Course curriculum

  • 1

    Week 1: Introduction

    • Hello!

    • Learn About the Community

    • How to Join Community Gatherings

    • Community Gatherings (Live Lesson)

    • Last Month’s Community Gathering

    • Completing the course on Thinkific

    • Accountability, Accessibility, and Inclusive Learning

    • Download: Course Syllabus

    • Download: Course Resource List

    • About Yoga Ed.

    • About This Course

    • Course Objectives

    • What We'll Learn

    • Overview of the Curriculum

    • What Is Yoga?

    • What Is Mindfulness?

    • Practice: Introduction

    • Practice: Yoga Class for Grades Pre-K to K

    • Debrief: Yoga Class for Grades Pre-K to K

    • Closing Circle: Week 1

    • Download: Curriculum for This Course (Teacher's Guide and Student's Guide)

    • Download: Sample Lesson Plans

    • Download: Lesson Plan Template

    • Download: My Course Planner & Course Requirements Checklist

  • 2

    Week 2: The Practice of Being a Yoga Educator

    • National PE Standards

    • How Does Yoga Benefit Children?

    • What Does It Mean to be a Yoga Educator?

    • Be/Do/Have: Intention/Action/Outcome

    • It Starts with You (i.e. Your Internal Practice)

    • Pillar 1: Self-Awareness

    • Activity: Self-Awareness

    • Pillar 2: Authenticity

    • Activity: Authenticity

    • Pillar 3: Curiosity

    • Activity: Curiosity

    • Pillar 4: Self-Compassion

    • Activity: Self-Compassion

    • Pillar 5: Empathy

    • Activity: Empathy

    • Taking the Practice Outwards (i.e. Your External Practice)

    • Pillar 1: Effective Communication

    • Pillar 2: Interactivity

    • Pillar 3: Flexibility

    • Practice: Introduction

    • Practice: Yoga Class for Grades 4 - 5

    • Debrief: Yoga Class for Grades 4 - 5

    • Closing Circle: Week 2

  • 3

    Week 3: Positive Classroom Management and Engaging Lesson Plan Design

    • How to Create a Safe Space for Effective Teaching and Engaged Learning

    • 4 Things to Be Aware of in Your Yoga Environment

    • Balancing Student Engagement & Disengagement

    • Dynamic Teaching

    • Understanding Student Behavior

    • How to Create Clear, Consistent Classroom Boundaries

    • Your Theme & Concept

    • Generating Themes & Concepts

    • Components of a Lesson Plan

    • Lesson Planning for Different Age Groups

    • [Required] Practice Opportunity #1

    • How to Create a Yoga Sequence

    • How to Create a Yoga Story

    • The Yoga Tool Belt

    • Closing Circle: Week 3

    • Download: Classroom Management Worksheet

  • 4

    Week 4: Teaching to the Developing Brain

    • What is Brain Based Learning?

    • Structure and Functions of the Brain

    • How Can Yoga Boost Learning?

    • The Brain Changes Over Childhood

    • What is SEL? Why Does it Matter?

    • Practice: Children's Yoga Class to Support SEL

    • Resource: "How to Create SEL-Based Yoga & Mindfulness Lesson Plans" (Webinar)

    • Resource: "Supporting Social Emotional Learning with Yoga Programs" (Article)

    • Closing Circle: Week 4

  • 5

    Week 5: Understanding Children's Anatomy and Physiology

    • Anatomy and the Yoga Practice

    • Children's Physiology

    • Developmental Cueing

    • Practice: Children's Yoga Class to Support Flexibility

    • Resource: "3 Ways Teaching Yoga to Youth is Different From Teaching Yoga to Adults" (Article)

