October 11 – 13
Give Children the Gift of Yoga!
A certification course for parents, yoga instructors, school teachers, therapists, nannies and crèche staff
with Cristin Tighe
The Radiant Child Yoga Program allows children to get in touch with themselves through the use of postures and meditation. It gives children an operating manual for their little bodies to develop themselves to their full potential — physically, mentally and spiritually.
The essence of yoga is presented in a way which reaches children at their level and engages them to great heights. This is achieved through the use of songs, stories, games, and many other fun methods. The program includes techniques to help deal with special needs, DSI and ADD/ADHD.
The children are taught to tap into their inner strength, peace and happiness by learning simple methods that they can take home and use later on their own.
This insightful 30-hour program, developed by Shakta Kaur Khalsa, is designed for all yoga levels and traditions and for all levels of experience with children. Certificate of completion given after at-home Practicum, and your own teacher listing on childrensyoga and kidsandyoga.
The course recognized for CECs with public schools, therapy organizations, and Yoga Alliance. It consists of 50% lecture and 50% interactive activities / practice — and serious fun!
- Friday, October 11: RCYP Level 1 — Giving Children the Gift of Yoga
- Saturday, October 12: RCYP Level 2 — Growing in Awareness, Living Your Practice
- Sunday, October 13: RCYP Level 3 — Heart & Soul Work with Children
All days 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
“Children are naturally radiant, aware, and full of innocent wisdom. Yoga helps them maintain their natural radiance, or if their light has been dulled by events in their lives, it helps them regain their inherent state of being.”
— Shakta Kaur Khalsa, RCY founder
For working with children:
- Guidelines for teaching all ages from babies to teens
- Exploring a variety of breathing and mediation practices
- Brain-balancing yoga and Brain Gym skills
- Yoga in Motion songs, movements, games, dances that children love.
- Practical tips for focused and engaged classes
- Time for collaboration to create a unique yoga class
- Practical tools for keeping children focused and engaged, for every situation that arises
- Setting up children’s yoga business/classes
- Yoga for Special Needs, SPD, ADD, Autism
- Adapting yoga for schools
- Development of children’s energy field and chakras
- Yogic teachings about children and conscious parenting
- One-on-one Mentorship with Cristin
For you as their teacher/parent:
- Powerful yoga and meditation practices to become fully present to yourself and the children in your life.
- Practice conscious communication skills, such as Deep Listening and Engaging Cooperation
- Time for sharing and networking
- Keeping yourself centered no matter what!
Materials included (a $220 value):
- Radiant Child Yoga Program Manuals
- Fly Like A Butterfly: Yoga for Children book
- 5 CD downloads: Children’s Yoga Songs & Meditations, Happy, Cozy, Deeply Relax & Meditate, Present Moment Awareness
- Kundalini Yoga book
- Yoga in Motion DVD & DVD booklet
$725 Full Tuition
Early Bird Discount:
$600 with registration by September 25
Price includes all materials (retail value $220) and ongoing support after the completetion of the course.
We have payment plans available to fit your budget! Please call the office to learn more. A $200 deposit is due with the application. Payment may be made either in person or by contacting our office at (404) 687-3353.
Please note: registrations after October 1 are subject to a $25 expedited materials shipping fee.
Cristin Tighe, MEM/MA, weaves varied elements into her teaching, creating challenge and joyful life-changing transformation. Students say their experience brings self-compassion, gratitude, positive awareness, and possibility.
She founded Kids & Yoga! and is a Kundalini Research Institute International Teacher/Trainer with advanced training in Conscious Pregnancy and Restorative Yoga. She owned Spiral Flight Yoga in DC, US for five years, then lived and taught in Belgium, Ghana and Haiti. She is certified in children’s yoga by Itsy Bitsy Yoga (Babies, Little Families, Tots & Tykes), Next Generation Yoga, Samarya Center for Integrated Movement Therapy, Yoga 4Teens, Y.O.G.A. for Youth, Yoga Ed. (K-8 & Tools for Teachers) and Yoga for Special Child. Cristin has taught kids since 2003 and trained teachers internationally since 2005 in 8 countries. She is a Yoga Alliance E-RYT-500, RCYT/RPYT, and the Manager for and member of International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association.
