Chair Yoga & Mindful Practices for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

From: $100.00 / month for 4 months

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About This Course

learn how to teach chair yoga and mindfulness breaks to children ages 3 to 12.

Gain the confidence to identify challenging times during your in-person or virtual school day and to learn how to teach chair yoga breathing, postures, brain breaks, and relaxation exercises to build connection, engage your students, and shift them into a more learning-ready state of mind. In this training, all pre-recorded lectures include closed captioning and our live weekly meetups will be facilitated in American Sign Language by Sara Lev, Yoga Ed. Trainer, and Jessalyn Akerman-Frank, Yoga Educator.

Duration 6 weeks

Focus Ages 3-12

Skill Level Beginner

Prerequisites None

Language ASL, English (cc)

Access 1 Year

Course Schedule
Week 1
This week we will introduce ourselves and review the course materials. We will also experience a chair yoga practice for teachers so we can start to get a feeling for the work.
Week 2
This week we will explore chair yoga and mindfulness. We will examine how yoga and mindfulness supports students’ physical health, emotional wellness, mental health, and social relationships. We will also introduce how the stress response occurs, and how mindfulness can influence these domains.
Week 3
This week we will introduce the fundamentals of lesson planning for a teen’s chair yoga class, including how to create relevant lesson plans to the age group you are teaching and how to lesson plan to meet standards. We will also learn about the chair yoga tool belt.
Week 4
This week we will learn our yoga tools. We will practice teen’s chair yoga breathing exercises, yoga poses, brain breaks, and relaxation. Lessons will be interspersed with the benefits of each tool, demonstrations, and tips to put what you learn into practice.
Week 5
This week we will dive into how to implement yoga and mindfulness into your classroom. We will examine optimal frequency, dosage, and how to get started. We will learn how to create a classroom action plan to support you in getting started.
Week 6
This week we will explore the teaching philosophies that inform your work as a Yoga Educator. We will discuss the impact and importance of these philosophies for effective teaching. Topics include brain development, behavior management, positive behavior strategies, and creating a classroom community.
Meet Your Instructors
What time are the check-ins?

The check-ins are at 5:00pm Pacific | 8:00pm Eastern on Mondays. They last for 1 hour.

Does this qualify for credits?

Yes, this course qualifies for the following credits:

+ 24 hours continuing education units with the Yoga Alliance
+ 2 semester hours with Loyola Marymount University – view eligible states here; MUST CHOOSE “Earn Academic Credit with LMU” option at checkout
+ 24 CEUs towards your ISSA certification with International Sports Science Association

Click here to learn more about course credit options.

Lastly, feel free to check with your local school or district to see if they will accept course credits.

Can I get CEUs in my state/school district?

Upon completion of our courses or program, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. Many school districts honor this as CEU credit. We recommend reaching out to your administrator ahead of time to ask if they will honor Yoga Ed. courses. We have a partnership with NYC Public Schools. We also offer Graduate Level Professional Development Credit through LMU.

Do you accept purchase orders from schools?

Yes! Email us at [email protected] so that we can support you. Please note that all POs must be received at least 1 week prior to the course start date.

Do I need to be a teacher to take this course?

No, this course is designed for anyone who works with children (or would like to work with children). Yoga teachers, parents, nurses, counselors, mental health professionals, youth services support staff, and many other professionals have gone through our course and found the knowledge to be instrumental in supporting their ability to teach yoga to children in the unique environments they work in.

I am new to yoga and don’t have experience teaching yoga. Is this course a good option for me?

Our courses are differentiated to meet the needs of adult learners with a variety of yoga experience. Whether you’re new to yoga or have your 500-hour certification, we think our courses are a great fit for anyone who wants to learn how to teach yoga and mindfulness to the children and teens in their life. If you’d like to learn more about a course, feel free to email [email protected] for more information or to set up a call with someone from our team.

How relevant is this program? Will it incorporate current events in the world or is it a more general course?

