Experience one of the most professional and comprehensive children’s yoga and mindfulness teacher training programs available, and learn to teach holistic classes that meets children’s physical, emotional, and social needs, from pre-school through high school.
Classes incorporate yoga and mindfulness activities that help children and youth connect to themselves and their community; access the power of their breath; develop focus and concentration; find strength, balance, and confidence through physical movement; recognize and regulate emotions; and learn to nurture themselves through relaxation. Training is taught from a trauma informed perspective, and creating a safe and accessible practice for all children regardless of circumstance is emphasized.
Gain a greater understanding of the relationship between the brain, nervous system, and body, and how yoga and mindfulness can support effective integration and function. Explore the challenges of teaching in school environments, studios, and community spaces. Gain practical information about how to set up new classes, navigate relationships with schools, manage challenging behavior, serve the needs of diverse populations, and much more. You will leave this training with a deeper understanding of child development, the capacity and confidence to create lesson plans that meet children’s needs, and the knowledge to teach in a safe, engaging, and compassionate way.
This week long immersion combines Level One-Three of the Little Flower Yoga certification program for a deeply connected and empowering experience, rich with opportunities for self-inquiry and personal practice.
Level 1: Foundations of Children’s Yoga: Creating Safe and Engaging Experiences
Level 2: Teaching the Whole Child: Creativity, Compassion & Mindfulness
Level 3: Advancing Your Teaching and Expanding Your Reach
We welcome all participants who are interested in sharing the life skills of yoga and mindfulness with children and teens. You do not have to be a yoga instructor, or advanced practitioner, although some basic yoga experience is recommended. If you would like to discuss whether this training is appropriate for your experience and needs, please be in touch any time by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Little Flower Yoga is an RCYS (Registered Children’s Yoga School) through Yoga Aliiance, and completion of this training, plus an online mentorship program (register separately through LFY), and required reading and writing, meets Yoga Alliance requirements for 95 hour children’s program. Registration with Yoga Alliance is subject entirely to their policies, and requires having an additional 200 hour teacher training. We suggest reviewing their requirements directly as they may be subject to change. Those not interested in Yoga Alliance registration are still eligible for Little Flower Yoga Certification.
Listed tuition does not include room and board at Omega. Materials fee listed is for training manuals only. All other required and recommended reading books are to be purchased on your own. Many will be available at the Omega bookstore on-site.
We are also teaching Chair Yoga Teacher Training: Bringing Yoga & Mindfulness to Schools. The dates for this will be Sept 28-30. This is a wonderful continuing education opportunity if you would like to spend an extra couple of days with us!
Jennifer is the founder of LFY, and a leading voice in the children’s yoga and mindfulness community. She is the author of Little Flower Yoga for Kids: A Yoga and Mindfulness Program to Help Your Child Improve Attention and Emotional Balance, and the co-editor of Best Practices for Yoga in Schools. Jenn also serves as the board president of the Yoga Service Council, dedicated to making yoga accessible to all regardless of circumstance. Her work has been featured in prominent publications including the NY Times, International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and Yoga Journal, and endorsed by thought leaders including Daniel Siegel, Sharon Salzberg and Congressman Tim Ryan.
Mayuri Gonzalez is a nationally recognized presenter, trainer and instructor in mindfulness and children’s yoga. She has more than 25 years of experience practicing yoga and mindfulness, and provides therapeutic yoga classes to children and families as well as teaching yoga and mindfulness classes in schools and community centers. In her role as director of the School Yoga Project, Mayuri trains and mentors teachers, counselors and school support staff. She is a contributing author to Best Practices for Yoga in Schools, and a presenter for PESI, offering continuing education to educators and health care providers.
Argos has 13 years of experience teaching high school English in the Bronx and teaches to pre-service and in-service teachers at Hunter College School of Education. He is a Mindful Schools and LFY Certified Instructor. Argos was a contributing editor of Best Practices for Yoga in Schools and has been featured in The Atlantic and NPR. Argos has also had the honor of sharing his expertise at conferences such as the Kripalu Yoga in Schools Symposium, Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth Conference, and The Yoga Service Conference. He’s currently finishing his Ph.D. in Urban Education.