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Big Dog Little Dog Teacher Training Level 1

Big Dog Little Dog is a unique 45 minute yoga-based class for a parents/carers and children (between the ages of 4-6). The aim of the class is to build connection and trust between parent/carer and child. Learn the full curriculum of this class over a weekend and become authorised to teach 'yoga with your child' in your local area.


Nutmeg Spa and Nest1070261
5 Oakengrove Yard, Briden's Camp Hertfordshire, GB HP2 6EZ

Type of Event

  • Teacher Training

Yoga Styles



Sep 24 to
Sep 25
10:00 amto17:30 pm

Saturday the 24th from 10.00-6.00pm and Sunday the 25th September from 10.30-5.30pm



£425 (early bird price if booked before June). £495 thereafter

Full Description

How is Big Dog Little Dog unique?
Big Dog Little Dog is a class that children do with their parents/carers. Usually by age 4 children are already being dropped off at classes and the long spell of the 'parent taxi service' begins. Big Dog Little Dog sets up the relationship between parent/carer and child as "partners". Children help their parent/carer accomplish poses and vice versa. Each class starts with a breath connection between parent/carer and their child. The class provides an opportunity for children and their parents/carers to slow down and just be with each other.
Big Dog Little Dog doesn't suffer immature content. The curriculum for Big Dog Little Dog is a serious game. Although we have lots of fun in class parents don't have to pretend to go on jungle journeys, act like an ass (unless they choose to!) or sing silly songs. The class is based on accessing a pure love connection between parent/carer and child through real physical problem solving and bonding ... you're in it together. It is a shared experience which is nurturing, supportive and real.

Who can take the training?
The 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 desirable for the Big Dog Little Dog Teacher to also have undertaken training in one or more of the following:
Martial Arts
Performing Arts
Somatic Techniques (such as Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, Pilates)
Thai Yoga Massage, Rolfing or other bodywork practice
A PGCE or experience in teaching children

How do I become qualified to teach Big Dog Little Dog?
1) You will need to apply to take the training. This involves filling in an application form.
2) You will need to take part in the Level 1 Training weekend. (Trainings Calendar coming soon).
3) After the training you will need to submit a short video of you teaching a parent/carer and child (or you and a child performing) four of the poses from the FLY section of a Big Dog Little Dog class. Additionally, in the video you will need to demonstrate leading the hand mudra sequence with appropriate wording (suggested words are provided in the Level 1 Training Manual).

What is included in the Level 1 Training?
A high quality teaching manual with photographs, detailed explanations, sample class outlines and resources for continuing professional development.
16 hours of contact time in which to gain an understanding of the six components of the Big Dog Little Dog class which are:
1) CONNECT (breath focus, hand mudras and experiential anatomy)
2) WARM (partnering yoga poses and developmental movement sequences)
3) FLY (acro-yoga and theraputic flying)
4) SUPPORT (strength building work and inversions)
5) CALM (Yin-style partnering work)
6) REST (relaxations)

Where do the principles embedded in the training come from?
The Big Dog Little Dog class content is based on principles found in classical Ashtanga yoga, hatha yoga, somatic and developmental movement, experiential anatomy, acro-yoga and therapeutic flying.

Who is April Nunes Tucker?
April is mother to Lincoln (age 6) and Grace (age 5) who have helped her to develop the Big Dog Little Dog content over the last two years. April also has a PhD in dance with an experitise in human movement analysis. She has been teaching yoga for over 20 years in the styles of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, Yin yoga and Classical Ashtanga Yoga (which includes meditation, pranayama, asana and hand mudras). Her training in this style of yoga came from Baba Hari Dass, a silent monk with whom she studied under for four years, Before working on the development of Big Dog Little Dog, April was a Lecturer in Dance in UK universities and in her early career she worked as a primary school teacher.

How long does the training take?
The Big Dog Little Dog Level 1 Training takes place over a weekend: 10am-6pm on a Saturday and 10.30-5.30 on a Sunday. The first training weekend is scheduled for 24-25 September 2016 at Nutmeg Nest HP2 6EZ.

What are the benefits of becomming a BDLD teacher?
Unlike a franchise where class content is set in stone, the Big Dog Little Dog training 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 class(es) will be listed on the Big Dog Little Dog website.
You will have access to the Big Dog Little Dog Teachers Facebook 'closed group' for inspiration, discussions, a place to share ideas and questions.
You will have permission to include Qualified Big Dog Little Dog Teacher as one of your credentials.
You will be authorized to use the Big Dog Little Dog name and logo in your own marketing for one year including on business cards, advertisements, and your website. We will provide a high-res Big Dog Little Dog logo for your use on your own materials and website. A yearly nominal renewal fee is required and Level 2 Training will be offered after the completion of one year of teaching.
You can market your teaching qualification to yoga enthusiasts in your area and conduct Big Dog Little Dog classes.
You will receive an official certificate declaring your status as a Qualified Level 1 Big Dog Little Dog Teacher.
If you are already a certified yoga teacher you can claim the hours invested on this training as Continuing Professional Development (CPD).