The short answer is both and very relevant! The longer answer is this course contains two types of learning material: self-paced and live. The self-paced content includes prerecorded videos, which cover general principles and practices that can be applied across situations. The Certificate course includes live weekly check-ins, where we will dive into specific applications, discussions and practice teaching opportunities to make the learnings as relevant as possible to the various settings you may teach in, online and in-person. We also provide ample opportunities within check-ins where you may ask any questions that you may have about how to apply the principles and practices to the current events in the world.

Are these courses a good fit for me if I’m teaching virtually?

Yes, absolutely. Something that makes our curriculum unique is that it can be used in face-to-face or virtual settings.

Are group discounts available?

Yes! We offer discounts for groups of four or more. Please email us at [email protected] to get your discount code.

I am not Deaf or Hard of Hearing, can I take this course?

Yes. The course is open to hearing participants who work with Deaf or hard of hearing children. Please note that the live weekly meet-ups are facilitated in American Sign Language (ASL) so to participate fully in the course, you will need to understand ASL.

How is this course different from Yoga Ed.’s Chair Yoga & Mindful Practices for Children course?

The live weekly meetups are led in ASL, and the focus of the live weekly meetups with your course instructors will be to deepen your understanding and confidence in tailoring all practices to your work with Deaf or hard of hearing children.

It says it is self-paced, but there are dates. Why?

If you choose to enroll in the certificate option, you will receive access to live weekly check-ins with your cohort. We offer weekly check-ins on Thursdays to share thoughts, answer any questions you may have, and connect you with your cohort of yoga educators.

Will attendance on live meet-ups be required for certificate programs?

No; one of the best parts about this course is that it’s designed for you to go-at-your-own-pace 🙂 All check-ins are optional and they are all recorded so you can watch the recording(s) if you are unable to make the live meet-up.

What do I have to do in order to get a certificate of completion?

Simply watch course videos, submit 2 Exercises during the course, and complete your final teaching project. All course work must be completed and submitted by two weeks after the end date of the course.

What is included in my 1-year access?

You will have access to the online platform with prerecorded videos and recorded live weekly check-ins for one year from the time of enrollment. Within the course, you will find curriculum, premade lesson plans, and teaching resources that are digital downloads. You will have lifetime access to those once you download them.

What will I receive upon successfully completing a course by the course due date?

After submitting your final project video to your instructor, you can expect to receive feedback and an electronic copy of your certificate for the course within 14 days if all course requirements have been met and your payment for the course is complete. This certificate shows you completed a 32-hour training (mat yoga courses) or 24-hour training (chair yoga courses). Depending on the setting in which you will teach yoga, we recommend checking to find out the training and certification they require.

Are yearly payments required to maintain my certification?

No, once you complete the course, you will receive a certificate from Yoga Ed. which is yours for life!

I’m still having trouble deciding. How do I choose a course that is the best fit for me?

We are happy to help you with this! Please email [email protected] to request more information about the course(s) you’re interested in, or to schedule a phone call with our team.

How do I gift this course?

Please email us at [email protected] and we’re happy to assist you!

why learn with us?

Online teacher training

Learn the theory and practice of teaching chair yoga to deaf and hard of hearing children in this 6 week course.

Backed by research

Our programs have been the focus of studies by Harvard, Tulane, and Cal State Fullerton, with measurable results in physical and mental health outcomes for children.

Live weekly check-ins for tailored course instruction

1-hour sessions each week on Mondays at 4:30pm Pacific | 7:30pm Eastern via Zoom to connect with your cohort and course instructor. All sessions are optional and recorded so you may watch on your own time.

Global community of learners

Join a global movement of individuals dedicated to improving the health of their communities through yoga. 47 countries, 79K+ classrooms, and 15M+ students worldwide.

Evidence-based, standards-based curriculum

Our program is evidence-based, meets national and international Physical Education standards, and is approved by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning.

The practice you’ve been searching for

Chair yoga is the most effective, adaptable, flexible practice that you’ll take with you in any setting where you work with youth, online and in-person. It works in classrooms, therapy settings, at home, in the car… anywhere.

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