Trauma-Informed Yoga for Youth

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currently accepting registrations for may session!

When you register, we will send you all course information up to that point so you can quickly get up to speed. The coursework in the first week is light, meaning you’ll easily be able to catch up to all material covered to date.

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.

Duration 8 weeks

Focus Ages 3-18

Skill Level Beginner

Prerequisites None

Language English

Access 1 Year

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.

Schedules for Instructor-Guided Courses

How It Works

Self-Guided Track
(No Certificate)

  • 8 online course modules, with interactive video lectures, experiential exercises, reflection questions, and key teaching points for each age group
  • Downloadable weekly workbooks with over 100 trauma-informed yoga tools (delivered digitally)
  • 72 downloadable pre-made lesson plans (delivered digitally)
  • Access to online course for 1-year
  • Course completion letter upon completion
  • 8 weekly live check-ins for 1-hour with an instructor and other participants
  • Instructor feedback on 2 lesson plan activities
  • Instructor feedback on your final project
  • Eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
    *Optional course credit add-ons
  • Access to professional learning network of Yoga Ed. training graduates, for ongoing peer guidance, support, and connections
$199

Instructor-Guided Track
(With Certificate)

  • 8 online course modules, with interactive video lectures, experiential exercises, reflection questions, and key teaching points for each age group
  • Downloadable weekly workbooks with over 100 trauma-informed yoga tools (delivered digitally)
  • 72 downloadable pre-made lesson plans (delivered digitally)
  • Access to online course for 1-year
  • Certificate upon completing course requirements
  • 8 weekly live check-ins for 1-hour with an instructor and other participants
  • Instructor feedback on 2 lesson plan activities
  • Instructor feedback on your final project
  • Eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
    *Optional course credit add-ons
  • Access to professional learning network of Yoga Ed. training graduates, for ongoing peer guidance, support, and connections
$399
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FAQ
I am interested in the instructor-guided option. What time are the check-ins?

Check-ins are on Wednesday evenings. Each check-in is one hour long, and they are all recorded so if you are unable to attend live, you may watch the recording(s). Please find all schedules under the tab “Course Schedule”.

Does this qualify for credits?

Yes, this course qualifies for the following credits:

+ 32 hours continuing education units with the Yoga Alliance
+ 3.5 semester hours with Loyola Marymount University – view eligible states here; MUST CHOOSE “Earn Academic Credit with LMU” option at checkout
+ 32 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 have a partnership with NYC Public Schools. 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. Please note that all POs must be received at least 1 week prior to the course start date.

Do I need to be a teacher 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 instrumental in supporting their ability to teach yoga to children in the unique environments they work in.

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

Our courses are differentiated to meet the needs of adult learners with a variety of yoga experience. Whether you’re new to yoga or have your 500-hour certification, we think 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. If you’d like to learn more about a course, feel free to email [email protected] for more information or to set up a call with someone from our team.

How relevant is this program? Will it incorporate current events in the world or is it a more general course?

The short answer is both and very relevant! The longer answer is this course contains two types of learning material: self-paced and instructor-led. The self-paced content includes prerecorded videos, which cover general principles and practices that can be applied across situations. The instructor-guided course includes live weekly check-ins, where we will dive into specific applications, discussions and practice teaching opportunities to make the learnings as relevant as possible to the various settings you may teach in, online and in-person. We also provide ample opportunities within check-ins where you may ask any questions that you may have about how to apply the principles and practices to the current events in the world.

Are these courses a good fit for me if I’m teaching virtually?

Yes, absolutely. Something that makes our curriculum unique is that it can be used in face-to-face or virtual settings.

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.

It says it is self-paced, but there are dates. Why?

If you choose to enroll in the instructor-guided option, you will receive access to live weekly check-ins with your cohort. We offer weekly check-ins on Thursdays to share thoughts, answer any questions you may have, and connect you with your cohort of yoga educators.

Will attendance on live meet-ups be required for certificate programs?

