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Extraordinary Kids Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica

Learn to share the gift of yoga with kids of all ages by joining this kids and teens yoga teacher training program with Yoga Collective Nosara and Kids to Teens Yoga School! This 95-hour comprehensive program focuses on learning how to teach yoga, meditation, and mindfulness to kids of all ages. If you have a passion for kids and their future, this is the training for you!

Meet the instructors

Daya (Danielle) & Julian
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Highlights

  • Yoga Alliance Certification RCYT
  • Morning and afternoon theory sessions
  • Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School RYS
  • 95-hour Registered Children's Yoga Teacher training course
  • Learning the methodology in kids yoga, mindfulness, meditation practices
  • 12 nights' accommodation

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11 days with instruction
Airport transfer available:
Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (US$150 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Juan Santamaría International Airport (US$260 per person)
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Accommodation

During this program, you will be accommodated at Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort or Nosara Beach Hostel.

Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort

The Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort is a beautiful resort with all the offerings of a five-star resort, with yoga as a focus. The atmosphere will greatly enhance your yoga training experience. Everything is taken care of so you can focus on your studies and support yourself through this time of transformation. Enjoy all the amenities that nurture the soul while you dive deep into your yogic inquiry.

Enjoy an afternoon swim in their saltwater lap pool, stroll by the waterfalls on the way to your bungalow, or soak up the lush landscape as you contemplate your teachings of the day. Dine with your fellow students and nourish yourself with amazing meals. Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort will provide a restful home for you along your yoga journey and offer you the utmost comfort during your training.

Nosara Beach Hostel

Nosara Beach Hostel is a small shared hostel. It can accommodate four people and is equipped with a kitchen.

Program

This course runs for nine days beginning with a Saturday travel day and evening session and concluding with graduation on the last day of the course. Travel day is the day after graduation.

Course summary

This 95-hour comprehensive children's yoga training teaches you methodology in kids yoga, mindfulness, meditation practices and more! You will learn how to teach yoga to kids of all ages from toddlers to teens, specifically:

  • Mindfulness techniques to use with kids
  • Breathwork and meditation practices for all ages
  • Toolkit poses
  • Mantras and chanting for kids
  • Mindful movement with music
  • Kid’s yoga games and activities
  • Kids and teen yoga flows
  • Mommy and me class structure
  • How to integrate yoga into schools, after-school programs, and kids camps
  • Specific techniques in working with teens and teen athletes
  • Class design for kids yoga classes for all age groups
  • Classroom yoga for educators

Course syllabus

General background in the specialty - 16 hours

  • Child development emphasis from ages 2-15
  • Experiential exploration of developmental considerations for toddlers through to adolescence
  • Typical development, individual development, and cautions for developmental stages from birth to teenagers
  • Teaching multiple age groupings effectively
  • Teaching based on school-aged groupings (mommy and me, pre-school, elementary, middle, and high school)
  • Considerations for female and male learners at different life stages
  • Understanding age-specific milestones
  • Self-study as it relates to child development
  • Communicating and relationship-building with children and caregivers
  • Communicating effectively with parents, guardians, and professionals involved in child’s life

Techniques, training, and practice - 20 hours

  • Interdisciplinary approach to age-appropriate asanas and posture flows
  • Choosing and using music to create energetic shifts and transitions, using music with movement
  • Pranayama, chanting, partner poses, games, and meditation
  • Affirmations, visualizations, stories, and relaxation strategies
  • Use of and choosing props, books, cards and visual aids
  • Classroom management strategies and techniques for learning differences and behavior challenges
  • Teaching in varied settings, partner / co-teaching, and business and marketing

Teaching methodology - 15 hours

  • Knowledge of classroom techniques for varied settings - group processing for children’s activities
  • Methodology for creating experiential learning environments
  • Age-appropriate timing, teaching skills, phrasing / languaging for children, sequencing, and delivery
  • Lesson planning, use of themes, organization, and structure of a class depending upon the setting
  • Designing specialty classes (e.g. studio classes, camp programs, family yoga, caregiver and toddlers, teen classes, and yoga for athletes)
  • Creating a safe, mindful, and non-authoritarian environment
  • Communicating and relationship-building with students and caregivers / families
  • Balancing the need for structure and creativity in the class
  • Being in the role of a learner as you teach (learn from your students)
  • Observing and embracing the energy of the room and being in the moment
  • Engaging the senses and using multiple intelligence techniques

