Why Own the Yoga 4 Teens Instructor’s Guide?

Having just wrapped up another teen yoga training for teachers, I’m reminded yet again of how valuable our book, “Yoga 4 Teens, An Instructor’s Guide for Teaching Yoga to Teenagers“, is as a classroom resource and preparatory tool for teaching yoga to teenagers. This complete resource and “how to teach” book addresses everything you would want to know to prepare for a yoga class of teaching teens.

 Teen yoga training participants have said this about the book:

“Yoga 4 Teens, An Instructor’s Manual for Teaching Yoga to Teenagers is an awesome reference that I use even in my adult classes.”

“The book is so informative.  It includes quotes as well as rationale of what will and will not work.”

“I will recommend this book to others. It is jam-packed with info. I refer to it often.”

Even with 15 hours together, our in-person training did not have enough time to cover all the valuable material that is covered in the book. Each and every participant of the trainings have expressed their appreciation of owning the book for further reading, study, and integration. The same is true with the online training (also 15 hours) where the material does not fully encompass what is covered in the book.  (Likewise, there are topics covered in live trainings that are not covered in the book and teaching tools that are better conveyed person to person.)  Additionally, there are some resources in the book that can be referenced in the classroom, thanks to its spiral-bound, lay-flat design.

While customers have been entirely pleased with the online training, the book provides a plethora of additional information with the bonus of appearing on the printed page.

It is an investment that will pay dividends with the ability to do further study and most importantly, to reference in the future.

 The bottom line is that the book provides a more complete experience that increases the value of the training.

 

“The Yoga 4 Teens book provides everything you need to know to feel confident in teaching yoga to teens. It’s an excellent resource.”

In-Depth Book Description:

Screenshot 2014-04-07 14.02.35At over 230 pages with many photos illustrating teen yoga in action, Yoga for Teens: An Instructor’s Guide for Teaching Yoga to Teenagers is organized in three parts:  Part 1, What to Know, Part 2, Poses and Teaching Them, and Part 3, Sample Classes.  A thorough table of contents and appendices are also included.

Part 1, What to Know, is meant to prepare the teacher for what to expect and how to manage the teenage classroom.  Preceding the experience of teaching yoga to teenagers is the work of clarifying one’s purpose and setting up a teaching space.  This book is a resource for what props to use, locating a teaching position, and identifying individual motivation for doing this work.  Part 1 guides the reader through the process of determining intentions and goals as well as dealing with the essentials of classroom management and behavior.  Yoga philosophy in the teen classroom is expounded upon as well as important information about class planning, setup and feedback.

Part 2, Poses and Teaching Them, is a collection of organized information for teaching the yoga postures (asana).  The information is distilled with specific attention given to appropriateness in the teenage environment.  Many suggestions are given, often with sample language included, to stimulate the imagination of the yoga teacher working with teens.  The chapter on relaxation provides background on the importance of relaxation to teenagers as well as details how to set up and guide teen students through proven restorative poses that work for this age group.

When teachers teach from a place of personal knowledge, understanding, and creativity, a fruitful classroom environment can result.  This book gives basic actions that from the foundation of the poses along with ideas for teaching and expounding upon them.  In each of the eight categories of poses, specific guidelines for conducting a classroom full of teens are spelled out.  Readers are guaranteed to be reminded of important teaching tips that are relevant to each type of pose.

Part 3, Sample Classes, contains eight sequences for 45-minute sessions and extra poses for 60-minute class sessions.  All the classes give a well-rounded yoga experience and are meant to provide peace of mind in the form of a class plan for the new teacher.  Three of the eight classes are targeted with specific objectives.  These class plans are intended to educate and also to provide a framework of understanding for sequencing poses.

“It is beautiful, easy to read, and useful for teachers, parents, and teens alike.”

