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Every Kid's Yoga: Teaching Yoga to Children with Special Needs
with Craig Hanauer












Discover the many ways that yoga can promote the healthy development of children, ages 4-12. Find out how the practice of yoga parallels and supports other therapeutic modalities in addressing difficulties with attention, self-regulation, speech and language, learning, and high and love muscle tone.

This experiential workshop will provide a strong foundation to teaching yoga to children with the following special needs:

  • Those who are easily over-stimulated
  • Those who are potentially impulsive and/or distractible
  • Those who exhibit poor social skills and boundries
  • Those who are learning disabled/with an emphasis on speech and language based learning disabilities
  • Those who are potentially oppositional and/or disruptive
  • Those who present with high or low muscle tone

Diagnoses to include:

  • High Functioning Autism/ Asperger's Syndrome
  • Sensory Processing Dysfunction (SPD)
  • Learning Disabled (LD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Mild Cerebral Palsy

The primary focus of this training will be upon working with groups of "higher functioning" children with special needs, who are essentially "physically able". This training will not address working with severely physically, developmentally, cognitively, or emotionally challenged children. Basic information will be provided through the training to assist participants in understanding the needs and challenges of the population outlined above. Professional therapists may benefit from this training by learning creative, developmentally appropriate, fun ways of engaging and supporting children with special needs in the practice of yoga.

This program is appropriate for yoga teachers and parents, teachers and therapists with a personal yoga practice who are interested in incoporating yoga into their work with children.

As a result of taking this program, participants will be able to:

  • Structure a class for potentially impulsive children using behavior management and limit-setting techniques
  • Modify posture for this population
  • Teach breathing exercises, meditation and relaxation to children
  • Integrate props, chanting, Thai Yoga Massage and partner yoga
  • Employ visuals for children with language-based learning disabilities
  • Use yoga to support speech and language, sensory processing, memory, and reading comprehension
  • Approach organizations and schools to create a yoga program for children with special needs

Date: Friday, July 27th and Saturday, July 28th, 9:00am - 5:00pm; Sunday, July 29th, 10:00am - 5:00pm.
Fee: $495, which includes EKY Manual and DVD

Call (646)638-1444 to reserve your space for this wonderful workshop.

Craig Hanauer is a New York State Certified Creative Arts Therapist, a Kripalu Certified Yoga Teacher, and a Yoga Alliance 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher. Committed to the health and empowerment of children, Craig has developed "Every Kid's Yoga", a unique and successful program for children with special needs that integrates the creative arts, yoga, and play. He specializes in training yoga teachers, special educators, occupational therapists and parents in this theraputic and fun-filled approach to working with kids. Craig maintains faculty positions at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and The Parkside School, a non-public special education elementary school located on New York's Upper West Side, and is developing yoga-related products and materials for special educators and parents.

Prenatal Pilates Teacher Training
with Rooted Boston founder Brigitte Arlé



Teachers will learn to identify and modify their classes for pregnant women of various levels, throughout the different stages of pregnancy. By practicing Prenatal Pilates, we offer our students a deeper understanding of their body, tools for pregnancy, birth and a safe recovery. It is the Rooted approach to foster creativity and confidence in each teacher that attends so that they can then do the same for their prenatal students. All movement instructors are welcome!

In this training, you will learn:

  • Pilates mat exercises and modifications for pregnancy
  • Pilates mat work with props
  • About the female pelvic floor, working the core safely, diastasis recti
  • Cuing, stretching and hands on adjustments
  • The benefits of Prenatal Pilates, breath work and relaxation
  • Anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and birth
  • Dyfunctions, contraindications and precautions
  • ACOG recommendations for exercises
  • Warning signs (and what to do when you see them)
  • How to bulid a prenatal class flow
  • How to create community in class and more....

