Resources for the Online Tranfsormations course

Meet Your Course Instructors

Alicia MauldinCertified YogaKids Teacher-Trainer Alicia Mauldin

Exploring the 4 Paths of Yoga
Session #1: June 30, 2018

With a background as a dance instructor Alicia Chapman Mauldin naturally fell in love with yoga early. It did not take long before she followed her passion for instructing to began teaching yoga classes, which she has done since 2002 and brings a playful personality to her regular adult yoga classes. Alicia is a mother of three young children and wanted to share the joys of yoga with more than her own children. Alicia likes to laugh and keep yoga fun for both adults and children.

Kim Vulinovic

Classroom Management Strategies and Situations
Session #2: July 7, 2018

The Business of Yoga
Session #8: August 20, 2018

Kim began her yoga practice in 1996 after the birth of her youngest daughter and was surprised to find that yoga helped, not only her physical body, but all aspects of her life. She joined YogaKids in 2001 looking for a career that merged her love of yoga with an interest in child development and education. Kim is designated by Yoga Alliance as a ERYT-200 hour and teaches both child-focused and adult-focused yoga classes.

Sue BeresSue Beres

Teaching Children with Special Needs
Session #3: July 14, 2018

Sue’s passion is working collaboratively with others to lead and inspire the social, emotional, and cognitive growth of students who face so many modern-day challenges. This passion has been weaved into her daily experiences for more than thirty years in the education field. The degrees she holds in Elementary Education, Special Education, and Educational Leadership are just a small part of her foundation. It’s the actual experiences she’s had that have been the most rewarding and have shaped her beliefs that all children have beautiful hearts and lights to shine if we show them how.

Shannon RosnauShannon Rosnau

Teaching Trauma-Informed Yoga
Session #4: July 21, 2018

Shannon holds BA (hons) and MA degrees in Political Science from the University of Alberta. She trained as a life coach through CoachU.  A 25 year practitioner of yoga, she is currently working to deepen her knowledge through a 200 hour adult yoga teacher training. Shannon is a “snowbird” who gratefully divides her time between Qualicum Beach, British Columbia and Palm Desert, California. She is blessed to share her life with her husband, 4 kiddos, golden retriever and grey kitty!

Julie PateJulie Pate

Anatomical Planes, Alignment and Injury Prevention
Session #5: July 28, 2018

Julie Pate fell in love with yoga over 20 years ago. She is a YogaKids Trainer. She holds a degrees in Physical Education and is Certified in adult yoga, YogaKids, Pilates and personal training. Julie has been teaching fitness, yoga and Pilates for over 25 years. She is an ERYT 500, with over 1000 hours of study in many styles of yoga. When not teaching yoga, Pilates or fitness classes, Julie also loves to write about her passions, and is a regular contributor to the YogaKids blog and webinars. YogaKids creator Marsha Wenig inspired Julie to teach yoga to children in 2006. She lives in the western suburbs of Chicago with her husband and two young sons.

Don WenigDon Wenig

Childhood Development and the Chakras
Session #6: August 4, 2018

Don Wenig is co-founder of YogaKids International, Dancing Feet Yoga Center, and the GoGiveYoga Foundation. His private healing practice is balanced with overseeing the YogaKids creative team, being an active Go Give Yoga board member, and working as the lead E-500 RYT instructor of the Dancing Feet Yoga teacher training program.

Don’s passion for energy work began in 1973 while studying reflexology. This eventually led to formal training in Shiatsu with Master Kaneko at the Shiatsu Massage School of California. Introduced to yoga in 1978, his primary studies were with Anna Forrest, Ganga White, Tracy Rich, Manuso Manos and Angela Farmer. He received teacher certification from White Lotus Yoga in 1981 and taught classes at The Center for Yoga until 1989. At that time, he moved back to his home state of Indiana where he helped found YogaKids with his wife and partner, Marsha.

His in-depth study of  Ayurveda, Tantra, Reiki, Reflexology, Rebirthing, Cranio Sacral Therapy, Bodytalk™, Shiatsu, NLP, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy™ and Access Consciousness™ lends a broad perspective to his intuitive style of healing work, as well as his contributions to YogaKids. Don volunteers with several local organizations, bringing yoga to children of all ages. He is also a devoted husband, father, drummer, artist and living foods enthusiast.

