Level 1 Teacher Training

taught by April Nunes Tucker PhD

Course description

Parents often feel guilty about the quality of the relationship they have with their children. 
Big Dog Little Dog™ nurtures this relationship.
The Level 1 Teacher Training Course is a modular course for those who have a regular yoga practice and who have experience in working with children. 

It is comprised of over 60 instructional videos and over 10 downloadable PDF files which constitute a full Teaching Manual. 

The Big Dog Little Dog™ yoga curriculum provides practical ways for parents to connect with their child, to build trust and to strengthen the parent-child bond.

Who should take this course?



The course is designed to be relevant for those who want to be proactive in developing our human bond - especially that bond between child and parent.

You should also have a regular yoga practice, be enthusiastic about working with children and be patient and kind. 

FAQs

What is Big Dog Little Dog? 

Big Dog Little Dog is a unique yoga-based curriculum for a parents/carers and children This Level 1course is for children ages 4-8. The aim of Big Dog Little Dog is to build connection and trust between parent/carer and child. 

How is Big Dog Little Dog unique?

Unlike "family yoga" Big Dog Little Dog encourages 1-2-1 work between one parent and one child. If you have more than one child then this 1-2-1 time is especially important to set aside. Children love undivided attention from their parent/carer because they experience it rarely. As a teacher of Big Dog Little Dog you can provide an opportunity for children and their parents/carers to slow down and just be with each other. Big Dog Little Dog cultivates shared experiences which are nurturing, supportive and real. 

Who is this Teacher Training for?

This training is suitable for those who are: 

  • Enthusiastic about yoga and maintain a regular yoga practice

  • Enthusiastic about working with children

  • Open to learning from children

  • Open to working spontaneously within a set structure 

  • Able to communicate clearly and in a light-hearted manner

  • Patient and kind 

It is also desirable but not required for the Big Dog Little Dog Teacher to also have undertaken some training in one or more of the following: 

  • Dance

  • Martial Arts

  • Performing Arts

  • Somatic Techniques (such as Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, Pilates)

  • Massage or other bodywork practice

  • Experience in working with children

How do I become qualified to teach Big Dog Little Dog?

1) Sign up to the course.

2) Work through the course content.

3) At the end of the course you will need to send video content of you embodying the course material and teaching a few poses to a parent-child pair. 

4) Finally you will need to sign a copy of the BDLD License Agreement which protects the Big Dog Little Dog name.

What is included in the Level 1 Training?

  • Breathing and mirroring exercises between parent and child

  • Developmental movement and somatic techniques 

  • Experiential anatomy exercises

  • Acro-yoga partnering work

  • Strength building work

  • hand mudras (positions of the hands to aid concentration)

What are the benefits of becoming a BDLD teacher?

  • Enjoy intuitive teaching freedom! Unlike a franchise where class content is set in stone, the Big Dog Little Dog curriculum provides you with a "toolbox" of skills and lets you choose how to arrange and present them in a way that works best for you and your students. 

  • You and your classes will be featured on the Big Dog Little Dog website: www.bdld.co.uk 

  • Become a part of our BDLD teaching family. Share your ideas, questions, inspirations and organise collaborations in our private BDLD Teachers Facebook Group. 

  • Be made "admin" on the public Facebook Big Dog Little Dog page where you can advertise all your BDLD classes, workshops and retreats. 

  • Include Big Dog Little Dog Qualified Teacher as one of your credentials.

  • Use the Big Dog Little Dog name and logo in your marketing for one year including on business cards, advertisements, and your website. We will provide a high-res Big Dog Little Dog logos for your use on your own materials and website. A yearly renewal fee of £25.00 is required.

  • Receive an official certificate declaring your status as a Qualified Level 1 Big Dog Little Dog Teacher.

  • Receive special offers on BDLD products.


Testimonials

"I think the curriculum that you have put together is brilliant and I am really passionate about teaching this to others. Encouraging others to learn about how our bodies move, to connect, to play and spend quality time together is surely one of the most wonderful things we can do. It is such a wonderful course. Thank you so much for sharing!" -- Jo Hellier

"Thank you for your generosity in sharing this course April. I honestly believe you've created something which has the power to change little and big lives of the better and I'm so honoured to be a part of it." -- Adele Cassidy

"The training was extensive and varied, to include hand mudras, experiential anatomy, various connecting warm-ups and cool downs. For me, the most fun was learning the 'FLY' section. The training left me feeling empowered." -- Nicky Frewin



Add you

April Nunes Tucker PhD
April Nunes Tucker PhD
Founder of Big Dog Little Dog

April Nunes Tucker has been teaching yoga for over 20 years. She has a PhD in dance with expertise in human movement analysis.

In 2014 April founded Big Dog Little Dog to provide a way for parents and children to bond through yoga based practices that moved beyond the old-fashioned methods of  theatrical representation with children. April's unique Big Dog Little Dog curriculum allows you to be "real" with your child, embracing  your moods and energy levels in respect to your child's moods and energy levels whilst cultivating meaningful connection. 

April has also lectured in universities, worked in corporate environments and published numerous book chapters and articles on human connection and empathy.

Reviews (1)

Title explains exactly what it is

by Sally Saint
The course is stunning, I have had such pleasure learning it with my son and it is such a gift to pass on,to ourselves and others. The connection and fun element is the ultimate mix. The course is well presented, easy to follow and the videos truly touch your heart. I love the simplicity of the music, complements the video series.

Title explains exactly what it is

by Sally Saint
The course is stunning, I have had such pleasure learning it with my son and it is such a gift to pass on,to ourselves and others. The connection and fun element is the ultimate mix. The course is well presented, easy to follow and the videos truly touch your heart. I love the simplicity of the music, complements the video series.