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Creative Yogis: 95-Hour Children's Yoga Teacher Training 兒童瑜伽老師培訓(95小時) with Karen Wightman

Module 1: 9-13 August, Module 2: 15-19 August Pacific Place – Admiralty

We live in a fast-paced world that is impacting the mental health and emotional well-being of our children and teens.

 

Do you feel called to make a positive difference by empowering children of all ages to manage stress, stay calm and truly thrive whilst becoming emotionally resilient?

 

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

 

Providing a safe space for children to express their feelings and thoughts can cultivate emotional intelligence and self-regulation. It increases self-awareness, supports anxiety and promotes kindness whilst also assisting in behaviour management. Empowering children & families with the holistic skills of yoga and mindfulness allows them to thrive and shine whilst become caring, compassionate and empathetic well-rounded individuals.

 

 

Why choose this training?

The 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. The training is facilitated in a relaxed atmosphere that is fun, informative and student-centred to inspire optimum creative learning.

 

Delivered in two modules over 10 days, full attendance is required in order to obtain the 95-hour certification. All training material is provided in the format of detailed manuals, webinars and resources. In addition, trainees will be invited to join a private Facebook group with a global community of teachers to gain ongoing support.

 

Module One – Gentle Beginnings, Foundations & Family: Little yogis from 2-8 years old and their families will discover and explore their bodies, learn how to facilitate simple breathing practices, mindful movement, dance, play, mindfulness, song, stories, creativity and family yoga.

 

Module Two – Blossoming Tweenies and Tuning into Teens: The journey continues with our fabulous pre-teens, ages 9-12 and teens ages 13-18. A significant period of huge transformation for both age groups will be supported through postures, breath awareness, mindfulness and meditations.

 

Challenges and games still delight, with reflective activities, creative self-expression and deep relaxation to promote self-awareness. Guide them to discover the peaceful, resilient and brave warrior within by equipping them with skills to navigate the often-bumpy road to young adulthood. Offer support with kindness, gentle humour, authenticity and deep compassion.

 

Please note: Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT200) will be further eligible for the specialty designation as a RCYT upon the completion of the course and additional requirements.

 

 

If you wish to attend individual modules only, these hours can still be counted towards Continuing Education Training (CET) Hours for the Yoga Alliance RYT with your ‘certificate of completion’.

 

Students will also receive reading assignments prior to and during the training in order to fulfil the non-contact hours required.

9-13 August 2024 (Friday-Tuesday)

Module 1: Gentle Beginnings, Foundations & Family

(Teaching Yoga & Mindfulness to ages 2-8 and Family Yoga)
 

**45 Contact Hours / 2 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 reconnect to your inner-child by immersing yourself in the world of children’s yoga and mindfulness. Learn to nurture, nourish, and connect with children and their families. Explore mindful movement, dance, simple breath awareness, creativity, mindfulness activities, games, laughter and song whilst connecting to joy.

 

Crafted from a balance of theory, practice and interaction, the training is educational, fun and facilitated in a dynamic format. Learn current and age-appropriate tools that inspire and support the entire family.

Family yoga and special events have gained increasing popularity as stress levels rise and family time lessens. This is a unique opportunity that brings all ages together to bond by sharing movement, connection, love, laughter and play whilst creating special memories.

Karen will guide you to feel confident in your skills, well equipped and inspired as you embark on your amazing journey of teaching our youngest yogis.

Training Content
• Benefits of yoga & mindfulness
• Developmental stages
• Practice teaching & structure
• Safety, yoga anatomy & physiology
• Behaviour management
• Yoga philosophy
• Music & chanting
• Mindfulness meditations & activities
• Breathing exercises
• Warm ups & poses
• Partner & group poses
• Games & activities
• Teaching styles
• Creative self-expression
• Relaxation
• Props & tools
• Class creation
• Yoga in all settings
• Family yoga & special events
• The biz of kids yoga

Training Materials
• Comprehensive manuals & webinars
• Creative Yogis Colouring Book – PDF printable
• Teachers private group with ongoing support

15-19 August 2024 (Thursday-Monday)

Module 2: Blossoming Tweenies & Tuning into Teens

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


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


Our fabulous preteens and teens are the special population that truly benefit from yoga and mindfulness the most. A delicate and tender time that is largely influenced by the huge changes taking place both internally and externally.

Gain a solid foundation of practical knowledge and relevant skills with age-appropriate yogic and mindfulness tools to engage and support this diverse age group. Facilitated through a balance of theory and embodied knowledge in a creative student-centred and interactive format.

It is Karen’s aspiration to empower tweens and teens to be able to experience yoga & mindfulness as a ‘wellness technology’. To develop confidence in the tools by taking them off the mat and applying them directly into their daily lives. This translates as, Yoga in action, where the impact is visible in supporting youth in how to navigate school stress and pressure.

 

With the dramatic increase in both anxiety and depression in our youth, their ability to self-regulate and manage difficult emotions as they arise is essential. Sustainable coping mechanisms and resilience help to promote positive emotional, mental, physical health and well-being. Connecting to a place of stillness daily aids in the cultivation of greater peace and stability. This helps to create an internal place of refuge from which to support ongoing stress management.

Become a much-needed lighthouse by showing authenticity, sensitivity, kindness, compassion and humour to gain trust, confidence and respect at this vulnerable time. Being light, interested, creative, caring, engaging and fun is essential. Offering them a safe space to unplug, relax, play, connect and be present in their busy lives is deeply rewarding.