Tamara SempleTamara Semple

Child Development Theories and their Applications for Teaching Different Age Groups
Session #7: August 11, 2018

Tamara (Tammy) is a RYT-200, CYKT and Certified Girlvana Teacher. She began teaching in 2002 and has been teaching children exclusively since 2014. Her work takes her to numerous schools within 2 school districts, community centers and private classes in her area where she shares yoga, self-regulation techniques and mindfulness practices. Her students range from Kindergarten to twelfth grade and she believes one day her own children will jump on the yoga train too!

Course Materials

Transformations Participant Workbook PDF

Connect with Peers

Be sure to visit our private Facebook group for all our online Transformations students!


Have Questions?

Email Ann Huber at annie@yogakids.com

Level 3 Curriculum

This online webinar training is the amazing and powerful culmination event for our YogaKids Apprentices. You will refine your classroom management skills, review asanas and techniques, develop your business skills, and deepen your knowledge of anatomy, yoga philosophy, and much more. You’ll also laugh, play, and explore — and complete our journey in becoming a Certified YogaKids Teacher.

Homework & Assignments


Due by June 30, 2018

  1. Listen to the Master Mentor Webinar: The 8 Limbs of Yoga.
  2. Read the Participant Workbook pages 5-8 and 21-30.


Due by July 7, 2018

  1. Read the Participant Workbook pages 31-33.
  2. Share a classroom management challenge you’d like help with – via email (annie@yogakids.com) or on our Facebook forum.


Due by July 14, 2018

  1. Read the Participant Workbook pages 64-75.
  2. Watch the Master Mentor webinar – Everyone’s Included: Inclusion for Kids with Special Considerations.
  3. Share with us via email (annie@yogakids.com or on our Facebook forum) in 1-2 paragraphs the following information after watching the webinar:
  • What I already knew about inclusion and special needs
  • What I learned
  • What I still want to know


Due by July 21, 2018

  1. Read pages 78-85 of the Participant Workbook.
  2. Watch the TED Talk: When Time Doesn’t Heal All Wounds.


Due by July 28, 2018

  1. Read pages 17-18, 34-38, 61-63, and 76-77 of the Participant Workbook.


Due by August 4, 2018

  1. Read pages 49-60 of the Participant Workbook.


Due by August 11, 2018

  1. Read pages 13-16 of the Participant Workbook.
  2. Watch the Master Mentor webinar, Growing Up YK: Teaching Teens the YogaKids Way.
  3. Watch the Master Mentor webinar, Our Littlest Yogis: Teaching Early and Preschool-Age Children.
  4. Watch the Master Mentor webinar, The Challenges and Rewards of Teaching Middle Schoolers.


Due by August 20, 2018

  1. Read the Participant Workbook pages 86-91.
  2. Watch the Master Mentor webinar, Yoga and Money.
  3. Listen to the Master Mentor webinar: How to Make a Living Teaching Yoga to Kids.

DUE BY AUGUST 24, 2018

1. Create a vision board divided into 4 quadrants, one for each of the 4 paths of yoga. Send a photo via email (annie@yogakids.com) or share on our Facebook forum.

2. Share a discipline success story, and a RCAWY discipline-themed book, We All Win game, or other class planning idea. Send via email (annie@yogakids.com) or share on our Facebook forum. (For a response from trainer Kim, please complete by Friday, July 13, 2018.)

3. Modify one of your existing lesson plans. What adaptions can you make to accommodate students with special needs? Choose any three scenarios from the list. Specify the age group you have chosen as 2-6, 7-11, 12+. Send in your original plan and modifications via email (annie@yogakids.com).

  • A child with a dx of ADHD (Other Health Impairment-OHI) who is very verbal, high-energy, and inattentive.
  • A child with an Emotional Disability who has low self-esteem and anger management issues.
  • A child with a Specific Learning Disability in the area of reading.
  • A child with a dx of high-functioning Autism who has sensory issues and poor social skills.
  • A child with a Mild Cognitive Disability.
  • A child with a Speech Impairment that has articulation errors that make spoken language difficult at times to understand.
  • A child with a Physical Impairment in a wheelchair.

