After 7 sold out trainings and much joy and delight amongst the kids, Greville Henwood’s highly praised GroovyKids Yog Weekend Teache raining from Los Angeles marks 8th etur to Dubai and we would love to have you be part of it!
As a trainee on the weekend intensive commencing on April 7-8, you’ll learn the GroovyKids™ Yoga Flow [45-60 minute] complete range of motion yoga class perfect for kids of all ages and abilities including music, movement, breath awareness and meditation. You’ll watch a live GroovyKids™ Yoga class and learn the 7 Keys to a successful GroovyKids™ Yoga class. You’ll also learn fun games that get you to reveal your own patterns of thought, study class sequenc and learn why, when and how to modify the sequence for almost infinite classes. You’ll see why the GroovyKids™ vision works for all kids of all abilities and cultures, from ages of 3-12 and sometimes even a little younger.
Teaching yoga to children starting from the age of 3 is fundamentally one of the most important and vital areas to paving their way in creating a profound change in our world. And while any movement is beneficial, what distinguishes yoga from other sports is its non-competitive spirit.
Yoga can provide them with beneficial lifelong tools to help them cope with daily stresses, navigate exams and deal gracefully with the increasing pressures placed upon them as they transition into adulthood.
So much so, that the benefits of yoga for children raised great awareness towards XYoga Dubai 2016 in which I had the delight to share the practice to 5 year old Mohammed (known as @maj on Instagram) with Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan, as part of their XYoga campaign. Click - HERE - to watch the video.
Kids don’t respond to shy teachers! So we start day 1 by integrating and going through creative and intellectual games designed to bring us 'teachers' out of our shells and break the proverbial ice.
Then we move onto who yoga is for, what the benefits are. Teaching kids yoga means you have to be on your toes, so we practice games and exercises that bring us fully present. We look at sequencing ideas and how we actually learn things, how we memorize them and why some things are easier than others to recall. We learn chants, songs, stories, yoga games and other things that all help make LEARNING & TEACHING a joyful experience.
After all the theory has been presented and explained, we go through the GroovyKids™ Yoga Flow ourselves, it’s very helpful for the teachers to do the actual class as learning from the inside out is far more PRACTICAL!
After looking at the various elements every successful Kids Yoga class must have, we invite kids to come and actually do a free Kids Yoga class led by Greville Henwood on the afternoon of day 2 from 2:45 - 3:45 pm. This is invaluable and the most fun part, because the teachers can immediately see for themselves theory in action. Once the kids have gone home, we break down the class and ask ourselves, did we accomplish what we set out to? And the answer is always YES!
After the live kids demo session, we move onto the foundation of the relationship-centered teaching and go deeper into the specifics, nuts and bolts of class-time, guidelines of sequencing poses and school standards for physical education to see how yoga fits in.
Specific breathing techniques will be practiced and a more in-depth look at how yoga has made an impact in our lives to help us understand simple ways that yoga philosophy is no different than any other, and how universal principles appear in yoga and how we can consciously apply these principles in our teaching.
We will look closer at how to modify classes as the age groups from 3-5 years old and 6-12 years old change and learn how to create a GroovyKids Yoga class accordingly.