ‘youngest yogis’, I cannot wait to guide you to discover a bursting tool bag that will both captivate and engage the whole family.

Training Content
• Benefits of Yoga and Mindfulness
• Our role
• Developmental stages
• Practice teaching
• Multiple intelligence theory
• Safety, yoga anatomy & physiology
• Class structure & management
• Yoga philosophy in action
• Circle, music and chanting
• Mindfulness meditations and activities
• Simple, fun breathing exercises
• Warm-ups and creative asanas
• Partner and group poses
• Games and activities
• Yoga through story
• Art and creative self-expression
• Relaxation
• Using props and tools
• Crafting your classes
• Yoga in schools and all settings
• Family yoga and special events
• The Biz and being a ‘yogipreneur’


Module 2: Blossoming Tweenies & Tuning into Teens

(Teaching Yoga & Mindfulness to ages 9-12 and 13-18)

10-16 October (Monday – Sunday)

 

**44 Contact Hours / 4 Non-Contact Hours via Reading Assignment


Our fabulous preteens and teens are the special population that need and benefit from yoga and mindfulness the most. This is a delicate and tender time in their lives largely influenced by the huge changes taking place both internally and externally.

This training provides a solid foundation of practical knowledge and relevant skills to enable YOU to engage, empower and support this diverse age group. It is delivered through comprehensive modules that are designed to explore age-appropriate yogic and mindfulness tools. The training is facilitated with a balance of theory and embodied knowledge in a fun, creative, informative and interactive format.

I am deeply passionate and motivated to guide tweens and teens to take yoga ‘off the mat’ and into their daily lives. Once confident and comfortable to apply the tools and practices, this becomes ‘yoga in action’. Empowered with a variety of skills, they are then better equipped to navigate school stress and pressure. With the dramatic increase in both anxiety and depression in our youth, the ability to self-regulate and manage difficult emotions as they arise is essential.

Sustainable coping mechanisms and tools that build resilience and promote positive emotional, mental and physical health and well-being can aid in the gentle development of an internal place of refuge. A place of stillness to connect to daily life helps to cultivate inner peace and stability from which to support ongoing stress management.

This role requires authenticity, humility, compassion and a great sense of humour from which to gain their trust, confidence and respect at this vulnerable time. Our ability to be light, creative, caring, engaging and fun inspires them to keep practising. Guiding tweens and teens to experience the value of making time to relax, play and connect with one another in their busy lives is deeply rewarding. Become a much-needed ‘lighthouse’ by shining a light on the knowledge and practical tools that will truly support them in their daily lives.

Training content

  • Tuning into Preteens & Teens
  • Benefits of yoga & mindfulness
  • Developmental stages
  • Neuroscience of the preteen & teen brain
  • Multiple intelligence theory
  • Yoga anatomy & physiology
  • Yoga philosophy
  • Class elements & structure
  • Behaviour management
  • Mindfulness meditations & activities
  • Mudras
  • Breathing practices
  • Yoga poses, sequencing & safety
  • Sun & moon salutes
  • Partner & group poses
  • Yoga games & themed activities
  • Anxiety tool box
  • Blossoming goddesses & peaceful warriors
  • Sleep, relaxation and yoga nidra
  • Creative expression & journalling
  • Exploring the chakras
  • Practice teaching
  • Class creation
  • Yoga in school and all settings
  • The Biz and being a ‘yogipreneur’

Module 1: Gentle Beginnings, Foundations & Family

(Teaching Yoga & Mindfulness to ages 2-8 and Family Yoga)
1-7 October (Saturday – Friday)

 

1-4 October

11.30am - 2.30pm

3.30pm - 7.00pm

 

5-7 October

11.30am - 2.30pm

3.30pm - 6.30pm

 

**44 Contact Hours / 3 Non-Contact Hours via Reading Assignment

 

Rest days: Saturday, 8 & 9 October

 

Module 2: Blossoming Tweenies & Tuning into Teens

(Teaching Yoga & Mindfulness to ages 9-12 and 13-18)

10-16 October (Monday – Sunday)

 

10-13 October

11.30am - 2.30pm

3.30pm - 7.00pm

 

14-16 October

11.30am -2.30pm

3.30pm - 6.30pm

 

**44 Contact Hours / 4 Non-Contact Hours via Reading Assignment

Who can join?
If you have a passion and a desire to share the benefits of yoga and mindfulness with children, teens and families, then this training is for you. Whether you are a yoga teacher, trainee, practitioner or educational professional, this training offers continuing education. Health-care professionals, therapists, social workers and child psychologists can find inspiration and techniques to share in the workplace. To our very special parents and grandparents, I invite you to join and discover how to bring yoga play and mindfulness into your children’s lives as a way to enrich and nourish your time together in creative and health-orientated ways. It is not essential but recommended that you have at least one year of personal practice that informs a basic understanding and experience of the fundamental yoga poses.

