(CANCELED) How to Teach Chair Yoga to Young People


This workshop is designed for yoga teachers and educators wishing to expand and diversify their offerings to young people. It focuses on the principles of CALM Kids (Chair-based Activities for Learning Mindfulness), a dynamic mindfulness program designed by the Sean O’Shea Foundation. Intended as a short, sustainable practice, it can be adapted and taught to students aged 5 - 17 in a variety of settings, removing many of the barriers associated with mat-based practices. We focus on the basics of mindfulness, breathing and simple movements to gradually build the foundations of a lifelong practice that young people and teachers can use together or on their own.

In this two-hour workshop, you will learn:
  • How to introduce the concept of mindfulness so children as young as five can understand it
  • How to successfully present common yogic breathing techniques
  • A variety of stretches and movements that can be done sitting in a chair or using it as a prop
  • Language and classroom management techniques that encourage participation

Recommended reading and resources: 

  • The Body Keeps the Score, by Bessel van der Kolk
  • Brainstorm, by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.
  • “Covid’s Future Traumas: An Interview with Dr. Nadine Burke Harris” – The Ezra Klein Show Podcast, 3/9/21
  • “A Hand Model of the Brain” - Daniel J. Siegel, MD. Available at: https://youtu.be/vESKrzvgA40

This event will be recorded. Everyone that registers will be notified once the replay is available.
Your Presenter:
Liz Ramos believes Yoga is for everyone. She has been teaching Yoga to people of all ages and backgrounds in Encinitas, California for 20 years. In 2008 she joined the Sean O'Shea Foundation, a non-profit that brings Mindfulness, Yoga & Nutrition to at-risk youth in schools, detention, and other group settings. Together with psychologists and educators on SOSF's board, Liz helped develop CALM Kids, Chair Based Activities for Learning Mindfulness, a chair yoga & mindfulness program for the classroom that can be taught virtually or in-person.

A Note on Seva (Service):
Many of our faculty donate their time and receive no compensation from course fees. The funds we raise through this platform go to support Give Back Yoga Foundation and its key initiatives: mat donations, small grants, and not-for-profit yoga programs for people facing addiction, eating disorders, cancer, incarceration, and PTSD. Learn more about our work here