In summary, Yoga 4 Teens: An Instructor’s Guide for Teaching Yoga to Teenagers, co-authored by Jennifer Lightsey and Christy Brock Miele, is a thoughtfully written, valuable resource that is a must-have for any yoga teacher’s or teen advocate’s book shelf.  If you want to be fully prepared and armed with the experience and passion of teaching teenagers yoga that the co-authors represent, you need to own this book!  Get your copy today for 10% off by using the PROMO CODE “book discount”.

It is now offered in E-version, popular with overseas customers.

Bundled with our popular Yoga 4 Teens Instructor Video Course for Teen Yoga Certification, this package deal is the perfect starter kit for your teen yoga training needs!

Join in the Fun and Reward of Teen Yoga

August 6-8, Thursday afternoon through Saturday, in a private home studio nestled in a canyon off the 5 freeway in Southern California, a special training will be happening……

Christy Brock Miele will empower a small group of participants with her 17 years teen yoga experience.

Sign up for this 3 day training on how to teach teenagers yoga here.

INTR0648Last year’s group is pictured here  You’d be amazed to learn all the wonderful ways they are reaching out to teenagers now.  This training is for adults who already know yoga and would like to offer a class to teenagers.

Now Available: Yoga 4 Teens Instructor Video Course

  • Do you believe that yoga would be helpful for teenagers to learn?
  • Do you practice yoga and have an interest in sharing it with teenagers?
  • Have you found that teaching teenagers yoga requires a unique approach?
  • Are you wondering how you could get your own teenage children involved with the helpful practice of yoga?

If you’ve answered affirmatively to any of these questions, the Yoga 4 Teens Instructor Video Course will thoroughly prepare you to teach teens yoga.  Begin today—shift your mindset, build your toolbox, and make yourself of service to the most enthusiastic, promising, and open generation who are teenagers.

For a full list of the details and how the course can help you develop into an awesome teen yoga teacher, click here.

To help you get started TODAY a special reduced price of $299 is available through July 31, 2015.   Enter TEENYOGACOURSEGO promo code upon checkout.

Watch the course intro video below.

Yoga for Teens in England: An Interview with Philippa Goldie

From your website, yoga4teenagers.co.uk, I see your mission:  “Our mission is to prevent the next generation from becoming stressed out hunchbacks in later life.”  That’s a great way to put it, especially when you’re talking to teens.  How do they respond upon hearing your mission?

They normally laugh as perhaps they don’t realise the reality yet… our classes are designed to be fun so this is part of it.

I love how when I’m talking to teens, I need to make my language succinct and clear, like your mission statement suggests.  Do you agree?
Totally! It’s very different working with teens we really need to enthuse them…
I read your bio and you’ve obviously enjoyed practicing yoga a long time? Yes I have always loved yoga; I just came to it – not for any reason and love how it works well with my swimming too.
How did you get involved with teaching teens?  I trained to teach with the idea of then going on to teach teens – I love working with teens (I am also a swimming teacher) and hope I can inspire them to carry on with yoga as they grow older.
blogpostphillipa2What do you enjoy about them?  They are mostly always willing to give things a go; they love relaxation and generally say what they like and what they don’t whereas adults are not always as open with their feelings – I like knowing where I am with people.
Your website says that you organize yoga classes in schools and after school organizations for teenagers.  How are you going about enlisting other teachers to help you? I have a couple of lovely colleagues who are trained in teaching teens too who help out with the obvious clashes – working round the school day can require some juggling.
If I asked myself the next two questions, it would totally depend on the teenagers, the situation, and the day.  But for the benefit of those who will read this and want to teach teens, answer these questions based on what comes to mind for you right now:
If you could only impart one pose teenagers what would it be? That’s hard – can I say standing – Trikonasana – a master pose that can take time to get perfect alignment but that stretches, strengthens and requires focus. Seated Navasana as it helps build core strength which they need more and more as they grow older & balancing Vrikasana a simple pose that requires core strength and stillness of the mind. And for fun – Bakasana, (Crow), Urdva Dhanurasana (Wheel), and Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Handstand)
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If you could only impart one yoga philosophy to teenagers what would it be? I’d say the Yamas & Niyamas of the 8 fold path – the Ten ethical precepts that allow us to be at peace with ourselves, our family, and our community. I always mention Ahimsa to teens – being kind to others and ourselves; nurturing ourselves is just as important as being nonviolent and kind to others.