Mission Statement
We offer this training in an effort to grow our community of committed yoga practitioners, empowering those who demonstrate dedication to a personal practice, by sharing the knowledge, skills and tools we have learned so that they too can start teaching yoga.

We intend to guide trainees toward a healthy self-confidence, while at the same time invoking in them a sense of humility and excitement, knowing that they are at the beginning of a long journey.

About Karen Wightman

Karen Wightman is the Founder and Senior Trainer of Creative Yogis, a vibrant and passionate yoga & mindfulness provider currently based in the UK. She is both a local and international children’s yoga instructor, advisor, teacher trainer and children’s art teacher with more than 20 years of experience.


Karen first began practising yoga in Thailand in 1995 and initially assisted in children’s yoga classes under the guidance of her teacher Justin Herold in the Iyengar Yoga School in Bangkok in 2003. She then went on to coordinate a 3-year programme at Satit Kaset International Programme in Bangkok.

In 2006, Karen moved to Australia to immerse herself fully in the study of yoga with Master Teacher Nicky Knoff where she completed her first RYT 200 hours teacher training in the Knoff system. She met world-famous Rachel Zinman in 2007 and finally completed her second teacher training in the Ishta System becoming a RYT 500 hours in 2014 after a period of extensive study.

Karen has continued to develop her skills in children’s yoga since 2007 training with a number of leading teachers and pioneers in the field. Kylie Peters of ‘Simply Kids’, Christy Brock Miele of ‘Yoga 4 Teens’, Lorainne Rushton of ‘Zenergy Yoga 4 Kids’ and Charlotta Martinus of ‘Teen Yoga Foundation’.

She currently facilitates local and international teacher trainings and workshops in Australia, Japan, the Philippines and Europe. In addition, she teaches in Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai in collaboration with PURE Yoga. When Karen is not a ‘travelling yogi’, she spends her time teaching the children and teens that continue to inspire her work. Her mission is to empower children and teens with yogic and mindfulness tools that enable them to support their holistic health, well-being and to manage stress.


Yoga Alliance Registrations
• Creative Yogis RCYS, E-RYT 500 hours-Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher
• Specialty RCYT-Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher
• YACEP-Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider

 

95HR RCYT OCTOBER 2021 / CREATIVE YOGIS
 
Sylvia Choi - HK
Thank you so much Karen for waking up so early every day and being so encouraging as we move through the stages of childhood to teens. It is a lot of information to digest and really need time to practice and sink in, yet all the approaches, tools and class plans make it so much more accessible even for beginners leave kids yoga teacher. I also appreciate all your experience sharing about class management, etc... I'm sure as we progress in our journey of yoga teaching we will find all of this useful. I feel very lucky to have a teacher like you! 

Nishy Amir - SG
It was an incredible and life-changing journey and opportunity to have experienced this training with Karen. Ever inspiring, always warm and loving, always giving us all her love and knowledge, always being present.

What Karen has taught us has been invaluable and beyond what I imagined this TTC could have offered. I am forever grateful to have had the opportunity to spend this time with Karen, as well as all the other amazing people in our group. Our connections have transcended the limits of this pandemic, and we are inspired to share what we have learned from Karen. Thank you for all that you have done for us. 
 
 
Danyu Xu - Beijing
Karen has put so much love and passion into yoga teaching for kids, families and teens’ yoga. That love and passion are what make her training so wonderful and irreplaceable. I didn’t realize that the power of yoga could bring so much strength (mental and physical), resilience, and relaxation to children of different developmental stages. That power spoke for itself when we saw Karen’s demo classes and listened to her student’s narratives.
 
I hope that one day I can teach kids using every pose, activity and game we’ve learned in Karen’s training and lesson plans, and also utilizing the same kindness, joy and creativity that Karen brought us throughout this wonderful journey.
  
 
Gayle Nerva - SG
What an amazing experience! I immediately fell in love with Karen’s kind and exuberant energy on day one. Her laughter is the best thing ever!
Karen is an expert in her field and shares her wealth of knowledge with such passion and wholeheartedness.
She was incredibly attentive to our needs throughout the entire course and made space for everyone to be seen, heard, and uplifted.
So grateful to have had this opportunity to learn from her and get to know such inspiring individuals from all over the world.
 
