YOGA ANGELS TEACHER TRAINING MANUAL
A Practical Guide for Teaching Yoga to Kids,
Tweens and Teens
Yoga Angels Yoga Program
Yoga Angels Basics
Definition of Yoga
Asana: The Third Limb of Yoga
Comparison of Teaching Children and Adults
Yoga Angels Teaching Philosophies
Qualities of a Yoga Teacher
Teachers Studies & Personal Practice
The Benefits of Yoga
What to Observe
LAUSD Physical Education Learning Standards
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
Yoga As A Business
Teaching Children How To Teach
Standard Sequence Taught First
Additional Poses after Standard Sequence Period
Discipline of Love/ Sanskrit
How to Create a Yoga Angels Program
Sample Budget & Schools Served
Author’s Bio/Personal Experience
Condensed From Text Submitted to The Indian Government
Council On Educational Research And Training—1989 by B.K.S. Iyengar)
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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