Learn how to teach yoga and mindfulness to kids!
Circle Yoga Kids Teacher Training
with Linda Feldman
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Are you interested in sharing the benefits of yoga and mindfulness with kids? Or do you think your child might benefit from learning to relax through the non-competitive practice of yoga? The 20-hour Circle Yoga Kids Teacher Training (CYKTT) is designed for school teachers, parents, yoga teachers, therapists, or anyone interested in learning how to enrich children's lives with yoga and mindfulness practices. This is a hybrid training, which means that trainees can participate in person or virtually.
About the training
As one of the first children's yoga programs in the country, the Circle Yoga Kids Teacher Training (formerly Budding Yogis Teacher Training) has certified hundreds of kids yoga teachers over the last 18 years. Our trainees include teachers, librarians, therapists, day care workers, yoga teachers, and parents who are sharing yoga and mindfulness in their professional and home settings. Lead Trainer Linda Feldman has been training teachers through the Circle Yoga Kids Teacher Training since the program's beginning.
The Circle Yoga Kids Teacher Training is based on our unique philosophy of teaching yoga and mindfulness to kids in a way that stretches their imaginations, offers them non-competitive opportunities to play, and teaches them how to relax. What makes Circle Yoga's training special is our emphasis on mindfulness and the ways in which it can be incorporated into children's yoga and their everyday lives.
Over the course of the 20-hour training weekend, participants learn how to teach yoga classes for kids ages 2-12 with age-appropriate yoga poses and activities, how to create theme-based yoga classes, and how to use self-calming, meditation, and mindfulness techniques to help kids relax their bodies and minds.
At the end of the training, trainees will have the opportunity to practice teach and will be prepared to start their teaching journey. Each trainee will receive a Circle Yoga Kids Teacher Training certificate if all sessions are attended, in person or on Zoom, and the practice teaching is completed.
Who should take the training?
- A parent who would like to share your yoga practice with your family
- An educator looking for an active and fun way to connect with your students and help them focus
- A child psychologist or therapist interested in learning new techniques to reduce anxiety in your clients
- A yoga teacher who enjoys working with kids
- Anyone else interested in using yoga to help nurture and support children.
What you will learn
Mindfulness Practice – Learn what mindfulness is, and how we can use the practices to create more calm and ease in our own lives, and simple ways to offer it to kids.
Yoga and Mindfulness Games – Learn dozens of non-competitive yoga and mindfulness games to use in kid’s yoga classes.
Yoga and Mindfulness Songs – Learn simple and fun mindfulness and yoga songs to share with kids.
Yoga Asana – Learn many yoga asana (postures) to use with kids, and how to create new postures to create a themed yoga class.
Breathing Techniques – Learn various breath work techniques to teach children, including ways to use the breath to calm and center ourselves.
The Business of Teaching Kids – Learn how to start or re-energize your career in Kid’s Yoga.
Classroom Behavior – Learn how to identify special needs issues in class, and basic skills for managing classrooms.
Circle Yoga offers as many partial scholarships as we can support to people who wish to take teacher trainings at the studio. If you would like to participate in the Circle Yoga Kids Teacher Training but are experiencing financial hardship, we encourage you to apply for a scholarship. Learn more and apply.
Anne-Marie Smith Scholarship
The Anne-Marie Smith Scholarship is awarded to one Circle Yoga Kids Teacher Training student per year. This scholarship was established to honor Anne-Marie, who was a special education teacher in the Alexandria, VA public schools as well as a kids yoga and summer camp teacher at Circle Yoga. Anne-Marie brought joy, kindness, patience and many smiles to Circle Yoga. She had an infectious laugh that put people at ease, and a dedication to her students that was extraordinary.
Anne-Marie was a special light in this world; staff and students at Circle Yoga were fortunate to be in that light. By awarding this scholarship, we hope to continue Anne-Marie's legacy of light and love.
The Anne-Marie Scholarship covers the full cost of registration for the Circle Yoga Kids Teacher Training. To apply, complete the general Scholarship Request for Trainings.
Schedule and Registration
Participate in this 20-hour training in person or on Zoom. The training includes 18 contact hours and 2 hours of reading and assignments. The weekend schedule is as follows:
Partial scholarships are available.
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I learned so much from the training that I was able to use in my homeroom classroom with my pre-K children. I now work full time as a children’s yoga instructor at an inner city charter school in DC. Teaching children’s yoga is the best job a person could have.
charter school teacher
What was most helpful about the [Circle Yoga Kids Teacher Training] was learning specifically what to do with different age groups, and having the opportunity to teach and observe live kids! I would highly recommend this training to anyone who wants to bring children and families the gift of yoga.
[Circle Yoga's] training gave me the confidence to allow my potential to shine. Linda presents an approach that is joyful and loving, creative yet organized. I now teach my own kids yoga classes from ages 5-13 and have so much fun. The kids keep coming back and I never forget what an inspiration the [Circle Yoga Kids Teacher Training] has been to me.
music teacher and kid’s yoga teacher
I learned a ton about teaching mindfulness to children and now incorporate songs, discussion, games, and listening activities daily into my second grade classroom. The response in the community has been huge. Children, co-workers, and parents are very open to the idea of mindfulness and how to incorporate it into their lives! The yoga classes I teach have also benefited a great deal, as I learned more about developing child-centered yoga classes and leading savasana for young children.
second grade teacher
What’s special about the [Circle Yoga Kids Teacher Training] is that it brings out the soul of yoga, going beyond the physical poses and yoga games. It helps bring out the special quality of mindfulness, of slowing down, going inward, being aware of our feelings, our unique qualities, our connection and respect for ourselves and each other with the kids we engage in our classes. Beyond that it has empowered me to jump in and schedule family yoga workshops, which have turned out to be a blast.
If you need to cancel your registration for the Circle Yoga Kids Teacher Training, submit your request in writing here at least one week before the training, and your registration fee will be refunded minus a 20% administrative fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations made within less than one week of the training.