    • Closing Circle: Week 5

  • 6

    Week 6: Breathing Exercises, Warm-ups, and Yoga Postures for Children

    • Introduction to Yoga Breathing

    • Balloon Breath

    • Bear Breath

    • Bunny Breath

    • Candle Breath

    • Dolphin Breath

    • Feeling Breath

    • Flower Breath

    • Hissing Breath

    • Humming Breath

    • Left-Right Breath

    • Ocean Breath

    • Rainbow Breath

    • Sounding Breath

    • Bird Breath

    • Dragon Breath

    • Elephant Breath

    • Joy Breath

    • Lion Breath

    • Rocket Breath

    • Warrior Breath

    • Introduction to Yoga Warm Ups

    • Animal Walking

    • Head, Shoulders, Knees. and Toes

    • Marching Fingers

    • Itsy Bitsy Spider

    • Sun Salute A

    • Yoga Pose Pattern

    • Yoga Pose Repetition

    • Introduction to Children's Yoga Poses

    • On Your Feet: Strengthen with Standing Poses

    • Blown Palm

    • Chair

    • Crescent Lunge

    • Downward Dog

    • Dragon

    • Extended Side Angle

    • Folding Star

    • Mountain

    • Star

    • Triangle

    • Table

    • Twisting Dragon

    • Twisting Star

    • Warrior 1

    • Warrior 2

    • Connect with Your Core: Focus with Balancing Poses

    • Bat

    • Boat

    • Bug

    • Crow

    • Dancer

    • Eagle

    • Flower

    • Plank

    • Rocking Horse

    • Sailboat

    • Tree

    • Warrior 3

    • Pace Yourself: Energize with Backbends

    • Bow

    • Bridge

    • Camel

    • Cobra

    • Cat and Cow

    • Shark

    • Slide

    • Swan

    • Wheel

    • Upward Dog

    • Move Freely: Increase Mobility with Hip Openers

    • Frog

    • Pigeon on Your Back

    • Seated Side Bend

    • Telephone

    • Yoga Hops

    • Clear Your Mind: Cleanse with Twists

    • Bound Frog

    • Lying Twist

    • Pretzel

    • Thread the Needle

    • Change Your View: Calm Down with Inversions

    • Dolphin

    • Soften Your Body: Release with Forward Folds

    • Butterfly

    • Half Staff

    • Peacock

    • Ragdoll

    • Rock

    • Seated Forward Fold

    • Staff

    • Turtle

    • Balance Your Day: Relax with Restoratives

    • Candle

    • Constructive Rest

    • Easy Pose

    • Guided Rest

    • Legs Up the Wall

    • Resting Pose

    • Variations

    • [Required] Practice Opportunity #2

    • Closing Circle: Week 6

  • 7

    Week 7: Partner Postures, Games, and Relaxation Exercises for Children

    • Introduction to Yoga Partner Poses

    • Back to Back Chair

    • Double Boat

    • Double Dog

    • Double Pretzel

    • Double Tree

    • Front Facing Chair

    • Lizard on Rock

    • Rooftops

    • See-Saw

    • Introduction to Yoga Games

    • Balloon Deflates

    • Be a Mountain

    • Dogs and Snakes

    • Go, Stop, Back to Back

    • If I Were a Tree

    • Islands and Oceans

    • Make a Pizza

    • Make a Sandwich

    • Mirrors

    • Nature Kids

    • Stop the Rock

    • Tummy Snake

    • What Yoga Pose Am I?

    • Yogi Benders

    • Yogi Does

    • Yogi Says

    • Introduction to Relaxation

    • Teaching Relaxation

    • Teaching Visualization

    • Awakening Gratitude

    • Guiding Star

    • I'm a Rainbow

    • Inner Advisor

    • Inner Mountain

    • Magic Bubble

    • Magic Carpet

    • Rainbow Shower

    • Silence and Stillness

    • Special Place

    • Tense and Release

    • Watching Yourself on TV

    • Mindful Transitions

    • [Optional] Practice Opportunity #3

    • Closing Circle: Week 7

  • 8

    Week 8: Bringing Yoga Education into the World

    • Teaching Resources

    • Future Forward

    • Download: Future Forward Worksheet

    • Getting My Start to Teaching Children's Yoga

    • Download: Business Worksheet

    • Closing Circle: Week 8

    • Receiving a Certificate for the Course

    • Final Project Introduction

    • Final Project Lesson Plan

    • Final Project Video

    • Final Project Reflection

    • Bonus Practice: Chair Yoga for Adults (Self-Care)

    • Bonus Resource: "How to Overcome 5 Common Obstacles to Accessibility with Chair Yoga" (Article)

    • Course Evaluation