You are now able to earn the children's yoga teacher specialty designation of Registered Children's Yoga Teacher (RCYT) by completing ChildLight Yoga's 95 hr. Children's Yoga Teacher Training!
We have created a flexible module format which allows you to attend one module at a time in various nationwide locations or take full advantage of our 2017 Summer Intensive options to be held at our home studio in Dover, NH! This personalized module format not only allows scheduling flexibility, but provides the freedom to learn how to share yoga with a wide range of ages in a myriad of settings!
Should you wish to apply for the designation of Registered Children's Yoga Teacher through the Yoga Alliance their website states: "Teachers can register as a RCYT if they have successfully completed both a 200-hour yoga teacher training program and a 95-hour children's yoga training—in either order—that are registered with Yoga Alliance. Applicants must submit 30 teaching hours in children’s yoga which must be performed after completing a program with a RCYS (Registered Children’s Yoga School)."
Submit your application HERE or contact Sally Delisle, our Director of Trainings, who will work with you to design a personalized program based on your individual intentions and interests.
Module 1: ChildLight Yoga and Mindfulness for Children Teacher Training (26 hours, certification required) 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 2-12+ years of age.
Module 2: ChildLight Yoga and Mindfulness for Children: Advanced Teaching Concepts (18 hours, certification required) This advanced intensive training is open to anyone who has previously completed ChildLight Yoga's Basic/Level 1 teacher training. Instructors who seek to build and strengthen their skills for teaching yoga and yoga-related concepts will delve deeper into their techniques for teaching, while learning dozens of new activities.
ELECTIVE MODULES: (Choose those which equal or exceed 95 hours when added to the above requirements.)
ChildLight Yoga for Babies & Toddlers Teacher Training (18 hours, certification required) This training will cover infant and early childhood development and education on how practicing yoga can support the social, emotional and physical development, as well as overall contentment and comfort, of babies and toddlers, newborn through 2 years by providing tools and inspiration to successfully integrate yoga-based movement, songs, games, and relaxation into their day.
ChildLight Yoga and Mindfulness for Tweens and Teens Teacher Training (18 hours, certification required) ChildLight Yoga for Teens is a yoga teacher training intensive designed to inspire and empower those who work with adolescents to share yoga and mindfulness techniques developed especially for teens aged 13-18. This training focuses on developmentally-appropriate yoga postures, breathing techniques, reflective discussions and other practices with the intention of cultivating mindfulness and resilience.
Creative Relaxation Yoga for Children with Autism and Special Needs Training - Levels 1 & 2 (12-24 hours) The emphasis of this trainings is focused on best practices for teaching children with autism spectrum disorder, Asperger's , ADHD, sensory processing disorders, anxiety, and other special needs. In addition to educators, therapists and yoga teachers, the course is appropriate for parents who want to practice yoga with their children.
ChildLight Yoga and Mindfulness for Teens with Special Needs Training (18 hours, certification required) The practice of yoga can benefit teen (and adult) students with a range of diagnoses and disorders such as ADHD, Autism, Sensory Processing Disorders, Anxiety and Stress disorders, Learning Disabilities, Cerebral Palsy, and Downs Syndrome. Learn how to facilitate a group yoga program to naturally draw out individual strengths and to invite your participants to begin to reach their full potential.
ChildLight Yoga and Mindfulness for Children and Teens with Special Needs Training (24 hours, certification required) Regardless of our challenges, with practice, each human being is uniquely able to develop greater body awareness, physical and mental strength and well-being. Learn how the practice of yoga can benefit children and teens ages 4+ with a wide range of diagnoses and physical and developmental disorders.
ChildLight Yoga and Mindfulness for Schools Training (15 hours) The creators of ChildLight Yoga and Yoga 4 Classrooms teach you everything we know about bringing yoga and mindfulness education into preschools, elementary, middle and high schools. Get empowered to share your gifts in a variety of school contexts, learn best practices for contacting schools, adapting your teaching and language for the school environment, ensuring inclusivity, and much more.
Trauma Informed Yoga and Mindfulness for Children Workshop (7 hours) This introductory one-day workshop will present information on the two main types of trauma experienced by children, the basics of the neuroscience of trauma, signs, symptoms and common misdiagnoses, how to make your classes more trauma-informed, how yoga can be part of the healing process, and self-care. It includes practical tools presented in both lecture and experiential format.
