ANGELS

Topics: Yoga, Teacher, Sanskrit words and phrases Pages: 77 (14780 words) Published: December 3, 2013





YOGA ANGELS TEACHER TRAINING MANUAL
A Practical Guide for Teaching Yoga to Kids,
Tweens and Teens

Subhadra Griffiths





CONTENTS

6
9
11
13

Preface
Introduction
Yoga Angels Yoga Program
Apprenticeship Program

Yoga Angels Basics

17
19
21

Definition of Yoga
Asana: The Third Limb of Yoga
Comparison of Teaching Children and Adults

Yoga Angels Teaching Philosophies

25
27
29
31
31
33

Purpose
Qualities of a Yoga Teacher
Teachers Studies & Personal Practice
The Benefits of Yoga
What to Observe
LAUSD Physical Education Learning Standards

Getting Started

37
39
41
43
45

Preparations/Cautions for Yoga Practice
Description of Yoga Angels Yoga Practice for Children
Individual Attention in a Group Setting
Children and Creativity
Children Needing Restorative Yoga

In The Classroom

49
53
57
59
61
62
69
70
76
82
89
91
95

Yoga As A Business

99
100
103
105
107
109

Ages 3-6
Ages 7-12
Ages 13-18
Teaching Children How To Teach
Standard Sequence Taught First
Sun-salutations
Jumping
Standing poses
Back Bends
Additional Poses after Standard Sequence Period
Yoga Adjustments
Discipline of Love/ Sanskrit
Ending Class/Namaste
How to Create a Yoga Angels Program
Sample Budget & Schools Served
References
Author’s Bio/Personal Experience
Acknowledgements
Evaluation Form



PREFACE

Condensed From Text Submitted to The Indian Government
Council On Educational Research And Training—1989 by B.K.S. Iyengar)

(National

OBJECTIVES

If clear in purpose, the curriculum will reflect the pupils’ physical and mental growth. Vague or idealistic objectives will result in vague or idealistic syllabi. Objectives should be concrete, visible, approachable and practical. They should begin with the body then proceed to guide the content in the body.

Objectives can be considered along the following lines:
1. The first objective is to improve the health of the students—health being considered in the comprehensive sense wherein the body, mind and self are involved, yet the exercises should be dynamic and attractive—igniting keen interest in the students to further yogic practices.

2. The philosophical content should be nil, as students at this level have neither the inclination nor the maturity to grasp this aspect of yoga. Often, at a tender age, philosophical education makes the students negative. Our first responsibility is to make them positive.

3. Teaching should be open and free from bias, not bringing in any sectarian religious dogmas. The curriculum should draw upon physical, biological, physiological and psychological sciences. India like California is a multireligious society. The syllabus has to eschew emphasis on any particular religion.

4. Psychologically it should make the students active and alert, sharpen their mental faculties and provide them with a positive outlook on life. 5. The curriculum should be designed by keeping in mind the capacity of the average student, yet flexible enough to be applicable to pupils in diverse situations and conditions.

6. Pranayama (breathing exercises) should not be taught at school level. It is a subtler teaching demanding maturity on the part of the practitioner. If introduced at an early age, it may lead to a prematurely aged appearance.

7. We submit that asana alone of the eight aspects of yoga should be imparted to children. Properly imparted and practiced, asana will provide both physical and mental health and lead to...
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