4. Modify one of your existing lesson plans. What adaptions can you make to accommodate students with trauma? Specify the age group you have chosen as 2-6, 7-11, 12+. Send in your original plan and modifications via email (annie@yogakids.com).

5. Pick 3 YogaKids poses and explore them! Give plane of movement, type of movement and possible injuries. Send via email (annie@yogakids.com) or share on our Facebook forum.

6. Create your own “chakra art” or share a great idea (Visual Vignette, RCAWY, We All Win game, etc.) for teaching about the chakras to your students. Send via email (annie@yogakids.com) or share on our Facebook forum.

7. Share one idea for how you think each of these 4 theories can be applied to teaching a YogaKids class. Send via email (annie@yogakids.com) or share on our Facebook forum.

Reading Recommendations


  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Sri Sami Satchidananda
  • The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz


  • Mouse Was Mad by Henry Cole
  • Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda by Lauren Alderfer
  • An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Aston
  • I am Yoga by Susan Verde
  • Frog’s Breathtaking Speech by Michael Chissick and Sarah Peacock
  • When Sophie Gets Angry-Really, Really Angry… by Molly Bang
  • Move Your Mood by Brenda S. Miles and Colleen A. Patterson


  • My Many-Colored Days by Dr. Seuss
  • The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
  • Listening to My Body by Gabi Garcia and Ying Hui Tan
  • Come with Me by Holly M. McGhee and Pascal Lemaître
  • Ishi by Akiko Yabuki
  • The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
  • I Can Handle It by Laurie Wright
  • Do Unto Otters by Laurie Keller
  • My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook and Carrie Hartman
  • The Monster in the Bubble by Andi Green
  • Happy Dreamer by Peter H. Reynolds
  • In My Heart by Jo Witek and Christine Roussey
  • Yoga Calm for Children by Lynea Gillen and James Gillen
  • Laugh for No Reason by Madan Kataria
  • The Laughter Yoga Book by Jeffrey Briar
  • Asanas for Autism and Special Needs by Shawnee Thornton Hardy
  • The Trauma-Informed School by Jim Sporleder and Heather T. Forbes



  • Emerson, D., Sharma, R., Chaudry, S., and Turner, J. (2009). Trauma-sensitive yoga: Principles, practice, and research. International Journal of Yoga Therapy, 19, p. 123-128.
  • Regional Research Institute for Human Services, Portland State University. (2012). Yoga for youth in trauma recovery. Focal Point: Youth, Young Adults, and Mental Health, 26(1), p. 5-7.
  • Sparrowe, L. (2011). Transcending trauma. Yoga International, 115, 48-53 & 89.
  • http://www.traumacenter.org/products/pdf_files/Peaceful_Embodiment_Through_Yoga_R0002.pdf


  • Trauma and Recovery by Judith Herman
  • In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness by Peter Levine
  • Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes by Peter Levine and Maggie Kline
  • Healing Trauma by Peter Levine
  • Trauma-sensitive Yoga in Therapy: Bringing the Body into Treatment by D. Emerson
  • The Body Keeps Score by B. Van der Kolk
  • Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga: Reclaiming Your Body by David Emerson
  • Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness by David Treleaven
  • Yoga Calm for Children By Lynea Gillen


  • Healing and Trauma: www.traumahealing.org
  • Trauma-Sensitive Yoga from the Trauma Center of Justice Resource Institute: www.traumasensitiveyoga.com
  • The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: www.nctsn.org


  • The Anatomy Coloring Book by Wynn Kapit and Lawrence M. Elson
  • The Key Poses of Yoga: Scientific Keys by Ray Long and Chris Macivor
  • Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews
  • Yogabody: Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Asana by Judith Hanson Lasater


  • Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss
  • Wheels of Life by Anodea Judith
  • The Complete Book of Chakra Healing by Cyndi Dale
  • Chakra Healing by Margarita Alcantara
  • A Children’s Guide to Chakras by Susan Marek
  • My Body Is A Rainbow by Rachael Rose Zoller
  • How to Heal Your Chakras with Fairy Rainbow by Nerissa Marie


  • Yes Your Teen Is Crazy by Michael J. Bradley
  • Theories of Development: Concepts and Applications by William Crane
  • Calm, Alert and Learning by Stuart Shanker