Become a Certified Children's Yoga Teacher

95 Hour Children's Yoga Teacher Training

Children's Yoga Teacher Training

The YTG Children's Yoga Teacher Training is designed for any yoga practitioner who wants to share their passion for yoga with children. The mission of our training is to combine knowledge of developmentally appropriate practice with yoga philosophy and experiential learning. We believe that this is the key to developing confident, knowledgeable teachers who are prepared to take yoga to the children in their community. This certification program will provide you with the knowledge, tools and experience to begin teaching fun, creative, imaginative and child-focused yoga in your classroom, yoga studio or community setting.


The 95 Hour Teacher Training will include the following requirements and meet the Yoga Alliance standards in the following areas of Teaching Yoga to Children:

  • General Backgound in the Specialty Area (Children's Yoga): 12 hours
  • Techniques, Training and Practice in Teaching Yoga to Children: 20 hours
  • Teaching Methodology: 15 hours
  • Anatomy and Physiology: 10 hours
  • Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Children's Yoga Teachers: 12 hours
  • Practicum: 18 hours

Teacher Training Modules

Foundations of Teaching Yoga to Children


This 35 hour Foundations Training is focused on teaching children ages 3-11 and is appropriate for those looking to bring yoga into their current work with children. As the foundational piece to the 95 Hour Training Program, this training is the first step for those interested in teaching yoga to children as a career. This enjoyable and engaging training will deepen your own practice and knowledge of yoga in addition to providing an integral foundation in understanding child development and how yoga promotes the growth and development of each child. The training will cover each core component of a YTG class: Warm Up, Co-Creation, Pranayama (breathing), Sun Salutations, Posture Sequence, Relaxation and Guided Meditation.

The Foundations Training provides hands-on experience teaching yoga to children and operating a children's yoga program. Participants will lead poses and games with the training group during posture clinics to gain confidence and experience. In addition, participants will observe a YTG class and work in groups to teach a 45 minute YTG class to a group of children. This applied experience is an important part of developing well-prepared and confident Certified Yoga to Grow Teachers.

Foundations Training will Cover:

  • Breathing (pranayama) Practice for Children
  • Co-creating with Children
  • Child Development of Children 3-11
  • Foundations for Teaching Kids
  • Introduction to Yoga Philosophy
  • YTG Sun Salutations for Kids
  • Yoga Games, Songs and Music
  • Teaching Yoga with Books and Storytelling
  • Posture and Teaching Clinics
  • Partner Yoga
  • Practice Teach of a Children's Class
  • Ideas and Resources for Marketing
  • Practice and Experience Leading Guided Meditation

Pre-Requisites: There are no pre-requisites for this training other than a desire to share yoga with children. Some yoga experience suggested.

Required Reading:: "Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillnes" by Erich Shiffmann and "Kripalu Yoga: A Guide to Practice On and Off the Mat" by Richard Faulds

Required Texts: "Fly Like a Butterfly" by Shakta Kaur Kalsa and "Spinning Inward" by Maureen Murdock

"When I'm at home and I need to breathe, I do Breath of Joy."

—Avery, age 9

Foundations of Teaching Yoga to Children

Training Dates and Times:

June 22 - 26, 2016

Training Schedule:

  • This 5 Day intensive training will begin Wednesday, June 22 at 5:30 Registration will take place Wednesday 5:30-6:00 pm, Training Hours are Wednesday 6:00-8:30 pm, Thursday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm, Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, Sunday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Attendance at all sessions is required.


    Teacher Training Location:

    Prana Yoga

    11771 Manchester Road, Des Peres, MO 63131

    St. Louis, MO



    $645 Tuition and Training Manual--Early Registration Prior to May 1 2016

    $695 Tuition and Training Manuarl

    Register and Pay Here



  • Advanced Methods of Teaching Yoga to Children

    Up Dog

    Advanced Methods will take your teaching to the next level as we build on the Foundations Training and dive deeper into refining teaching language, core knowledge and yoga philosophy through study of the subtle body.  Advanced posture clinics will be used to build your confidence in teaching asana, assisting students and creating vibrant classes. Collaboration with other experienced Yoga to Grow teachers will expand your horizons as a teacher. Practice teach experiences and observations will challenge you to continue to grow.  Advanced Methods will build confidence and deepen your knowledge as you refine the practice of teaching children's yoga.

