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Integrated Approach to Wellness 1:  Introduction to Yoga Calm

This first in a series of Youth Instructor Certification courses will provide you with the basic knowledge and ability to immediately begin teaching PreK-12 youth yoga, mindfulness and social emotional learning skills.

Overall, you will also learn more than 40 activities and class plans that can be taught in classrooms and other settings to help youth improve their attention, learning readiness, behavior, physical health, and emotional stability. Accessible to a wide range of ages and abilities, Yoga Calm activities were derived from decades of experience and validated in behavior classrooms, general education, counseling settings and homes.

Meeting the Needs of Students and You!

By integrating healthy physical, mental and emotional practices into their daily life, students and staff reduce stress and develop lifelong wellness habits and their associated benefits.

As for the principles and philosophies of Yoga Calm. WOW! I have been in education for 27 years and this it. If we quiet the minds and bodies of these children and educate in the mental, physical, and emotional health they become more competent to learn. ~ Theresa Hansen, Classroom Teacher

The activities learned in this course are effective and appropriate for all ages and abilities and particularly beneficial for those with attention, impulse control, anxiety and social difficulties.

This course  is designed for educators, counselors, treatment center staff, occupational therapists, yoga teachers, parents and other adults who work with children.

No prior yoga experience is necessary.

Full online and hybrid (online & in-person) course options available.

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Other Course Benefits

Through engaging and fun community-building activities, course participants experience firsthand the benefits of the following techniques and how to lead them with PreK-12 youth:

  • Breathing and mindfulness techniques to calm the nervous system, develop self-control and resiliency, connect children with their feelings, and prepare them for learning and therapeutic interventions;
  • Yoga poses and sequences to release physical and emotional energy, improve physical and emotional strength and flexibility, and develop self-confidence and concentration skills useful for learning and testing;
  • Social/emotional learning games and activities to develop trust, compassion, communication, teamwork and leadership skills;
  • Relaxation techniques, including storytelling, mental imagery and music to regulate the nervous system, develop imagination and integrate physical, emotional and cognitive experiences; and
  • Emotional guidance techniques for use with triggers, dissociation, flooding.

Course Topics

This introductory course provides you with the background information and basic tools to immediately begin teaching Yoga Calm, including:

  • Children’s Health Issues
  • Research Support for Mindfulness and Yoga with Youth
  • Principles of Contemplative Education
  • Sequences for Classrooms, Therapeutic Settings and Homes
  • Integrative Alignment
  • Breathing Techniques for Regulation and Attention
  • Social/Emotional Learning and Communication Skills
  • Guided Relaxations, Storytelling & Symbolic Language
  • Classroom Environment/Management
  • Emotional Guidance, Behavior Support & Trauma-Informed Practices
  • Special Needs Students
  • Lesson Planning and Practice Teaching

Learn In Person and Online!

Our new hybrid and fully online courses allow you to begin your coursework as soon as you register, with online videos, readings and resources. It’s a great way to learn at a convenient time and place and to repeatedly watch and practice activities.

Get Credit! Get Certified!

In-person coursework applies toward the Yoga Calm Youth Instructor and Adult Instructor (Yoga Alliance RYT-200) Certification programs.

A certificate of completion, showing 12 instructional hours,  is provided and accepted for continuing education by many professional licensing boards.

Depending on course instructor, CEUs, graduate credits and clock hours are available through Portland State University, Washington School Counseling Association, Colorado State University, St Mary’s University, Alverno State College, Wayne State University, Western Kentucky University, and the State of Michigan (18 SHECHs). Check specific course listing for credit costs and availability.

This course is a prerequisite to Wellness 2: Physical Connections to Learning and Wellness 3: Social/Emotional Connections to Learning.

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