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RCYT Certificate with a Trauma-Informed Focus

Get certified to teach yoga and mindfulness in a trauma-informed way with our 95-hour Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCYT) training.

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Key information

Duration: 95 hours
Focus: Ages 3-18
Skill Level: Beginner
Format: Self-paced with instructor guidance
Access: 1 year
Auto-renew: No

What you’ll learn

Yoga Ed.’s RCYT – Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher – Certificate with a Trauma-Informed Focus is an immersive 95-hour online program designed for anyone inspired to teach yoga and mindfulness to children and teens in a trauma-informed way.

Through this program, you will learn how to enhance your own mental and physical well-being as an educator, teach inclusive and accessible yoga and mindfulness classes to children and teens, and support social-emotional learning, brain-based learning, & wellness for all ages.

Perfect For…

  • Educators seeking to teach 20-60 minute yoga classes to PreK-12 students
  • Yoga instructors seeking to expand their work to children and seeking their RCYT designation through the Yoga Alliance
  • Mental health professionals who would like to add therapeutic movement to their skillset
  • Youth-serving non-profit staff teaching yoga to children and teens in their community
  • Anyone who would like to get certified and dive deep into the art and science of teaching yoga to children and teens

Upon completion of our program, you will be certified as a Yoga Educator with Yoga Ed. and eligible for Yoga Alliance’s RCYT certification. Join a community of passionate educators, school leaders, mental health professionals, and yoga instructors dedicated to improving the health and wellness of school communities today!

Educators!

We’re delighted to offer partial scholarships to support your program enrollment. Learn more and apply here.

4 Steps Towards Certification

Step 1: Complete Coursework

The RCYT program brings together the best of both worlds in self-paced and instructor-guided learning. You can complete the program 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 with optional live community gatherings and community board discussions.

The RCYT program includes 3 of our most popular online courses that help you develop your skill set for teaching yoga to children and teens: Teaching Children’s Yoga, Teaching Teens’ Yoga, and Trauma-Informed Yoga for Youth.

Teaching Children’s Yoga & Teaching Teen’s Yoga (Total: ~52 hours)

Foundational trainings, think: 101. These courses will teach you everything you need to get started teaching yoga to children and teens ages 3-18 and include topics like yoga principles, classroom management, brain-based learning, SEL, anatomy, physiology, breathing exercises, yoga poses, brain breaks, games, relaxation, and more.

Trauma-Informed Yoga for Youth (Total: ~26 hours)

With a firm understanding of teaching yoga to children or teens provided by our foundational trainings, you’ll dive into the next level of the work, working with youth who may have experienced trauma. Topics include understanding trauma, recognizing symptoms of trauma, safe cuing, language, mind-body resources, and trauma-informed yoga tools (breath, pose, & relaxation).

Step 2: Practicum Experience

Complete 18-hour of observation and practice teaching to complete the RCYT program. Practicum includes:

  • 3 practice teaches: Film yourself teaching a yoga class at the end of each course (3 in total) and send it to your course instructor for review and feedback. By completing the final project for each course, you will fulfill 3 hours of practice teaching
  • 15 hours online observation: Watch 15 online yoga classes and complete 3 feedback forms about the yoga classes

All practicum work is included in the program, can be completed in your home, online, and does not require travel.

Step 3: Earn a Certificate

When you finish the coursework and complete practicum, you’ll earn a 95-Hour Teacher Training Certificate from Yoga Ed. that you can submit to the Yoga Alliance towards your RCYT credential.

Step 4: Complete Additional Teaching Hours

If you choose to register with the Yoga Alliance, simply complete an additional 30 teaching hours in children’s yoga after completing the program with Yoga Ed. Teaching hours can be completed either in-person or online.

Upon registration, you will get access to the following materials on the online platform…

Check 3 bundled courses: Teaching Children's Yoga, Teaching Teens' Yoga, Trauma-Informed Yoga for Youth

Check 30 hours of instructional videos

Check 312 yoga and mindfulness practices, including breathing exercises, poses, brain breaks, and relaxation

Check Monthly community gatherings on the 2nd week of each month at 5pm Pacific, hosted by course instructors to dive more deeply into topics of interest and ask any questions you may have. Each gathering will be one hour long. They will be recorded for you to watch on your own time.

Check Personalized instructor feedback on 3 lesson planning activities

Check Personalized instructor feedback on 3 practice teaching opportunities

Check Lifetime Access: 2 downloadable curricula and 8 weekly workbooks

Check Lifetime Access: 144 premade lesson plans

Check Lifetime Access: Curated resource list with recommended books, articles, videos, and podcasts to supplement your learning

Check Lifetime Access: A private community group of all Yoga Ed. training graduates, for ongoing peer guidance, support, and connections

Check Lifetime Access: Certificate upon completing course requirements

Check Eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) *Optional course credit add-ons

FAQs

When are the community gatherings for the RCYT Certificate Program?

Community gatherings will be hosted on the 2nd full week of the month from Tuesday – Thursday at 5:00pm Pacific | 8:00pm Eastern. Each gathering will be one hour long. They will be recorded for you to watch on your own time. You are required to attend 6 community gatherings to graduate from the program. Please find the community gathering schedule here.

What’s 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.

How do I extend my course access beyond 1 year?

You may choose to extend your course access beyond 1 year by enrolling in the Yoga Ed. Membership for $12/month or $99/year. Course access will be extended for as long as your membership remains active, including all instructional videos, community discussion boards, and community gatherings for ongoing instructor support. Enrolled in more than one course? Not to worry, your membership will extend access for all courses you’ve enrolled in.

In addition to course access, our training graduates love the Yoga Ed. Membership for continuing education. Download premade lesson plans and instructional scripts from 400+ on-demand classes. Watch and learn how course instructors bring lesson plans to life. And enjoy unlimited access to our growing resource library with additional lesson plans, toolkits, and webinars for deeper learning.

Subscribe when you’re ready. Cancel anytime.

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!

Does this automatically renew?

No, this course does not automatically renew.

Does the RCYT program qualify for credits?

Yes, this course qualifies for the following credits:

+ 95 hours towards your Yoga Alliance RCYT designation

+ 10.5 semester hours with Loyola Marymount University – choose Loyola Marymount University credit option at checkout

+ 96 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.

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.

Do you accept purchase orders from schools?

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

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.

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Background

Backed by research

Our programs have been the focus of studies by Harvard, Tulane, and Cal State Fullerton, with measurable results in physical and mental health outcomes for children.

Background

Informed by experts in the field of trauma.

Our trauma-informed curricula is co-authored by Hala Khouri, MA, SEP, E-RYT and Kyra Haglund, LCSW, SEP, E-RYT, and informed by the work of Drs. Peter Levine, Bessel Van Der Kolk, and Stephen Porges.

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Global community of learners

Join a global movement of individuals dedicated to improving the health of their communities through yoga. 48 countries, 80K+ classrooms, and 15M+ students worldwide.

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