Tools, Resources, and Support for Teen Yoga Teachers
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Learn from the Comfort of Your Home:
Since 2003, I have been giving small trainings to adults in how to teach teenagers yoga. People have come
from around the world; Mexico, Ireland, Venezuela, Argentina and all around the United States. The trainings have been so powerful and helpful to those in attendance
that I wanted to offerit more broadly. I developed the online course(with video recordings of a live training) to jumpstart more people
to learn from home and not have to buy a plane ticket! Plus, I've decided to include ALL of my teen yoga resources to give
as much content as possible.
- Read First
- Watch a Video
- Take a Quiz
- Get Your Grade
Become Fully-Versed in Teaching Yoga to Teens:
I gave a lot of thought to setting up the basic framework for a teen yoga teacher to
be comfortable and confident in their role. The nine-session course covers a wide variety
of topics that are critical to the foundation for teaching teens yoga. As a result of
taking this course, a teacher will have access to tools and templates that apply to any
teen yoga environment.
- 10-15 hours
- 9 Sessions
- 18 Years of Experience
- Fully Comprehensive
Earn an Official Certificate:
Upon completing the course including the nine quizzes, a teacher will receive an official
YogaMinded certificate signed by Christy (downloadable file). In addition, a teacher
will receive the yoga for teens logo to use for their own teaching purposes.
- Official Certificate
- Hours Count Towards Yoga Alliance Registry
- Logo For Your Use
If you are an adult teaching teenagers, chances are you have
been baffled by your students’ response (or lack of response) on more than one
occasion. Even if you’re an experienced
teacher, what you have previously taught that was gratefully embraced before
may not go so well with a different student group.
How you respond as a teacher provides a lot of information
to students. If students are resisting
your leadership of t...
From the first YogaMinded training hosted in 2001 to the last hosted in 2016, I've delighted in the certain magic that happens amongst a group of caring adults who share the purpose of wanting to teach yoga to teenagers. In that vain, I will host a one day gathering to keep stoking the fire of teen yoga teacher intention. Teachers in attendance will present to the group and describe how they created (or responded) to a situation that had powerful teaching impact. Christy will also pr...
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Some pictures along with my commentary follow this list of benefits you might receive from blending yoga with your next hike:
Benefits of incorporating yoga poses on your hike:
Makes doing yoga poses more playf...
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It was a busy day, a busy week, a busy month, a busy life. I can choose to be less harried, though that choice is often obscured by the tasks before me. I made a choice yesterday that I want to share and celebrate. First, here’s a little more background to lead you to today’s short story.
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Today I had an encounter that has me thinking about how we treat people and how it relates to the teen yoga classroom. It was a classic day for longboarding– sunny and beautiful with waist-high gentle waves and very little wind. (Longboarding is a style of surfing with a board that measures somewhere between eight and eleven feet in length that has more stability than shorter boards and is best for waves that are not too steep.)
The waves were coming in sets and the conditions w...
This simple meditative flow is a great tool for immediately captivating teenage attention. It involves the hands, arms and a block and prepares anyone for a meaningful seated mediation. With this hand/block dance, teens can quickly create a mind/body connection. Plus, there are many other points of education that can relate to other school subjects.
Once students are sitting in Simple Crossed Legs (Sukhasana) they can begin the "hand/block dance". N...
Announcing an In Person Yoga for Teenagers Teacher Training with Christy Brock MieleAug 11-13, 2016Thursday, Aug 11, 2:00-6:00 pmFriday, Aug 12, 11:00-7:00 pmSaturday, Aug 13, 9:00 am-1:00 pmSan Juan Capistrano, CA. Lodging searches should be targeted to Dana Point or Capistrano Beach. Other close cities include Laguna Beach, San Clemente, Newport Beach.Closest airport is Orange County airport (code SNA).Location: TBA to participants, private location. The training is held in a relaxi...
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.
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I love how when I’m talking to teens, I need to make my la...
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