Yoga For Elementary School Teacher Training – June 06-07, 2020
At Aum Home Shala 3104 Florida Avenue Coconut Grove, FL 33133
with Evelyns Gaiti, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, C-IAYT, and Melinda Atkins, MEd, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
June 06-07, 2020
• Saturday, June 6: 2:30–5:30pm
• Sunday, June 7: 8:30am–5:30pm
Yoga allows youngsters to connect with their true nature, body, mind, and spirit. This training is essential for anyone who loves working with children and teens. Over the course of a weekend, this workshop merges the science of yoga and play for children, leaving you with a full roster of engaging ideas to enhance your yoga programming for the 7–11 set. In this workshop, you will learn:
• A variety of yoga poses, partner poses, group poses, yoga games, breathing techniques, and relaxation and visualization practices
• Ways to implement an art component and stories to underpin exciting yoga adventures
• Mindfulness approaches specific to the age group
• Creative methods to keep youngsters actively engaged while also providing the necessary relaxation needed to achieve centeredness and a sense of grounding
• How to deliver a sequence of poses (asanas) and adapt them, if needed, to improve strength, flexibility, and confidence
• A variety of breathing techniques (pranayama) to calm the body and mind in pursuit of harmony, as well as breathing techniques to increase alertness and focus
• How to teach classes integrating music, books, dance, games, and a range of stimulating activities to activate a child’s imagination, balance the seven senses (touch, smell, sight, hearing, taste, proprioception and vestibular), and strengthen the body
• Inclusive methods to fully engage all children, including those with special needs, in the practice of yoga
• Guiding principles to help youngsters develop focus, concentration, self-control and self-confidence
• Methods to create flow and address the energy of the group
• How to foster a non-competitive yoga environment
• Strategies to manage disruptive behaviors
• How to review a child’s pre-assessment, determine their individual goals and needs, and evaluate their progress.
If you are a veteran children’s yoga teacher, this workshop is just what you need to revitalize your practice and guide kids of all backgrounds toward a more limber body and a more centered mind.
• Tuition rate: $475
• Tuition rate for Shala Students: $325
About the Instructors
Evelyns Gaiti, E-RYT 200, RYT 500,C-IAYT, is an AUM grown certified Clinical Yoga Therapist with over 1200 hours of specialized training utilizing the therapeutic benefits of yoga in working with a multitude of pediatric conditions. Evelyns is a special needs educator who has been working with children and teenagers for more than 25 years. She was inspired to pursue yoga teacher training when she began offering breathing and postures to kids while working as a developmental therapist and saw how much they benefited. In addition to her 1200-hour Yoga Therapy certification at AUM Home Shala, Evelyns studied Restorative Yoga with Cindy Lee, Yoga Therapy for Children with Loraine Rushton, Children’s Yoga Teacher Training at Karma Kid Yoga, and Yoga Education for Autism Spectrum with Vanessa Khalon, and received a 95-Hour Yoga Alliance Children’s Yoga Teacher Specialist certification at AUM. Evelyns is also trained in Sensory Impairment and Applied Behavior Analysis, and certified in Sound Bowl Healing and Reiki Master Natural Healing Method.
Melinda Atkins, MEd, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, is the founding director of AUM hOMe Shala, where she trains yoga teachers and yoga therapists. She completed her 500-hour certification at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, and received her Clinical Yoga Therapy certification at Loyola Marymount University. Melinda was one of the first yoga therapists in Florida to be certified as a yoga therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapists through their grandfathering process, documenting 2,100 hours of yoga therapy experience. She also develops and directs yoga programs for at-risk youth in inner-city Miami schools, and holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Florida.