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Creative Yogis – 95-Hour Children's Yoga Teacher Training with Karen Wightman

To register, kindly click on the "Register Now' button below, or email to events@pure-yoga.com   

 
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's 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. Empowering children, teens & families with the holistic skills of yoga and mindfulness lets them thrive, shine and 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. Both fun and informative, the training is facilitated in a relaxed atmosphere that inspires optimum learning.

Delivered in the format of two modules over 10 days and requires full attendance in order to obtain the 95-hour certification. All training material are in the format of comprehensive manuals, webinars, resources and access to a private Facebook group and global community of teachers for ongoing support and mentorship.

 

v  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.

v  Module Two / ‘Blossoming tweenies and tuning into teens’ - The journey continues with our fabulous preteens 9-12 years and our teens 13-18 years at a time of huge transformation. Incorporating postures and challenges, breathing practices, mindfulness meditations, games, reflective activities, deep relaxation and creative self-expression. We inspire them to discover the peaceful and brave warrior within who's capable of navigating the bumpy road to young adulthood as we support them with gentle humour, authenticity and deep compassion.

 

 

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

 
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: Total 47 Hours
  

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 for YOU to reconnect to your inner-child and immerse yourself in the world of children’s yoga and mindfulness. Learn to nurture and nourish, connect and inspire children and their families through mindful movement, dance, simple breath awareness, creativity, mindfulness activities and practices, games, laughter and song whilst remembering just how great JOY feels. The training is crafted with the perfect balance of both theory and practice facilitated in an interactive, educational, fun and dynamic format.

The comprehensive modules are relevant and age-appropriate, exploring the tools that children and their families grow to love and benefit from. Family yoga and special events for parent and child continue to gain popularity as stress levels rise, family time lessens, and quality time becomes precious. This is a unique opportunity to bring all ages together to share laughter, movement, bonding, connection and play whilst reminding us all of what truly matters in our lives.

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 and specialism
• The developmental stages
• Embody and practise-teach
• The beauty of unique learners
• Safety, yoga anatomy & physiology

• Class structure & behaviour 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’

Training Materials 

• Comprehensive manuals
• A & P – manual and webinar
• ‘Creative Yogis Colouring Book’ – Teachers Resource / Affirmation & Yoga cards 
• Mentorship and ongoing inspiration – Teachers' private Facebook group and global community

 


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: Total 48 hours

 
Our fabulous preteens and teens are the special population that need and benefit from yoga and mindfulness the most. It 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 that enables YOU to inspire, engage, empower and support this fabulous and diverse age group. Comprised of a system of comprehensive modules designed to explore age-appropriate yogic and mindfulness tools, the training is facilitated through 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 for daily connection 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. On a less serious note, what really keeps them coming back is YOU and your ability to be light, creative, engaging and fun. Inspire tweens and teens to experience the value of making time to relax, play and connect with one another in their busy lives. Becoming a lighthouse in their lives and shining a torch on ways to empower them to manage their health and well-being is truly rewarding.
 

Training Content
• Tuning into ‘Preteens’ and ‘Teens’
• Benefits of yoga and mindfulness
• The developmental stages
• Neuroscience of the preteen and teen brain
• Honouring our unique learners
• Yoga anatomy & physiology
• Yoga philosophy in action
• Class elements, structure and behaviour management
• Mindfulness meditations and activities
• Mudras, yoga with your hands
• Breathing for calm, balance and energy
• Yoga poses, sequencing and safety
• Sun and moon salutes
• Partner and group poses
• Yoga games and connection
• Themed activities promoting self-esteem, confidence, acceptance, compassion
• Anxiety tool box
• Blossoming goddesses and peaceful warriors
• Sleep, relaxation and yoga nidra
• Creativity, journalling and reflection
• Exploring the chakras
• Practise-teach and embodied learning
• Crafting creative classes
• Yoga in action
• Yoga in school and all settings
• The Biz and being a ‘yogipreneur’

 

Training Materials 
• Comprehensive manuals
• A & P – manual and webinar
• ‘Yogadalas Colouring Book’, ‘FIVelement TRIBES Yoga Deck’
• Mentorship and ongoing inspiration – Teachers' private Facebook group and global community

 
Module 1: Gentle Beginnings, Foundations & Family

1-5 July 2021 (Thursday – Monday)

9.00am-6.00pm

 

Module 2: Blossoming Tweenies & Tuning into Teens

7-11 July 2021 (Wednesday – Sunday)

9.00am-6.00pm

 

 
*6 July 2021 is a Non-Training Day

*In case of studio closure due to the pandemic or unexpected circumstances, training will continue as scheduled and be conducted online via Zoom.

 
Full 95-Hour Training

S$1,720 (Early-bird 20% Discount ends 1 June 2021)

Regular Pricing: S$2,150

  

Module 1 OR Module 2

S$998 (Early-bird 20% Discount ends 1 June 2021)

Regular Pricing: S$1247.50

 

 
*Yoga Alliance Accredited Certificate will be given upon completion of programme
*Prices include prevailing taxes, manuals and all other training materials. 

 
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

 
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. On completion of the additional requirements of 30 hours of teaching practice and with the full 95-hour certificate, you can then use the simple automated process that is done via the Yoga Alliance website. Once your information has been logged and the certificate uploaded, your lead trainer will be contacted by email to approve your request. Each individual student is responsible for this process and, on approval, 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.
 
 
Do we get to practise-teach with children during the training?

We will have special public community classes for students to both observe and practicse-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