Regardless of our challenges, 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 youth with a wide range of diagnoses and physical and developmental and learning challenges such as Trauma, Anxiety and Depression, ADD, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorders, Autism, Cerebral Palsy and Down Syndrome.

In this training, you will learn developmentally appropriate tools, breathing and relaxation techniques to facilitate individualized, group and family programs, as well as posture modifications using chairs and other props. Effective methods for encouraging cooperation, building community and developing social skills will be shared. Participants will focus on creating lesson plans and teaching in a variety of contexts. 

Yoga teachers, parents, teachers, school counselors, occupational therapists, physical therapists, social workers, caregivers and other adults who work with children and teens with special needs.  It is recommended that trainees have a minimum of one year yoga experience. 

1. Communicate the physical, cognitive, social and emotional benefits of yoga and mindfulness for children and teens with a wide range of diagnoses, physical and developmental considerations as reflected in the growing evidence base.
2. Share yoga and mindfulness based techniques to address specific needs using a variety of props to make yoga safe, inviting and accessible for all students.  
3. Develop, integrate and adjust appropriate practice strategies to support social and emotional learning, encouraging practical life skills for success in today’s world, such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration.
4. Find and access resources and support for continued learning.

We strongly suggest attending this training in conjunction with the Trauma Informed Yoga & Mindfulness for Youth Workshop. In most cases, the two courses are scheduled back-to-back at the same studio location so you can complete 25 training hours in a three day period (all counting as contact hours for the 95-hour RCYT program).

$425, includes 18 contact hours, comprehensive, fully-illustrated instructor manual and (optional) certification administration. Those who complete certification also earn ChildLight Yoga Instructor Circle membership. Click here for Scholarship Opportunities & Group Discounts which are available on a limited basis.

Participants must attend the required 18 contact hours. Candidates who attend all required training hours and successfully complete the certification process will be listed as a Certified ChildLight Yoga Instructor on our website. We are excited to announce that the ChildLight Yoga & Mindfulness for Diverse Abilities Teacher Training is now an IAYT Approved Professional Development (APD) Course! 


Trainings are valid for Yoga Alliance CE hours and possible CEUs or PDPs from your credentialing organization.

Have you previously attended our Yoga & Mindfulness for Diverse Abilities Teacher Training and need a refresher? Retake this training for just $100. Bring your original manual or you may request an updated version at an additional cost.

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"This training was beyond my expectations.  The trainer's knowledge and experience was inspiring and motivating.” ~ JH

“(The manual is) so well put together!  Very grateful to have this resource.  Well organized and thorough.  Appreciate the resource list too.”~ LC

“This training covered all the topics I had expected and more. The training was very thorough and inclusive of multiple categories of disabilities.” ~ N.A., Occupational Therapist

“I was particularly interested in learning modifications for a variety of disabilities and now I have lots of ideas!” ~ E.L.

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Yoga & Mindfulness for Diverse Abilities Teacher Training

Safe and accessible yoga for all needs.

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October 16-18, 2020
Fri 6-9pm, Sat 8am-6pm, Sun 8am-3pm