Become a Qualified BDLD Teacher

Meet the requirements in this course to become qualified to teach Big Dog Little Dog Level 2 (ages 9-12) | taught by April Nunes Tucker PhD

Course description

Join us!

This exciting and in-depth course combines: 

  • Yin/Restorative yoga
  • Ashtanga yoga 
  • An understanding of how to read non-verbal communication cues and
  • Hands-on assists 

all for parents and their children (ages 9-12) working as partners to build trust and bond.

What is Big Dog Little Dog? 

Big Dog Little Dog is a unique yoga-based curriculum for parents and children ages 9-12. The aim of Big Dog Little Dog is to build connection and trust between parent and child as they work together as equal partners. 

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. 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 2 Training?

  • Theories on human touch to enhance empathy.

  • Information about reading non-verbal communication cues.

  • Yin / Restorative poses with hands-on assists for both parent and child.

  • Details of teaching the Ashtanga Yoga Sun Salutations with hands-on assists for both parent and child.

  • Hand mudras (positions of the hands to aid concentration) and breath work.

  • Sample classes.

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: 

  • 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 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 2 Big Dog Little Dog Teacher.

  • Receive special offers on BDLD products.

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

April Nunes Tucker is mother to Lincoln (age 10) and Grace (age 9) and has been teaching yoga for over 20 years. She also 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.