ChildLight Yoga for Children Teacher Training

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


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ChildLight Yoga 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' yoga teacher training program is designed to provide yoga practitioners with the tools and knowledge needed to share the gifts of yoga with children.

Training addresses teaching yoga to children ages 2-teens with a concentration on ages 2-12yrs. Whether you are seeking to incorporate what you learn into your current work with children, or whether you are looking to teach yoga to children as a career, the CLY Teacher Training will provide you with the information and inspiration necessary to begin doing so immediately.


Training Group PhotoWho should attend:

The CLY TT is open to 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
  • relaxation techniques & 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 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:

The CLY Teacher Training 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 CLY Advanced Training.  

 

ChildLight Yoga Teacher Training Course Includes:

  • 18 contact hours, 10 optional non-contact hours for certification  
  • Comprehensive, fully-illustrated ChildLight Yoga 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.
  • 25 hours toward the ChildLight Yoga 95 hour School (18 contact + 8 non contact as allowed by the Yoga Alliance organization)



Group PhotoCEUs, PDPs, and Yoga Alliance credit hours:

  • 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.

"Jen was truly inspiring, incredibly knowledgeable, and expertly skilled at guiding us through the training. 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.


"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 everyday!  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 ChildLight weekend in March with Sally Delisle and am so very happy to have experienced the training. Sally was warm, knowledgeable and great fun! After a very difficult year, losing my father to cancer and feeling uninspired with my career path, I left the training feeling rejuvenated and hopeful on a new path. ChildLight Yoga is 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 Teacher Training: Advanced Teaching Concepts

ChildLight Yoga 95hr. 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


TUITION & MATERIALS:
$395

NOTE: This training can be attended separately or as part of the 95 hour Children's Yoga School.

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:

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DOVER, NH
with Ann Biese
Dates: January 20-22, 2017
Times: Fri 5pm-9pm, Sat 9am-6pm Sun 8:30am-3:30pm

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PHOENIX, AZ
with Meg Durkin

Dates: January 21-22, 2017
Times: Sat 9-6pm, Sun 9-6pm

Note: This training is immediately preceeded by a Yoga4Classrooms Professional Development Workshop, and followed by the ChildLight Yoga In Schools Training.


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HARRISBURG, PA

with Karla Kress-Boyle
Dates: January 27-29, 2017
Times: Fri 4:30-8:30pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 9am-4pm

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CRESCENT SPRINGS, KY
with Rebecca Gitter
Dates: February 10-11, 2017
Times: Sat 8-6, Sun 8-6


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SOUTH BOSTON, MA

with Meg Durkin
Dates: March 3-5, 2017
Times: Fri 5-9pm; Sat 11:30-8:30pm; Sun 11:30-6:30pm

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ALEXANDRIA, VA (DC Region)

with Jen Mueller
Dates: March 3-5, 2017
Times: Fri 5:30-8:30pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 9am-5pm

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HARTFORD, CT
with Karla Kress-Boyle
Dates: April 1-2, 2017
Times:
Sat 8am-6pm, Sun 8am-6pm

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CAMBRIDGE, MA

with Meg Durkin
Dates: May 6-7, 2017
Times: Sat 8am-6pm, Sun 8am-6pm

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BETHLEHEM, NH
with Meg Durkin
Dates: May 19-21, 2017
Times: 
Fri. 5-9pm; Sat. 9-6pm; Sun. 9am-4pm

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COLUMBIA, MD
with Rebecca Gitter
Dates:
June 2-4, 2017
Times: Fri 5-9pm, Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 11am-7pm

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BETHLEHEM, PA
with Sally Delisle
Dates:  
June 26-27, 2017
Time: Mon
. 8am-6pm; Tues. 8am-6pm
NOTE:  This training is immediately followed by the Advanced Training.


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DOVER, NH
with Meg Durkin
Dates: July 7-9, 2017
Times: Fri 6-9pm; Sat 8am-5pm; Sun 8am-4pm
Note: This training is part of the Summer Intensive and is immediately followed by the Advanced Training


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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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