You can reach Cristin via email or Skype (dancinginwater)Apply Now
Yoga for Healthy Children!
by Cristin Tighe, Founder of Kids & Yoga!
Why should kids do yoga? As parents, you may be able to pick many activities for your children. How do you choose what is best? What should be a priority? How, in a typical harried week, do you make sure they have a balance between fun and other beneficial experiences, maybe even those with long-term benefits?
Fortunately, there’s yoga for your kids (and for you, if you want to feel good too)! It’s fun, it’s active and it’s calming – while subtly infusing a sense of self-worth. Through the physical practice, yoga nurtures flexibility and freedom of movement and grows corresponding self-confidence. Yoga gives kids healthy bodies and minds and develops their radiant little selves.
Unfortunately, kids are not immune to stress – and they’re surrounded by it once they merge into society – whether going to school or playing sports. In nurturing contrast, yoga provides a safe, secure, non-competitive environment; a joyful space to be; and a chance for much needed relaxation. Plus, it gives them valuable tools they can use now and in the future.
So, what goes on in a kids’ yoga class? First, yoga gives children a chance to explore being in their bodies and discover the spectrum of amazing things we can do… stretch, jump, be quiet/loud, balance, twist, bend, rest, be alone and in a group, focus, get strong and flexible, sing, play and be upside down. Yoga is one of the best activities for kids. A child can come into the class tired, frustrated, hot, hyperactive and – wherever they are – yoga practice begins. Yoga gives then the gift of joy and discovery of being vitally alive. They notice and connect with their breath, which is their life! (When is the last time you took a long, deep breath with child-like awe at the amazing creatures we are?)
Second, yoga is non-competitive. Unlike sports, learning an instrument, or playing video games, yoga does not encourage competition; nor does it put pressure on children to do more, do better, or go faster. During yoga, kids notice how their own bodies move. It’s fun as they try different poses, developing self-awareness and recognition of the their strengths and where they can improve – without self-judgment or comparison. Yoga is one of the best ways to build children’s confidence. Yoga’s positive reinforcement provides a framework for them to see positive shifts, without the pressure of needing to change.
Finally, yoga gives children a chance to be mindful, get perspective and rest. All of us, all the time, in our busy lives in the modern world are over-stimulated. Stress – noise, crowds, carrying heavy bags, working on computers, being in cars, having to rush to get places, not eating so well, pollution, too much television, pressure to do better – all tax our nervous systems. Kids are not different! On the spectrum of quiet-relaxation to fight-and-flight response, our nervous systems tend to be more on the stressed side most of the time. Constant stress increases heart rate, blood flow, breathing and brain activity. It increases the production of cortisol and other hormones in the body, which in a true danger situation is good, but over time consistently drains and stresses the body and the mind, taxing our nervous systems and likely decreasing immunity.
So, in class, after your daughter or son practices poses, laughs and discovers new things about their bodies, there is relaxation. A time of lying down gives an experience of goodness and relief of quiet restfulness, stimulating the calming parasympathetic nervous system. In addition to feeling wonderful, relaxation renews balance in the body systems and mind. It teaches children the value of quietly breathing and to focus on what is going on with them versus what the world asks them to focus on. Believe it or not – kids, even super-active ones, love this! Relaxation and yoga breath work give kids (and us) time to focus on our bodies in the present and perspective that allows us to calm down in moments of upset or when we are overtaxed.
What should you tell your children about yoga? That class starts with sitting in a circle, maybe a name game, listening to a bell, breathing or singing, then we’ll do stretches and poses to warm-up, a series of poses around a theme (like rainforest, circus, strength and courage). At the end is a nice relaxation with soft music or guided visualization (like walking on a beach and seeing starfish). They might even get a foot massage. Class can also include non-competitive yoga games, short meditations or chants, artwork or a chance for them to teach a pose to their peers.
All types of kids love yoga and can do yoga. We hope your children have the opportunity to experience this gift of yoga as well as the health, balance and radiance it brings to their lives now and in the future.Apply Now
- 3 Day Workshop
- $600 with registration by September 25