 
May - HK
I am infected!
Wow! Only this word can express my experience with Karen. Don’t think creative yoga is for children and teenagers, my first lesson with Karen released my outdated child inside. I am accepted, appreciated, nurtured, inspired and infected by Karen’s passion for yoga and the well-being of everyone in contact with her. It is during the you-can-never-imagine creativity we practiced and learned. This is a spectacular teaching course that is enriched not just by tailored made yoga poses but fruitful nostalgic and innovative games and meditation with unexpected amazing artworks. Laughters and fun are immeasurable with heaps of in-depth understandings of toddlers, preschoolers, tweens and teens. Beware! Karen’s passion is contagious. I am certainly infected and well equipped to start a class 

 
 
Meagan - HK
Dear Karen, just wanted to say Thank you so much for your guidance throughout the whole training - your devotion, contribution, time & every advice provided was beyond valuable and inspiring!  really appreciate for adjusting your body clock to the Hong Kong time for the past 2 weeks, hope you have gotten some good rest.  although I was unable to join you ladies live as much as I wish I could, just by watching all the video recordings, definitely feeling empowered by Karen and being connected to each of you beautiful souls!  I really enjoy the pleasant vibes of the whole training, sometimes the laughs and giggles from you ladies really made my day like!  Super duper enjoyable reviewing the videos over again! Also, thank you for sharing all the resourceful materials, links and info in the group - they are very helpful 
 
Honoured to be part of this training led by Karen, thank you very much!  The universe connects us together in this training, hope we can meet each other again in the future, let us know if you visit Asia, would love to meet you in person! Once again, Thank You Very Much! Namaste 

 
 
Soraya - HK
My training with Karen was incredible in many aspects. But the most important one is the tremendous amount of loving, sharing, hearted commitment that you receive from Karen's teachings. She gives her heart by sharing with us her huge experience with children’s yoga and she just does her best, waking up so early to be in our time zone, her creativity and her smile always make us shine. I feel very grateful to get to know her and be part of the community for children’s yoga through her training. I can’t wait to apply her teachings. Thank you Karen


1-7 October (Saturday – Friday)
Module 1: Gentle Beginnings, Foundations & Family
(Teaching Yoga & Mindfulness to ages 2-8 and Family Yoga)

10-16 October (Monday – Sunday)
Module 2: Blossoming Tweenies & Tuning into Teens
(Teaching Yoga & Mindfulness to ages 9-12 and 13-18)
  
 

Full 95-Hour Training

Early-Bird 40% Discount: HK$9,800 (ends 15 August)

Regular Price: HK$16,334

 

Module 1 OR Module 2

Early-Bird 40% Discount: HK$5,825 (ends 15 August)

Regular Price: HK$9,708

 

Hardcopy Manual Colour Print: (Optional)

HK$680

 

*Prices include e-certification and e-manuals.

Photos and video may be taken, solely for PURE marketing purposes.

 

Application
Please complete an online application form or email us to apply. You will be notified by email within 3-5 days of its approval along with a Welcome Letter outlining payment procedures and further details. Application is NOT required for Morning Intensives. Please register at studio reception.

 

Early-Bird 40% Discount:      

  • Early-Bird Discount ends 15 August 2022. Please see above for listed prices.

 Refunds/Cancellation:    

 

  • No refund or credit will be given for cancellation starting 16 August 2022.
  • All refunds are subject to a 10% processing fee that will be deducted from your refund.
  • All applications for refund (medical & emergency reasons) must be made within 3 days after the event finishes.

 

Healthy-licious juice cleanse offer from nood food:

  • $200 discount on nood food 3-Day or 6-Day juice cleanse for all yoga event registrants on workshop dates. Ask nood food staff at your workshop location for details.
  • 10% off all nood food items for all yoga event registrants on dates of the workshop.

Special offer from PURE Apparel:

  • 10% off all PURE Apparel/Kurios regular-priced products for all yoga event registrants on dates of the workshop.

 

Enquiries
For enquiries, please email events@pure-yoga.com
*If there is any discrepancy between the printed and web versions, the web version shall prevail.

 

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Waiver of Liability
Your Physical Conditions and Safety

1. You understand that it is your responsibility to consult a physician regarding your ability to participate in the physical activities involved in the Training Course and that participating in the physical activities undertaken on the Training Course imposes physical demands upon you, and in particular you understand that the intensive nature of the yoga instruction provided on the Training Course, particularly in respect of hot yoga, will impose extra physical demands on you over and above those which you would experience, in a less intensive yoga practice session, or at cooler temperatures, and in lower humidity when engaging in any or comparable exercise.

2. You shall not participate in any of the physical activities on the Training Course whilst suffering from any infections or contagious illnesses, diseases or other ailments including but not limited to open cuts, abrasions, open sores or minor infections, where there is any risk that such use or participation in such conditions may be detrimental to the health, safety, comfort or physical conditions of other participants in the Training Course; you will bring any such matters to the attention of staff of PURE if in any doubt.

