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The Best Lesson Plan ~ Follow Your Passion

I have had several inquiries this week regarding recommendations for the best kids yoga teacher trainings, where to find lesson plans & how I create my lesson plans. There’s not a simple answer.

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I do what works for me & for the kids I see. I work in a very unique setting with very unique kids. The JD McCarty Center is a pediatric rehab hospital for kids with developmental disabilities. We serve kids ages birth to 21 years of age & the patients are assigned to therapeutic groups by their treatment team (which I may or may not be a part of). The kids in my theraeutic yoga group change from week to week depending on admissions & discharges from the hospital (think “revolving door”…. some kids will overlap in their time in the group but not much). So I don’t have the luxury of having a long period of time to teach yoga foundations that I can then build upon in later sessions. We’ve had a few patients stay with us an extended time that have gotten to be in our therapeutic yoga group over several months…. but that’s the exception not the rule. I’ve had kids as young as 2 1/2 yrs. & as old as 20 yrs. in the same class. Not ideal but I made it work. When I did yoga at our summer camps, the kids ranged from 8-16 years. Again…. not ideal but I made it work. The only time I’ve been able to set my own age parameters for a class was the “inclusive” kids yoga class I offered last summer for kids ages 4-8 years. Even then that was not an ideal age range (big difference between 4 yr olds & 8 yr olds in attention span, interests, size, physical abilities (including balance), etc…) but I had to make it that broad in order to get enough kids registered to be able to offer it.

My 24 years of experience as a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist has taught me how to modify everything “in the moment” to meet individual needs (not just in kids yoga but in everything I do). I am always equipped with visual supports & props (because I know they are helpful for most of our patients). I always have a general idea / lesson plan of what my goals or intentions are for a kids yoga class (just like I plan for my speech therapy treatment sessions). But I’m not tied to the plan. It becomes obvious very quickly when I am going to need to modify in the moment. I have had several patients lately with physical limitations & orthotics that made it very difficult to transition from sitting to standing. I often don’t know that until they show up in my class. So I modify poses & activities in the moment so that all kids can be included & feel successful.

While I learned alot in my yoga teacher trainings, it is not the only info I use to create my classes. I have attended several other trainings, have read lots of books, reviewed lots of materials & constantly gain new ideas from blogs & social media sites. I also incorporate all that I know about developmentally appropriate practices, child development & inclusive practices from all the continuing ed I have attended over my career and life lessons along the way. I incorporate arts & crafts, music & books into my kids yoga classes. How I do it depends on the needs of the kids in that particular class.

One of the most frequent requests I get via e-mail & Facebook comments or messaging is asking for a recommendation for “THE best kids yoga teacher training”. My typical response is “there are LOTS of great kids yoga trainings out there. The best one for YOU depends on lots of factors: where you will be teaching kids yoga (a yoga studio? school? hospital? yoga-themed birthday parties? camps?), what ages of kids you will be working with, will you also be offering “family yoga” or “mommy/parent & me yoga”, if your classes be inclusive (include kids with special needs), where you live or your ability to travel to a training (both time & expense), the amount of $$$ you have to invest in a training, etc…”

Most yoga teacher trainings include info about developing lesson plans and/or materials that will give you inspiration for lesson plans. But there is no perfect lesson plan. Please don’t be offended…… I LOVE lesson plans. You see me sharing them all the time. They are great inspiration for ideas. But if you have a lesson plan that you love so much that you can’t deviate from it or modify it in the moment, it’s a recipe for disappoinment / disaster. In my opinion, that holds true regardless of the particular kids in your class (2 or teen, with or without special needs) or where you will be teaching. You need to be flexible to connect with each individual.

My advice is to combine what you learn in any kids yoga teacher training with everything you already know & already love to develop lesson plans that work for you. They will then be from YOUR heart…. from YOUR passion. So I guess there really is a “simple” answer….. “Follow your passion”. You can’t go wrong with that 🙂

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 I love to connect & exchange ideas! Feel free to leave a comment below or on the OMazing Kids Facebook page :)

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

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Asana Alphabet “T is for Teacher: Teaching Children’s Yoga” workshop coming to Oklahoma – October 2012

Asana Alphabet will be offering a kids yoga teacher training in Edmond, Oklahoma in October 2012.

Here’s the scoop:

Printable PDF flier with workshop info: Asana Alphabet workshop flier – Oklahoma – October 2012

 

Asana Alphabet

E-mail: AsanaAlphabet@gmail.com

Website: www.asanaalphabet.com

Blog: http://asanaalphabetblog.wordpress.com/

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3rd Street Yoga Studio

106 W. 3rd Street

Edmond, OK 73003

(405) 330-2211

E-mail: info@3rdstreetyogastudio.com

Website: www.3rdstreetyogastudio.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/3rd-Street-Yoga-Studio/143215447588

 

FYI….. I’m not teaching at this training…… just helping to spread the word about it. We rarely have kids yoga teacher trainings in Oklahoma so it’s a great opportunity 🙂

Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

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OMazing Kids Yoga at the JD McCarty Center & Asana Alphabet Training in the News

Woo Hoo! Excited to open The Oklahoman newspaper today and see an article about the OMazing Kids Yoga group for our inpatients at the JD McCarty Center in Norman, Oklahoma and the Asana Alphabet “Teaching Yoga to Kids with Special Needs” training that I will be guest presenting at this weekend 🙂

