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.

 Who 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

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 Schedule: 
The CLY Teacher Training is a 2.5-day intensive course, typically held on a weekend, Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, though some summer trainings may be offered during the week. 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 3 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 may also be eligible to continue on to the CLY Level 2 Trainingand/or to train as a Yoga 4 Classrooms Trainer. 

Tuition: $395 Early Bird Pricing (pay in full 4 weeks before the workshop) / $425

Instructor:  Karla Kress Boyle

 Basic / Level 1 ChildLight Yoga Teacher Training Course Includes:

  • 17 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
  • Yoga for Children, by Lisa Flynn
  • I Grow With Yoga  CD of yoga songs for children
  • 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.

CEUs, PDPs, and Yoga Alliance credit hours:
Registered yoga teachers are eligible for continuing education contact hours through Yoga Alliance.
When presented by Sharon Trull, an Early Childhood Master Professional Allied Professional, this training is valid for ongoing professional training hours through the NH DHHS Division for Children, Youth, and Families, Child Development Bureau
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 

Training Feedback: 

"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.

"I came into this training expecting to gain knowledge, insight and connections. I been so moved by the inspiration, the ideas, the passon and energy of Sharon and all who participated. I honestly received more tools / resources that I ever could have imagined." ~ S.T

2019 dates coming soon!
(Fri 5:30-8:30pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 9am-4pm)

Sign Up for our 2019 Advanced Children's Yoga Teaching Concepts Here!

ChildLight's Children's Yoga 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.

Childlight Yoga

Basic Teacher Training

An inspiriting training for those who wish to

share yoga with children ages 2 - 12 years


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