Teacher Training For P.E. Teachers

Mindful Monday: Welcome to February 

Happy Mindful Monday, friends! Well we made it through the looooongest month of the year together. We’ve watched the groundhog look for his shadow, and we watched Tom Brady lead his team in an unbelievable comeback in last night’s Super Bowl! Well,  yogis,  it’s smooth sailing from here. The days are longer. We have more sunshine. So much to look forward to. And of course the best moment is THIS one. Right here, right now. Always.

We hope that you had an amazing January! How are you doing with any resolutions that you have made? Remember that if you stumble and fall, let it be forward. We know from our practice that at any moment, we can inhale and BEGIN again.

YBD had TWO programs in January designed to help us kickstart the new year through mindfully looking at HOW we eat. Both groups met together on Sundays in January and supported one another through a community approach.

Teresa ran her Shred program which included a high intensity workout together each week, plus participants were  encouraged to take three additional classes during the week. They also worked individually with a certified nutritionist for custom meal plans.   Of the 16 participants, they lost a collective 42 lbs (of those that reported their weight loss)! That’s the equivalent of a three-year-old child! or a 15-foot canoe! or a human leg – wait… what? 

Well maybe not the Rock’s leg … But you’re welcome for that image. ūüėā 

Congratulations to all of our Shred program graduates! Teresa is leading another group through Shred  beginning on February 12! You can sign up at any of our locations.

I had the privilege to lead 23 students through my annual 21 day detox in January! This program focuses on a mindful lifestyle where we remove caffeine, sugar, gluten, alcohol and all animal proteins. We meet and practice together each week and support eachother with daily messages, touchpoints and encouragement. I am so happy to report that collectively  we lost a total of 95.8 lbs (of the 17 people who reported weight loss)! That’s the equivalent of my dog Rupert, a purebred bloodhound!

A two-month-old foal. A baby hippo! In addition to the weight loss, one of our members Jacky B. , who normally suffers from almost daily migraines, did not experience a SINGLE migraine during the cleanse! And Sandy S. said that the journaling aspect of the cleanse literally transformed her life! More than 125 YBD students and teachers have experienced this life-changing cleanse with me throughout the past few years. Watch for the next opportunity to take this cleanse … coming soon.

We know that we are more successful when we hold ourselves accountable to others. That’s why we are so very blessed to have our YBD community to support, encourage and uplift us. Remember we don’t have to wait till the beginning of the year for  new goal or a fresh start. We just need the willingness to begin again. 

Until next week, friends! 

Implementing Yoga In Physical Education 3-Day Teacher Training

Implementing Yoga in Physical Education

Developed by Jennifer Thiede and Teresa Lake

Hosted by Yoga By Degrees Elmhurst

This program is designed to teach physical education teachers how to add a yoga program to their curriculum.  During this 20 hour workshop, you will learn how to confidently lead and teach a multi-level traditional yoga class modified to suit physical education curriculum, needs, environment, and standards.  Yoga classes offered in Physical Education can give students the tools they need to build confidence and self esteem, relieve stress and anxiety, and practice the 5 health related fitness components throughout their lives.

The training includes:

  • How to teach and give modifications of basic postures
  • Partner and group poses
  • Breathing exercises
  • Lesson planning tools
  • Understanding the benefits of yoga
  • Learning different styles of yoga
  • Alignment strategies
  • Examples of yoga as a course/unit curriculum in a high school physical education program

Who should attend?

  • Physical Education and Health Education Teachers
  • Yoga instructors wishing to offer a yoga program for teens
  • School counselors and social workers
  • School teachers wanting to incorporate yoga in their classes


Yoga By Degrees

1042 S. York St.

Elmhurst, IL 60126


  • Wednesday 11/14 5:30-9:30
  • Saturday 11/17 8-6
  • Monday 11/19 5:30-9:30
  • 2 home practice hours


$450 Individual

$400 for a group of two or more

Contact Information:


Details to Know:

Space is limited! Payment can be in the forms of cash, check, or pay with credit card at Yoga By Degrees or over the phone 630-690-9642. Once this is received, your spot will be held and you will receive confirmation.

Did you know… Many of our attendees have been able to get financial support from their districts!

Upon completion of the 20 hour workshop, you will receive a certificate of participation.  CPDUs may be available through your employer or credentialing organization.  As each credentialing organization has their own requirements, you should confirm with them that your training hours will apply toward your degree or continuing education requirements.  Application for accreditation from these organizations is your responsibility.  

To Enroll:

  1. Email completed questions from registration form (see below) to: Jennifer@yogabydegrees.net
  2. Send payment, if paying by check, to:¬†Yoga by Degrees,¬†Attn: Jennifer Thiede –¬†1042 S. York Rd,¬†Elmhurst, IL 60126
  3. Please be sure to write: “Implementing Yoga For Physical Education”, the session start date and student(s) name(s) in the memo section of the check.

If you prefer to pay with a credit card or cash, please specify that when you email your registration and Jennifer will call you to make payment arrangements.

Pricing information is located at the bottom of this page.  Space is limited! The last day to register is one week prior to the start date of the session you are attending. (two weeks prior to get the early bird discount!) and no refunds will be given one week or less prior to the start date of your session.  Once your registration and payment is received, your spot will be held and you will receive email confirmation.

Questions? Contact Jennifer@yogabydegrees.net  or call (847)722-3429

Registration Form: Implementing Yoga In Physical Education –¬†A 3- Day Training

Name: _________________________________________________

Training date attending:___________________________________

Address: __________________________________________

City: ______________________State: ______Zip:___________

School/Organization/Grade you teach: ______________________/_________________________

Phone: _________-_________-___________________


Please ‚ąö if Yoga Experience: Yes: ___________ No: ____________

Please ‚ąö your gender: Female: __________ Male: ______________

Interested in teaching as a full or part time career or looking to deepen your overall knowledge about yoga? Click Here to learn about YBD’s 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification Program.