Bringing the power and peace of yoga to youth everywhere through direct access, skill delivery, and collaboration.
Inspiring courageous and mindful youth in their communities with tools to experience and embody holistic wellness.
Vinyasa Yoga for Youth (VYFY) is a registered non-profIt that was founded in 2008 by Ryan Leier and Kristine Divall. Our goal is to build meaningful connections with youth through the practice of yoga. Our programs engage youth in a fun way and aim to foster self-awareness, encourage an enhanced capacity for compassion, and promote healthy living choices for themselves and their community.
We currently connect with almost 4000 children in the city of Saskatoon and have trained over 220 specialized Yoga for Youth instructors. Just recently we have expanded into British Columbia with teachers in Kamloops, Victoria, Vancouver and Golden.
VYFY STAFF: Kristine Divall & Lauren Scruton
ROOTS - 25hr Vinyasa Yoga for Youth Intensive
The Roots Intensive:
Immerse yourself in the practice, learn ways to integrate yoga poses, mindfulness and breathing and other aspects of wellness into the work you are already doing with youth. This is a training for anyone who works with youth - school teachers, school counselors, EA’s and ECE’s, coaches, community center employees, youth care workers, etc. In this training, along with a deeper understanding of the benefits for youth, you will be given tools that will teach you to care for yourself first! From our own self care we can more effectively serve others.
October 11 - 13 Roots Intensive in Kelowna at One Yoga Kelowna.
November 8 - 10 Roots Intensive in Saskatoon at One Yoga Saskatoon.
RISE - 75hr Vinyasa Yoga for Youth Teacher Training
Our trainings focus on the unique challenges of working with youth at risk.
Overview of Vinyasa Yoga for Youth
Creating yoga programs that work with the school curriculum
Sequencing for Youth Vinyasa classes
Yoga philosophy and making it accessible to youth
At Risk Youth- who are they, what are they facing, and how yoga can help
Opportunity to practice teaching youth of various ages and receiving feedback
Other relevant sessions on topics such as: First Nations teaching, school curricula, and social justice
This training brings together yoga, education, social justice & youth at risk in a meaningful and relevant way. Being grounded in these topics allows students to explore and expand their knowledge of ways to reach youth and empower them through yoga practice.
EMBODYING PEACE: Pathways to Wellness in Education
We offer both 1/2 day and full day professional development for school teachers.
What to expect from the day:
• Learn the many ways in which Yoga and Mindfulness benefit children and youth
• Learn direct ways to share Yoga and Mindfulness in the classroom setting
• Experience Yoga and mindfulness practices
• Meet a community of classroom teachers and yoga teacher passionate about sharing these experiences with youth
Who is the workshop a good fit for:
Anyone who is currently working with youth (ages 3- 18), who is passionate about yoga and mindfulness but possibly unsure of how to get started in the classroom setting.
Through our partnership with Here To Be we are able to offer scholarships to people working with youth who would otherwise not have access to Yoga. Tell us all about the work you do, or plan to do in your application!
BOOK YOGA IN YOUR COMMUNITY
Welcome to our Yoga Teacher hub. Here we have our teachers listed by PROVINCE AND community.
Find a teacher near you and connect directly with them about sharing yoga with youth!
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