Brigitte Arlé, ERYT, RPYT, CLC, began her study of Pilates in 1995. She has a background in dance and received her BFA from Alvin Ailey/Fordham University. Her dedication to the study of movement led her to become a full-time Pilates instructor in 2005. Brigitte teaches Pilates and Yoga at her studio, Rooted Boston. In 2010, Brigitte became a birth doula, she has studied midwifery with Ina May Gaskin at the Farm in Tennessee, and she is also a Certifed Lactation Counselor. Witnessing women in labor, birth, and parenting her own two girls, has greatly influenced Brigitte's approach to teaching.

Dates: Friday, August 10th and Saturday, August 11th, 9:30am - 4:30pm each day

Fee: $500 (early registration $450 before July 16th) Call (646)638-1444 to reserve your space for this wonderful workshop.

Yoga Mom, Buddha Baby
Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training with Jyothi Larson

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Join Jyothi Larson, author of Yoga Mom, Buddha Baby, for this weekend program that will prepare yoga teachers to conduct classes in Postnatal Yoga. These are classes that involve both parents and babies. Postnatal Yoga poses help the mother's body get back into shape in an easeful way. The curriculum will focus on posture, abdominal muscle and pelvic floor work, breathing practices, and relaxation. Jyothi developed this program especially with post-partum mothers in mind. It's also a great way for parents to bond with thier child while realizing that they don't have to compromise their yoga practice because they have a new baby. In this training, you will learn special poses and exercises that integrate the baby right into the mothers' practice. This course will give the teacher the confidence to work with this population - giving the new mother tools that will help her to be strong and vital in her new role. This is a joyous and fun class to teach! Curriculum includes:

  • Anatomy and physiology of the post-partum woman
  • Asanas and their adaptations that can be resumed postnatal
  • Asanas and exercises with babies
  • Understanding emotional and physiological needs of postnatal
  • Relaxation techniques for mother and baby
  • Opportunity to observe Mom & Baby Yoga classes

Jyothi Larson has been practicing yoga for over 30 years, and has been teaching yoga since 1992. She is a certified Integral Yoga teacher, specializing in pre-natal and post partum, restorative and theraputic yoga. Jyothi leads pre-natal and post partum teacher training programs and teaches private and group classes throughout New York. She has taught hundreds of moms (and dads, too) and babies in her well-known Mom & Baby classes. Her book, Yoga Mom, Buddah Baby (Bantam) was published in 2002 and is in its second printing. Jyothi is the proud mom of two teenage daughters.

WEEKDAY Course Dates: Tuesday, August 14th through Thursday, August 16th; Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00am - 5:00pm; Thursday, 10:00am - 2:00pm.

Fee: $550 - includes a Teacher Training Manual and Jyothi's book, Yoga Mom Buddha Baby Call (646)638-1444 to reserve your space for this wonderful workshop. To learn more about Jyothi, check out her website at www.easefulbodyyoga.com.

The Magic of Music Training
with Kira Willey

What improves kids' focus and concentration, reduces stress, and can be calming as well as energizing? yes, the answer is YOGA...and it's also MUSIC! Join Kira Willey, musician and creator of Rockin' Yoga School Programs and Mindful Moments for Kids, and learn how the magical combination of the two completely captivates children. You'll have an absolute blast in this high-energy, experiential workshop as you learn how to incorporate rhythm and song into your own classes, making them incredibly engaging and fun.

Kira will demonstrate her teaching methods using original music from her award-winning CDs of kids' yoga songs, as well as playing live. She'll help you choose the right music for your teaching needs, and guide you in creating your won rhythm games and songs to facilitate transitions and create structure in your programs. You'll practice teach, using what you've learned, and leave totally inspired, with tons of ideas to incorporate into your kids' yoga programs, classroom, or counseling sessions right away! Come Play, move and sing with Kira!

Your choice of one of Kira's four CDs included!