Here is the link to the article in The Oklahoman online: http://newsok.com/article/3655322

Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC – inclusive yoga for kids & teens of all abilities in Norman, Oklahoma

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga

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Asana Alphabet Workshops coming to Oklahoma – February & March 2012

Asana Alphabet has several workshops planned in Edmond, Oklahoma in February & March 2012!  Here’s the scoop:

Teaching Teen and Preteen Yoga

February 10 – 12, 2012

Friday: 7pm-9pm

Saturday: 11am-5pm

Sunday: 11am-4pm

 

This workshop is for teachers, yoga teachers, family members and others who want to pass the gift of yoga on to today’s teenagers. Asana Alphabet’s teaching preteen and teen intensive gives informed guidance in how to modify techniques and reach regular tweens/teens and at-risk populations (addressing stress, learning disabilities, depression, anxiety and other issues this age group faces). Pulling from Kundalini Yoga and Hatha yoga forms, the course includes demo and lecture from Ann Robideaux, along with ready-to-go lesson plans for easy implementation. Yoga poses, community building, yamas/niyamas integration, breathwork and deep relaxation/meditation covered. Take as a stand alone or in conjunction with our certification program. Includes our teen teaching guide. Letter of completion with number of credit hours given at course end (can be used towards Yoga Alliance hours).

 

Pricing: $225 if registered by February 3, 2012; $275 after February 3

Friday/Saturday Only (Partial Workshop): $175

 

Decompress: Yoga Class for Teens (as part of the teacher training that Sunday)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

11am-12pm

 

Students in middle school and high school are invited to this hour-long yoga class on Sunday. Sun salutations, Kundalini fun, Partner Yoga and Deep Relaxation all included. Bring your friends!!

Suggested Donation: $5

Asana Alphabet’s Teaching Yoga to Babies and Families

Saturday, March 10, 2012

11am-4pm

 

This intensive workshop will give yoga practitioners, caretakers, and teachers essential know-how to create amazing yoga classes for babies and families. Dozens of baby songs, baby massage, benefits, developmental stages, lesson plans and video samples all comprise this comprehensive training. Teaching guide and other yoga goodies included. Baby/family yoga is a great way to assist healthy physical, mental and social development in children.

 

Pricing: $108 if registered up by March 1, 2012; $125 after March 1

 

Teaching Yoga to Kids with Special Needs

Saturday, March 10, 2012

5pm-9pm

 

Case studies and discussion on symptoms and strategies for working with children with autism spectrum disorder, asperger’s, sensory issues, ADD, and ADHD. Registered yoga alliance teacher and Asana Alphabet™ founder Ann Robideaux guides participants in yoga know-how for reaching these populations. Can be taken as a stand alone or as part of advanced kids yoga certification with Asana Alphabet™.

 

I’m totally pumped that Ann has invited me to be a guest teacher to help at this workshop!

 

Pricing: $108 if registered by March 1, 2012; $125 after March 1

 

ABCs of Yoga: PreK-First Grade

Sunday, March 11, 2012

11am-4pm

A is for Archer, B is for Bow….this workshop gives you 26 lesson plans following the letters of the alphabet primarily for students in PreK-First Grade (though certainly other ages love it too). Integrating children’s books and stories into fun yoga classes also included. Lesson plans and “Yogi and Yogette’s” kids book included. This is a must for anyone interested in working with young kids! Can be taken as a stand alone or as part of advanced kids yoga certification with Asana Alphabet™.

 

Pricing: $115 if registered by March 1, 2012; $135 after March 1

 

Kundalini Yoga: Strengthen your Glandular System

Sunday, March 11, 2012

5-7pm

 

Your glands are the guardians of your health. Tonight we’ll take Kundalini yoga kriyas and a breath meditation to help keep your glandular system in tip top shape. Ann Robideaux, native Oklahoman and long-time Kundalini teacher, visits from NYC!

 

Price: $12 pre-registered: $15 day of workshop

For all workshops:

Please email AsanaAlphabet@gmail.com for more information.

Register through 3rd Street Yoga – see contact info below

 

Printable PDF flier with workshop info: Asana Alphabet workshop flier – Oklahoma – Feb-March 2012

 

Asana Alphabet

E-mail: AsanaAlphabet@gmail.com

Website: www.asanaalphabet.com

Blog: http://asanaalphabetblog.wordpress.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Asana-Alphabet/177726452014

YouTube: www.youtube.com/AsanaAlphabet

 

3rd Street Yoga Studio

106 W. 3rd Street

Edmond, OK 73003

(405) 330-2211

E-mail: info@3rdstreetyogastudio.com

Website: www.3rdstreetyogastudio.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/3rd-Street-Yoga-Studio/143215447588

 

We need your help…… As is the case with any workshop or training they will have to have a certain number of folks register for it to be offered. So please help spread the word by sharing this info with as many folks as you can. This is a rare opportunity for affordable kids/youth yoga teacher training here in central Oklahoma. 🙂

 

Thanks!

Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC – inclusive yoga for kids & teens of all abilities in Norman, Oklahoma

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

 

E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1

Blog: http://omazingkidsyoga.com

 

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