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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.

 

 

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, January 11th, 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.

 

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

 

 

Join Shari, founder and creator of Karma Kids Yoga, via Skype 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.  

Date: Friday, January 25th, 2019, 11:00am - 2:00pm. Limited to only 10 people. Reserve your space NOW!
Fee: $150, which includes a comprehensive manual that will be sent to you in advance

 

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, February 1st, 9:00am - 7:00pm; Saturday, February 2nd, 1:00pm - 8:00pm; and Sunday, February 3rd, 9:00am - 6:00pm
Fee: $495, which includes Brain Gym manual. Early reg ($450) by January 10th.

 

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

 

 

 

 

Join Shari, founder and creator of Karma Kids Yoga, on Skype 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.  

Dates: Friday, February 1st, 10:00am - 1:00pm, via SKYPE.
Fee: $150, which includes a comprehensive 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, February 8th, 9:00am - 5:00pm; Saturday, February 9th, 1:30pm - 7:30pm; and Sunday February 10th, 9:00am - 5:00pm.
Fee: $550, which includes EKY Manual and DVD, and corresponding visual supports to engage those with speech and language challenges.

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.

Baby Yoga & Developmental Movement 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 1/2 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, February 22nd, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Fee: $150, which includes Baby Yoga manual

 

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!  Bring a small bottle of water.  Dress to move.  

Dates: Friday, March 1st, 10:00am - 1:00pm.
Fee: $150, which includes a comprehensive manual

 

 

 

Baby Yoga & Developmental Movement 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 1/2 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: Sunday, March 17th, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Fee: $150, which includes Baby Yoga manual

 

Yoga & Mindfulness Tools for Stressed Out Parents
with Jess Lorenz

 

 

 

 

Many parents and educators find themselves in triggering and stressful situations with the young people they care for. Over time, these moments can create stressful patterns and responses in the body leaving the adult with less than adult ways of navigating these moments. The goal of this workshop is to offer portable in-the-moment-crisis strategies as well as deeper mindfulness techniques to aid parents and educators. Using yoga postures, breathing activities, drama games, elements of Brain Gym, and a playful exploration of the five senses particpants will move, share, brainstorm, and leave with some new tricks up their sleeves.

This workshop is designed for parents who struggle when immersed in stressful situations with their children. Yoga experience is encouraged but not required. Medical parents and parents of children with special needs, especially welcome.

Benefits:

  • Create playful practices to share with your family
  • Cultivate personal resources to navigate challenging situations
  • Connect with your childish sense of discovery
  • Release frustration and stress using movement, mindfulness, and sensory exploration
  • Learn practical kid-friendly mindfulness strategies to share

Features:

  • Techniques for grounding and self-care in challenging situations (trantrums, anyone?)
  • Strategies for self-regulation to share with your kids or students
  • Practical kid-friendly minfulness activities, yoga poses, and games to promote in-the-moment thinking and fun!

Dates: Sunday, March 24th, 10:00am - 12:00pm.
Fee: $50 per person, $85 for co-parenting couples (not friends, sorry!)

 

 

 

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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