No; one of the best parts about this course is that it’s designed for you to go-at-your-own-pace 🙂 All check-ins are optional and they are all recorded so you can watch the recording(s) if you are unable to make the live meet-up.

I’m interested in the instructor-guided option. What do I have to do in order to get a certificate of completion?

Simply watch course videos, submit 2 Exercises during the course, and complete your final teaching project. All course work must be completed and submitted by two weeks after the end date of the course.

What is included in my 1-year access?

You will have access to the online platform with prerecorded videos and recorded live weekly check-ins 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.

What will I receive upon successfully completing a course by the course due date?

After submitting your final project video to your instructor, you can expect to receive feedback and an electronic copy of your certificate for the course within 14 days if all course requirements have been met and your payment for the course is complete. This certificate shows you completed a 32-hour training (mat yoga courses) or 24-hour training (chair yoga courses). Depending on the setting in which you will teach yoga, we recommend checking to find out the training and certification they require.

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’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.

How do I gift this course?

Please email us at [email protected] and we’re happy to assist you!

what students are saying

“I was especially interested in the TraumaEd section of the 3 part Online training. The pandemic has brought stresses to all the children and sharing what I have learned will serve me and the children in my class aiding us in balancing our emotions. I found the descriptions of how trauma can manifest in behavior very helpful with specific poses and breathing to help remedy the behavior. Understanding how trauma gets locked in the body, and learning about the types of trauma was so interesting and helpful. Megan has a lovely, relaxed and friendly teaching style which is not easy to pull off if reading a script! I loved hearing about her educational and work background and appreciated her professionalism and enjoyed watching the recorded meet ups. Many thanks to the Yoga Ed team. I will use these materials with my students for the years to come. Katie Ulmer”

Katie Ulmer

1 2 3 4 5

Preschool Teacher

“The Yoga ed team were fantastic! I loved the courses I did and found the programme so well set out and full of useful resources for future teaching. Having lost touch with my yoga practice over the years since motherhood, I have found yoga in my life again and it is thanks to Yogaed for inspiring and encouraging me! I can’t wait to do my certification and to bring yoga to my students. The Trauma-informed courses and foci were so valuable especially during this COVID time.”

Elizabeth Cummings

1 2 3 4 5

Training

“I recently took Trauma Informed Yoga & it was one of the best things I have done for my teaching. The past 2 years has been difficult for teachers and students alike. Trauma Informed Yoga allowed me to gain insight into so many useful social/emotional tools that I have successfully implemented into my daily yoga with my students. As their teacher, I am benefiting from it as much as they are through mindful meditations, posing & partner work alongside useful discussion around our feelings throughout the day. Thank you Megan & Yoga Ed. I will definitely be back for more.”

Tara Bedard

1 2 3 4 5

2nd Grade Teacher

“This course is extremely informative and the support you get from the staff is unwavering. I have worked with students who have gone through various traumas and the material included in this course is so relevant & helpful. I’ve learned so many tools for my teaching and I feel it’s made me a better overall instructor for my students. I can’t say enough good things about this training!”

Lisa

1 2 3 4 5

“This training gave me practical tools that I use daily for my personal practice, as well as with all the children in my life. The trauma-informed cueing, invitational language, and grounding techniques were taught in memorable and meaningful ways. I use them daily. The course teaches developmentally appropriate practice for each age and stage in a digestible and effective format. It provides as many supplemental resources as on could ask for to support us in continued learning.”

Alison

1 2 3 4 5

Child development professional and fitness instructor

“Great course with great resources. Very interactive and the communication with staff is easy and personable. Would definitely recommend this course to others!”

Jenna Lee

1 2 3 4 5

“Great class with a wealth of information presented in understandable manner. Instructors were knowledgeable and helpful throughout the course.”

