ChildLight Yoga & Mindfulness for Children Teacher Training

An inspiring training for those who wish to share yoga with children ages 2 - 12+ years


ChildLight Yoga & Mindfulness for Children Teacher Training is an incredibly fun, interactive and educational experience! A passion for yoga and a love for children is at the core of this training. This comprehensive kids' teacher training program is designed to provide yoga practitioners with the tools and knowledge needed to share the gifts of yoga and mindfulness with children.

Teach yoga and mindfulness to children ages 2-12+ years! Whether you are seeking to incorporate what you learn into your current work with children, or looking to teach yoga to children as a career, our team of knowledgeable trainers will provide you with the information and inspiration necessary to begin doing so immediately.

Training Group PhotoWho should attend:
Yoga teachers and yoga students (1+ yrs. yoga practice) who LOVE children, including:

  • preschool - grade 8 educators
  • physical education and health education teachers
  • school or family counselors
  • child psychologists
  • social workers
  • occupational therapists
  • physical therapists
  • camp counselors
  • recreation directors
  • pediatricians
  • and any others who regularly work with children

Training The CLY training curriculum includes the following useful and time-tested information:

  • breathing exercises appropriate for children
  • loads of child-friendly yoga poses
  • mindfulness and relaxation techniques
  • age appropriate visualizations for children
  • creating and using themes and stories
  • best practices for teaching different age groups
  • yoga games
  • partner & group poses
  • kid-friendly songs and chants
  • simple creative movement routines
  • prop suggestions
  • class setting adaptations/considerations
  • lesson planning/sequencing
  • incorporating music, songs, crafts, books and yogic themes
  • how to best prepare for class
  • tips for improvising
  • adaptations for special groups: special needs children, teens, families, etc.
  • behavior management techniques that support a loving, non-competitive environment and encourage respect for self and others
  • possible observation of a sample ChildLight Yoga class (live or via video)
  • opportunities for both practice teaching and 'being' the child/student
  • marketing and business tips
  • thorough list of useful resources and much more.

Participants will also leave with a variety of sample lesson plans as part of the overall ChildLight Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Training manual, dubbed 'the bible of kids' yoga' by past participants. You will leave the training feeling joyful and uplifted having spent the weekend 'playing' yoga!


Training Exercises

Training Schedule:

This is an 18-hour intensive course, typically held on a weekend. Specific hours will vary based on the availability of the host studio/training location (please check the schedule). There will be breaks for lunch and/or dinner, with local eatery suggestions provided. For those traveling from out of town, some lovely, reasonably-priced lodging suggestions can also be provided - please inquire.

Certification Requirements:
Certification is optional. Requirements include the completion of a take-home exam and the facilitation of at least three community classes in your own community.  A detailed certification packet will be reviewed with the group at the close of the training. Certification will be granted upon successful completion of the above. All Certified ChildLight Yoga Instructors (CCLYI) will be listed on the Find an Instructor Near You page of the CLY website with location and contact information provided. CCLYIs are invited to continue on to the Advanced Teaching Concepts Training.  


ChildLight Yoga Teacher Training Course Includes:

  • 18 contact hours, 10 optional non-contact hours for certification  
  • Comprehensive, fully-illustrated Instructor Manual (dubbed the 'bible of kids' yoga' by former training participants) and many useful handouts
  • Certification administration and materials
  • Listing on CLY's Find an Instructor Near You page with location and email contact link
  • Membership in the CLY Instructor community with benefits which include discounts on continuing education trainings, and much more.
  • 26 hours toward the ChildLight Yoga 95 hour Registered Children's Yoga School (18 contact + 8 non-contact as allowed by the Yoga Alliance organization)

Group PhotoCEUs, PDPs, and Yoga Alliance credit hours:

  • It is not necessary to be a Registered Adult Yoga Teacher (RYT) or complete our 95-hour RCYS program in order to attend our trainings.
  • Registered yoga teachers are eligible for continuing education contact hours through Yoga Alliance.
  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and/or Professional Development Points (PDPs) may also be available through your employer. As each credentialing organization has their own requirements, you should confirm with them that your training hours will apply toward your degree or continuing education requirements. Application for accreditation from these organizations is your responsibility. Additional fees may be required.

For important information including Recommended Reading and what to bring to this training visit our FAQ page here.  

Training Feedback:

"Isn't it amazing how one short weekend can change a life??" ~ S.A.

"Truly inspiring...everything was superb! I am so glad I went since I believe this is taking me in an excellent direction with what comes next... I definitely felt like I was in the right place at the right time with the right people and it was well worth every bit of investment. I immensely appreciate all you are doing to help children and the adults in their lives!" ~ KK

"I feel fully equipped with all the tools and resources to share yoga with children - amazing training that I will be recommending to everyone I know who wants to share the gifts of yoga with kids - thank you!"
~ N.P.

"The training provided me personal and professional development, allowing me to build confidence in my ability to teach others about yoga and mindfulness practices.  It also strengthened my resolve in integrating these practices into my own life and my role as a teacher.  I had some fear I would not be able to complete the physical part of the training. I learned that I could do some things I did not think I could! And also that for those poses that are beyond my reach I can still practice a modified version or pause and focus on my breath." ~ M.T.

"I'm already a kids' yoga teacher and learned so much more this weekend. Loads of fun! SO much info shared and lots to refresh and enhance my teaching. Can't wait to put it into play!" R. G.

"Sitting here thinking about the weekend - and feeling very grateful on many levels. Learned a ton from you." ~SCL

"I have attended other children's yoga trainings leaving feeling unconfident about putting together a class kids would not just benefit from, but ENJOY. I got that here and SO MUCH more. The ideas that we played with during class and practicing sample lessons filled me with much needed confidence. Thank you!"
~ S.D.

