TeenYoga Online – January 2023
20th January 2023 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Teen Yoga online, is a rich and thorough 10-week online course with plenty of live interaction and continuous contact with your tutor. The course certifies you to teach yoga and mindfulness to teenagers and is accredited by Yoga Alliance US. Devised with the help of specialist adolescent Neuroscientists, Anatomists, Psychologists, Educators and Yoga Teachers, as well as experts in Online Learning, this is a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of the latest research in teen yoga.
The Teen Yoga online course goes beyond the usual online offering, using a community approach to ensure the same high quality interactive and participatory experience that Charlotta has always provided. The course is both practical and theoretical – meaning you will be spending time on the mat investigating and experiencing sequences frequently used with young people, as well as engaging in group projects and discussion with your peers and individual reflection, with continuous tutor support in forums and one-to-one tutorials. You will also be learning through visual lectures, audio meditations and seminars with Charlotta. This unique combination of learning techniques will provide you with a deep and grounded understanding of the complexities and intricacies of teaching yoga to adolescents.
The course is based on in-depth coverage of the research evidence relating to adolescent development and yoga and over 15 years of hands-on experience in this field. The course will cover:
- Socio-psychology of the adolescent
- Anatomy of the adolescent
- Neurobiology of the adolescent
- Teenagers and yoga principles
- The logistics of teaching teen yoga
Within these topic areas there will be other varied topics also covered, which you can see in the detailed Prospectus.
The Teen Yoga Mood Cards are a set of 16 cards to help young people shift mood states as stated on the cards themselves. They include breathing techniques and are linked to the Teen Yoga youtube channel. Designed to be used together with a TeenYoga class or they could also be used as a basis for a yoga class. These are a lovely gift for your teens, offering them an opportunity to carry on their practice once you have left them. These cards also make a nice gift for students to give to each other.
There are 5 modules delivered over a 10 week period. During this period the student will need to dedicate between 7-10 hours per week to the course. In addition to a wide variety of course content and activities in which you work on different aspects of the subject area with your peers, there are regular webinars and conference calls. Each module has a webinar with Charlotta Martinus and a group online session, as well as an individual session with your tutor.
You will receive links to each module’s video lectures and supporting materials every other Wednesday, and can listen to those lectures whenever and as often as you wish. Students will have two weeks to complete the requirements for each module before being able to move on to the next module as a way to ensure that the whole group begins and ends the training at the same time. You will have access to the course for 1 year from the day it concludes.
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Effective participation in the course requires a minimum dedication of 7 hours a week, and for some up to 10. There are five modules on the course (plus a short introductory module). Each module lasts two weeks. You should expect to dedicate an average of about one hour a day, and you choose when you wish to do this. However, we recommend that you try to keep a regular rhythm rather than trying to do it all on one day. You will also have a group task to do in each module where you may wish to have meetings with your group, or choose to communicate via messaging.
The course is quite intense in order to give you the grounding you need to teach adolescents yoga effectively. The dedication involves, in each module:
- A theory section which involves a range of detailed content and reflection, with a variety of videos and presentations for you to follow, as well as an example class
- Assignments, which involve one activity to be done in collaboration with others and one individual activity.
- Reflection activities where you consolidate and explore what you are learning, on your own and with peers in the class forum space
- Webinar with Charlotta Martinus, (1.5 hours) the opportunity to ask questions and go further into the subject
- Group online session (1.5 hours) where you share the work you have done in your assignments with the group and comment
- Individual tutorials, (30 mins – time arranged with tutor to suit both) where you comment on your progress and discuss any issues that may have arisen in the module
All the above activities can be done in your own time. There are also activities that take place in specific time slots, that are appropriate for your time zone. These are:
N.B. ALL Monday Group Sessions and Tuesday Webinars are at the following times:
EITHER: 11pm PT/2am ET/2am ON/8am BST or GMT UK/9am SA/3pm WA/7pm NSW/8pm NZ
OR: 9am PT/midday ET/midday ON/6pm BSTor GMT UK/7pm SA/1am WA/5am NSW/6am NZ
Orientation begins from Friday 20th Jan 2023 (obligatory but at your own pace).
Orientation webinar Tue 24th Jan – obligatory.
M1 Group Presentation – obligatory. MON 6 FEB.
M1 Group Webinar – obligatory. TUE 7 FEB.
M2 Group Presentation – obligatory. MON 20 FEB.
M2 Group Webinar – obligatory. TUE 21 FEB.
M3 Group Presentation – obligatory. MON 6 MAR.
M3 Group Webinar – obligatory. TUE 7 MAR.
M4 Group Presentation – obligatory. MON 20 MAR.
M4 Group Webinar – obligatory. TUE 21 MAR.
PLEASE NOTE: The clocks change in the UK on Sunday 26th March by an hour. The start time of the sessions will be the same but the UK time will change from GMT to BST (= GMT+1) – please calculate the new time based on your own time zone.
M5 Group Presentation – obligatory. MON 3 APR.
M5 Group Webinar – obligatory. END ON TUE 4 APR
You will receive links to each module’s video lectures and supporting materials every other Wednesday.
The course is also based on the idea that all those who follow it have their own regular yoga practice. We recommend that during the course you adapt your own practice to support your reflection on how best to teach young people yoga. For this purpose we recommend sessions and guided meditations commonly used with young people that you can incorporate into your practice, to acquire first-hand experience of them.
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What Will I Learn?
After completing the course, you will be ready to teach young people yoga. On completion of the course, if all evaluation criteria are met, you will be accredited and added to the closed online Facebook group, in which Charlotta and other experts mentor and support you in your onward journey. You will also receive the exclusive newsletter which shares new research and ideas on a regular basis.
Who is the Course for?
The course is directed towards parents, healthcare professionals, yoga teachers, school teachers, and anyone working with young people. We invite students from all countries to join us. A key prerequisite is that you have a solid regular yoga practice of your own. Please take a look at the prospectus for more detailed information. For queries around course content, course teaching or to enquire about a bursary, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Ruby of Teen Yoga for any questions you might have. You can call Ruby on 01761 470 658 OR email her at email@example.com
Click the file link below to download the full Teen Yoga Prospectus
You will receive a Teen Yoga certificate of completion following full participation in all aspects of the course including homework, self-study and webinar attendance.
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Meet the Teacher
Charlotta Martinus, the course leader, is supported by a team of highly experienced online tutors. The tutors are experienced Teen Yoga teachers and therapists trained exclusively by Charlotta to run this course. Often, they also work with teens in other capacities such as educators or therapists. They are all continuously monitored and supported by Charlotta.
Charlotta has taught over 5,000 teenagers yoga over the last 13 years and trained over 650 yoga teachers to share yoga with teenagers. She has rolled out whole school initiatives in her home town in Bath, where 95% of the schools now offer yoga to their students. She collaborates with Sport England and has done since 2004, delivering the Yoga Girls Can project within the South West. She has been fortunate enough to work in Africa, the US, Australia and around Europe, sharing her understanding of what it is to bring yoga to young people in a therapeutic way. The TeenYoga course builds on the psychotherapeutic understanding of holding a safe space as well as within the pedagogical framework of student led discovery.