• chair yoga & mindful practices for children

    Increase focus, reduce stress, and support mental health.

learn how to teach chair yoga and mindfulness breaks to children ages 3 to 12.

Through this course, you will gain the confidence to identify challenging times during your in-person or virtual school day and to learn how to teach chair yoga breathing, postures, brain breaks, and relaxation exercises to build connection, engage your students, and shift them into a more learning-ready state of mind.

Duration 6 weeks

Focus Ages 3-12

Skill Level Beginner

Prerequisites None

Language English

Access 1 Year

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About This Course

In this course, you will explore how to safely and effectively adapt yoga poses to the chair and how to use the chair as a prop to stretch and strengthen the body. The tools shared in this course support learning at home, in classroom environments, and in therapeutic settings. Upon completion of our course, you will be fully equipped with the knowledge and skills to help children improve focus, reduce stress, and regulate behavior through chair yoga and mindfulness practices.

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.

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.

Supports social-emotional learning

Our program is approved by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) to build social-emotional learning competencies.

The practice you’ve been searching for

Chair yoga is the most effective, adaptable, flexible practice that you’ll take with you in any setting where you work with youth, online and in-person. It works in classrooms, therapy settings, at home, in the car… anywhere.

how it works

Self-Guided Track
(No Certificate)

  • 6 online modules, with interactive video lectures, experiential exercises, reflection questions, and key teaching points for each age group
  • Downloadable 150-page color classroom guide (delivered digitally)
  • Interactive workbook with exercises for each week (delivered digitally)
  • 16 downloadable pre-made lesson plans (delivered digitally)
  • Access to online course for 1-year
  • 6 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
  • Certificate upon completing course requirements
  • Eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
    *Optional course credit add-ons
  • Access to private, global Facebook community group of Yoga Ed. training graduates, for ongoing peer guidance, support, and connections
$199

Instructor-Guided Track
(With Certificate)

  • 6 online modules, with interactive video lectures, experiential exercises, reflection questions, and key teaching points for each age group
  • Downloadable 150-page color classroom guide (delivered digitally)
  • Interactive workbook with exercises for each week (delivered digitally)
  • 16 downloadable pre-made lesson plans (delivered digitally)
  • Access to online course for 1-year
  • 6 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
  • Certificate upon completing course requirements
  • Eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
    *Optional course credit add-ons
  • Access to private, global Facebook community group of Yoga Ed. training graduates, for ongoing peer guidance, support, and connections
$399
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FAQ

frequently asked questions

I am interested in the instructor-guided option. What time are the check-ins?

If you are interested in the July cohort, check-ins are at 5:00pm Pacific | 8:00pm Eastern. For August check-ins are at 3:30pm Pacific | 6:30pm Eastern.

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 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.

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

“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.

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!”

Joanne A.

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.

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.”

Alex T.

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.

Teacher

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