Registered Children's Yoga Teacher Trainings
(RCYT - 95 Hour)
Online Yoga Alliance RCYT 95-Hour: 2021 registrations now open
" This course is a fantastic learning experience that incorporates education, fun, a sense of community and equips you to enter the yoga for children business world with tools, confidence and enthusiasm. Laura has a professional and thorough programme, with an approachable teaching style accessible to people from all backgrounds of work and with all ambitions of use for the course. I cannot recommend Divine Light Yoga highly enough."
- Naomi, Pediatric Doctor
Yoga alliance RCYT 95-Hour
Children's Yoga Teacher Training
Do you want to empower children and young people to become mentally strong, resilient, emotionally balanced, self-aware, connected and confident in their own body?
Do you want to support children in becoming creative, open-minded, accepting, compassionate individuals?
Do you see a need for social change in the world, your local community and in children’s individual lives?
Do you want to create a safe space for children and teens to express their thoughts, feelings and ideas freely?
Do you want to share essential tools with children and teens to self-regulate and heal themselves independently?
Do you want to share concepts and ideas of gratitude, self-worth, awareness, respect, empathy, connection and peace?
As an experienced educator, community worker, global traveller and karma yogi, Laura, founder & senior Teacher of Divine Light Yoga can see and feel the fundamental need for all of the above. Laura has witnessed first-hand, the powerful healing effects that yoga & mindfulness has on children from all backgrounds, experiences, languages, cultures and religions.
A note from Laura,
''I have an abundance of knowledge, experience, practical techniques and passion to share with children and teens across the Globe but as an individual, I am limited to how many children I can reach. I am sharing this unique programme with educators, therapists, parents, community workers, health care professionals social workers, yoga teachers, volunteer workers and anyone with a passion to create change in their community or world-wide.
If I can share this programme with more teachers, then it can reach more children and young people across the world which will ultimately benefit not only individual children but whole families, schools, communities and countries''.
An educator who wishes to integrate meditation into your every day classroom routine and regular activities within your class schedule
A therapist or counsellor who would like to use yoga and meditation techniques as an additional therapeutic technique
A parent or caregiver who would like to incorporate yoga and meditation into your child’s daily life to cultivate inner-peace and support children through difficult times in their childhood
A community or social worker who would like to introduce self-regulation tools for children to use independently
Working with children with special needs including ADHD, Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Behavioural, Social & Emotional Disorders
An experienced yoga teacher looking for further inspiration in leading creative yoga and meditations
A curious and playful yoga practitioner would like to learn more about the variety of creative techniques available to children, young people and adults
This training is not for you if you’re:
Just looking for a training that provides a certificate – of course, we do provide THE certificate that every budding Children’s Yoga Teacher wants to get their hands on, the Yoga Alliance RCYT 95-Hours, but we are so SO much more than that
Not willing to contribute with an open-heart and open-mind
Not a fan of morning dance-offs, chanting, singing, art, play – because we do A LOT of that
Looking for a course that provides 10-days of ONLY yoga movement – we study ALL aspects of yoga and childhood including philosophy, Hindu Mythology, meditation, behaviour management, learning styles, breathing techniques, psychology, mindfulness, therapeutic approaches to yoga and childhood
Not ready for a personal transformation or to step up to make a positive change in children’s lives – whether that is at home with your own children, grandchildren or nephews and nieces or whether its on a grander scale, working world-wide. We encourage change, we cultivate transformation, we guide and support you through this process, far beyond the 10-days that we will spend together on the course.
What Do We Offer?
Our trainings really are one of a kind! We're focused on giving you all the confidence, inspiration and knowledge that you need to thrive as a children's yoga and meditation teacher.
This unique Yoga Alliance Registered programme, combines relevant educational philosophy and up-to-date research with all elements of yoga, mindfulness and meditation, incorporating key teaching methodology and practices plus Laura's 18-years experience of working with children and families, so that you can confidently create, plan, lead and manage interactive, engaging and creative yoga classes for children, teens and families.
We provide you with all the tools, techniques and inspiration that you need to develop your own individual, creative lessons to share with children of all ages and abilities. We are focused on providing a holistic, nurturing environment for children, combining elements of musical mantras, interactive story-telling, art, nature, movement and dance, group discussions and play to explore the principles and practices of yoga and mindfulness.
Our small group trainings give each of our trainees the time and opportunity to discuss, debate and question as well as providing ample one-on-one time with your senior trainer, Laura. Each student has the opportunity to practice teach, on a daily basis and a practice sessions with children of local community. Your senior trainer, Laura, provides positive, constructive feedback - supporting and guiding you with your development as a children’s yoga teacher.
examples of our Workshops
Opening Circle – Packed full of games and ice-breakers, this is a fun way to get to know each other and start building our supportive and playful community.
