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Professional Development Workshops and Courses

All of our courses can be tailored to your school's needs and time limitations.


Yoga for Test Prep - Tools for Getting Students Through Testing

Learn essential yoga and mindfulness 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.   

We 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.

This course is great for educators of Elementary, Middle and High School, in preparation for testing (State Tests, Regents, SAT/ACT) as well as every day academics.  

Yoga & Mindfulness in the Classroom

Mindfulness is a natural quality that we all have. It's available to us in every moment if we take the time to appreciate it. When we practice mindfulness, we're practicing the art of creating space for ourselves - space to think, space to breathe, space between ourselves and our reactions.

Join Shari, founder and creator of Karma Kids Yoga, for tools to become more aware of where you are and what you're doing, without becoming overly reactive or overwhelmed by what's going on around you in the classroom. You will learn mindfulness activities, important breathing exercises, meditations, yoga poses and games for energizing, focus, concentration, self-regulation, easing anxiety and calming the brain and body, as well as building mindfulness practices with students in a classroom setting.

Shari will show you how to help guide your students into a successful state of quieting the mind and body, tools that they can use in their every day lives.  She will show you how to be in the moment, how to feel your breathe and body, and to redirect the mind when it wanders. She will share techniques from her extensive experience in Children’s Yoga and Brain Gym.  Don’t miss this important workshop!  

This course is great for educators and counselors of Preschools and Elementary Schools.  

Mindfulness & Self-Care Tools for Stressed Out Teachers


Many 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 educators. Using yoga poses, breathing exercises, minfulness activities and games, meditations, essential oils and Brain Gym, participants will move, play, experience, self-care, and leave with some new strategies for reducing stress.

We understand teachers and the level of stress they deal with on a daily basis, often taking care of themselves last. The truth is that you can't pour from an empty cup...and we believe it's important for educators to take care of themselves as much as they care for their students. You'll learn techniques for grounding and self care in challenging situations. You'll learn how to listen to your own body and mind, and how to take care of yourself so that you can be your best self in the classroom.

This workshop is designed for educators who struggle when immersed in stressful situations with their students. Yoga experience is encouraged but not required.

This course is great for educators and counselors of Preschools, Elementary, Middle and High Schools.  

Baby Yoga & Developmental Movement Workshop



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 4 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, Daycare workers, new parents and grandparents, Pediatric PTs and OTs, and anyone that works with infants.



Group Pose Workshop



Learn how to bond and connect your students with Group Poses! Group poses are a great way to build a sense of community and ensemble, to build team work skills and to connect with others. Learn over 30 super fun group poses that you can share with kids, families or playful adults of all ages.

We'll experience all different sized groups and poses that are appropriate for all. You'll learn how to seamlessly set up your groups for these poses, understand the benefits of each pose, and connect through discussion and experience.

We invite yoga teachers, school teachers, drama teachers, coaches, social workers, group leaders, and anyone that wants to have fun and connect through yoga. Join us for 2 hours of yoga fun!


Partner Pose Workshop


Partner Poses add a playful element to any yoga class! Whether you're working with kids, teens, families or adults, partner poses are a great way to bond, connect, communicate and trust through yoga.

Learn over 40 partner poses in this playful workshop! You'll partner with everyone in the room at some point, so no need to bring a partner with you (though you're welcome to bring as many friends as you like).

We invite yoga teachers, school teachers, drama teachers, coaches, social workers, group leaders, and anyone that wants to have fun and connect through yoga. Join us for 2 hours of yoga fun!


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 workshop, 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!

Private consultation with Shari Vilchez-Blatt is available and must be scheduled by appointment.


Refresher Workshop for KKY Trained Teachers Only





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 2017, there is so much more to learn!

Come Play Yoga!



Certification courses, as well as non-certification workshops are available. Rates are based on the number of attendees and the timing of the workshop. Call 646-638-1444 or email downdog@karmakidsyoga.com to request rates and schedule a date and time. Skype options are available for most workshops.

Registration Policy: Payment in full is required prior to the course. Invoices are provided at the time of booking. No purchase orders are not accepted (unless the school is willing to pay in full and accept a refund once the DOE makes their payment). No exceptions. Karma Kids Yoga is a DOE vendor.

Our office is located at 16 Madison Square West, 12th floor • at 25th Street • NYC NY 10010. Our Phone is (646)638-1444 and email downdog@karmakidsyoga.com
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