Youth Yoga 14 Week Curriculum Development
2016 marked a new and exciting partnership for Intersections Wellness! Looking for ways to improve the reach and effectiveness of the Youth Wellness Program at Morado Dwellings, a residential project of the Housing Authority of Beaver County, Intersections Wellness collaborated with Tiger Pause, an organization serving the youth of Morado Dwellings and Beaver Falls. Youth yoga teachers Heather Forsythe ERYT 200, RYT 500 and Nicole Gartz, conducted yoga sessions with the youth once a week. Additionally, the teachers provided Tiger Pause staff with yoga mini-lessons to review with the kids on the days when the yoga teachers were not there. Improvement in focus and motivation in kids who had previously struggled with these skills, was noted by program staff. The kids – ages Kindergarten through age fourteen – voiced their enjoyment of the program – and let us know that their favorite pose to practice was Tree pose!
The IW Youth Yoga team is extremely proud to announce the development of a Youth Yoga 14-Week Curriculum, with a focus on mindfulness skills instruction. The curriculum provides detailed instructional techniques presented within a strategic yet simple framework, so that lessons can be easily modified to fit different teachers’ styles. It is our hope that IW’s program can be of use to other teachers in various settings, to further the goal of bringing yoga and mindfulness skills to our communities’ youth. The curriculum was authored by Heather Forsythe E-RYT200, RYT500, with contributions by Nicole Gartz, Paula Soto E-RYT200, and with consultation from Joanne Spence of Yoga in Schools. The curriculum utilizes the Yoga4Classrooms Cards, developed by Lisa Flynn and Childlight Yoga.