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Street Yoga Teacher Training

We are thrilled to be hosting Street Yoga’s Teacher training program here in Los Angeles! Street is a non-profit organization that teaches yoga, mindful breathing, and compassionate communication to youth and families and their caregivers struggling with homelessness, poverty, abuse, addiction, trauma and behavioral challenges so they can grow stronger, heal from past traumas, and create for themselves a life that is inspired, safe, and joyful. Their programs are based on solid evidence that yoga helps with physical well being, depression, anxiety, trauma and PTSD.

Training Description:

Street Yoga Teacher Training offers an inspiring, heart-felt introduction to the field of service yoga for youth experiencing life challenges.  The 14-hour training focuses on a wide-variety of practical, hands-on skills needed to serve youth with yoga and meditation in the real world. Each day of training includes learning by doing, seeing, and listening through the following activities:

·       Yoga practice
·       Breathing exercises & meditation
·       Sample scenarios and group problem-solving
·       Short lecture-style sessions with Q & A
·       Break-out small group sessions
·       Role playing and skills practice
·       Student teaching and feedback opportunities

Street Yoga does not promote a single methodology for bringing yoga to youth and does not supply trainees with ready-made lists of postures or sequences. Instead, we encourage our trainees to explore how to teach what they already know in a heartfelt and authentic way that will help them engage with youth.  We strive to build our trainees’ confidence as teachers, while also discussing ways to modify and adapt their teaching skills to better serve their target audience. Trainees will be encouraged to dig into their personal experience and motivation in order to draw out their courage and compassion as a teacher.

Each of our trainers has been in the yoga service field for nearly a decade and draws on a huge variety of teaching experiences and environments.  While the training is open to people who desire to work with any population, please note that because we are a youth-centered organization, the training has a heavy emphasis on youth who have experienced homelessness, poverty, abuse, addiction, and/or trauma.

Requirements:

Applicants are not required to have completed a teacher-training program.  However, because our training helps trainees understand how to use and adapt what they already know for the purposes of yoga service, all applicants are expected to have significant personal or professional experience with yoga and/or meditation.  Upon application, applicants will be expected to demonstrate that they have had a minimum of 30 hours of experience with yoga and/or meditation.  These hours may include any combination of personal practice, studio classes, and/or individual instruction.

Learning Objectives:

After this training, participants will be able to:

·    Compare factors involved in teaching yoga in a nontraditional setting vs. a studio setting
·    Recognize the important role of body-based interventions in trauma recovery
·    Describe ways to creatively modify poses for various populations and situations
·    Demonstrate specific postures to address back care and core strength
·    Design a brief, population-specific yoga sequence using appropriate postures & breathing
·    Discuss potential behavioral challenges and strategies for dealing with them
·    Identify new tools or strategies for improved communication
·    Explain potential boundary issues with students and describe appropriate responses
·    Recognize personal sources of support for doing this work
·    Discuss ways of effectively approaching and partnering with social service sites
·    Define their own next steps in this work

All trainees also receive an in-depth, interactive workbook that supports the learning objectives, provides background material for the training, and offers take-home exercises and references for future use.

Interested in signing up? Want more info? Check out the www.StreetYoga.org