PRE-SCHOOLERS (2-6 years)
Children are born yogis – open, trusting, expressive and creative! We know that science has discovered that by the 5 years of age nearly 95% of the brain is formed. The impressions created during this clay period will stay life-long. Hence there is a need to commit to yoga and build ‘Samskaras’ at an early age.
Yoga encourages body awareness, relaxation and inner fulfillment in our little ones. Not only does it help in the development of their gross and fine motor skills, but it also enhances their life skills. Benefits include – fewer tantrums, better sleep patterns, improved digestion, greater attention spans and calmer demeanor. When yoga is presented to children in ‘their’ language i.e. joyful, integrated and collaborative, it connects deeper impacting the mind, body, and spirit.
Our Early Pathfinders course aims to equip you to encourage discovery, imagination, laughter, and relaxation in the little ones. Now to do that we ensure that you are connected to the child in you therefore our sessions are interactive. There is role play, drama, singing, sharing, and celebration!
Yoga philosophy – application for children in today’s time
The importance of kids’ yoga teacher
Learn about the developmental nutritious movement in children
Practical application – asanas, partner & group yoga and much more
Use of positive affirmations on children
Prop making for children
Effectively use music in a classroom
Developing practical proficiency
Set up, build and market yourself as a yoga teacher
- Fees are non refundable
- Style: Child-friendly Ashtanaga Yoga
- Participants will receive certificates upon completion.
- Course kit
- Resource material list
- Renowned guest lectures
Pre-Adolescences (7-14 years)
For most tweens and teens growing up is a confusing process. Their physiological and psychological worlds are in a state of flux. To add to this, there is insecurity about changing bodies, crushing schedules, peer pressure, and uncertainty about the future. Yoga can be the bridge between childhood and adolescence that can ease the transition. Experts have noted that children, who commence yoga practices early in lives, tend to maintain the childlike state for several more years. Moreover, this is the ideal age to introduce daily practices to ensure vitality and high levels of endurance throughout the different stages of life.
Aside from the obvious physical benefits that yoga brings to this age – it can help in nurturing self-esteem and confidence. It also encourages self-discovery and exploring the inner working of oneself. It can help them love their bodies and understand the concept of inner radiance. Yogic practices can help them to expand their awareness and harness their natural potential thus creating liberated and wholesome lives ahead. Additional benefits include coping with mood swings, reduced stress, better concentration, and easier decision making. When yoga is presented to pre-teens as a hip, cool tool to take charge of their lives, they take to it more naturally and integrate it as a life-long discipline.
Our Course Content
Structuring pre-teen yoga sessions can be tricky – they don’t want something that’s too juvenile and yet you can’t give them a traditional adult class. Teens are often awkward, reluctant and don’t want to be cajoled. Our Future Trailblazers course will perfectly equip you to create balanced and beautiful classes that are interactive, engaging and meaningful for both them and you!
- Yoga philosophy – application for pre-teens and teens in today’s time
- The importance of kids’ yoga teacher
- Pre-teen developmental stages and puberty
- Cultivating resilience
- Practical application – asanas, partner & group yoga and much more
- Calming & centering breathing techniques
- Exploring the chakras
- Relaxation techniques – tips on how to relax and let go
- Food and nutrition – making the right choices
- Positive body image reinforcement in teens
- Confidence building
- Use of positive affirmations/sankalpas
- Mindfulness, meditations, and mantras in daily life
- Journaling to inspire self-reflection
- Tips to encourage self-expression and creativity
- Making the ethical codes of conduct [Yama & Niyamas]
relatable and engaging through stories, games, and dramatization
- Effectively use music in classrooms to inspire students
- Make engaging lesson plans
- Class management
- Developing practical proficiency as a teacher
- Set up, build and market yourself as a yoga teacher
Yoga Zoo has helped me gain confidence in myself as a teacher and as an individual. Today, I feel delighted to see the same confidence reflect in the little ones when they are unafraid to close their eyes during meditation. Yes, children do meditate and can actually feel the essence of yogic practices. At Yoga Zoo, I’ve earned name, fame and respect through the journey of yoga and transforming little lives.
Yoga Zoo has been fantastic and so very positive for my soul. This amazing body and mind journey has helped me grow in my self-esteem and my being. And I feel so grateful to share the same with my students. How simple postures and sitting tall can completely change our outlook about ourselves! Today, I am someone who can stand tall on my feet and I am economically independent as well.
Making children do yoga is very easy; the difficulty is in getting them to LOVE yoga. That is what we strive for, and it feels like we have achieved it too! Yoga Zoo has a well-designed curriculum and is so well equipped with umpteen props to carry it out. Teaching children concepts likes bhavas and training them to do karma yoga so early on is like an initiation to becoming better human beings. And the bonus - seeing children’s smiles at the end of the yoga class gives me an absolute satisfaction!
The role played by Yoga Zoo has been instrumental in creating and changing perceptions about me, and also that yoga can be so much fun. I love engaging children through storytelling, props and exciting games. They can so easily pick up the essence of what we are trying to teach them. Indeed, this journey has been a rollercoaster ride, but those cheerful smiles, and little 'teacher we love you' notes from the children are what keep me going!
Ms. Ravinder Kaur and Ms. Jasmeet Kaur have been magical mentors who are always sharing new ways of teaching and learning. I have learnt so much about positivity and creativity and I enjoy seeing children explore their imagination and originality. We as a Yoga Zoo family teach children the way of life. It is like sowing seeds that will grow into beautiful trees bearing sweet fruits.
My senior teachers have always guided me in the class with the purest intention of just sharing their knowledge. Whenever we’ve had problems regarding the syllabus, the seniors are always there to explain, support and encourage us to go ahead and take the class with full gusto. At Yoga Zoo, I’ve learnt that NO is not acceptable and that I am capable of achieving anything that I set my intent on.
I was as a teacher for adults and teaching children initially was quite challenging. However, I was encouraged, guided and supported at every step so much so that today I can take a class in my sleep! There is so much ease and flow within me and the credit for this goes to everyone at Yoga Zoo. We work together like a family and we have an amazing team!
I was very apprehensive about teaching children yoga when I started. It was fun though stressful and tiring. It is now more than 10 years that I have been associated with Yoga Zoo and I not only learn new things every day but also, I personally feel, that teaching the young ones is so far more rewarding as their minds and bodies are very adaptive and flexible. Whatever is imparted is absorbed with an open mind.