Teen Yoga and Mindfulness Training is a registered school with Yoga Alliance Professionals and the Independent Yoga Network, demonstrating that we have met the stringent requirements set by Yoga Alliance as a sign of highest standard and that we are considered to employ the culture of yoga to our courses as assured by the IYN. Please click here for the courses currently available.
We offer a standard 5 day course directed towards professionals in the fields of education, medicine and holistic sciences. We also offer tailored courses for schools and other organisations working with young people, please get in touch to find out how we can support your needs.
The TeenYoga course will train you to teach yoga and mindfulness to young people. It has been constructed with the help of specialist Neuroscientists, Anatomists, Psychologists and Yoga Teachers. It is now taught in several continents across the world. Approx. 15% of students on each course are funded either by their council, school, NHS dept or Sportivate, Sportivate may also fund you to deliver sessions after you have graduated.
Charlotta Martinus launched this course for the first time in 2004 in response to the growing need to care for our young people and give them respite from stress and anxiety.
This course is unique, as the only fully fledged, Yoga Alliance and IYN accredited and insured teen yoga course in the UK working together with Leeds University Psychology Dept, to measure outcomes of the mindfulness and yoga on young people added to the actual experiential research to help support and structure the training course.
The course comes with a detailed and comprehensive manual, with plenty of practical lesson plans and ideas for you to use. In this manual you will find a detailed list of the benefits of yoga and a list of suitable postures for this particular age group, targeting specific issues. There is a special section on behaviour management.
This course qualifies you as a Level 3 Coach, within the Sports Partnership as well as qualifies you to access funding through Sportivate for your classes.
The course is directed towards healthcare professionals, yoga teachers, school teachers, parents and anyone working with young people.
Please click here for the Teen-Yoga-Prospectus pdf-2018
Several students have taken this course with no previous experience in either yoga or working with teens and have found it most useful. But to ensure full insurance and accreditation, we ask for:
- Preferably at least three years’ yoga practise under guidance of an accredited teacher and a teaching degree/experience
- a yoga training of any tradition
- interest and experience of working with Teens
If you do not fulfil these criteria, please feel free to contact the Course Tutor and have a preliminary interview to ascertain whether this course is for you.
This course is completely unique and one of its kind, as all material is researched specifically by experts in the field of young people, including Psychologists, Educators, Medical Doctors, Youth Workers, Social Workers and parents. Each course is tailored to the specific group, whether in the UK or abroad.
This is a hard time for most children, a time of transition out of the accepted guidance of parents and teachers, into a more independent sphere, where new ideas and structures are welcomed and embraced as a relief from the old. With guidance it can be the most exciting time of our lives!
Yoga can offer an age-old tradition with answers to many of the concerns that the adolescent population are facing.
The physical exercise of yoga appeals to many different groups, such as
- the athletic, as a form of repair and warm up, to enhance performance and reduce injury
- the non-sporty, as a form of easy exercise
- the injured, as a form of therapy for their injury
With idols such as Lady Gaga, Ryan Giggs, Madonna and Sting, using yoga regularly it has also become quite accepted among men, especially in conjuncture with their regular training on the field for sports such as rugby and football.
Many teacher students find this course is an opportunity for them to grow and understand their own development as a teenager and bring that wisdom into their teaching, introducing a deeper respect and compassion for this population.
You will spend approximately a third of your time in lectures and in discussion and two thirds in applied learning, doing practical exercises. It is predominantly a secular and experiential course but with a grounded in scientific research. However, we also integrate the profound and integral teachings of yoga in the course.
The aims of this course are to embolden the teacher to share more deeply their own passion and knowledge for yoga with this age group.
The course is more than a training in how to teach asanas to KS3 and 4, it is also an exploration in how to share the philosophy and psychology of yoga to ensure a more positive mental health for the students. The teachers adopt a bipartisan approach – including the participants in all exercises to ensure that we learn as much as possible from each other and are responsive to the needs in the room.
