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April 27, 2015
Please can you recommend the yoga certification courses you have that will help with both online and contact hours for CEUs? My interest area is kids yoga. I am also interested in the Aura 500 hour yoga teacher training course (as increment to my 200 hour) Please can you advice what specific course and cost for that?
April 27, 2015
Kids Yoga for the Continuing Education of Yoga Instructors
Teaching yoga has many requirements, but one that many new instructors overlook is that continuing education is extremely important. Those who recognize its importance have an advantage over others, as yoga instructors who take continuing education classes are able to offer a wider variety of classes, as well as they are often more skilled at both holding and teaching poses. Kids yoga classes can serve as an effective form of continuing education for yoga teachers, as they can then begin teaching yoga to younger students.
There are poses that adults can safely do that children should not attempt to do, and this is another reason that continuing education involving kids yoga classes is important for all teachers. The safety of the students is the most important thing, followed by an enjoyable and comfortable environment, so knowing what child students can safely accomplish is key. Certain twists or stretches can be too difficult or place too much stress on muscles when performed by children.
There are other poses that are designed for children to perform. These poses are generally fun and spirited, allowing for the experience to be uplifting for children. While adult students usually take yoga quite seriously, children do not often share the same focus and dedication. Making yoga an adventure through the use of fun poses and creative props can help keep children interested, so learning how to use these in classes is a large part of using kids yoga classes for continuing education.
Children do not learn in the same way that adults do, and there are different methods of teaching that can be employed. Observing yoga lessons directed at children can help an instructor understand how to properly relate to children. Kids do not have the ability to understand the internal benefits of yoga or why they are stretching in certain ways, so it is up to the teacher to entice them regardless of this lack of understanding.
Offering classes designed for kids can be a lucrative business option. Not only will it draw a new age group in as clients, but parents who previously overlooked your studio in search of one that they and their children could learn at may reconsider and join your studio. Health-conscious parents who take yoga classes may want their children to also follow a healthy lifestyle, or they may simply need to be able to bring their children with them.
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