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Gogo Babies Teacher Training
Professional Training in Infant Developmental Movement and Yoga for Babies: Foundations and Primary Practice...with Ellynne Skove


This training will benefit professionals working in the fields of infant health, occupational therapy, physical therapy, dance/movement therapy, yoga, somatic therapy, craniosacral therapy, somatic psychology, birth psychology, early intervention, pediatrics, post partum doula, and baby nursing to name a few.

Thed level 1 training focuses on work with babies from birth to creeping with an emphasis on tummy time and infant anatomical development. Level 2 examines mobile babies from creeping, to finding their feet on the ground, through crawling, sitting, pushing up, to stand, and walking. We will consider fetal and birth imprints in our training and how to accommodate these.

Participants will gain experiential knowledge of infant developmental movement patterns, principles of pre and perinatal psychology and health, theory, observation skills, and activities for incorporating this work into your own professional practice. We will explore our own movement patterns, learn through all levels of the brain and senses, and observe demonstration classes via both media materials and visiting babies.

Training Objectives:

  • Gain experiential knowledge of infant developmental movement patterns
  • Correlate developmental movement with yoga poses
  • Learn considerations of infant anatomical structures
  • Develop ways to support essential bonding and attachment relationships between caregivers and babies
  • Learn basic principles of pre and perinatal psychology and health
  • Learn observation skills
  • Learn how the senses are key to movement and learning
  • Learn and create developmentally appropriate activities for incorporating this work into your own professional practice

We will have daily practice of developmental movement using ideokinesis, games and observation. There will be daily theoretical presentations and discussions, and guest babies for a sample class and observations. All participants will receive a teaching manual and DVD.

Participants are encouraged to hold an advanced degree in relevant profession or work directly with infants or children, however this work can easily be applied to those working with special needs, toddlers, children, teens and adults as it is foundational.

Prengant participants are welcome but will need to modify the experiential activities.

This training is now part of the Children's Yoga Teacher Training Collaborative and can be used toward accruing certification.

Ellynne Skove, MA, LCAT, NCC, BC-DMT, RPP, E-RYT is a licensed movement therapist and nationally certified counselor with a focus on pre and perinatal psychology and health. Her work of 30 years is informed by dance/movement therapy, yoga, Orff music education, Body/Mind Centering, Dynamic Anatomy/Topf Technique, improvisational dance, Polarity therapy, and somatic trauma healing. Ellynne has served as a supervisor to graduate students of dance therapy, taught professional development trainings in the US and internationally, and has had her work published in professional journals. She is the Founder and Director of GoGo Babies and owns Bright Start Babies. In Brooklyn she is a long time teacher at Wild Was Mama, and runs Nest Space: Haven for Babies and Families where she works where she works with families and individuals from pre-conception onwards. Ellynne has developed and directed movement therapy programs for numerous schools and theraputic nurseries in New York City.

Dates: Friday, June 9th, 9:00am - 6:00pm; Saturday, June 10th, 1:30pm - 8:30pm; and Sunday, June 11th, 9:00am - 6:00pm.

Fee: $450 ($400 early reg. by 5/9) - includes a manual, DVD and certificate of course completion.

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

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, June 16th, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Fee: $125. Those that attend can purchase the latest manual for only $25! ($20 savings)

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


Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training - Level 1
with Juliana Secches


Focusing on the anatomy and physiology of the female body during pregnancy, you will explore how the changes that affect the body and mind during this time need to be incorporated into an essential exercise routine to avoid injury, stress and exhaustion.

Beyond modifying Asanas, the goal of this course is to provide the tools to intelligently adapt anything (from a walk to the grocery store to a challenging inversion) to fit the needs of the pregnant student.  We will focus on understanding the female pelvis and core, the deep changes they go through, and how these changes affect the body as a whole.

We will also discuss childbirth and how we can help women have a birth experience that is free of trauma and suffering. It is a fundamental part of the Yoga practice to be present in the moment. Helping women achieve this during pregnancy, labor and delivery can be both immensely challenging and overwhelmingly gratifying.