Jen Songer

1 2 3 4 5

“SO helpful and supportive in encouraging me to bring this into the creative work that I’m already doing. I can’t wait to bring all of this to my community and provide youth and teens with these resources. The weekly meetings were so awesome and we always had amazing group discussions. One suggestion I have would be to have captions for the videos to make them more accessible for people who are hard of hearing or for the deaf community. It could also be good for anyone who doesn’t have English as their first language and anyone with a learning disability as well! Thanks so much for this incredible program :)”

Keila Gaballo

1 2 3 4 5

“What a wonderful experience this has been! This course was taught by an amazing teacher who was so knowledgeable, supportive, and motivational. I really enjoyed these last 8 weeks. I am excited to get out there and start making a difference in the high school I teach at. Thank you for providing me with all the resources and giving me the confidence to push forward.”

Jaime McIntire

1 2 3 4 5

“I enjoyed this program so much, I have learned a lot and look forward to intergrading into the work I do.”

Denise Larocque

1 2 3 4 5

“Valuable information shared in an easy and concise manner. many topics discussed were not on my radar prior to me participating in this class.”

Lori Collins

1 2 3 4 5

“Yoga Ed was a fabulous training platform. The courses stayed on content and addressed the practice and the philosophies of trauma. I feel that I have increased my personal teaching knowledge immensely. The demonstrations of poses were complete and followable. Cueing was appropriate and direct.”

lisa duffy

1 2 3 4 5

“Megan was a great instructor! Her ability to demonstrate and discuss while honoring where everyone is at is exceptional! Mahalo YogaEd and Megan for sharing your time and knowledge!”

Krysta Gallagher

1 2 3 4 5

“I could not have chosen a more comprehensible yoga education training program. I am so grateful that I was led to Yoga Ed, and I know that this organization and program will always be a part of my life. Great trainers, knowledgeable, professional, and patient. They made training so enjoyable and valuable. Thank you Yoga Ed for offering this training!”

Lakisha Murray

1 2 3 4 5

“Yoga Ed. has provided me with so many great resources!! Mahalo for sharing such beautiful work with us all – there’s truly something for everyone here!”

Krysta Gallagher

1 2 3 4 5

“Yoga Ed. is a wonderful place to learn how to teach yoga with a trauma-informed focus. The instructors are well skilled in their areas of expertise. The class is informative and challenging in a way that makes you feel prepared to teach.”

Alex Carlin

1 2 3 4 5

“There was so much valuable information shared that helped me actually begin healing my own trauma and even improving my own relationships right now. I can’t wait to be able to use what I learned in the field to help others. The instructor in the videos was engaging and thoughtful as well and it was a pleasure learning from her.”

Nicole Riley

1 2 3 4 5

“Thanks so much Chelsea for teaching this class great info. I am encouraged to learn and put my practice to work.”

Seannette

1 2 3 4 5

“it was great”

Mainawatie Samlall

1 2 3 4 5

“Very, I mean very resourceful and beneficial for kids and adults. I will definitely be implying these yoga activities into the future schedule for my kids and teenagers. Thank you so much!”

Chris Paul-Etienne

1 2 3 4 5

“I use the program all the time. I have used the curriculum in a women’s shelter, residential facility and short-term shelter for youth. I am currently implementing the program in a juvenile detention center on the weekends. The youth love it.”

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Tiffany G.

1 2 3 4 5

Clinical Therapist

“This was one of the best trainings I have ever taken for working with youth who have experienced trauma. ”

Laura C.

1 2 3 4 5

Yoga Teacher

“I’m just finishing up this course with several others from my district, and we have LOVED it! Very well put together and run. It’s been easy to follow along, is self-paced, and the communication with the Yoga Ed. staff has been very prompt. Thank you guys!”

Sara K.

1 2 3 4 5

Educator

“I was extremely happy with this course and would definitely recommend it to everyone I know.The content was laid out very well and was extremely beneficial. The weekly check-ins were a wonderful way to connect with other individuals with a passion to do this work.”

Cne H.

1 2 3 4 5

Yoga Teacher

“I absolutely loved it. I am impressed with the level of professionalism in this course and the rich information I have learned.”

Leslie C.

1 2 3 4 5

Teacher

why learn with us

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 and teens.

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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