Partner Yoga – Try out a range of playful and therapeutic partner poses, sequences and relaxations for different age groups to understand how to build trust, support and connection through children’s yoga.
Yoga Poses & Sequences – Experience and learn how to creatively teach all the fundamental poses, sequences and meditation techniques for each specific age group through music, dance, art, games & play
Pranayama for Children – Experiment with a variety of breathing techniques to calm, cool, energise and focus. Learn how to effectively teach each technique to each age group, when to practically apply them both in and out of your classes.
Yoga Philosophy – Delve into the fundamentals of the 4 Paths of Yoga, the 8 Limbs and the Chakra System through group discussions and partner work, you’ll learn how to creatively weave yoga philosophy into your kids classes.
The Developing Mind & Body – Learn all about the child’s developing body and brain, the essentials of behavior cycles and learning styles.
Yoga for Children with Special Needs – Learn about the fundamental characteristics and needs of children with special needs including Autism, SPD, ADHD and Trauma. Gain a deeper insight into adapting classes, working one-on-one, creating a therapeutic environment and specific yoga, breathing and meditation strategies for certain special needs.
The Business of Children’s Yoga – Now that you’ve got all the skills and knowledge, how are you going to share this with the world!? Leave the training with a clear idea of your vision for your future and an action plan to implement immediately.
" I am now inspired and confident to put my training to use in the community.
The whole course was exceptionally well run using practical examples sprinkled with latest theory in how children learn. As a primary school teacher, I was super impressed by the pace of the course and Laura's ability to cater for all learning styles during the training".
- Luke, Early Years Educator
Who joins our trainings?
We welcome individuals from all corners of the world, with a whole range of backgrounds, experiences, cultures, languages and professions.
We have trained community workers from Guatemala, Play Therapists from Hong Kong, Social Workers from Singapore, Yoga Trainers from South Africa, Parents from Oman, Grandparents from India, Business Professionals from London, Speech Therapists from Austria, Elementary School Teachers from Canada, Sports Coaches from New York, Yoga Teachers from Australia - We truly believe that everyone has valuable experience to share with children, teens and families, through yoga and mindfulness.
We respect, honor and celebrate our differences (just as we do with children) and we find unity through our shared intentions of making great changes in the world through the power of therapeutic, playful, creative childrens yoga and mindfulness
Choose Your Location: currently we are only offering the online teacher training, due to the covid-19 pandemic
Through interactive, experiential activities, group discussions, individual assignments and daily practice teaching time, we will explore:
Techniques and activities to introduce breath-work that will support children's mental health and well-being during every day experiences such as anxiety, sleep difficulties, overwhelm and hyper-activity.
A range of classic and more creative, age-appropriate yoga poses and sequences, and how to teach this to each age group in an interactive and engaging way
Safe practice when teaching yoga poses - what is developmental and age-appropriate and what to avoid
Creative meditations, including visualisations and moving meditations so that you will confident to share a range of different meditation techniques to children aged 3-18 years old, tailored towards their needs
Partner and group yoga fun for all ages, including mixed age-groups and family yoga
Challenging poses for Teens & Tweens including arm balances, back bends and inversions (going upside down!)
Combining key Educational Philosophy and teaching methodology so that you can fully understand how children learn and how you can tailor your classes to their learning needs and styles
Introducing yoga philosophy and practices to children of all ages, including Hindu Mythology, the Chakra System (the energetic body), The 8 Limbs of Yoga, Yama and Niyama
This Course is for you if:
You LOVE to sing, dance, play, share, learn, reflect and connect
You LOVE to be part of a supportive, conscious community in which you can feel empowered and inspired as well as empowering and inspiring others with your stories, experiences and mindful actions and words
You LOVE shared learning environments
You LOVE to meet new people from a variety of backgrounds, cultures and countries
You see and feel a need for change in your family, your community and the world as a whole and you want to step up and make that change through the healing affects of yoga and mindfulness
You have a deep connection to yoga or a real curiosity to delve deeper into yoga, meditation and mindfulness
What is included?
our Unique 10-Day Teacher training residentials include the following:
* 9-Nights Private Rooms/Bungalows
* Delicious Breakfast and Local Coffee (Thailand & Zanzibar)
* Water, herbal teas and coffee throughout the day
* Tuition Fees
* Course Materials and Manuals
* Volunteer yoga session with the local children's charity / outreach programme
* A Business-Action Plan
* Interactive Global Community via our exclusive Facebook Group
* A Welcome Bag Full of Yoga Goodies
The Yoga-Fun Schedule
What does our daily schedule look like?
