Chair Yoga & Mindfulness for Children: Simple Practices for Focus, Calm, & Joy

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About This Course

learn everyday practices for children’s health and happiness.

What if the children in your life could learn simple practices that to help them feel better at any time of the school day? A tool for when they feel stressed. Or overwhelmed. A tool for when they can’t focus. We’re here to help you do just this. With chair yoga, you will have a tool not only for any setting you work with children but also for any situation – overwhelm, stress, tiredness, transitions – and for any outcome – to restore calm, focus, joy, and engagement.

Format Self-paced

Focus Ages 3-12

Grades Preschool – 5th Grade

Language English

Skill Level Beginner

Access 1 Year

How It Works

This training brings together the best of both worlds in self-paced and instructor-guided learning. You can complete the course on your own time, at your own pace, so that you can choose when to start and when to finish. And you’ll still have the support of our experienced course instructors and peer-to-peer interaction along the way.

What’s Included

You’ll get access to the following materials on the online platform for 1-year with optional renewal: 

  • 6 online modules, with interactive video lectures, experiential activities, reflection questions, and practice teaching opportunities
  • 70+ yoga and mindfulness practices, including breathing exercises, poses, brain breaks, and relaxation
  • 12 optional community gatherings over the course of 1 year, hosted each month by course instructors to dive more deeply into topics of interest and ask any questions you may have. The gathering will take place on the 4th Thursday of every month at 5:00pm Pacific | 8:00pm Eastern. Each gathering will be one hour long. They are optional and will be recorded for you to watch on your own time.
  • Personalized instructor feedback on your final project

PLUS lifetime access to:

  • Downloadable classroom guide with full instructions for all yoga postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques
  • Downloadable pre-made lesson plans
  • A private community group of all Yoga Ed. training graduates, for ongoing peer guidance, support, and connections
  • Certificate upon completing course requirements, eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
Course Schedule
Week 1
Introductions: We will introduce ourselves and review the course plan. You will experience a chair yoga practice for teachers so you can start to get a feeling for the work.
Week 2
Yoga, Mindfulness, and the Classroom: This week we will explore chair yoga and mindfulness. We will examine how yoga and mindfulness supports students’ physical health, emotional wellness, mental health, and social relationships. We will also introduce how the brain develops and stress response occurs, and how mindfulness can influence these domains.
Week 3
Lesson Planning: Learn the fundamentals of lesson planning for a children’s chair yoga class, including how to create relevant lesson plans to the age group you are teaching and how to lesson plan to meet standards. You will also learn about your chair yoga tool belt.
Week 4
Chair Yoga Breathing, Poses, Brain Breaks, and Relaxation: This week we will learn our yoga tools. We will practice children’s chair yoga breathing exercises, yoga poses, brain breaks, and relaxation. Lessons will be interspersed with the benefits of each tool, demonstrations, and tips to put what you learn into practice.
Week 5
Implementation Strategies: Dive into how to implement yoga and mindfulness into your classroom. You will look at optimal frequency, dosage, and how to get started. You will learn how to create a classroom action plan to support you in getting started.
Week 6
Course Finale: This week we will explore the teaching philosophies that inform your work as a Yoga Educator. We will discuss the impact and importance of these philosophies for effective teaching. Topics include behavior management, positive behavior strategies, and creating a calm classroom.
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FAQ
When are the community gatherings?

Community gatherings will be hosted on the 4th Thursday of every month at 5:00pm Pacific | 8:00pm Eastern. Each gathering will be one hour long. They are optional and will be recorded for you to watch on your own time.

What is included in my course access?

You will have access to the online platform with all course material for one year from the time of enrollment. Within the course, you will find curriculum, premade lesson plans, and teaching resources that are digital downloads. You will have lifetime access to those once you download them. You will also have lifetime access to a community board of graduates for ongoing peer guidance, support, and connections.

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes, we offer an interest-free payment plan option of $50/month for 4 months.