Kira will share:

  • how music affects the brain, and what it means for your lesson plans
  • how to use music to calm and focus children
  • how to unify a group with music
  • how music can aid in-class learning and improve at-home practice
  • tips and techniques to easily incorporate rhythm and song into your classes
  • opportunities for both practice teaching and 'being' the child/student
  • lesson planning/sequencing a class
  • the opportunity to create your own rhythm games and songs to suit your specific class/needs
  • useful resources and handouts
  • LIVE music throughout!

This workshop is open to kids yoga teachers, early childhood educators through grade 5 educators, music teachers, physical education and health education teachers, school or family counselors, child psychologists and social workers, OTs/PTs, camp couselors, parents and anyone that loves and works with children.

Date: Saturday, August 25th, 1:00pm - 6:00pm.
Fee: $200

Kira Willey, is an award -winning children's music artist, kids yoga expert, and creator of Rockin Yoga school programs. She has released three albums of kids yoga songs, as well as her CD Mindful Moments for Kids, which won the Parent's Gold Choice Award. Kira leads Professional Develomentdays for teachers, conducts kids' yoga and mindfulness workshops, and performs her highly poplular Rockin Yoga Assemblies and Yoga Concerts with her band at schools and family friendly venues nationwide. Her children's mindfulness book, "Breathe Like A Bear" is due for a fall 2017 release. Learn more at Kirawilley.com.


Refresher Workshop for KKY Trained Teachers Only
with Shari Vilchez-Blatt





Join Shari and some of the amazing instructors at Karma Kids Yoga for a fun afternoon reviewing our techniques and tools for a successful season!

We will:

  • Practice Arm Balances and Inversions
  • Practice, review and learn new Partner Poses
  • Practice, review and learn new Group Poses
  • Play lots of Yoga Games - review and learn new games
  • Experience new activities for your classes
  • Discuss anything that's on your mind - Q&A time
  • Have a very special relaxation experience
  • Play yoga and laugh for hours!

The primary focus is to refresh our skills, tricks, poses, learn new things and connect with the kids yoga community in the NY, NJ and CT area! If you've taken the course before 2015, there is so much more to learn!

Come Play Yoga!

Date: Friday, September 7th, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Fee: $150. Those that attend can purchase the latest manual for only $25! ($20 savings)

Call (646)638-1444 to reserve your space.


The Business of Kids Yoga
Mind, Body, FUN! And a lot of work...with Shari Vilchez-Blatt



Now that you have your Children's Yoga Certification, or may be in the process of obtaining it, what do you do next? There are different ways you can begin, depending on your goals. In this new course from Karma Kids Yoga, you will learn all the necessary steps to getting started. From finding jobs to opening your own studio; from setting up and naming your business, to promoting it and ethically nurturing it's growth, to every last detail for setting up a children's yoga program. We'll discuss setting up rates and schedules, insurance and legal parameters, policies and customer relations, business ethics and yoga, marketing, advertising and pr strategies, and everything else you can do to get your name out there.

Don't miss this purely business workshop where you will be overloaded with important information and key marketing tips and tricks, as well as an opportunity for Q&A from the founder of Karma Kids Yoga. There is nothing more rewarding than introducing children to the world of yoga! But you have to be able to manage the business end, too!

Date: Friday, September 14th, 9:00am - 2:00pm
Fee: $225 ($200 early registration if you register by August 14th), includes a detailed course manual

This course is available in person or via Skype.

Yoga for Test Prep - Tools for Getting Students Through Testing (and everyday academics)
with Shari Vilchez-Blatt



Join Shari, founder and creator of Karma Kids Yoga, for essential tools to help get your students through the big tests!  
You will learn important breathing exercises, yoga poses and movements, yoga games and activities, and key brain techniques for easing and eliminating anxiety, calming the nerves, for full focus and concentration, for energizing and waking up our brains and bodies, as well as deep relaxation techniques for the night before the tests.   

Shari will show you how to help guide your students into a successful state of academic confidence that they can use in their every day lives (even after the standardized tests).  She will share  techniques from her extensive experience in Children’s Yoga and Brain Gym.  Don’t miss this important workshop!  You will need a small bottle of water.  Dress to move.  

