Sharing yoga with children is a unique and fulfilling challenge that has the potential to bring great joy to both the teacher and the student.
Join one of the most professional and comprehensive Children’s Yoga Teacher Training programs available, and learn to teach a holistic class that uses all aspects of the yoga practice to meet children’s physical, emotional and social needs. Classes incorporate yoga and mindfulness activities that help children connect to themselves & their community, access the power of their breath, develop focus & concentration, find strength, balance and confidence through physical movement, recognize and regulate their own emotions, and learn how to nurture themselves through relaxation.
You will leave training with a deeper understanding of child development, the capacity and confidence to create lesson plans that meet children’s needs, and the knowledge to teach in a safe, engaging and compassionate way. We will address the challenges of teaching in school environments, as well as practical information about how to set up new classes, get insurance, talk to schools about yoga, and more.
Foundations of Children’s Yoga: Creating Safe & Engaging Experiences
The Level One LFY intensive will provide you with the fundamental understanding and tools needed to teach a well rounded class that incorporates all aspects of the practice.
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Teaching the Whole Child: Creativity, Compassion and Mindfulness
The emphasis of Level Two training is on deepening and enhancing your teaching. The intensive is grounded in an exploration of youth development from eastern & western perspectives. We spend time learning mindfulness & meditation practices that enhance students’ capacity for emotional regulation, focus and good decision making. Classroom and behavior management strategies that support relationship building and engaged learning are discussed, as are compassionate communication strategies for working with students.
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Advancing Your Teaching & Expanding Your Reach
The Level Three intensive provides you with the tools to effectively create curricula and teach with your own authentic presence. In this final level of training we spend time learning to develop activities based on your personal practice. We also address the specific challenges of working with teens, and students with special needs. Time is dedicated to practice teaching, feedback on that teaching, and answering questions.
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Frequently asked questions:
Do you have to be a yoga teacher to take the training?
Definitely not. This is a comprehensive training that is appropriate for anyone who is interested in helping children become the best versions of themselves. Each training session contains a diverse group of yoga teachers, classroom teachers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, counselors, parents and many more.
What if I haven’t been practicing yoga for that long?
You don’t have to be able to do crazy yoga poses for training, but general familiarity with the practice is important. The best thing to do is to just participate in classes at a local yoga studio before training, and if possible taking a beginners workshop is wonderful preparation.
Is Little Flower Yoga Alliance Certified?
Yes. The Level One training qualified for Continuing Education credit. Yoga Alliance children’s certification requires that you participate in three levels of training, complete some required reading and accompanying writing assignments, and participate in a mentorship program. You can learn more at www.littlefloweryoga.com
Why Train With Us?
- Small class size insures individual attention
- Learn compassionate classroom management skills
- Gain insight into teaching diverse populations
- Learn to create your own lesson plans and curriculum
- Comprehensive combination of yoga & mindfulness practices
- Receive ongoing support as you build your career
What sets Little Flower Yoga apart from other Teacher Trainings?
- LFY is a Yoga Alliance Registered school
- We focus very much on children’s yoga AND mindfulness
- The 5 Element Structure (Connect, Breathe, Move, Focus, Relax)
- LFY Trainings are not only for Kids Yoga Teachers however they are a compliment to professional careers such as: SWs, Psys, MFTs, OTs, SLPs, Educators, Nurses
- We provide a Mentorship Program to further your development and offer a Teacher Membership Program with many supportive benefits after your Training
About Little Flower Yoga (LFY)
Little Flower Yoga is a New York-based organization dedicated to making the tools of yoga and mindfulness available to all children and teens. Their classes are rooted in youth development principles and address children’s holistic wellness needs in a joy filled environment.
The School Yoga Project, a program of LFY, currently serves over 700 children per week with in-school and after-school yoga classes, and reaches many more through our network of trained school staff and affiliate partners.LFY also offers a comprehensive, yoga alliance accredited Teacher Training certification for yoga instructors and practitioners interested in sharing yoga with children and teens.
Created by an educator, our programs incorporate learning goals throughout every class, and our instructors take advantage of the many teachable moments that occur in each session. Little Flower Yoga challenges students to learn in new ways, make connections, and recognize their tremendous capacity to achieve. Everyday, we strive to provide tools that help all children come to school ready to learn, and give parents and teachers strategies and support to reinforce these tools.
In May of 2009 LFY became a founding member of the Yoga Service Council, a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop a community of professional support in the field of yoga service. We are committed to sharing a skills based approach to yoga and mindfulness with all children, regardless of circumstance.
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