Words can’t explain what an amazing course you have put together!! You opened a whole new fascinating world to me and for that I am truly grateful!! I will highly recommend to anyone to take Teenyoga course with you. Ayala (Dec 2012)
I looked for the best course out there, and found this one, (Dave 2014)
A truly thorough and fulfilling course (Veronika Kloucek 2012)
Charlotta is an inspiration to yoga teachers around the world… Having attended one of her Teacher TRaining courses in Dubai made me understand more her cause of helping teenagers through trauma release. Charlotta’s vision of equipping teenagers with the tools & skills to help themselves & others, will guarantee them a better future. Natalia (Dubai 2013)
If you’re thinking of doing this course, please don’t hesitate. It was life changing, well worth the investment of time and money. Caron (Bath Dec 2013)
This is a life changing course…if you have any interest in helping the youth of today become balanced adults of tomorrow do this course!!!!! DC Samantha Hare (May 2011)
The graduate will come away with a toolbox of materials to use in the classroom; lesson plans, hard copy and virtual resources, access to funding streams, inclusion techniques, marketing techniques, understanding of anatomical, psychological and neuroscientific development of the young person and ideas of how to share yoga philosophy and psychology with the group.
The TeenYoga graduate will be able to adapt all their yoga knowledge successfully to this age group through the new understanding, brought about by their own self-inquiry, therapeutic work and insights brought about by the course.
We also hope that the graduate may come away with a deeper understanding of their own teenage years and the impact it has had on their subsequent development.
The experience of these yoga classes will enhance concentration in the classroom, self-esteem, respect for others as well as the ability to relax completely for the young person.
This course aims at being as comprehensive as possible, introducing
- physical development
- mental development (neuroscience)
- psychological development and theories of adolescence
- behavioural management
- mindfulness techniques
- lesson plans for a 10,20, 30 or 60 minute class
- how to introduce philosophical discourse involving yoga philosophy
- how to teach pranayama and asana
- how to introduce mindfulness techniques successfully
- how to introduce meditation
- marketing techniques
- funding streams
Main course tutor
Charlotta Martinus – Leader in the field of Teen yoga and mindfulness, she has worked with teens for 20 years, is accredited as a Senior Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance and a Yoga Elder with IYN, involved with the research team at Leeds University in Mindfulness for young people, trained by Nischala Joy Devi, Mukunda Styles(Structural Yoga Therapy) , Dr Uma Krishnamurti at Bangalore University (Yoga for the Positive Thinking), Heather Mason (Minded Institute),Bruce Bowden (Ostepathic techniques for yoga)and indebted to the Sivananda Organization for ongoing support and inspiration. She is also the single mother of two teenage sons.
Course Tutors and Contributors – Past and Present
Dr Dan Siegel – Medical degree from Harvard University and Post Graduate from UCLA, studied the impact on attachment and how it influences emotions, behaviour, autobiographical memory and narrative. Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA. Pediatric, adult and adolescent Psychiatrist, Founder of the Mindsight Institute and Author of Brainstorm, plus many other books on mindfulness and adolescence. Skype lecture on the impact on mindfulness and adolescents.
Dr Lisa Kaley-Isley – licensed as a clinical psychologist in the United States since 1992, and was first introduced to yoga in 1993. Before relocating to London, she was the Chief of Psychology, Director of Psychology Training, and founding Clinical Director of the Integrative Medicine program at The Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado, USA.
Dr Lana Jackson – CAMHS psychologist, Lecture on Mindfulness and Mental Health
Naomi Deller – Yoga Teacher, Mental Health Worker, Yoga therapist for the mind.
Felicity de Blic (Phys Dip) – Physiotherapist for Mental Health in young People, lecture on effect of yoga on the mind
Martha Faron(MOst) – Osteopath and Senior Yoga Teacher and Therapist, teaching Anatomy and Physiology
Rachel Fleming – Senior Yoga Teacher and Women’s Yoga specialist, teaches about the Menarche
Sam Hare(DC) – in Metropolitan Police, Child Protection, Lecture on Child Protection, Senior Yoga Teacher
Charlotte Merton – Marketing Executive to schools, lecture on marketing, senior yoga teacher.
Theo Wildcroft – Youth Worker, Senior Yoga teacher and Yoga Therapist for young people with Special Needs