Are yearly payments required to maintain my certification?

No, once you complete the course, you will receive a certificate from Yoga Ed. which is yours for life!

I am new to yoga and don’t have experience teaching yoga. Is this course a good option for me?

Our courses are suitable for all levels. Whether you’re new to yoga or have your 500-hour certification, our courses are a great fit for anyone who wants to learn how to teach yoga and mindfulness to the children and teens in their life.

Do I need to be a teacher or mental health professional to take this course?

No, this course is designed for anyone who works with children (or would like to work with children). Yoga teachers, parents, nurses, counselors, mental health professionals, youth services support staff, and many other professionals have gone through our course and found the knowledge to be invaluable to the youth they work with.

Does this qualify for credits?

Yes, this course qualifies for the following credits:

+ 24 hours continuing education units with the Yoga Alliance
+ 2 semester hours with Loyola Marymount University – view eligible states here; choose LMU credit option at checkout
+ 24 CEUs towards your ISSA certification with International Sports Science Association

Click here to learn more about course credit options. Lastly, feel free to check with your local school or district to see if they will accept course credits.

Can I get CEUs in my state/school district?

Upon completion of our courses or program, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. Many school districts honor this as CEU credit. We recommend reaching out to your administrator ahead of time to ask if they will honor Yoga Ed. courses. We also offer Graduate Level Professional Development Credit through LMU.

Do you accept purchase orders from schools?

Yes! Email us at [email protected] so that we can support you.

Are group discounts available?

Yes! We offer discounts for groups of four or more. Please email us at [email protected] to get your discount code.

I’m still having trouble deciding. How do I choose a course that is the best fit for me?

We are happy to help you with this! Please email [email protected] to request more information about the course(s) you’re interested in, or to schedule a phone call with our team.

what students are saying

“I loved this course for many reasons. I loved working at my own pace. The content was excellent and provided a good balance between theory/research and practical. As a first grade teacher for many years, and a 200 hour certified yoga instructor who teaches group fitness classes, I can tell you that your course will provide a wonderful launching point for those who chose to explore teaching chair yoga. Thank you!”

Laurel Warager

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“This course is helpful for those who may be uncomfortable or unsure about how to get started with teaching yoga in their classroom. The techniques are easy to learn and very teachable to all levels of learners.”

Jennifer S.

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Teacher

“I just wanted to thank you for being such an amazing instructor. You were so patient, thoughtful and kind to me.Your feedback was always an eye opener and a “Aha” moment for me.I learned so much from you!”

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Joanne A.

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Therapist

“The Yoga Ed. training was FABULOUS. I am thrilled to have these resources and training and start trying to implement and practice.”

Mary B.

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First Grade Teacher

“At The New School, the university I work at, equity, inclusion, and social justice are ingrained in all that we do and it is a privilege to be able to participate in a program that champions that.”

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Alex T.

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Parent, Director of Operations

“Thank you so much for your thoughtful and inspiring instruction. It has been extremely helpful as I prepare for school in the fall. I can’t wait to try out all these wonderful activities, poses, and breathing techniques.”

Ginger P.

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Teacher

why chair yoga?

Chair yoga is short

These practices can be adapted to any time frame to quickly reduce stress and increase focus. Depending on how much time you have in your schedule, you can choose to share 3, 5, or 10 minute chair yoga mindful practices.

It has proven benefits

Think of mindful practices as a more focused cousin of yoga on the mat. As brain breaks, chair yoga mindful practices have a proven track record of improving cognitive function by boosting oxygen flow in the brain, improving learning retention, and supporting overall neurohealth.

No extra equipment or experience required

Who has time to clear a space, roll out yoga mats for you and your children, and then get mindful in the middle of an already packed day? Maybe a lucky few, but the rest of us are working with limited time and space constraints 🙂 That’s why we’ve taken all the benefits of yoga & mindfulness and translated them to the chair. Simply clear your desks, push your chairs back, and take a brain break with chair yoga mindful practices.

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