    Advanced Methods will Cover:

    • Anatomy and Physiology
    • The Subtle Body
    • Exploring and Teaching to the Chakras
    • Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Asana and Assists
    • Teaching and Working with Teens
    • Qualities of Effective Teaching
    • Developing Effective Lesson Plans
    • Teaching Asana--Building Your Teaching Repertoire
    • Building on Your Strengths as a Teacher

    Pre-Requisite: Foundations of Teaching Yoga to Children and 20 hours of teaching children's yoga. Homework assignments will be given upon registration.

    Note: Advanced Methods and Application and Practicum can be taken in any order.

    "I do Polar Bear Pose all the time because I need to chill out.."

    —Jo, age 6

    Advanced Methods of Teaching Yoga to Children

    Late 2016 or Jan 2017 TBD Soon

    Columbia, MO

    Training Schedule:

    Advanced Methods is a four day intensive offering which includes 28 contact hours of teaching. Registration and check in will take place Thursday from 8:30-8:45 am.

    Training Hours:

    Training will be held Thursday - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Friday 9:00 am-5:30 pm, Saturday 9:00-5:30 pm and Sunday 9:00 - 3:00 pm. Attendance at all sessions is required for certification.


    $595 Tuition and Training Manual

    Teacher Training Location:

    alleyCat Yoga/Yoga to Grow Studio

    17 N. 4th Street

    Columbia, MO 65201

    Registration Coming Soon!

    Teaching Children's Yoga: Application and Practicum

    Sun Breath

    Application and Practicum will allow you to apply what you have learned and practiced in a wider context.   Posture clinics will focus on a deeper knowledge of teaching asana to a wider age group as well as differently-abled children.  We will also focus on understanding patterns of motor development in children, challenging you to identify and work with those whose development may be atypical. Focus on developing workshops and other yoga programs will provide tools for you to expand your teaching and grow your program. Finally, individual practice teach sessions and one on one coaching with Susan will propel you on your path to reaching your goals and maximizing your potential as a teacher.

    Application and Practicum will Cover:

    • Effective Communication with Children
    • Typical and Atypical Motor Development and Movement
    • Understanding Sensory Processing in Children
    • Effective Communication and Partnering with Parents
    • Family Yoga
    • Introduction to Teaching Toddlers
    • Yamas and Niyamas of Teaching
    • Restorative Yoga for Children
    • Developing Yoga Workshops, Yoga Camp and Specialized Classes for Kids

    Pre-Requisite: Foundations of Teaching Yoga to Children and 20 hours of teaching children's yoga. Homework assignments will be given upon registration.

    Note: Advanced Methods and Application and Practicum can be taken in any order.


    "When you leave a yoga class you just feel better than you did when you came in."

    —Katie, age 10

    Teaching Children's Yoga: Application and Practicum

    April 28 - May 1, 2016

    Columbia, MO

    Training Schedule:

    Application and Practicum iis a 4 day Intensive training which includes 24 contact hours of teaching. Registration and check in will take place Thursday at 9:30 am. Training will be held Thursday 9:30 to 5:00 pm, Friday and Saturday 9:00 am-5:00 pm, and Sunday 9:00-1:00 pm. Attendance at all sessions is required for certification. Families are welcome to participate in the final graduation ceremony form Noon -1:00pm on Sunday.


    $525 Tuition and Training Manual

    Register Here. Scroll Forward to April 28 and Click on the Sign Up Button

    Who Should Participate in Our Training?

    YTG Teacher Certification Program is open to yoga teachers, yoga students, classroom teachers, family counselors, social workers, therapists, speech therapist, physical therapists, occupational therapists, preschool teachers and other professionals who work with children.

    Certification, Registration and RCYT: What's the Scoop?

    Foundations of Teaching Yoga to Children is the foundation of our training program. Upon successful completion of the Foundations Training, participants will become Certified Yoga to Grow Teachers. Those seeking to complete the 95 hour training may choose to attend Advanced Methods of Teaching Yoga to Children (29 Hour Training) and Teaching Children's Yoga: Application and Practicum (24 Hour Training). Upon completion of all three training modules, coursework and additional observation and teaching (7-10 hours) participants will become Registered Yoga to Grow Teachers. Those who have completed a 200 Hour Teacher Training and hold RYT credentials from Yoga Alliance can then gain credentials as a Registered Children's Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance. It is not necessary for participants to register in all levels of training to attend the Foundations Training to become a Certified Yoga to Grow Teacher.

    More Information:

    Contact Susan directly with our contact form or 573-864-4132

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    All Trainings are led by Susan Mathis, Founder and Director of Yoga to Grow

    Susan Mathis

    E-RYT 500RCYT


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