Our Teacher Training Program is a comprehensive certification in yoga and mindfulness practices for children and youth ages 3 to 18. Certified by Yoga Alliance, training focuses on the complete physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing of students. 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. Participants will leave training with the tools to help children connect to themselves & their community, access the calming power of their breath, develop focus & concentration, feel strong and confident through physical movement, and learn how to nurture themselves through relaxation.
Learn a clear, structured framework, based on our five element methodology, that will allow you to teach an integrated experience of yoga and mindfulness in any setting. 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, teach with trauma sensitivity, 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.
Join one of the most comprehensive, professional and joy filled Children's Yoga Teacher Training programs available. This is a three level program, and you are welcome to take them individually or collectively for full certification. Each level of training is taught as a two day intensive at one of our partner locations around the world (upcoming locations include NYC, NJ, Long Island, San Diego and Seattle). Level One-Three are also taught as a full week intensive each summer at The Omega Institute in Rhinebeck NY, and in CA at Earthrise Retreat Center, and occassionally in special locations such as Jamaica.
Level One: Foundations of Children's Yoga: Creating Safe and Engaging Experiences Learn More
Level Two: Teaching the Whole Child: Creativity, Compassion and Mindfulness Learn More
Level Three: Advancing Your Teaching & Expanding Your Reach Learn More
Pricing based on location. Early registration discounts usually available. Click on locations to confirm pricing.
We offer a limited number of 50% tuition scholarships for our NYC trainings. Scholarships are based on need, and we receive more applications than we can fullfil. Thank you for your understanding. CLICK HERE to apply
***Thank you for your interest in our training. This round of scholarship applications has been closed (for our March 2015 NYC Training). The next round of applicants are welcome to apply now for our upcoming Fall 2015 Training. Dates for this will be posted soon.
For more information about each of these trainings, as well as answers to some frequently asked questions, download the pdf to the right.
Our mentorship program is an opportunity for you to bring your training to life and experience what yoga in a classroom really feels like. We offer two options for mentorship, an online program and a live program.
Online Mentorship: This is a video based program where you will watch classes in action, listen to a recording of the teacher's thoughts on the class, watch bonus video footage covering some important teaching topics, and practice teaching a live group of children. You will receive lots of support via email and phone during the process.
Live Mentorship: Live mentorship is available by application only, and begins in September or January. Each participant is matched with a mentor teacher based on their schedule and interests. You will spend time observing, assisting and teaching in a school yoga program, and have the opportunity to receive feedback on your teaching. You can begin live mentorship after completing Level 1 and 2 or training. Live mentorship includes 18 hours of in-school time, and approximately 2 hours of discussion and feedback.
Tuition: The cost for either program is $300. Mentorship is required for full Yoga Alliance certification.
One day workshops offer you the most essential elements of teaching yoga to children. These workshops do not provide certification, but they give you activities that you can use right away with your students, clients or your own children, and participants can earn Continuing Education credits in many fields, including Counselors, SWs, Psys, MFTs, OTs, SLPs, Educators, Nurses, and Yoga Teachers.
Visit The School Yoga Project to learn more about our Staff Development offerings for schools and community centers.
The Level One intensive provides participants with the fundamental understanding and tools needed to teach a well rounded class that integrates yoga and mindfulness. Time is spent introducing participants to the framework of Connect, Breathe, Move, Focus and Relax that all LFY classes are based on. Practice teaching is emphasized.
The emphasis in the Level Two intensive is on deepening and enhancing your teaching, grounded in an exploration of youth development. We spend time learning mindfulness & meditation practices that enhance students’ capacity for emotional regulation, focus and good decision making. Classroom and behavior management strategies that support relationship building and engaged learning are discussed, as are compassionate communication strategies for working with students.
The Level Three intensive provides you with the tools to effectively create curricula and teach with your own authentic presence. In this final level of training we spend time learning to develop activities based on your personal practice. We also address the specific challenges of working with teens, and students with special needs. Time is dedicated to practice teaching, feedback on that teaching, and answering questions
This advanced teacher training will address the complex issue of working with children who've experienced trauma, and examine how our own experiences of trauma shape who we are as teachers. Time will be spent exploring how we can create resilience in all of our students, and help those who are recovering from or currently experiencing trauma not only recover but ultimately thrive.
Chair Yoga is a unique yoga style that adapts yoga positions and poses through creative use of a chair. The chair replaces the yoga mat and becomes an extension of the body. The student is able to warm up the body safely and perform yoga poses with more support and stability. Poses are done seated on the chair or the chair is used for support during standing poses, forward and backward bends, side extensions, balancing, and leg and arm stretches. Chair Yoga is suitable for all ages, fitness levels and physical conditions. The certification program is particularly useful for yoga teachers, classroom teachers, PT's, OT's, and other healthcare professionals. This form of yoga is ideal for school children to practice right at their desk without yoga mats or other props.