Children are born creative, with an inherent curiosity and endless imagination. As adults, it is our responsibility to nourish these natural traits in children. Because being creative allows our little ones to find solutions to everyday issues, to be able to see two sides of the coin, take risks, and face fears.
Empowering Children through Yoga and Creativity (ECYC) is a 6-day, comprehensive registered and accredited children’s yoga teacher training (+50 hours) that will equip students with the knowledge and tools needed to share the magic of yoga with children aged 2-12; empowering them by stimulating their creativity and curiosity, supporting their well-being, and acknowledging their inner beauty. This is not about ‘teaching’ yoga, but ‘sharing’ yoga with children in an inclusive way, based on progressive and experiential methods that help bring out the best in them.
Being creative is a skill that contributes dramatically to children’s well-being and development. We are here to harness this skill.
The course will focus on delivering new methods of sharing yoga and mindfulness to age groups 2-5 years, 5-8 years, and 8-12 years moving progressively from one group to the next with creativity as the anchor.
This course challenges the traditional teaching paradigm to encourage an innovative learning environment, recognising the importance of various learning methods such as visually, musically, linguistically, kin-aesthetically, mathematically, in both community and privately
The teaching, design and curriculum of this course are guided by these four principles:
- Yoga can be used as a tool and as a spring board for children to explore the endless possibilities of the world around them. Yoga inspires creative play, enhanced learning abilities, and self-expression;
- ’Sharing’ yoga with children in an inclusive way, based on progressive and experiential methods that help bring out the best in them;
- There are no rights or wrongs in sharing yoga with children and you will develop your own approach and style;
- Learning is done in a variety of ways including from learning from the diverse body of course participants, each bringing their own experience and views.
The course covers:
- How to encourage creativity and curiosity in children using yoga;The relationship between self-practice and intuitive teaching;
- The connection between creativity and anxiety and how to empower children;
- The Diversity of Learning, the 8 limbs with an emphasis on the Yamas and Niyamas in children’s yoga classes;
- The power of Mindful self compassion affirmations;
- The use of different learning aids and their benefits;
- How to engage children with asana poses through association and creativity;
- Specific modified restorative yoga practices for children;
- Breath awareness, pranayama and meditation practices to relevant age groups;
- Child Development;
- Experimental anatomy;
- Self-care for Children and Adults;
- The relationship between behaviour and communication;
- Verbal and nonverbal communication;
- Setting up a class, teaching ethos;
- Different approaches for creating experimental learning environments;
- Observe a live children’s and a family yoga class;
- Yoga in Different Settings;
- Introduction to yoga for children with additional needs;
- Setting up your own business;
- How to lead virtual children classes;
This course takes place on two weekends
Friday 5, Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 November (live online via Zoom)
Friday 10, Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 December (live online via Zoom)
9.00-11.00 first session
11.00-11.30 morning break
11.30-13.30 second session
13.30-15.00 lunch break
15.00-17.30 last session
* If you live outside the UK, please allow 10 days for the postage of your creative learning pack.
Self-Study through our online learning platform
Students will be expected to do some self work in between the weekends as a preparation for the upcoming session. Such self work might include short fun practices and reading assignments. Students should allow around 2 hours per week during the duration of the course for such self work, which will be in total 6 hours between the weekends.
At the end of the training you will need to submit an assignment that is divide into three short parts. (Max 3 hours work)
What Will I Learn?
This course will empower you, among others, to:
- Develop your own personal method of sharing yoga with children aged 2-12 year old;
- Gain deeper understanding of the physical, cognitive, social and emotional benefits of yoga and mindfulness for children;
- Understand how to incorporate the yoga practices and different techniques with different age groups;
- Enhance verbal and non-verbal communication skills with children, parents, teachers and carers;
- Explore the connection between yoga and creativity, understand the traits that are needed to be supported in stimulating creativity in children and how to stimulate and enhance curiosity and creativity in children;
- Understand how yoga is being introduced to schools and the educational system
The course will incorporate:
- Observation of children’s class led by Ayala
- Teaching and sharing yoga with children while on the course.
- Tailoring of course content in accordance with the group’s needs.
- Parents and Toddler pre-recorded class observation
* Special session about online classes versus face to face classes – parallels and how to create this as a part of your brand offering
- Prior to the beginning of the course, participants will receive a unique inspiration learning pack created by Ayala to aid with your self-study and creative engagement during the course.
- Participants will receive a set of the Enchanted Wonders A-Z Cards
- A membership to the ECYC Sangha Facebook Group
- Private ECYC WhatsApp group for your intake.
Who is the Course for?
- Yoga teachers looking to add or deepen their ability to share yoga with children;
- Experienced teachers and people with background in education.
- Carers, nannies, parents and anyone working with children with a minimum of 2 years yoga practice.
After the Course
After completing the course, you will be equipped with the knowledge and the tools needed to share yoga, mindfulness and creativity with children ages 2-12 year old, while empowering them by stimulating their creativity and curiosity, supporting their well-being and acknowledging their inner beauty.
Yogacampus Diversity and Accessibility Bursary
We are offering one part-funded bursary (50% off the full course price) to a dedicated yoga student with a demonstrated financial need and active involvement in a community that could benefit from yoga.
The bursary is provided by Yogacampus – The Life Centre Education, a not-for-profit educational body committed to sharing knowledge and making yoga accessible to all.
Bursary places will be awarded to teachers or trainees who have the ability and commitment to take the course teachings into a disadvantaged community and play their part in the drive to increase accessibility to these profoundly healing practices.
Priority will be given to those who themselves are from marginalised or vulnerable groups or are from a minority ethnic background.
If you wish to apply please complete the application form by 15 September.
Notification of bursary acceptance will be sent out the following week
Upon successful completion of all elements of the course you will receive a certificate of completion from Enchanted Wonders and Yogacampus which enables you to share yoga and mindfulness to children aged 2-12.
The course is accredited with Yoga Alliance Professionals enabling you to register as a professional with them.
Meet the Teacher
Ayala Homossany is passionate about spreading the benefits of yoga and creativity to children. A mother to three boys, she is the creator of the award winning Enchanted Wonders A-Z cards; a teacher trainer with extensive experience spanning over 2 decades, and a professional in working with families, toddlers, children, teens and children with special needs. She has designed this progressive course to empower students to move away from traditional models of teaching and embrace new and independent methods of pedagogy in order to meet each child as they deserve to be met. Ayala is a Yoga Therapist in training.
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