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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!  You will need a small bottle of water.  Dress to move.  

Limited to only 20 people. Reserve your space NOW!

Date Options: Friday, January 26th, 10:00am - 1:00pm. Friday, February 2nd, 10:00am - 1:00pm. Wednesday, February 7th, 6:00pm - 9:00pm.
Fee: $100, which includes a comprehensive manual

This course is also available for Professional Development. Inquire for rates.


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, February 3rd, 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.



The Biz of Kids Yoga LIVE!
with Lani Rosen-Gallagher


What Will I Learn?
The Biz of Kids Yoga™ LIVE! is a dynamic in-person day long course that will help you to understand practical business strategies that are necessary for Kids Yoga Teachers who want a thriving business and lifestyle they love.

This in-person course provides 8-hours of smart, effective business strategies specific to Kids Yoga Teachers so you can:

  • Connect with others in a like-minded community
  • Increase your revenue streams
  • Market yourself more effectively
  • Expand your Yoga Offerings
  • Improve your online presence
  • Have a more balanced & abundant lifestyle

If you are ready to take your biz to the next level, need marketing support and want to be part of a community of like-minded Kids Yoga Teachers & entrepreneurs then this course is for you!

In an interactive setting, you will learn valuable business skills and strategies to help your Kids Yoga business thrive. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive individualized coaching as well as receive handouts and get access to a private and supportive Facebook group exclusively for members and graduates of The Biz of Kids Yoga community.

Given the intimate class size, plus the intensive coaching that answers your unique questions, this course is tailored to meet each student's needs.

TBoKY LIVE! Course Modules

The Biz of Kids Yoga LIVE! includes a comprehensive curriculum that will help you to create the business and lifestyle that you truly desire! Course modules include:
- Set Your Mind Right … Set your mindset for success as you journey the path of a Kids Yoga Teacher and biz owner. Learn & implement the essential differences between working on & in your business.
- Mindful Marketing … Understand marketing, discover your niche and grow your classes. Tap into your authenticity and learn the best marketing strategies to attract your ideal clients.
- Beyond Kid’s Classes … Create a roadmap to grow and expand your Kids Yoga biz, beyond just teaching classes, so you can do what you love and have the lifestyle you desire.
- Community Collaboration … Identify and build a thriving network so that you never work alone, have an abundance of referrals & create infinite opportunities for collaboration.
- Money Matters … Gain the understanding of what it means to know your worth, learn to earn more and manage your money effectively.
- Your Biz Online … Learn the essential tips and tools that will grow your Kids Yoga biz including email marketing, websites, social media and blogging.
- Hit the Ground Running … Implement the skills, tools & perspectives of the program specific to your business’ needs. Receive personalized coaching for your specific questions so you can hit the ground running!

Is this Course for Me?
Whether you are a recent Yoga Teacher Training graduate, an ambitious newbie in the Kids Yoga industry, or an experienced Yoga entrepreneur, this program will add value, help to grow your biz & leave you loving the lifestyle you lead.

Learn More

Dates: Sunday, February 11th, 9:00am - 6:00pm.
Fee: $297 ($247 early registration if you register by January 11th; $50 off for licensed NGY Teachers in the NGY Community).

Click here to register.



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, March 9th, 9:00am - 7:00pm; Saturday, March 10th, 1:00pm - 8:00pm; and Sunday, March 11th, 9:00am - 6:00pm
Fee: $495, which includes Brain Gym manual. Early reg ($450) by February 27th.


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 3 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: Saturday, March 10th, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Fee: $200, which includes Baby Yoga manual


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, March 16th, 9:00am - 1:30pm
Fee: $225 ($200 early registration if you register by March 1st), includes a detailed course manual

This course is available in person or via Skype.

Zenergy Yoga Therapy for Kids & Teens Training
with Loraine Rushton



Discover the privilege and opportunity of using Yoga Therapy to touch the lives and make a difference for children and teens. Learn to treat the common ailments and issues that children are facing today.

What is Yoga Therapy? Yoga Therapy is a specialized discipline of Yoga that corrects and treats ailments and conditions. It can be utilized to effectively treat issues as simple as the common cold to major diseases such as cancer

How does it work? Yoga Therapy works by bringing the body back into balance. Combining specific exercises, movements, postures, relaxation and breathing, the body and it's systems are cleansed, strengthened and rejuvenated. This unique style of yoga provides the benefit of being able to diagnose, target and fix issues relating to organ function, energy flow and body structure.

Who is The Zenergy Yoga Therapy Course for? It is for those who work with children of any age. The course is for Yoga teachers who wish to specialize in or expand their knowledge of working with children and teens. It is for educators who want to bring yoga therapy into their classroom. It's for parents who want the benefits of yoga therapy for their children. Yoga Therapy can be utilized in the home, classroom, health center, child care center, sports classes, dance studios, martial arts schools, gym, etc.

What you will learn:

  • An understanding of Yoga Therapy and how it works
  • The specific yoga corrective exercises for the top 10 issues being faced by children and teens today (weight loss, coughs/colds/sore throats, focus/concentration, stress and anxiety, lower back issues, Diabetes, Asthma, digestion, ADD/ADHD, Depresssion)
  • How to deal with each condition on a physical, mental and emotional level
  • How to deliver a full yoga class targeting each of these areas

Dates: Saturday, April 14th, 1:00pm - 9:00pm; Sunday, April 15th, 9:00am - 6:00pm
Fee: $695 (early reg. $595 by January 26th).
Register for BOTH Zenergy Trainings and the second course is only $395! (Total for both $1,090; or $990 early reg.) !