Training Content
• Tuning into preteens & teens
• Benefits of yoga & mindfulness
• Developmental stages
• Neuroscience of the tween & teen brain
• Yoga anatomy & physiology
• Yoga philosophy
• Class structure
• Behaviour management
• Mindfulness meditations & activities
• Mudras
• Breathing practices
• Yoga poses, sequencing & safety
• Sun & moon salutes
• Partner & group poses
• Yoga games & themed activities
• Sleep, relaxation & yoga nidra
• Creativity & journalling
• Exploring the chakras
• Practice teaching
• Class creation
• Yoga in all settings
• The biz of kids yoga

Training Materials
• Comprehensive manuals and webinars
• Yogadalas Colouring Book – PDF printable
• Teachers private group with ongoing support

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

9-13 August 2024 (Friday-Tuesday), 9:00am-6:00pm

 

*9 August is a non-training day

 

Module 2: Blossoming Tweenies & Tuning into Teens

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

15-19 August 2024 (Thursday-Monday), 9:00am-6:00pm

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. Healthcare professionals, therapists, social workers and child psychologists can find inspiration and techniques to share in the workplace.

 

Wonderful parents and grandparents are invited to discover how to bring yoga play and mindfulness into their children’s lives. This can 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 based in Australia. She is both a local and international children’s yoga instructor, mentor, 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, including, 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. 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

 

  

Lisa Fitzpatrick

Lisa has been teaching yoga anatomy internationally since 2007. She is a registered physiotherapist with over 30 years of experience and an experienced yoga teacher having completed her training with Rachel Zinman in 2007 in Ishta Yoga.

Lisa is also a writer, coach, workshop facilitator and keynote speaker. She is passionate about women’s health and has dedicated her life to supporting women to transform their lives through the study and practices of women’s health, embodied leadership, coaching, yoga, meditation mindfulness and the healing arts. She is the creator of Womankind, a new feminine leadership training.

​Lisa brings her wealth of knowledge of the body to us, providing the comprehensive Anatomy and Physiology component in the 95-Hr Children’s Yoga Teacher Training. Her incredible years of experience enable her to guide students in how to be a safe and effective children and teens' yoga teacher.

https://lisafitzpatrick.com.au/

 

Frankie Chan

Frankie first began practising yoga in 2003 and having always been active, she instantly fell in love with the physical, mental and spiritual sides of the practice. Her passion is to be of service to others, which was inspired by her numerous visits to India and time spent with her guruji in the ashram. Her studies have continued since training with Vivekananda (SVASA) and include teacher training with Patrick Creelman at PURE Yoga, pre-natal yoga, other spiritual practices, and becoming a 95-hr Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher with Creative Yogis.

Frankie is a devoted mother of two wonderful boys who were her inspiration to study how best to support them with yoga and mindfulness. Frankie began studying with Karen in 2016, continued to complete the 95-hr RCYT programme and then assisted each year. As a guest teacher on the online training, she shares her practical tips and supports trainees on how to successfully teach both primary and high school aged students. Frankie currently teaches at PURE Yoga whilst juggling the very important role of a super mum. Her classes to students of all ages are fun, encouraging and full of joy.

  

Chloe and Sinead

Karen met Chloe when she was aged 8, “She has been my student for more than a decade. I have been lucky enough to teach her at various stages of her life and now continue to stay connected to her as a young adult. I met Sinead at the age of 13 at a high school where I offered yoga for teens. She studied with me for almost 4 years, joined the teen training in 2020 and continues to practise now.”

 

Chloe and Sinead met at a mini retreat for teens that Karen ran and now have formed a wonderful friendship. They have been joining the Module Two training since 2020 for ‘teen voice’. They bring a powerful insight into the importance of being introduced to yoga at a young age and share respectively the impact of yoga in their lives then and still now as young adults.

Full 95-Hour Training – Modules 1 & 2

Early-Bird 20% Discount: HK$13,800 (ends 10 June)

Regular Price: HK$17,250

 

Module 1 OR Module 2

Early-Bird 20% Discount: HK$7,750 (ends 10 June)

Regular Price: HK$9,688

  

***Prices include certification, manuals and training materials.

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Event Language

English

 

Applications     

  • Early-Bird Discount ends 10 June 2024. Please see above for listed prices.

 

 Refunds/Cancellations

  • No refund or credit will be given for cancellations starting 10 June 2024.
  • All refunds are subject to a 10% processing fee that will be deducted from your refund.
  • Applications for a refund (medical and emergency reasons only) must be made within 3 days, with valid proof, after the event finishes.

 

Special Offer from nood food

10% off all nood food items or $5 off for all nood cold-pressed juices for all yoga event registrants on dates of the workshop.

 

Special Offer from KURIOS

15% off on all 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 Condition 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 to 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 at PURE facilities and 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. All participants will be trained children and youth yoga teachers on completion of the training and can teach immediately after graduating.

How do I become a RCYT (Registered Children Yoga Teacher)?

If you are a RYT200 and would like to gain the specialty designation of RCYT with Yoga Alliance USA, on completion of the training, you are first required to log 30 hours of teaching children’s yoga classes. Once completed, follow the simple automated process and upload your certificate, pay the requested fee and Karen will be contacted by email to approve your request. Each individual student is responsible for this process and on approval, Karen will add the RCYT designation to your 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 to maximise 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, it is advised to choose the module specific to this area of interest.

Do we get to practise-teach with children during the training?
We will have special public community classes for students to both observe and practise-teach. You can bring your own children and are encouraged to ask friends who may like to participate as well.

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.

*Please refer here for the full terms & conditions

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