Learning to teach yoga to children requires unique skills and tools including both knowledge of yoga and knowledge of child development. Additionally, tools and practice are pre-requisites to mastery of teaching. Our training program focuses on developmentally based practice and knowledge, yoga philosophy and a child-centered teaching methodology. You will develop each of these essential skills beginning with the foundations in Level 1 Training. Those who desire to advance their teaching will expand their knowledge and gain experience in Level 2. Training culminates in Level 3 as additional knowledge and practice are applied to a broad range of ages and settings. Our developmentally sound theory and child-based methodology will build confidence and prepare you at each stage as you grow as a teacher.
Children’s Yoga Teacher: A person equipped with the training, knowledge and skill to teach yoga to children.
YA: The Yoga Alliance® is the largest nonprofit association representing the yoga community. Their mission is to promote and support the integrity and diversity of yoga teaching through encouraging safe yoga instruction by promoting adoption of Yoga Alliance’s quantitative Standards.
RYS: A Registered Yoga School is a training program registered by YA whose training meets the quality standards set by YA for becoming a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200, RYT 300 or RYT 500)
RYT 200: A Registered Yoga Teacher who has completed 200 hours of training at a RYS
RCYS: A Registered Children’s Yoga School is a training program registered by YA whose training meets the quality standards set by YA for becoming a Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCYT).
RCYT: A Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher has completed a 95 Hour Training (Level 1, 2 & 3) at a RCYS and is also a RYT 200 or higher
Certification: Certification is offered by a RYS or RCYS stating that a trainee has successfully met the requirements of the training.
Registration: Registration is offered by YA to those who have graduated from a RYS and RCYS that meets YA’s quality standards.
Questions and Answers about Teacher Training Certification and Registration:
- Is your school registered with YA? Absolutely. We are a Registered Children’s Yoga School (RCYS).
- Can I attend if I am not a RYT 200? Yes! Prior yoga teacher training is not required for YTG Certification.
- How do I become a RCYT ? Once you have completed Yoga to Grow Training Levels 1, 2 and 3 (95 Hours) and have received a RYT 200 certification, you can register for RCYT credentials through YA. Registration with YA is available for those who are a RYT 200 and above.
- Can I teach Children’s Yoga after completion of Level I Training? Definitely. Level 1 will prepare you to teach a complete children’s yoga class. Additional levels of training are not required in order to take Level 1 Training
- I’m interested in teaching yoga to the children I work with in my classroom or therapy setting. How much training do I need? Level 1 Teacher Training will give you the tools you need to begin teaching yoga to children in your classroom or professional setting.
- I want to become a professional Children’s Yoga Teacher. How much training do I need? Trainees who completed Yoga to Grow Levels 1, 2 & 3 Training become Certified Yoga to Grow Teachers. Completion of Level 1, 2 and 3 Training meets the 95 Hour YA criteria for becoming a RCYT, however, RYT 200 certification is also required to register with YA as a RCYT
- What else do I need to know? Training is fun, challenging and thorough. Our training manual takes you through postures, breathwork, yoga philosophy and dives in depth into our teaching methodology. Trainees enter our program from a variety of backgrounds. Some have extensive knowledge of yoga, but not child development while others are credentialed teachers of children, but know less about yoga. We will explore yoga from a child’s perspective as well as child development and teaching skills in this training. You do not need to be a yoga posture adept or be able to twist yourself up like a pretzel to teach children’s yoga. What you do need is a love for children, a playful attitude and an open mind ready to dive into this transformative experience.
Contact Susan directly with our contact form or 573-864-4132.