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.
Pre-Requisites: 1 year of yoga practice and a desire to share yoga with children.
Required Readings From: “Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness” by Erich Shiffmann, “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
Susan is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 500) as well as a Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCYT and a Professional Level Kripalu Yoga Teacher. She completed her Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training in Feb of 2010 and graduating in January 2014 with 500 Hour Kripalu Teacher Certification. She continues to deepen her study of the practices of yoga through the 1000 Hour Teacher Training at the Kripalu Center. Susan is also a registered Radiant Child Yoga Teacher. A former Kindergarten and Preschool teacher, Susan worked for the Parents As Teachers program from 1990 to 2009. Susan currently serves as a National Trainer for the National Center for Parents as Teachers and is the mother of two college age children.
Susan has practiced Kripalu Yoga for more than 15 years and delights in sharing the joys of yoga and movement with children in her classes. 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. Her classes are centered around teaching yoga through play and imagination using stories, games, movement and literature.