LEVEL I – 25 hours
This training will explore ways to help the pregnant woman work with her body to maintain optimal posture and a healthy lifestyle. It will also explore how to allow the body to naturally promote a healthier and easier labor and delivery.

What you will learn:

  • What specific areas need to be strengthened and stretched.
  • How to effectively teach exercises that will help prepare for birth.
  • How to keep the body in its best shape for a rapid recovery from birth.
  • How to modify postures and adapt sequences to better suit the needs of the pregnant body.
  • How to deal with a variety of special needs and why they happen.
  • Opportunity to observe/assist Prenatal Yoga classes

Dates: Friday, June 23rd, 9:00am - 6:00pm; Saturday, June 24th, 9:00am - 7:00pm; Sunday, June 25th, 9:00am - 6:00pm.
Fee: $650

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

Juliana Secches, RYT, Exercise Physiologist, Childbirth Educator, Doula, and Pre/Post Natal expert, created this very informative workshop to share her experience.  She developed a true fascination for understanding the movements of the human body from very early in her life. Pregnancy and childbirth were just topics she grew up discussing with her father, who’s an OB/GYN and apprenticed her into a lot of the work she does today.  Juliana is also mom to Bruno.


Social Emotional Learning (SEL) & Yoga Workshop
with Stephanie Piatkiewicz of Mindful Practices

Mindful Practices innovative workshop experience will provide participants with the yoga, Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), and mindfulness tools to empower children and youth of all ages to identify their emotions and better manage them to feel more calm and present. The collaborative format of the training provides participants with unique classroom management techniques and incorporates SEL & Wellness activities. The workshop is experiential in nature to give participants first-hand knowledge of how each activity feels so that they can them more authentically utilize the strategies when working with different youth and student populations.

Participants are also given ample time throughout the workshop to reflect and brainstorm ideas about each activity to best suit the needs of their instructional style and student population. By supporting and training participants on how to create a more calm and focused classroom and student environment, students will be given multiple ways to stay on task for longer periods of time, thus improving overall academic performance and social interactions with peers. Along with a deep dive into the SEL standards and their connection to yoga and mindfulness, this workshop will also include easy and effective teacher self-care strategies, to help prevent and manage compassion fatigue that may occur for practitioners in the field of education and working with students/youth.

Key objectives:

  • Increase SEL competency for participants
  • Increase SEL competency for students
  • Increase physical activity within the classroom and studio via yoga-based SEL strategies
  • Increase student on-task tiem and "ready to learn" mindset
  • Improve overall mind/body health of teachers and instructors via self-care activities

Date: Saturday, June 24th, 1:00pm - 6:00pm

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

Stefanie Piatkiewicz, a 2007 graduate from Dominican University, has been part of the Mindful Practices' team since 2009. She is the SEL Coordinator and adminstrative team member heading curriculum development and classroom management training. In addition to providing professional development training sessions, teaching in schools and presenting at conferences on behalf of Mindful Practices, Stefanie has been dancing for over 20 years and teaching/choreographing for the past 10 years in the Chicagoland area. Among her classroom teaching experience, Stefanie also received her 200 RYT through YogaFit. Stefanie is also a recent graduate of teh Graduate Laban Certifcate in Movement Analysis program at Columbia College Chicago where she commenced the graduate Interdisciplinary Arts MA fall 2014. Stefanie brings her enthusiasm and passion for yoga and movement into every class.


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, July 29th, 9:00am - 12:00pm.
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.


Yoga for Test Prep - Tools for Getting Students Through Testing
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!  Bring a small bottle of water.  Dress to move.  

