2020 Level 1 Teacher Training Dates 

June 25 – 28, St. Louis, Missouri

Level 1-Foundations Training is focused on teaching children ages 3-11 and is appropriate for those looking to bring yoga into their current work with children. As the foundations piece to the 95 Hour Training Program, this training is the first step for those interested in teaching yoga to children. This enjoyable and engaging training will deepen your own practice and knowledge of yoga in addition to providing an integral foundation in understanding child development and how yoga promotes the growth and development of each child. 

The Foundations Training provides hands-on experience teaching yoga to children and operating a children’s yoga program. Lecture and discussion will provide the necessary foundations of working with children as well as teaching yoga.  Participants will lead poses and games with the training group during posture clinics to gain confidence and experience. In addition, participants will observe a YTG class and work in groups to teach a 45 minute YTG class to a group of children. This applied experience is an important part of developing well-prepared and confident teachers.

After completion of Foundations Training and reading assignments, participants will become Yoga to Grow Level 1 Teachers. This training is the first step in our 95 hour training program. Foundations Training will Cover:

  • Core Components of a Children’s Yoga Class
  • Co-creating with Children
  • Development of Children 3-11
  • Introduction to Yoga Philosophy
  • YTG Sun Salutations for Kids
  • Yoga Games, Songs and Music
  • Teaching Yoga with Books and Storytelling
  • Posture and Teaching Clinics
  • Pranayama Practice for Children
  • Practice and Experience Leading Guided Meditation
  • Practice Teach of a Children’s Class

Training Schedule: 

Thursday 8:30-5:00, Friday, 8:30-5:30, Saturday 8:30-5:30, Sunday 9:00-4:00

Pre-Requisites: 1 year of yoga practice and a desire to share yoga with children.

Required Readings: “Kripalu Yoga: A Guide to Practice On and Off the Mat” by Richard Faulds

Required Texts:  “Fly Like a Butterfly” by Shakta Kaur Kalsa, and “Spinning Inward” by Maureen Murdock

Led by:

Led by Susan Mathis, M.Ed., E-RYT 500, RCYT, YACEP
Founder and Director of Yoga to Grow

Susan Head ShotSusan began her intensive study of yoga at the Kripalu Center in 2001, completing both the 200 and 500 Hour Teacher Training at the Kripalu School of Yoga. Susan is also a Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher. She continues to deepen her study of the practices of yoga through the 1000 Hour Teacher Training at the Kripalu Center. A former Kindergarten and Preschool teacher, Susan worked for the Parents as Teachers program from 1990 to 2009, serving for over 10 years as a National Trainer for the program. As an early childhood educator for the past 29 years, Susan has a deep understanding of a child’s natural desire for exploration and movement.

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