Before we conclude the interview, tell us a little more about yourself and your path to teen yoga, Philippa Goldie.
For as long as I can remember I have loved both yoga and swimming and practised both regularly. When my children were born we moved to Bali where I practised with a wonderful yoga teacher Olop Arpipi, my children practised yoga in school – we all loved our practice.

As a swimming teacher I was already sharing one of my passions -I decide to train to teach yoga and on completing my training I trained further in teaching to teens and now teach yoga in schools and privately in Bucks and Berks here in the UK.

I love my job and feel very privileged to work with young people. I strongly believe today’s youth find benefits in yoga and mindfulness for both calming, fitness and postural reasons – never before has life been so busy and this generation are the first to spend so much of their lives bent over a screen of some size and form. In addition people don’t ‘switch off’ now – we are constantly available!  Yoga also helps prevent injuries in other sports. I love being with young people…and that is why I set up Yoga4Teenagers

Life now connects me to India, I spend a lot of time there each year and am lucky to be able to learn further from teachers of all traditions.

I have studied Anatomy & Physiology, Thai Massage at The Nerve Touch Centre in Chiang Mai, Thailand, am trained in Indian Head Massage and hold Reiki 1.

Thanks for your time Philippa Goldie.  On behalf of those of us who are passionate about yoga for teens, we wish you the best in your outreach efforts.
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Do You Love Yoga AND Care About Teens? Announcing Yoga 4 Teens Instructor Video Course

Are you pleased with how yoga has helped you? Do you care about teenagers? If you answered yes to these two questions, then teaching teenagers yoga could be your next act of service.

This is the true joy in life — being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. ~George Bernard Shaw

There’s a lot of truth wrapped in humor in this quote by George Bernard Shaw.  It’s a mighty purpose to teach teenagers yoga— and one I’d like to encourage others who agree to do.  Why not be “a force of nature” and guide some young people in your community?  I’ve prepared this comprehensive Yoga 4 Teens Instructor’s Video Course that will get you motivated and fully prepared for how to tailor yoga to the teen demographic.

We invite you to watch the introductory video below to learn more about making a difference in the lives of teenagers.  If you know someone else who might be interested in this course, we are obliged to your kindness in sharing.  You can also learn more about this soon to be released teen yoga certification online course here.

If you are interested in taking this course, post a comment.  We will be sending out a discount code in a few weeks to those who post comments.  Include some information about who your teen yoga audience might be and where you live.

 

Three Meditation Tips

I was recently asked to provide three meditation tips for beginners by a person who is compiling a grand list of tips to help motivate people to meditate.  Great cause, I thought.  And great reason for me to record my thinking at this moment.  Below this lovely picture of tree in bloom,  I present three tips.  Your feedback and responses will be enjoyed, if you’d like to comment on this blog.

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Do some enjoyable light body movements first.

I refrain from calling it exercise or yoga, so as to invite an unstructured sense of getting the energy moving in your body, whatever you need that day.   Breathe while you get some energy flowing—like arm swings, hip rotations, light twisting side to side, or other movements that feel good to you. Moving and breathing first helps you to let go of the normal mind state and shift into feeling a sense of peace.

 

Keep an overall purpose in mind.

Think of it as building the skill of being still. In this fast and busy world, the opportunity to sit in stillness is a way to center on what is precious to us and to let go of what is not.   The word “meditation” conjures up some idea of what it “should” be, for most people. There are lots of approaches for meditation – the definition is broad. Whatever approach you choose, keep an overall purpose in mind: being open to the presence of God (or the Universe, if you prefer), the knowledge that all is well, and the truth of constant change.