Loraine Rushton, an international expert and founder of Zenergy Yoga, has been a teacher, trainer and leading educator in Children's Yoga for nearly 20 years. Her philosophy is that all children are perfect beings with gifts to share. Her mission is to unlock that potential in every child, so they believe in themselves and shine their light out into the world. Loraine has worked iwth thousands of individuals throughout the world on their health and well-being. She is an expert in health, nutrition, wellness, yoga therapy, and helping people achieve and maintain optimal health. Loraine's programs have benefited children and adults of all ages. As one of Australia's leading experts in teaching Yoga to Children, ABC television selected Loraine to be the featured instructor on their first "Yoga for Kids" DVD and CD. She trains yoga instructors how to teach children's yoga classes. Her Zenergy for Schools Program has been taught in primary, secondary, private, religious, and selective schools for over 10 years.


Zenergy Yoga Therapy for Special Needs Training
with Loraine Rushton



Working with Special Needs Children is essential for today's children's yoga teachers! You will have children with special needs: ADHD, Aspergers, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Physical Disabilities and Mental Health issues in your classes. The questions is - will you be prepared with what you need to know to make a difference in their lives?

Working with special needs children offers a very special opportunity. If you are interested in making a difference and touching your own heart in a very deep and fulfilling manner, then this course is perfect for you.

The number of children with special needs is growing and the tools to impact their lives have never been more important then they are today. Yoga Therapy offers a way for you to connect and impact lives of these children and teens in a way that nothing else can. You can make a profound difference in their lives and gain a feeling of fulfillment for yourself that will be hard to match.

In this 2 day course, you will learn the 7 following elements for each of the issues noted above:

  • The distinct class format that will work best
  • The keys to adapting your teacing style to be effective
  • The specific Yoga Therapy corrective exercises
  • How to adapt breathing techniques
  • The keys to effective relaxation
  • How to create engagement and connection
  • To alter how you give instructions so they can be understood and followed

By the end of the course, you will be able to deliver a class for students with any of these special needs as well as have the ability to work with students that have any of these conditions that may be participating in any of your classes.

This course is for yoga teachers, school teachers, parents, family members, daycare workers, health professionals and anyone who works with or wants to make a difference in the lives of special needs children and teens.

Dates: Saturday, April 21st, 1:00pm - 9:00pm; Sunday, April 22nd, 9:00am - 6:00pm
Fee: $695 (early reg. $595 by January 26th). Register for BOTH Zenergy Trainings and the second course is only $395! (Total for both $1,090; or $990 early reg.)

Loraine Rushton, an international expert and founder of Zenergy Yoga, has been a teacher, trainer and leading educator in Children's Yoga for nearly 20 years. Her philosophy is that all children are perfect beings with gifts to share. Her mission is to unlock that potential in every child, so they believe in themselves and shine their light out into the world. Loraine has worked iwth thousands of individuals throughout the world on their health and well-being. She is an expert in health, nutrition, wellness, yoga therapy, and helping people achieve and maintain optimal health. Loraine's programs have benefited children and adults of all ages. As one of Australia's leading experts in teaching Yoga to Children, ABC television selected Loraine to be the featured instructor on their first "Yoga for Kids" DVD and CD. She trains yoga instructors how to teach children's yoga classes. Her Zenergy for Schools Program has been taught in primary, secondary, private, religious, and selective schools for over 10 years.


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, May 19th, 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.


Learn to Fly: An AcroYoga Intensive
with Deven Sisler


Join Senior AcroYoga teacher, Deven Sisler to discover the joys of AcroYoga, as we explore cirlasana, partner supported conditioning and inversion techniques, basic acrobatics, and restorative partner flying! Unlock the impossible and ignite delight to infuse your practice and teaching with a sense of creativity. Get your feet off the ground with the support of a partner in a safe and fun environment while experiencing the exchange of trust and compassionate communication. No partner needed or experience necessary.

The course will explore:

  • Circlasana & Partner Yoga
  • Headstand, forearm stand, and handstand progressions that work with kids
  • Easy partner back bends
  • Mindful games
  • Basic Acrobatics
  • Compassionate communication
  • Flying, flying and more flying!
  • Thai Yoga Massage
  • Relaxing restorative partner poses
  • Assist/Observe two Family AcroYoga classes

Participants will receive a certificate of completion towards YACEP or YAMI YOGA Family Yoga Teacher Training. Upon registration, you will receive a welcome letter with a handbook to print for the weekend.

Deven Sisler will empower your practice on and off your mat. A senior certified AcroYoga teacher, she is known for her joyful, playful approach to partnership and collaboration, and her articulate teaching. She has been teaching children and families for over fifsteen years and loves sharing her insight in classes, teacher trainings and online at YogaAnytime.com (enter "DEVEN" for a free 30 day trial!). An E-RYT 200 and CRYT yoga teacher, she has trained with international master teachers for a decade and a half in yoga, circus, thai massage and acrobatics. An outdoor enthusiast, she weaves her experience on and off the mat into creative, relaxing and inspiring classes internationally. Find her at Wanderlust and Telluride Festivals this year. Learn more at DevenSislerYoga.com

Dates: Friday, June 1st, 5:30pm - 8:30pm; Saturday, June 2nd, 1:00pm - 7:00pm; and Sunday, June 3rd, 11:00am - 5:00pm.
Fee: $375 - includes AcroYoga Family Handbook, certificate of course completion, and 15 hours towards AcroFamily Yoga Teacher Training Certification and YA credits.

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

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.

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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