3. If you are pregnant, under medication and/or suffering from or having suffered from any medical disability you are strongly advised to seek the advice of a qualified medical practitioner before commencing any of the physical activities available on the Training Course.

4. No person who is under the influence of drugs or of alcohol is permitted on the Training Course.

5. You acknowledge and voluntarily assume (i) your responsibility to assess your level of fitness and general health (including where appropriate consulting your physician or doctor) and (ii) the risks of serious injury that are associated with physical activity of any kind including any variety of yoga, meditation and breath work practice and participation in yoga related activities or activities related to the Training Course (collectively the "Activities") including those off studio or PURE Facilities premises. You confirm that you shall retain all control and direction over your Activities at all times. You voluntarily assume full liability and accept the risk of harm, including physical injury and discomfort as a result of your participation in the various Activities in the Training Course.

Limitation of Liability
1. You hereby acknowledge that you are aware that in participating in the physical activities available on the Training Course, and in using the facilities there are risks or possibility of injury.

2. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, PURE, its related corporations and their respective servants, agents, employees and officers (collectively referred to in this Clause 2 as the "PURE Entities") shall not be liable for any loss or damage to property or in respect of any bodily injuries, illness or death of you, howsoever caused, aggravated or incurred arising out of or in any way connected with your participation in the Training Course and other services.

3. You hereby acknowledge that you understand and voluntarily accept the risks of injury involved in your participation in the Training Course. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable laws, you hereby agree the PURE Entities shall not be liable in contract, tort (including without limitation negligence), pre-contract or other representations or otherwise out of or in connection with your participation in the Training Course, for any claims, demands, damages, economic loss (including without limitation, loss of revenues, profits, contracts, business or anticipated savings), loss of good will or reputation, or special or indirect consequential losses in any case. You further agree not to hold the PURE Entities liable for any wilful act or omission, default, fraud or negligence of any other person or guest or third party within PURE operated facilities.

4. You hereby agree to defend, fully indemnify on demand and hold harmless the PURE Entities from and against all liabilities, claims, expenses, damages and losses including legal fees (on an indemnity basis) which the PURE Entities may suffer arising from any breach of these terms and conditions by you, or in connection with any act, omission, default, negligence or conduct of you in connection with any other liabilities arising out of you or any services under this Agreement. This obligation to indemnify PURE shall survive the termination of the Agreement.

Will I be able to teach right after I graduate from this programme?
Yes. All the course materials taught in this course prepare students with all the foundational knowledge and skills needed to become yoga teachers. Some students take it to deepen their own personal practice, kick-start a life transformational experience, while others do it to immediately start a teaching career. Others who do not want to proceed into teaching immediately would immerse into further trainings. More than half of the students from our graduate programmes begin teaching friends, family, moving into part-time teaching in studios and then full-time teaching.

 

How do I become a RCYT (Registered Children Yoga Teacher)?
To receive the Yoga Alliance USA RCYT specialty designation and accreditation, you will first need to be RYT200. However, a 200-Hour RYT training can be done either prior to or after the training. If you are already registered with Yoga Alliance then you can initially log your ‘95 training hours’ into your profile. If you would then like to upgrade to the specialty designation of RCYT, you will be required to complete 30 hours of teaching since graduating the course. Once you have logged your hours and uploaded the certificate, your lead trainer will be contacted by email to approve your request. Each individual student is responsible for this process and on approval and after an additional fee will be able to add the RCYT designation to their credentials.

 

I teach children but have never done yoga before. Can I still join the course?
It is recommended that you have a minimum of one year’s yoga practice prior to joining. This is encouraged as it enables you to have a basic understanding of the foundational poses and terms and maximises your overall learning experience.

 

Do I need to attend the modules in order and take both?
The modules can be taken alone and in any order that is convenient for your schedule. However, they do follow the developmental progression from our smallest yogis through to teens, so it can also be beneficial to study them sequentially. If you are drawn to teach a particular age group, then feel free to choose the module specific to this area of interest.

If I need to miss a session, will I be able to make up for it?
Students enrolled in this programme must be fully committed and understand that full attendance is required. If there is a need to miss any sessions, it will be decided on a case-by-case basis. Please indicate any of such requests during application.

 

Will I receive a certificate after the programme?
Upon successful completion of the programme and following the Code of Conduct – students will receive a Certificate of Completion (Yoga Alliance Accredited) from PURE Yoga for this teacher training programme.

Yoga experience

Pure Yoga Cardholders can opt to have their contracts temporarily suspended for the duration of the course. Please check YES if you would like to have your account suspended. Suspension period is on a monthly basis. You can choose the start day of your suspension. You are able to reactivate your account any time by filling in a reactivation form at the studio.
Should you wish to join any classes during the training, you will receive 50% off the regular price for drop-ins

*Please refer here for the full terms & conditions