 

Give yourself credit for time-in.

It’s so common for us to discount ourselves by claiming our mind won’t cooperate. Or else, we do the opposite; count ourselves as already “there” or “doing it”. Instead, approach each time as a fresh experience, a “practice” if you will. It’s staying committed to the process that matters. Build a good relationship to your meditation practice, free of “should”s and “shouldn’t”s.

 

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What Yoga Poses Can Help Teens with Exam Stress?

It’s that time of year — Spring Break is here.  But before teenagers can enjoy a welcome break, most of them must endure test-taking and exams first.

Studying hard brings many benefits, among them getting smarter!  However, the pressure to do well in limited time with great expectations often creates a great amount of stress for teens.

Christy Brock Miele, found of YogaMinded.com and teen yoga teacher trainer, has some suggestions for how teens can ward off exam stress, keep a clear mind, and be their best, in the most relaxed sense.

These yoga poses are not time-consuming, but can make all the difference to help teens manage pre-exam and studying stress.

Bee Buzzing Breath (Brahmari) – Bee Buzzing breath can be done from any position, but it is ideal to be sitting up straight with a lifted (not collapsed) chest and eyes closed.  Take a deep breath in, and then hum while exhaling.  Relax and observe the after-effects before repeating another time or two.   IMG_2093You can’t do this breath seriously and not feel calmer!  The sound of the bee buzzing breath literally takes your attention and draws it away from the brain down to your voice box and heart area, giving a mental break.  Also, performing long exhales is very calming for the nervous system.

 

 

 

Eagle Pose (Garudasana)IMG_2094This pose can be done in entirety standing or from a seated position, doing just the Eagle arms.  By steadying the gaze on one spot and engaging the arms (and legs) in a “locking position”, the pose of the eagle takes the energy of the brain and redistributes it to the body, easing mental pressure and reinvigorating cardiovascular flow.  You’ll feel steady and clear, like an Eagle surveying the land.  This pose also provides welcome relief of tension that builds up around the neck and upper back with excessive studying.  Click here for more details on how to do Eagle pose.

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When you flow with the breath and engage the body, there is an immediate release of mental tension.  Getting the spine to move will free the buildup of tension in the brain, resulting in feeling refreshed and renewed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seated or Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)–  Sitting to the front of the seat of a chair with feet wide, bend forward and let the head and arms hang.  Blood will flow to the head.  This circulation to the brain is refreshing and rejuvenating.  A good picture is here.  Alternatively, standing forward bend can be done with head supported on the chair, which is excellently shown here. It literally cools the brain to have the head supported. Both approaches incorporate a chair which is typically available before test-taking and invite the restoration of an equanimous mental state.

Child’s Pose (Balasana)

IMG_2096If getting on the floor is an option and your studying at home, curling in on oneself as Child’s Pose offers redirects focus inward (as opposed to getting caught up in a mental stress loop) and can dispel faulty notions of stress.   Child’s Pose evokes such a sense of comfort and safety.  The relaxing benefits of Child’s Pose are enhanced in this picture with the use of a bolster and a sandbag on the lower back.  Without these props, Child’s Pose is still a great study break.

 

 

 

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This is an inversion that also calls weight bearing activity of the arms and a good stretch of the legs.  Downward dog is a remedy for all kinds of stress anytime! Ways to get into downward facing dog pose are discussed here.

 

 

Best wishes to all the teens out there undergoing intense study periods.  Remember some amount of stress propels you to be your best and grow.  May you studiously prepare for your tests and also benefit from the strong internal knowing that all is well!

Get Access to the 12 Yoga Poses all Teens Should Know.

For a complete resource on all things teens and yoga, refer to Yoga 4 Teens, An Instructor’s Guide to Teaching Yoga to Teenagers.