Anatomy and physiology - 10 hours

  • Engaging students in the exploration of anatomy and physiology specifically for developmental stages
  • Games, books, stories, and songs as teaching tools for learning anatomy
  • Eastern and western approaches to physiology and energy anatomy
  • Understanding of energy physiology (the chakras and nadis)
  • Benefits and contraindications for yoga techniques
  • Avoiding common injuries in yogic practices and instruction on healthy movement patterns
  • Age-specific adaptations for asana and pranayama

Yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics for children’s yoga teachers - 16 hours

  • Incorporating yoga philosophy (yamas and niyamas) in age-appropriate ways
  • Learning philosophy through the use of games, visualizations, affirmations, and play
  • Fostering a non-competitive, mindful, and inclusive class atmosphere
  • The practice of yoga as a contemporary health and wellness tool
  • Basics of ethical language and behavior when parents / guardians are present and when they are not
  • Ethics, caution, and care in hands-on assists
  • Creating a safe and protective environment for the students
  • Collegial and ethical relationships with parents and associates
  • Confidentiality
  • Healthy boundaries in the student-teacher relationship
  • Local, regional legal parameters, policies, and procedures
  • When to refer to other professionals

Practice teaching and observations - 18 hours

  • Observing, assisting, co-teaching, and teaching
  • Design and teach mini-classes in your style
  • Teaching mock classes and classes with children of varied ages
  • Practice teaching in small groups
  • Co-mentoring and self-evaluation
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Designing multiple lesson plans to use to teach from

Prerequisite

This course is designed for any person who loves kids and wants to guide children in yogic practices. There are no prerequisites for the course as this is a specialized training for teaching children of all ages in yoga, mindfulness, and meditation. The course is recommended for classroom teachers, PE teachers, yoga instructors who want to specialize in kids yoga, caregivers, athletic coaches, parents, and anyone who loves working with kids.

Completion

After completing this training, graduates must teach 30 hours of children’s yoga. If desiring certification from the Yoga Alliance, additional requirements are required. Completion of a 200-hour yoga teacher training is not a requirement to participate in this course but is a requirement to register as an RCYT with the Yoga Alliance, and may be taken either before or after a children's yoga teacher training. Please confirm requirements for Yoga Alliance RCYT as the requirements may change.

Schedule

Orientation

The first day of training orientation will start at 16:00-17:00. The opening session will be at 17:30-19:00. On the last day of the training, there will be a graduation celebration at 18:00-19:00. The day after graduation is the travel day.

Tentative daily schedule

  • 06:00-08:00 Morning sadhana personal yoga practice
  • 08:00-10:30 Free time (integration / projects / meditation / community)
  • 10:30-13:30 Morning session (theory)
  • 13:30-15:00 Free time - integration / projects
  • 15:00-17:00 Afternoon session (theory)
  • 17:00-18:30 Free time (integration / projects)
  • 18:30-20:00 Evening session

Notes: please arrive at least the day before program / training begins and schedule your departure the day after training ends.

Instructors

Daya (Danielle) Radl

Julian Devoe

Location

The course will take place at the Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort located in Nosara. The Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort is a gorgeous property located in the heart of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Nosara is known for its lush forest, pristine beaches, surf and rich wildlife.

Food

You will get breakfasts if you choose to stay at Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort and snacks if staying at Casa Daisy. Daily lunch with trainees at the Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort is available at an additional cost. The food is a gourmet, local, organic buffet with many selections for diets of all kinds (vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options).

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Yogic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Yoga classes
  • Morning and afternoon theory sessions
  • 95-hour Registered Children's Yoga Teacher training course
  • 12 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Other meals
  • Airfare
  • Transfers

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) or Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) is located in Liberia, Yoga Collective Nosara recommends that you book your flight into this airport as it is closer. Your second option is to fly into Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) which is located near the capital city of San Jose in the Central Valley (a five-hour drive to Nosara).

Please send Yoga Collective Nosara your flight schedule and they can assist you with a shuttle service the day before and after the program begins / ends. They can also refer you to the shuttle service. The drive from Liberia takes three hours. The shuttle price is 150 USD one way. Meanwhile, the drive from San Jose takes six hours. The shuttle price varies but is usually 260 USD one way. You may also take a commuter flight from Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) to Nosara with Nature Air.

Arrival by bus

You can take a bus which takes approximately six hours via San José - Nicoya - Nosara. The bus departs from San José to Nosara every day at 05:30. The bus company is called Alfaro buses. The San Jose terminal is on 14th Street, 5th Avenue.

Airport: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport Airport transfer available: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (US$150 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Juan Santamaría International Airport Airport transfer available: Juan Santamaría International Airport (US$260 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Arrival: Monday July 19, 2021
Departure: Saturday July 31, 2021

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