Why Children's Yoga?
Yoga has been shown to help children improve classroom performance and behavior, and can help with:
* Anxiety * ADD/ADHD * Anti-bullying * Asperger's Syndrome * Autism * Body Awareness * Concentration * Depression * Down's Syndrome * Eating Disorders * Focus * Sports-related Needs * Stress Relief * and MUCH MORE.
Am I a fit for the Indigo Project?
This program is open to anyone, and is invaluable for deepening and broadening the scope of your yogic experience, whether for your personal practice, teaching career, or community involvement. For those who hold a 200-hour or higher RYT designation with Yoga Alliance, the successful completion of this 95-hour children's specialization training curriculum qualifies you for the RCYT designation - Registered Children's Yoga Teacher.
Samadhi KIDS: The Indigo Project
Are you called to share yoga within your community, or amongst your friends and family? Do you love children, with a passion for helping youngsters develop their full potential? If so, the Indigo Project may be for you!
Join us for our 95-hour Yoga Alliance approved Indigo Project Children's Yoga Specialty Teacher Training to enhance your knowledge of yoga and share its benefits with children and families. Inspire family, child & community well-being through the use of music, movement, stories, and stillness training.
You'll gain practical tools for teaching children at different stages and in a variety of settings, as well as better understand the spiritual, emotional, and energetic effects of the yoga and meditation practices.
Upcoming Course Dates, Locations & Details
Training hours depend upon the course schedule, though for weekend courses, are generally 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM. Weekday courses usually meet 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM. Class observation and practice teaching is required for those wishing to pursue the full certification for accreditation with Yoga Alliance, to be concluded within three months of the last training date. Please pack a vegetarian lunch, snacks, and beverages for refreshment during each training session.
2017 Course Tuition & Fees
Registration Fee non-refundable, due at time of application $150
Tuition Paid in Full, due 14 days prior to course start date $1199
Tuition by Installment, monthly payments $1399
Textbooks are required and optional textbooks are recommended, at student's expense. Please visit our Book Shop to purchase.
Samadhi KIDS Lead Trainers:
'Samadhi' Donna Witters Banks, E-RYT 500, RCYT, YACEP, IKYTA, is the founder of Studio Samadhi, with trainings in the Dallas - Ft. Worth, Texas area, Chicago, Illinois suburbs, and destination retreats.
She has been dedicated to yoga and meditation for nearly 20 years, with well over 3000 hours of teaching experience, in addition to over 10 years teaching other forms of fitness and wellness, and instituting corporate wellness programs. Her personal practice and dynamic teaching style are rooted in her study of Kundalini and Ashtanga yoga, as well as the meditation techniques of Buddhism and the Raj Yoga tradition of Brahma Kumaris.
She is a Radiant Child (RCYP) Level III children’s Kundalini yoga teacher, and has worked with children from preschool to high school for many years in a variety of school and community settings. She applies energetic principles and chakra theory to this work, as a way to understand the pure state of spirit that children possess as they come into the world, and how to sustain that true nature through the earthly lifetime progression and childhood to adulthood maturation process. As a Reiki Master Teacher, she also teaches energy work and has a passion for our natural potential for health and well-being, regularly mentoring others.
Her integrated approach to energetic awareness and holistic wellness has been effective and inspiring for students in her group classes, Teacher Training, In-Depth Personal Yoga Studies program, and private sessions, and in her own recovery from colon cancer. She also uses her lifelong background as an artist and passion for decorating to co-create calming, serene interior spaces for her private clients.
Mrs. Banks embraces yoga as a lifetime journey of self-discovery, consciousness, and evolution.
Jace Maxwell, E-RYT 500, RCYT, YACEP, is the owner and Managing Partner of the Roanoke location of Studio Samadhi, and is well-loved there for her bright energy and compassionate spirit.
Throughout her childhood and teenage years, Jace struggled with her weight, depression, and body image issues. Jace was in college when she discovered yoga.
Her initial focus was on meditation and the more spiritual aspects of this tradition. Learning the history of yoga and the mythology that is deeply interwoven pushed her to dive deeper into all aspects of Yoga. In an effort to deepen her meditation practice, she started a daily asana (physical yoga) routine with a few girlfriends. After a few months of regular practice, she knew she had found the missing piece to finding her inner happiness.
As Jace continued a regular asana practice, she realized that she wasn’t just healing herself on the inside. Over time, she worked her way to a healthy weight. At that point, she realized by learning how to love herself, she had finally stopped worrying about her body image and found a healthy path to a healthy mind and body.
Jace is a Reiki Master and teacher, as well. She has her 200 and 300 hour certification in Hatha Yoga, is a certified specialty teacher of Children's Yoga (RCYT), and has taught over 2000 hours of yoga classes. She is continually inspired by yoga’s transformative power—both internally and externally, and finds it to be a source of love and strength. She strives to bring a sense of fun, freedom and kindness to her classes, and hopes to impart nuggets of yogic wisdom along the way.
Kristi McDonald, E-RYT 200 & Registered Children's Yoga Specialist with Yoga Alliance, is the Director of Samadhi Kids and creator of the Indigo Project Children's Yoga Specialty Teacher Training Program.
Ms. McDonald holds a Master's Degree in Education, and is an elementary school coordinator, Reiki practitioner, and licensed Massage Therapist. She is a graduate from The University of Texas at Tyler, Corepower Yoga Teacher Training, and Collinson Massage School.
Ms. McDonald is passionate about helping children and families navigate today’s stressful and ever-changing environments by imparting evidence-based skills from her unique expertise in this wide variety of disciplines. She has also been involved in creating audio practices for children on two digital albums, “The Indigo Project: Meditations for Children” and “HappyThoughts: Positive Practices for Children." Her goal is to build and inspire community well-being by focusing on the health and happiness of the family and child, sharing the teachings of yoga, meditation, and other healing practices.
Ms. McDonald currently offers an array of continuing education and online programs via Samadhi Kids and The Indigo Project trainings and retreats, including convenient online courses and resources.
Next Steps & How to Sign Up
Your education is an investment in yourself and your intention for the future. Let us help with any questions or considerations you may have, and allow us to lend our experience to help guide you. We are happy to take your registration today - just call, email, or text!