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    change from within: yoga for youth in the juvenile justice system

    Learn the skills you need to effectively bring yoga to system-impacted youth.

learn how to share yoga and mindfulness with system-impacted youth.

In partnership with Yoga Ed., Prison Yoga Project is pleased to offer Change from Within: Yoga for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System, an experiential online program that combines Yoga Ed.’s foundational course in Teaching Teen’s Yoga with our Trauma-Informed Yoga for Youth training, facilitated by Yoga Ed./PYP Trainer Kate Beckel. This unique training opportunity also offers six months of access to PYS’s Community website including webinars and a dedicated forum centering on youth programming oriented.

Duration 16 weeks

Focus Ages 13-18

Skill Level Beginner

Prerequisites None

Language English

Access 1 Year

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About This Course

This training provides a solid foundation for understanding individual and systemic trauma as the primary underlying factor for incarceration, and how yoga and mindfulness for youth can address symptoms of trauma.

Our goal is to equip you with the confidence and skills to work with youth impacted by the juvenile justice system and offer them tools to feel safe, empowered, and self-regulated. You will graduate from this training with the understanding and confidence to teach trauma-informed yoga to youth in a juvenile detention setting.

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course schedule

Week 1
Introductions: This week we will introduce ourselves and review the course materials. We will also experience a teen’s yoga class in action so we can start to get a feeling for the work.
Week 2
Teaching Philosophy: 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.
Week 3
Effective Teaching: This week we will look at what it takes to create a safe space for effective teaching and engaged learning. We will take this a step further by exploring how to cultivate positive relationships with your students through classroom management techniques. We will also introduce the fundamentals of lesson planning for a teen’s yoga class.
Week 4
Yoga & the Brain: This week we will dive into brain based learning. We will examine how the brain develops during adolescence and how these changes influence how students are showing up in the classroom. We will also introduce developmental milestones. We will take what we learn about the brain this week to design yoga classes for students’ developmental needs.
Week 5
Anatomy & Physiology: This week we will discuss adolescents’ anatomy and physiology. We will understand how teens’ bodies change during adolescence and how to tailor yoga tools to safely support teens’ physical development.
Week 6
Yoga Tools: This week we will begin to introduce yoga tools, starting with adolescents’ breathing and warm-ups. We will also introduce yoga postures for teenagers. Lessons will be interspersed with the benefits of each tool, demonstrations, and tips to put what you learn into practice.
Week 7
Partner Poses, Games, Relaxation: This week we will cover partner poses, games, and relaxation techniques. We will also learn the benefits and skills that each of these promote.
Week 8
Creating an Action Plan: This week we will learn how to get started teaching adolescents yoga and create an action plan to begin teaching yoga. We will also share teaching resources that can help enrich your students’ yoga experience.
Week 9
Understanding Trauma: This week we will learn what trauma is and what it means to be “at risk.” We will review the mind-body resources and practice how we will use them in a juvenile facility.
Week 10
Trauma & the Brain: This week we will discuss how trauma affects the brain and the nervous system. Participants will share how the symptoms of trauma show up behaviorally for adolescents in a juvenile justice setting.
Week 11
Yoga Education in the Juvenile Justice System: This week we will dive into the practice of being a yoga educator in the juvenile justice system, including teaching philosophy. We will put theory into practice with experiential activities designed to deepen your understanding. We will learn about cultural humility and how to uncover your own biases, prejudices, and assumptions.
Week 12
How to Create a Safe Space for Learning: This week we will look at what it takes to create a safe space for learning. We’ll see how trauma shows up in a yoga class in a juvenile facility, and how you can cultivate positive relationships with your students through behavior support strategies.
Week 13
Trauma-Informed Yoga Education: This week we will dive into the fundamentals of trauma-informed yoga. We will start with understanding mind-body resources and dynamic teaching techniques, including orienting, grounding, centering, language, and more. We’ll also explore how to create a lesson plan, put together a yoga sequence, and cue for a trauma-informed class in a juvenile facility.
Week 14
Yoga Breathing, Warm-Ups, and Poses: This week we will begin to introduce yoga tools, starting with trauma-informed breathing and warm-ups. We will also introduce yoga postures. Lessons will be interspersed with the benefits of each tool, demonstrations, and tips to put what you learn into practice when teaching in the juvenile justice system.
Week 15
Partner Poses, Games, and Relaxation: This week we will cover partner poses, games, and relaxation techniques. We will learn the benefits and skills that each of these promote. We will also discuss how to create a safe space for effective teaching and things to be aware of in the yoga environment.
Week 16
Course Finale: This week we will learn how to get started teaching trauma-informed yoga to teens and create an action plan to begin teaching yoga in the juvenile justice system. We will also explore teaching resources that can help enrich your students’ yoga experience.

what you can expect

Online teacher training

16 online modules, with interactive video lectures, experiential exercises, reflection questions, key teaching points for each age group, and weekly live check-ins for 1-hour with an instructor and other participants

6-month Supporter membership to Prison Yoga Project’s Community website

Featuring live and archived continuing education webinars (including nine hours of webinars specific to youth services), the opportunity to connect with individuals and groups working with incarcerated youth, virtual book clubs, and practice videos.

Evidence-based course materials

Downloadable 400-page color manual, color workbook, and 72 downloadable pre-made lesson plans (delivered digitally)

Personalized instructor feedback

Personalized instructor feedback on 4 lesson plan activities and 1 project

Certificate of completion

Certificate upon completing course requirements

Ongoing peer guidance

Access to private, global Facebook community group of Yoga Ed. training graduates, for ongoing peer guidance, support, and connections

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frequently asked questions

What time are the check-ins?

Check-ins are on Tuesdays at 5:00pm Pacific | 8:00pm Eastern. Each check-in is one hour long, and they are all recorded so if you are unable to attend live, you may watch the recording(s).

Does this qualify for credits?

Yes, this course qualifies for the following credits:

+ 64 hours continuing education units with the Yoga Alliance
+ 64 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.

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.

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 instructor-led. The self-paced content includes prerecorded videos, which cover general principles and practices that can be applied across situations. The instructor-guided 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.

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

With our instructor-guided course, you will receive access to live weekly check-ins with your cohort. We offer weekly check-ins on Tuesdays 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 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 20 days if all course requirements have been met and your payment for the course is complete. This certificate shows you completed a 64-hour training. Depending on the setting in which you will teach yoga, we recommend checking to find out the training and certification they require.

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!

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