Date: Friday, August 4th, 9:00am - 12:00pm.
Fee: $75, which includes a comprehensive manual


Honoring the Special Needs Child
with Allison Morgan


Teaching children how to connect to their breath, body and emotion, cultivates and nurtures their own inner strength, guidance and perfection. This workshop teaches you how to invite and engage children into this exploration through the introduction of contemplative practices such as yoga, Qi gong and mindfulness. You will learn how to create an environment that encourages children of all abilities to work from their personal strengths rather than focusing on their limitations.

Learn to integrate these practices into your "traditional" work with childen with a variety of diagnoses such as ADHD, Autistic Spectrum, PDD, Sensory Processing Disorders, Anxiety and Stress Related Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome and Developmental Delays. Develop peace from the inside out.

Would you like to empower children to develop independent tools to organize their nervous system? Strategies will include techniques to:

  • Manage sensory needs quickly and effectively
  • Reduce anxiety and stress (yours and theirs)
  • Release defense mode patterning
  • Integrate primitive reflexes to improve overall function

Would you like to learn more effective techniques to support inclusion for ALL children? Learn creative ways to:

  • Support effective and authentic inclusion in classrooms, therapy and home environments
  • Lead peaceful group experiences which meet each student where they are
  • Provide opportunities for easeful social interaction and communication between peers, family members, and therapists
  • Establish a framework for creating theraputic groups which align with individual therapy goals

Is behavior still getting in the way of learning (even though you have tried different strategies and techniques)? Help you and the children in your care to:

  • Improve emotional awareness to facilitate "letting it go"
  • Empower the recognition of triggers and use of yoga tools to develop self-regulation skills
  • Understand the communicative components of all behavior
  • Develop responsibility for behaviors and actions

Dates: Tuesday, August 15th through Thursday, August 17th, 9:00am - 3:00pm each day.
Fee:$595 (early reg. $525 by July 15th)

Register Here


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:Saturday, September 9th, 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Fee: $125. Those that attend can purchase the latest manual for only $25! ($20 savings)

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


Brain Gym 101
with Mari Miyoshi


Are you working too hard to get what you need finished? Do you wish that you had a quick, efficient and effective tool to help your brain function better? Do you work with children and want something portable, convenient and effective that will enhance your sessions? Then Brain Gym is your answer!

Brain Gym is a series of simple and enjoyable movements performed in an intentional way which optimizes functioning of the brain. The 26 movements contained within the Brain Gym 101 course are safe and effective for people of all ages, and have been utilized by thousands of practitioners in over 80 different countries to bring about dramatic improvements in many areas of life:

  • Organization skills
  • Memory
  • Concentration and Attention
  • Reading, Writing and Communication Skills
  • Physical Coordination for exercise/dance/sports, and Group Dynamics
  • And more

Professionals such as regular and special education teachers, reading specialists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physical education teachers, guidance counselors, school principals, parents, anyone who is interested in improving fuctioning for themselves or others, especially children, will benefit greatly from this course.

What you will learn:

  • PACE - a powerful combination of 4 simple steps which create learning readiness
  • 26 Brain Gym movements that facilitate mind-body integration
  • 5 step Edu-K Balance Process
  • Dennison Laterality Repatterning
  • 3 Dimensions of Learning, Focus, Organization and Communication
  • Hands-on opportunity to use these newly acquired skills
  • Strategies for implementation with individuals and within the classroom setting
  • Applications for personal and professional use

In this class you will learn quick and easy techniques to begin to enhance the functioning of your eyes, ears, hands, whole body coordination, which leads to better communication, organization and focus. No previous experience with Brain Gym is necessary.

Dates: Friday, September 8th, 9:00am - 7:00pm; Saturday, September 9th, 1:00pm - 8:00pm; and Sunday, September 10th, 9:00am - 6:00pm
Fee: $495, which includes Brain Gym manual. Early reg ($450) by August 8th.


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 22nd, 9:00am - 1:30pm
Fee: $225 ($200 early registration if you register by September 10th), includes a detailed course manual

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, November 17th, 9:00am - 5:00pm; Saturday, November 18th, 1:30pm - 7:30pm; and Sunday November 19th, 9:00am - 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.

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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