The RCYT program brings together the best of both worlds by offering self-paced and instructor-guided learning. You can complete the coursework on your own time, at your own pace, choosing when to start and when to finish within one year. Throughout your course experience, you’ll have the support of our experienced course facilitators and peer-to-peer interaction via live community gatherings and community board discussions.
Community Gatherings are hosted each month by course facilitators totaling 36 opportunities to connect. To fulfill the attendance requirement, you are required to attend 6 community gatherings (2 for each course).
Community gatherings are hosted on the 2nd full week of the month: Tuesday (Trauma-Informed Yoga for Youth), Wednesday (Teaching Teen’s Yoga), and Thursday (Teaching Children’s Yoga) at 5:00-6:00pm Pacific | 8:00-9:00pm Eastern. Each gathering will be one hour long. You are required to attend 6 community gatherings in order to receive Yoga Ed.’s 95hr RCYT Certificate. Please find the community gathering schedule here. For times you cannot attend live, they will be recorded for you to watch on your own time.
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).
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 reflection assignments. This is a culminating assignment for all three courses.
All practicum work is included in the program, can be completed in your home, online, and does not require travel.
If you choose to register with the Yoga Alliance, after completing the program with Yoga Ed., you’ll need to complete additional teaching hours. For more information about Yoga Alliance’s requirements for registration as an RCYT, please visit https://www.yogaalliance.org/.
The community gatherings for this course will be held on the second Thursday of every month at 4:00pm Pacific | 7:00 Eastern. Each gathering will be one hour long. They are optional and will be recorded for you to watch on your own time.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
312 yoga and mindfulness practices, including breathing exercises, poses, brain breaks, and relaxation
Monthly community gatherings during the 2nd week of each month at 5pm Pacific, hosted by course instructors to dive more deeply into topics of interest and answer any questions you may have.
Personalized instructor feedback on 3 lesson planning activities
Personalized instructor feedback on 3 practice teaching opportunities
Lifetime Access: 2 downloadable curricula and 8 weekly workbooks
Lifetime Access: 144 premade lesson plans
Lifetime Access: Curated resource list with recommended books, articles, videos, and podcasts to supplement your learning
Lifetime Access: Certificate upon completing course requirements
Eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) *Optional course credit add-ons
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.
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!
Start sharing yoga and mindfulness with the youth in your life today.
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.
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.
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.
What students are saying
If you are not sure if you want to take this course or not, just do it! It is so informative and the instructors are amazing! I learned so much that applies to my own teaching in high school. I will utilize many of these techniques in my class to help students with stress and anxiety, in addition to looking for a way to incorporate yoga into their lives.
I really appreciated the patience the educators had throughout the whole process. Very willing to answer questions and regrade as needed. The courses were filmed very well, content explained throughoutly, easy to follow and understand. Most of all the downloadable manuels arw all you will need in life! Amazing and match all educational and physical early ed standards! I am diffenitely glad I took it!
Yoga Ed was everything I was looking for in a 95 hour program. I had completed a 20 hour intro class at a widely known kids yoga school previous to this but it really left me wanting for something deeper that I knew I wouldn't get if I continued with them. Yoga Ed's programs were so well thought out and carefully designed to include every element I was searching for. NOW I feel equipped to teach the kind of yoga that fulfills me the most and am grateful to this program and these teachers for all the work they put in to make this program what it is!
Yoga Ed. is leading the way for bringing yoga into schools and equipping our youth with tools for wellbeing. I recommend any of Yoga Ed's programs because of their dedicated, knowledgeable staff, attention to nuance across experiences, and transparency as a company. The online set up and flexibility made the RCYT program easy to work into my schedule. I'm ready to go teach! Thank you Yoga Ed.
I took the RCYT certification and I’m excited to start my yoga journey. I believe it’s an awesome program with great views on child development which I love since I’m an early childhood educator. The program provides SEL content that can support young children and teens through the use of yoga. Thank you to the Yoga Ed team for making this opportunity available to everyone.
This was very enlightening and challenging!!! I loved pushing myself out of my comfort zone and was supported by staff while on my journey. Make the time to take this class.
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