Limited to only 20 people. Reserve your space NOW!

Date: Friday, September 21st, 10:00am - 1:00pm.
Fee: $125, which includes a comprehensive manual

This course is also available for Professional Development in person or via skype. Inquire for rates.


Baby Yoga Workshop
with Shari Vilchez-Blatt



Infants are natural yogis. They naturally move through many of the primary yoga poses in their developmental process from birth through creeping, crawling, standing and walking. They need to do this to develop the natural curves in their spines as well as build strength in their muscles.

In this workshop, you will learn baby exercises and yoga poses to strengthen growing muscles, aid in digestion, promote better sleeping patterns and help your infant towards the next stage of development - sitting, crawling, standing and walking. You'll learn exercises for their developmental process and brain development, and important methods for soothing. It's also a great bonding tool for parents.

Join Shari for 2 hours of baby yoga fun! In addition to infant yoga poses, you'll learn songs and routines, great sequences for babies, and how to set the environment for a great yoga experience.

This workshop is great for Postnatal Yoga Teachers, new parents and grandparents, PTs, OTs, and anyone that works with infants.

Dates: Friday, September 28th, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Fee: $200, which includes Baby Yoga manual


Therapeutic Yoga Skills for those Treating Children with Trauma
with Joanne Lloyd

















Clinical settings see children presenting with behavioral struggles, anxiety, depression, poor self regulation, and with social and family issues. Such presentation can be strong indicators of a child with a trauma history. Children with a trauma history struggle with trust, self awareness, hyper arousal, and self regulation. Research shows that trauma can be held deep within the body and that yoga and mindfulness can be unique tools to help guide people to a more healing experience.

In this experiential workshop, we will:

  • Review brain development
  • Learn about the impact of trauma on the developing brain
  • Understand what therapeutic yoga is
  • Explore clinical factors of providing therapeutic yoga with children who have a trauma history
  • Practice therapeutic yoga techniques and tools to incorporate your setting
  • Highlight specific techniques for working with children presenting with depression and anxiety
  • Explore ways to incorporate breath work and mindfulness skills into everyday practice

Application and transferability of skills for a variety of different ages and settings will be discussed.

This two day workshop is geared for social workers, mental health clinicians, school teachers and administrators, guidance counselors, daycare providers, health professionals, yoga teachers and family members.

Date: Saturday, December 1st, 1:00pm - 7:00pm; and Sunday, December 2nd, 9:00am - 5:00pm.
Fee: $495

Call (646)638-1444 to reserve your space for this wonderful workshop.

Joanne Lloyd is a clinical social worker and psychotherapist in the Boston area and an independent therepeutic kids yoga teacher. She provides therapeutic yoga at a specialized, trauma sensitive after school program in Boston and for children recovering from severe burns with Shriners Hospital for Children. Her past experience includes working as an Emergency Department Social Worker in Level 1 Trauma Centers for 12 years. She has been practicing yoga with children and their families for the past 11 years. Joanne has spoken nationally for school districts, professional development in social service organizations and at conferences about the benefits of therapeutic yoga in clinical settings. Joanne's 200-hour family yoga teacher training certification is with Radiant Child Yoga. She also has been trained in CircusYoga, Yoga Kids and through Karma Kids Yoga. Her therapeutic yoga work includes trainign wth Soulful Yoga and Zenergy Yoga.

Registration Policy: Payment in full is required to reserve your space in any course, which is non-refundable. There is also a $40 processing fee to change the date of your course to a future date. If you change the date of the course you planned to attend within 2 weeks or less of the course, there will be a $100 fee. The original payment will be applied to a future course or workshop only. If we cancel a course, a full refund is available.

We are located at 25 West 23rd Street • between 5th and 6th Avenues. Our Phone is (646)638-1444 and email downdog@karmakidsyoga.com
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