Yoga for Youth Teacher Training

Working with Teens and Adolescents

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Niroga's Yoga for Youth training is for yoga teachers and practitioners who are interested in sharing the practice of yoga with teens and adolescents. Come learn to teach yoga to teens in a way that is effective, sustainable, and inspiring!  Special focus will be given to serving youth needing support in dealing with situations like community and domestic violence, instability, loss, school challenges, exposure to drugs and alcohol, and incarceration.   Consisting of demos, discussion, guest speakers, practice teaching, role plays, and activities, this weekend-long training intensive is meant to challenge and expand your view of “at-risk” youth while providing you the tools to effectively bring the transformative practice of yoga and mindfulness to the teens in your community.

Street photo for Y4YTopics covered will include:

  • Why yoga?  Evidence base and neuroscience
  • Best practices for teaching yoga to youth in schools (middle and high school) and in juvenile detention facilities
  • Building self-control and resilience through centering, breath-work, and movement
  • Understanding and managing transference & counter-transference
  • Sensitivity to culture and identity in the context of yoga
  • Creating a safe space
  • Engaging and motivating teens to practice
  • Trauma-informed yoga instruction
  • Effective class management and communication in schools and juvenile hall settings

Materials: Participants will be provided with a manual at the training.  A pdf of the manual will be emailed to participants prior to the training for pre-reading. 


Prerequisites: Participants should have some yoga experience.  Although participants are often certified yoga teachers, it is not a requirement.  Mental health professionals, educators, school counselors, caregivers, and others are welcome and contribute to the richness of the training.  Please note that certified yoga instructors will receive a slightly different certificate upon completion of the training than those who are not certified.


Continuing Education Credit:

For yoga teachers: 17 CE hours through Yoga Alliance

CEUs or Professional development points/units may also be available through your employer or credentialing organization. It is the participant’s responsibility to investigate this possibility.


Youth Circle YogaYoga for Youth Training Feedback:

"This training is head and shoulders above anything else out there!" - James F, Yoga Instructor for IPP at San Quentin Prison

"Every day I am seeing the transforming effects of the Healing Yoga Protocol in Juvenile Hall - it really works!" - Erin H, Niroga instructor at Alameda County Juvenile Hall

"Niroga is pioneering new territory with therapeutic Yoga and its applications toward integral development." - Evan S, Niroga instructor at Alameda County Juvenile Hall

"I loved the guest speakers and the role play. Having the youth come in at the end was also very helpful to validate the effects. A genuine environment of trust was cultivated." - Yoga for Youth training participant


Danielle AncinDanielle Ancin has been teaching dance and yoga to children and young adults for more than a decade. Her desire to share sustainable, dynamic tools for resilience and positive youth development drives her work, which has included integrating yoga into humanitarian assistance and violence prevention programs in Colombia and teaching yoga classes in communities affected by violence throughout Latin America and in the Bay Area. Danielle has worked with Niroga for the last three years as Program Manager and Yoga Corps instructor in schools and juvenile detention facilities. Her role includes curriculum writing, training teachers and mental health professionals, and supporting research on the effects of Niroga's Transformative Life Skills on youth development.


Jonathan RelucioJonathan Relucio - also a DJ, dancer, and martial artist - has over 15 years of professional experience in social service delivery, youth leadership development, community organizing and nonviolence training.  He is now a Program Manager and Instructor for Niroga helping youth develop self-awareness and self-control.  Jonathan also leads Niroga’s Community Mind Body (COMBO) meetings throughout the East Bay, teaching mindfulness practices for stress management, self-care, and healing from secondary trauma to educators, therapists, activists, and other nonprofit front-line staff.

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Space is limited, early registration encouraged.






Upcoming Trainings


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Times: TBD


ChildLight Yoga Studio, Dover, NH


Tuition & Materials: $375.00




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