A coaching course in class management for kids yoga teachers.
Designed to make teaching kids yoga easy, fun and satisfying, this training starts by equipping you with a wide range class management techniques you can use immediately to ensure a stable atmosphere in your class. Then it goes a little deeper: exploring how you can build your awareness of what's happening in the class - and also for you - when things get challenging, and what you can do to bring things back.
The goal of the course is to make leading classes easier, helping you avoid behavioural problems before they happen ideally, but giving you tools to resolve them if they do.
Here's how the course breaks down:
Firstly, I share the simple but powerful techniques I use in every class to solve the most common class management challenges.
- The Class Blueprint I do before each class
- How I get the kids from the door and onto the mat ready to do yoga
- The Golden Rules I agree with every group which govern how we behave.
- The Basic Behaviour Hacks I use whenever one of a very wide range of common things happen: including what to do when a child decides they don’t want to take part, or when someone wants to go to the bathroom, or wants the attention to be on them instead of you and the yoga, or tells you they’re bored, or doesn’t want to settle down into relaxation.
- The Three Hats - how to adapt your style depending on what’s going on in the class,
- How to Be More Interesting than whatever is distracting the kids!
Then we go a little deeper, exploring how we can foster excellent interactions with the kids. As kids yoga teachers, we need heightened awareness of what happens to us when we’re under pressure in the classroom and techniques for bringing ourselves back to being resourceful quickly. We also need to understand the interpersonal side of teaching kids yoga - what it is that makes children want to do yoga with you? How can we move towards them (especially the kids who are being difficult) and develop the sort of trust that is needed to make the yoga a natural thing for them to do?
Next we get into why you are there - what is your intent? - and how understanding this can create powerful authentic experiences for you and the kids.
Finally we bring the real experts in class management in. Experienced professional teachers share their best tricks and tips for making a class work. These are universal and work as well for a kids yoga teacher as a school teacher.
This isn’t a course with quizzes or certificates (though it will contribute to your Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Credits) - it’s a coaching course, helping you to new insights about yourself and your teaching, combined with a wide range of tried and tested class management techniques for making sure your class goes well.
Hello! I'm Jaime.
I am a qualified adult yoga teacher (E-RYT 200) and a Registered Children's Yoga Teacher (RCYT) accredited by Yoga Alliance. After teaching kids yoga teacher training courses in person in the US and UK, we decided to develop our online teaching for the people who want to do our live course but can't join us because of cost, time or distance. Now I am proud to say more than 1500 people have done our foundation course, Getting Started in Kids Yoga.
Most people know me from Cosmic Kids but I've been working with kids for 15 years now, and leading local kids yoga classes since 2010. I learn much of what I teach here from the day-to-day work of being a professional kids yoga teacher in the schools, nurseries and village halls of the Henley and Marlow area in England, where I specialise in teaching kids aged 3-8.
I emphasise fun and storytelling in kids yoga, and love to explore new ways of making classes as engaging as possible for kids. I also believe kids yoga has an important role in the emotional as well as physical development of kids, and enjoy passing on my experiences of running a yoga business which fits around my life.
Martin and I have created our online courses so we can make learning how to teach great kids yoga as accessible as possible. We also hope to enable as many people as possible to create sustainable kids yoga businesses in their communities. I hope you love the training. We are improving them and developing new courses all the time, and really appreciate feedback.