Additional Elective Options for Educators, School Counselors and other School-based Professionals:
Yoga 4 Classrooms Professional Development Workshop (6 hours, certificate of completion required) Appropriate for educators, school counselors, OTs and other school professionals interested in learning to integrate accessible yoga and mindfulness practices into the class day.
Yoga 4 Classrooms IMPLEMENT Leader Training (23 hours, certificate of completion required) An advanced training program for school-based teams and individual school staff members who wish to launch and maintain Yoga 4 Classrooms as a school-wide initiative supporting physical, social and emotional health and wellness, learning-readiness and a positive school climate.
JOIN US AT OUR ANNUAL SUMMER INTENSIVE!
Want to immerse yourself in kids yoga education while cultivating new friendships and community? Are you pondering completion of our Yoga Alliance approved 95-hour Children's Yoga School (RCYS) or 85-hour Prenatal School (RPYS)? Join us at the Annual Summer Intensive at our beautiful studio and training center in downtown, Dover, NH! Attend one training module or all modules you need to complete the 95 Hour Children's School, NEW 85 hour Prenatal Yoga School plus enjoy our beautiful vacation area near the coast and mountains of New Hampshire and Maine. Learn more about the Annual Summer Intensive!
Q & A:
Is it necessary to complete 95 hours of training and be an RCYT to teach yoga to children?
No! This is a question we are asked ALL the time. Certainly, having the Yoga Alliance RCYT designation denotes that you are extremely qualified to teach yoga to children. However, requirements for teaching yoga to children reside with the employer or class host location. Most of the time, it is not necessary to be a registered yoga teacher with an additional 95 hours of training to teach yoga to children safely and effectively. Our own trainings, as well as our hosted trainings, provide important continuing education opportunities for yoga teachers as well as a variety of other professionals. Having said that, we are thrilled to be able to offer yoga teachers seeking the RCYT designation a comprehensive, thoughtful, practical curriculum for gaining a deeper understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects related to sharing yoga with children.
I haven't taken a 200 hour yoga teacher training. Do I need to complete that before I begin the ChildLight Yoga 95 hr program?
Many participants start out teaching yoga to children and are then inspired to deepen their study of yoga by attending a 200 hr training. You do, however, need to be a RYT in order to apply for the RCYT designation through the Yoga Alliance. Which you complete first is up to you.
What else do I need to know about registering as a RCYT?
Yoga Alliance requires you to be a current RYT and teach 30 hours of children's yoga classes AFTER completing the 95 hour program and BEFORE applying for the designation.
My chosen program equals more than 95 hours, why?
ChildLight Yoga has been offering quality teacher trainings for children's yoga programming for over ten years. We will continue to maintain our high standards, which may result in giving you even more training than is required by the Yoga Alliance Organization.
How do I get started?
Submit your application here! You are in no way obligated to complete the program.
This is confusing!
Contact our Director of Trainings, Sally Delisle. She is happy to support you.
I have completed the program. What now?
Congratulations! Complete the following steps:
-Please contact us to validate your training hours.
-CLY will send you a 95 hour Program Completion Certificate and update your status on our website.
-If you are an active RYT you will then upload the 95 hour Program Certificate to your Yoga Alliance account.
-Begin to teach 30 hours of yoga for children dated AFTER your 95 hour program completion date to receive the RCYT designation through the Yoga Alliance organization.
"I am so grateful to have opportunities to work with such inspiring mentors. I enjoyed interacting with your staff as well- I always learn so much from everyone at these trainings!!” ~ K.F.
"The welcoming atmosphere and helpful staff is such a special experience". ~ CL
"Thank you!!!!...as always the trainings you offer are phenomenal!" ~ JK
"I always come from trainings at CLY bursting with information and energy and excited to share it all with my little yogis. I'm looking forward to taking more classes to complete all 95 hours." ~ LJ
“I am so grateful to you, and all the CLY staff and trainers for the wonderful kids yoga training and experience that I have gained. I am a little sad that I won't be in a training anymore, because they were so fun!” ~BH
Learn more about the process of obtaining Yoga Alliance's RCYT credential here.
Please contact us with questions.
Interested in the possibility of hosting our trainings? Submit an application here.
Yoga for Children: 200+ Yoga Poses, Breathing Exercises and Meditations for Healthier, Happier, More Resilient Children, by Lisa Flynn
"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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