• trauma-informed yoga for youth

    Learn to teach in a way that helps youth feel safe, empowered, and self-regulated.

learn how to teach in a trauma-informed way

Dive into the physiological framework of trauma, how it manifests in the mind and body, and how to identify and address symptoms of trauma, including anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, relationship stress, and health issues. Emphasis is placed on the therapeutic applications of yoga for youth who have experienced trauma. Upon completion of this training, you will be fully equipped with the understanding and confidence to teach yoga to youth in a trauma-informed way.

Duration 8 weeks

Focus Ages 3-18

Skill Level Beginner

Prerequisites None

Language English

Access 1 Year

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About This Course

This course is designed for individuals who want to understand the therapeutic applications of yoga for youth who have experienced trauma. Through this course, you will dive into the physiological framework of trauma, and how it manifests in the mind and body. We will explore the latest findings in trauma research, yoga, and mindfulness to identify and address symptoms of trauma, including anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, relationship stress, and health issues.

course schedule

Week 1
Introductions: We’ll start with introductions and kickoff the course. Your 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: Together, we will explore the science of trauma in the mind and body, as well as how you can recognize symptoms of trauma in the yoga classroom.
Week 3
Teaching Philosophy: This week we will dive into the practice of being a yoga educator, including teaching philosophy. We will put theory into practice with experiential activities designed to deepen your understanding.
Week 4
How to Create a Safe Space for Learning: 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: 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, you will learn how to get started teaching trauma-informed yoga to youth and create an action plan to begin teaching yoga. You will also learn about cultural humility and teaching resources that can help enrich your students’ yoga experience.

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.

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. 46 countries, 79K+ classrooms, and 15M+ students worldwide.

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 350-page color manual (delivered digitally)
  • 72 downloadable pre-made lesson plans (delivered digitally)
  • Access to online course for 1-year
  • 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
  • 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)

  • 8 online course modules, with interactive video lectures, experiential exercises, reflection questions, and key teaching points for each age group
  • Downloadable 350-page color manual (delivered digitally)
  • 72 downloadable pre-made lesson plans (delivered digitally)
  • Access to online course for 1-year
  • 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
  • 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 on Wednesdays at 5:00pm Pacific | 8:00pm Eastern. For August check-ins are on Wednesdays at 3:30pm Pacific | 6:30pm Eastern.

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).

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

“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.”

Tiffany G.

Clinical Therapist

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

Laura C.

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.

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.

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.

Teacher

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