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Trauma-Informed Yoga for Youth

Through this course, you will gain the skills to share yoga with youth who have experienced trauma.

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Key information

Duration: 8 weeks
Focus: Ages 3-18
Skill Level: Beginner
Format: Self-paced
Access: 1 year
Auto-renew: No

Course Schedule

Week 1

Introductions: This week we will introduce ourselves and review the course materials. We will develop an understanding of trauma and what it means to be “At Risk”. We will also experience a trauma-informed yoga class in action so we can start to get a feeling for the work.

Week 2

Understanding Trauma: This week we will build our foundation for understanding trauma. We will explore the science of trauma in the mind and body, as well as how to recognize symptoms of trauma in the yoga classroom.

Week 3

Teaching Philosophy: Together, we will dive into the practice of being a yoga educator, including teaching philosophy. We will explore the intersection of culture, education, and mental health as it relates to your classroom. We will put theory into practice with experiential activities designed to deepen your understanding.

Week 4

How to Create a Safe Space for Learning: This week we look at what it takes to co-create a classroom community. We’ll see how trauma shows up in the classroom and how you can cultivate positive relationships with your students through positive classroom management techniques.

Week 5

Trauma-Informed Yoga Education: This week we will dive into trauma-informed yoga education. We will start with understanding mind-body resources and dynamic teaching techniques, including orienting, grounding, centering, language, and more. We’ll also explore how to create a lesson plan, put together a yoga sequence, and cue for a trauma-informed class.

Week 6

Yoga Breathing, Warm-Ups, and Poses: This week we will begin to introduce yoga tools, starting with trauma-informed breathing and warm-ups. We will also introduce yoga postures. Lessons will be interspersed with the benefits of each tool, demonstrations, and tips to put what you learn into practice.

Week 7

Partner Poses, Games, and Relaxation: This week we will cover partner poses, games, and relaxation techniques. We will learn the benefits and skills that each of these promote. We will also discuss how to create a safe space for effective teaching and things to be aware of in the yoga environment.

Week 8

Course Finale: In our last week, we will learn how to get started teaching trauma-informed yoga to youth and create an action plan to begin teaching yoga. We will also explore trauma-sensitive teaching resources that can help enrich your students’ yoga experience.

FAQs

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!

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.

When are the community gatherings for the Trauma-Informed Yoga for Youth course?

Community gatherings will be hosted on the 2nd full week of the month. The community gatherings for this course will be held on Tuesdays 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. Please find the community gathering schedule here.

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.

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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 course 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 – choose Loyola Marymount University 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.

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

Check 8 online modules, with interactive video lectures, experiential activities, reflection questions, and practice teaching opportunities

Check 10 hours of instructional videos

Check 100 trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness practices, including breathing exercises, poses, brain breaks, and relaxation

Check Monthly community gatherings, 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 are optional and will be recorded for you to watch on your own time.

Check Personalized instructor feedback on your final project

Check Lifetime Access: Downloadable weekly workbooks with over 100 trauma-informed yoga tools

Check Lifetime Access: Downloadable 72 pre-made lesson plans

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

What you’ll learn

Trauma lives in the body. When children and teens are traumatized, the body becomes an unsafe place and we become afraid of physical sensations, which affects how we breathe, the ways we relate, and how we move through the world. More than two-thirds of youth report at least one traumatic event by age 16, and post-traumatic stress can affect our mental and physical health for years after the event.

Trauma-informed yoga can help us to befriend our bodies again. The practice provides a container for feeling sensations and developing a sense of safety in the body—recentering the breath, rebuilding healthy relationships, and reconnecting to mindful movement. By sharing yoga practices with youth who have experienced trauma, we support them with tools that directly address the symptoms of trauma and help to mitigate both its short- and long-term effects.

Upon completion of our course, you will be fully equipped with the skills to support youth who have experienced trauma through trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness practices.

Perfect For…

  • Educators seeking to teach 20-60 minute yoga classes for their students who have experienced trauma
  • Pediatric mental health professionals sharing trauma-informed practices with their clients
  • Yoga instructors expanding their practice to include trauma-informed yoga practices
  • Youth-serving non-profit staff teaching yoga to children and teens in their community
  • Anyone who would like to share the benefits of yoga and mindfulness to teens
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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.

Background

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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