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There are two parts to mini yogis teacher training: foundation/kids and teen/tween. The content of each is quite distinct from the other. Loosely speaking, I suggest that foundation training focuses primarily on ages 3-11 (a wiiiiiiiiiide age range), and teen/tween for 9-16 (yes, there is some cross-over…you know those tweens!). But, honestly, it’s not nearly that cut and dry.
Really, when you are developing content for a particular student or group of students, the question shouldn’t be so much “how old are they?” as “how experienced and/or mature are they?”. Classes should be more tailored to your students’ developmental level than their chronological age.
For example, I have students who are six or seven and already seasoned pros, as they’ve been practicing since they were two or three…basically their entire lives. They may be working on handstands and arm balances, wherein I may have another student just starting at age twelve, not very athletic or coordinated, who struggles with even the most basic basics.
Likewise, I have some younger kids who are very, very serious guys and girls, wanting to do yoga “like mom and dad do”, rather than play with the yoga games, songs, and toys. And I have some young teens who still thrive on the silly playfulness of a more child-based lesson plan.
So…if you want to have the most age-appropriate yoga classes, don’t worry so much about age at all. Gauge your students’ energy and sensibilities and take it from there.
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