"In September I took a weekend training and wanted to let you know how well my business is taking off!  I am now retired from teaching special education and started teaching yoga for kids.  I teach 5 classes per week, 4 at our community rec center (4 different age groups) and 1 at a private home.  A mom contacted me and was able to organize her neighborhood so now I see 8 preschoolers in her home 1x weekly!  And in January I will be expanding and teaching 10 classes a week.  I will be doing an after school program for the local school district 3x weekly for 10 weeks. People have been contacting me for one time events also.  I have had to turn down people because I don't want to work every day!  As far as I know, my yoga for kids is the only offering in my area. I am having so much fun and am really enjoying retirement.  My former school district recently contacted me, wanted me to come back as a substitute and I had to say  "NO. I am too busy teaching yoga!"  Take care and thanks for your wonderful program.  By the way, Lisa, I bought your book and I have been recommending it to all of my families." ~ L.S.

"I loved the training and have taken so much away both in teaching kids yoga classes but also in my profession. I'm a mental health therapist
for kids and families and this training has proven to be an invaluable resource." ~ Grace

"You are amazing! I spent a wonderful weekend in March with ChildLight Yoga and am so very happy to have experienced the training.  After a very difficult year, I left the training feeling rejuvenated and hopeful on a new path. ChildLight Yoga has such a thorough curriculum that teaches to the whole child. As an educator, who has written curriculum and implemented many other reading, writing, and math curriculum, your manual is the most user-friendly ever! and a pleasure to read! Your voice comes through the pages. Thank you for being such an inspiration!" ~ L.k.

"Your training has opened up great possibilities for me being a stay at home mom and teaching preschool yoga during the week. It has been challenging, but fun and I am so thankful for all the great ideas, songs, and lesson plans your program provides. The Facebook group has been a wonderful addition as well. So many people willing to share their creativity and ideas!!! Love it and am beyond thankful for it." ~ N.C.

Also Recommended:
ChildLight Yoga & Mindfulness Teacher Training: Advanced Teaching Concepts

ChildLight Yoga & Mindfulness 95 hour Registered Children's Yoga School (RCYT)

To schedule a public or private ChildLight Yoga Teacher Training at your studio, center or for your group, please complete a Host Studio application here.





Upcoming Trainings


NOTE: Attend this training separately or as part of the 95 hour Children's Yoga School.

Our trainings are also offered privately and for Professional Development. Contact Sally Delisle, Director of ChildLight Yoga Teacher Trainings, to inquire about rates and availability.

Use the scroll bar below to view all upcoming trainings OR click on one of the following regions for a list of trainings in that region:

New England
Pacific and Mountain
All Trainings


O2 Yoga
with Meg Durkin

Dates: May 6-7, 2017
Times: Sat 8am-6pm, Sun 8am-6pm
This training is SOLD OUT! Feel free to click below to be placed on the waiting list.

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Balance Bethlehem
with Meg Durkin
Dates: May 19-21, 2017
Fri 5-9pm, Sat 9-6pm,
Sun 9am-4pm

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Yoga Center of Columbia
with Rebecca Gitter
June 2-4, 2017
Times: Fri 5-9pm,
Sat 11:30-7:30pm, Sun 11-7pm

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CHELSEA, MI (Ann Arbor Region)
Breathe Yoga
with Meg Durkin
Dates: June 24-25, 2017
Times: Sat 8-6pm, Sun 8-6pm

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The Yoga Loft of Bethlehem
with Sally Delisle
June 26-27, 2017
Mon 8-6pm, Tue 8-6pm
Note:  This training is immediately followed by the Advanced Teaching Concepts Training.

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ChildLight Yoga Studio
with Meg Durkin
Dates: July 7-8, 2017
Times: Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 8am-6pm
Note: This training is offered during the Summer Intensive and is immediately followed by the Biz of Kids Yoga LIVE and the Advanced Teaching Concepts Training.

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Honest Soul Yoga
with Jen Mueller
Dates: Jul 31-Aug 1, 2017
Times: Mon 8-6pm, Tue 8-6pm
Note: This training is immediately followed by the Yoga for Babies & Toddlers Training.

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Grow With Me Yoga
with Ann Biese
Dates: August 4-6, 2017
Times: Fri 5pm-9pm, Sat 9am-6pm,
Sun 8am-3pm

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Wytha Balance Studio
with Rebecca Gitter
Dates: September 22-24, 2017
Times: Fri 5pm-9pm, Sat 9am-6pm,
Sun 8:30am-3:30pm

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Imagine Studio
with Karla Kress-Boyle
 September 23-24, 2017
Sat 8am-6pm, Sun 8am-6pm
Check out: Yoga & Mindfulness for Tweens & Teens happening at this same location! 

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ChildLight Yoga Studio
with Meg Durkin
Dates: October 20-22, 2017
Times: Fri 5-9pm, Sat 9-6pm,
Sun 8:30-3:30pm
Check out: Yoga & Mindfulness for Children: Advanced Teaching Concepts happening at this same location! 

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The Yoga Loft of Bethlehem
with Sally Delisle
October 28-29, 2017
Sat 8-6pm, Sun 8-6pm
Check out: Yoga for Babies & Toddlers happening at this same location! 

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O2 Yoga
with Meg Durkin
Dates: November 4-5, 2017
Times: Sat 8am-6pm, Sun 8am-6pm
Check out: Yoga for Babies & Toddlers happening at this same location!

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Yoga for Children:  200+ Yoga Poses, Breathing Exercises and Meditations for Healthier, Happier, More Resilient Children, by Lisa Flynn

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"Play with the practices in this book and bolster your child's resilience and self-esteem as you enhance your relationship." ~ Amy Weintraub

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