VAIL, Colorado - The Vail Vitality Center is offering a weekend-long Kids Yoga teacher training Nov. 3 and 4 led by Denver teacher Christen Bakken, founder of Yoga for Young Warriors. Bakken facilitates teacher training opportunities across the state focusing on play-based movement intended to stretch children both on and off of the mat.
"Children often test boundaries during physical activities, sometimes resulting in bumped heads or hurt feelings," Bakken said. "In a Yoga for Young Warriors practice, students learn to play while building patience and strength by staying calm, a skill that will come in handy during other activities."
The training takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3 and 4 and previous yoga teaching experience is not necessary. Participants will learn the philosophy, benefits and class framework for instruction of Yoga for Tots/Pre K ages 2 to 6, Yoga for Kids (ages 4 to 8), Yoga for Tweens ages 8 to 13, and Family Yoga.
Yoga teacher Adi Luna completed a training session with Bakken earlier this year and was impressed with the experience.
"My expectations were met and so much more, I got re-charged towards my Yoga career," Luna said. "I feel a fresh sense of a mission towards those who cannot protect themselves. This training was so tender, so sweet."
According to Bakken, occupational therapists and physical therapists are recommending yoga for children as a way for them to gain strategies for calming down, to create body awareness, and to build coping strategies for stressful situations. Kids Yoga Teacher Training with Christen Bakken takes place at Vail Vitality Center November 3 and 4, and the cost is $400 for the two-day session. Participants are encouraged to sign up early as space is limited. To register, call 970-476-7960.
For more information, visit www.vailvitalitycenter.com.