Next Training is August 28-29: How to Teach Teens Yoga

Our training August 28-29, 2009, is sure to be a good one.  Seriously, it never cease to amaze me how wonderful it is to gather around the purpose of teaching teens yoga.  Whether you have a lot or very little experience teaching teens yoga, the training seems to be gratifying for all who attend.

Yoga 4 Teens Teacher Training with Christy Brock
August 28-29, 2009

San Juan Capistrano, CA

Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location: TBA to participants, private location

The training is held in a relaxing and wholesome environment, half-way between San Diego and Los Angeles.

The YogaMinded Y4T Teacher Training is designed for yoga practitioners who want to build and strengthen their skills for teaching teenagers yoga. The focus is on developing skills to inspire, engage and connect to teens.

Participants will be invited to consider their approach with teenagers, including classroom manner, setting objectives, and sequencing. Observation of teen classes and individual practice teaching will also be part of our time together.

This course is based on the book: Yoga 4 Teens, An Instructor’s Guide to Teaching Yoga to Teenagers, a separate purchase required for the training.

Topics covered include:
. Why yoga for teens
. Setting objectives and identifying with teens
. Principles and practicalities for managing teens in the yoga classroom
. How to engage teens in the yoga classroom
. Yoga philosophy in teen terms
. Classroom space and props for teaching
. What poses to emphasize with teens
. Sequencing poses for an effective class . Cautions and safety recommendations . Language and dress considerations . Appropriate partner poses for teens

The training’s purpose for new teachers is to build an effective approach to properly relate to teens. The training’s purpose for experienced teachers is to provide an environment of reflection and facilitate further growth and improved teaching skills.

Participants will receive a YogaMinded certificate and hours count towards Yoga Alliance general training hours.

“I would highly recommend Christy Brock, YogaMinded, and the Yoga 4 Teens Program to any organization working with youth. The benefits for young people are amazing.”
Carol Carlson, Director – CSP Youth Shelter, Laguna Beach

What Previous Participants say:

“This workshop is a must if you are thinking of teaching teens.”

“I would emphatically recommend this training. Christy is a gifted and wonderful teacher. I learned a great deal from the material we covered and even more from just being around her for a couple of days. Very inspiring!”

“This training is top notch.”

“I loved this workshop and found all of it useful. I definitely recommend it. A fabulous experience that can even enhance teaching skills to adults”

“Seeing Christy in action with her sense of humor and experience was very beneficial. She believes strongly in the work and can impart the knowledge to others.”

“This workshop definitely met my expectations. It has given me the confidence I needed to explore and look for opportunities to teach teens.”

Previous attendants of the Y4T training receive a $100 discount.

No refunds less than 15 days before event. Refunds will be given up to 15 days before event, less an administrative fee of $75.

Learn to teach yoga to teens!

A Yoga Philosophy for Teens- Pratipaksha Bhavanam

I visited teen yoga teacher Lauren McCabe in Pasadena, CA last week and observed her class of middle school girls. It was so great to see these 12 and 13 year old girls get a great yoga experience tailored to them. They had lots of fun while doing yoga with both challenge and relaxation. I can’t wait to share with you what transpired in her class and will do so in an upcoming short video.

Meanwhile, I discussed with Lauren the kinds of things she teaches her students. I was particularly moved by how she teaches pratipaksha bhavanam and the effect for her students. Here’s how Lauren presents it to her students. (I have summarized our verbal conversation in this explanation.)

To read more on this topic, pick up a copy of Teaching Teens Yoga eBook, Vol. 2
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