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Our Yoga 4 Teens Instructor’s Guide Gets A New York Times Mention

In the context of reporting about Jaysea DeVoe, a 13-year-old yoga teacher from Southern California, our Instructor’s Guide gets a mention by The New York Times. The article reports Yoga 4 Teens: An Instructor’s Guide to Teaching Yoga to Teenagers to be a “popular manual”, which is a boost for teen yoga and teen yoga teachers everywhere.

YogaMinded is pleased to see Jaysea making a difference in her community.  Articles that highlight her teaching serve to role model yoga’s benefits for other teenagers.  And we’re all for that!  With the stresses that abound in teens’ lives, more teenagers still NEED yoga more than ever.

If you are a yoga practitioner and care about teens, the Yoga 4 Teens Instructor’s Guide can prepare you to have more engaging and rewarding classes for teenagers.   Its 275 pages of thoughtful content, abundant pictures, and well-organized chapters reflect the many years of experience of its co-authors and above all, their intention to aid others in shaping yoga to be meaningful in a teen setting. And, by the way, teenagers need you!

Yoga 4 Teens: An Instructor’s Guide to Teaching Yoga to Teenagers is now available as an e-book, as well.

Insight on SUP Yoga and Teens

Did you ever avoid something because it WAS trending?  SUP Yoga is hot right now.  If you doubt the challenge or enjoyment of it, I challenge you to give it a try.

I’ve enjoyed Stand Up Paddleboards (“SUP”‘s) since 2007 when my husband and I bought two boards.  What fun to be on the ocean, connecting to nature.  I regularly go out on my 10 ‘ SUP, usually with a friend.  I’ve even learned to surf with it, which makes catching small waves a tremendous thrill.  Here in California, there are some great SUP designated surf spots.

With all there is to enjoy with Stand Up Paddleboarding  (“SUP”) and my personal yoga practice to boot, I hadn’t gotten around to actually trying SUP yoga, until NOW.  So I’m reporting in….. what a great way to mix up your ordinary asana practice, open your mind and body to something different, and enhance the yoga experience with all that water and the outdoors element offers.

OliviaGateBest of all, I was able to share my SUP Yoga experience with another young lady.  Together, we had a good time experimenting with what yoga poses we could and couldn’t do.  I loved having the water underneath me, constantly shifting my balance point.  We even took an unplanned dip or two in the lake, which was a sure way to let go of expectations during practice (and add a good laugh, too).

Earth practice is so dependable;  but with SUP Yoga, the water provides a shifting base, making one refreshingly uncertain.  New ways to balance abound with SUP Yoga. The lovely and peaceful water element offers a profound relaxation experience (at least in certain conditions).  Is there anything more relaxing than the sound of water lapping?

If I am to be honest about my first SUP Yoga experience, I need to come clean with the fact that I felt a little embarrassed.  I’m used to doing my asana practice in private.  There were moments when I was self-conscious and concerned that I was being scrutinized.  That my young friend was open to joining me made me more comfortable.  I imagine that group SUP Yoga classes also would help ease the awkward factor of doing yoga by yourself on the water.

ChristyTadasanaI have a few more thoughts on this experience and how it might relate to teenagers.  As one legged balancing is irresistable for teens to try on the ground, the challenge of balancing on a SUP on even two feet is  enticing.  Believe it or not, Mountain Pose (or Tadasana) pictured below, can be so difficult to balance.  I was really squeezing into the mid-line here in the photo.  Savasana on a SUP is brilliant for posture awareness across the shoulders and upper back.  One can instruct the outer shoulders to touch the board and it’s an instant presto posture improvement.  Prayer hands (or namaskarasana) comes particularly alive on the water, I discovered, too.  My young friend agreed.

My guess is that the sensory stimulation of SUP Yoga would also be great for teenagers.  It’s pretty hard to focus on anything other than balancing and feeling what you feel when you’re doing SUP Yoga!

 

 

 

 

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