Teen Yoga is a hands-on practical course to teach you how to teach teens in a school or outside environment. Developed in the UK, this course comes with a comprehensive 85-page manual. It is designed to build your confidence and fill the gaps of knowledge, looking at the infinite and classic wisdom of the Vedantic system of yoga for inspiration and blending it with current research and science to give us a full picture of how best to approach this population with the healing science of yoga. At the end of this course you will feel completely confident to run a course at a school, either intra-curricula or ex-curricula.
The main thrust of the course is to show how you can introduce yoga to a teen population and to empower you to deliver yoga in the most relevant way possible, building on your own personal practice and experience. It is not a formulaic system to be copied and emulated but rather a wealth of information to top up and confirm your own innate wisdom and draw to this age group.
This course is unique as it is completely focused on the very specific issues that face the teen population, with practical demonstrations and exercises as well as expert lectures on the latest research in this field. The teacher of the course is currently working with this group on a daily basis and has done so for many years.
We will be studying the neuroscience of the teen brain, the anatomy and physiology of the growing body as well as social and psychological factors facing the teen. We will look at various behavioral challenges that arise in the classroom and how to deal with them.
Often the course can become an opportunity to reflect on our journey from adolescence to adulthood and how we relate to our own adolescent self.
We will clarify what it means to be a teacher and a guide to a teen and what your duties are, working in a school.
Some time will be spent looking at child protection issues and your responsibilities in this field.
The goal of the course is to provide a toolbox of information, background, structure and ethical advice and give confidence to the student to approach and teach teens in high schools and elsewhere.
The motivation for developing this course is the heartfelt belief that yoga and meditation should form part of the school curriculum in order to raise self-efficacy in the young adult and encourage positive mental health.
As anxiety and depression cause approximately 80% of diseases in the West today, we could be saving our health service a great deal of money (£8.6 billion was spent in the UK on depression related diseases in 2010) let alone building a happier and more balanced future for our children.
The aim of the course is to give Sivananda TTC graduates and other yoga teachers the foundational knowledge needed to approach teens with confidence and joy, disseminating yoga in an easy and digestible way, which ultimately could lead to a brighter future for these kids and a very rewarding time for you.
Topics of Study
- Neuroscience of the teen brain
- Anatomy and physiology of the teen brain
- Social factors influencing the teen
- Attachment theory and the teen
- Psychological factors
- Behavioral issues facing the teen and how to deal with them
- How to introduce Vedanta to teens
- How to market your course
- How to reduce stress and fatigue while raising self esteem
- An introduction into mindfulness for teens, with exercises and self-practice
- Therapeutic holding of the teen in a classroom environment
- Looking at chakras as a way to heal
- Yamas and niyamas for the teen's well being
- How to use games and partner yoga in the classroom
- Gender-specific issues
For even more information, please visit www.teenyoga.co.uk.