6.30am, Optional Yoga Class or personal yoga practice – An excellent the way to get connected to your intentions for the day as well as learning some new yoga, breathing and meditation techniques (led by the resort yoga teacher - yoga classes are dependent on the resort schedule)
8am, Breakfast - Delicious local, vegan and veggie options, surrounded by the natural world and your new heart-centred community
9am, Morning Opening Circle - Starting with a creative check-in led by Laura, to see what everyone is feeling physically, mentally and energetically.
A quick dance party (always with a theme) to wake everyone up, get the creative juices flowing and get everyone on the same level energetically and mentally
9.15am, Experiential Workshop – Laura demonstrates particular techniques and sequences whilst you take the role of the child or teen. Not only an excellent way to learn (especially for those visual, kinesthetic and interpersonal learners!) but the most effective way for you to connect to and develop, your playful spirit, essential for children’s yoga teachers.
PLUS experiencing the sessions through a child’s eyes, will help you to gain a greater understanding, compassion and empathy for their behavior, thought-process and feelings.
10.45am, Brain-Break - to refresh with an organic coffee or freshly squeezed juice
11am, Practice Teaching Time – Laura will give you a fun, theme-related assignment in which you will either be working creative and collaboratively in a small group, partners or independently to plan and practice teach, in a safe, supportive environment in which we welcome mistakes, trial-and-error and creativity.
Laura will give immediate constructive feedback in a mindful manner, emphasizing your strengths and offering creative suggestions for the future. We also encourage positive feedback from the rest of the group to double-emphasise your unique qualities as a children’s yoga teacher
12.30, Long, Lazy Lunch – Whether its beach-side, pool-side or above the rainforest, delicious, nutritious meals are offered. This is an excellent opportunity to connect on a deeper level with the rest of our community, including your teachers, the wonderful local children and families or for you to take some time to reflect, nap in a hammock or dive into the fresh ocean
2pm, Afternoon Check-In - With a short visualisation led by one of the members of our training group
2.15pm, Afternoon Workshops – Usually a little more relaxed as we recognise that connecting to your inner child through high-energy movement all morning, can be tiring. Our afternoon workshops usually involve Laura sharing her relevant experiences and more gentle experiential learning on areas of meditation, breathing techniques, mandala art as well as shared learning spaces to deepen our knowledge of yoga philosophy for children, the developing mind and body, educational philosophy (and its valuable place in childrens yoga)
5pm/5.30pm, Daily Closing Circle – An opportunity for any final questions or reflections from the day, intentions for the days ahead and closing with a quick check-out and maybe a few meaningful Aums.
5.30pm Optional Yoga Class or Pool-Time – This is also a great opportunity to find a spot in nature to relax, reflect and find a deep sense of gratitude.
Evenings differ depending on where we are in the world, but we continue to evolve our supportive and playful community through group dinners, local night markets, evening full moon circles, sunset ocean dips and a lot (really, a lot) of laughter!
The training was everything I expected and more. Laura provides a very in depth training covering all age groups from toddlers to teens in a variety of areas from visualizations to inversions to Hindu Mythology. I am so excited to use my new skills and tools in my classes.
I have also taken several of Laura’s online trainings and they have also been fantastic! It was so wonderful to finally meet her in person and I look forward to continuing my studies and practice with her.
- Kristy, Yoga Teacher & Studio Owner
Firstly, I would like to say that Laura is a fantastic, caring and knowledgeable teacher. I learned so much over the 10 day course, all of which I now feel confident to instantly use to teach my own children's yoga and meditation classes.
Laura instantly made me feel at ease and part of the group, all of whom arrived with a range of multicultural teaching and yoga experience. Her considerable depth of knowledge and practical experience of yoga, meditation, child development, teaching across the age ranges and pedagogical methods were instantly apparent and confidently communicated to each member of the group.
Laura made sure that there were many opportunities to practically apply what we were learning within the group and within a class with the local children.
If you are thinking of attending one of Laura's courses, do not hesitate. It will be the journey of a lifetime both for yourself and for the children you will teach afterwards.
-Alex, Early Years Educator
It gave me all the answers, skills and confidence to go off and immediately start teaching kids yoga classes.
For anyone who is looking to become a kids yoga teacher or if you work with kids in any capacity then you will certainly benefit from doing this course.
- Natasha, Primary School Teacher
A variety of traditional and alternative Mandala Art Meditations to support children to reflect and process difficult emotions and events in their lives
Creative Mindfulness activities to enhance children's self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Therapeutic and nurturing yoga techniques for children with Special Needs
Understanding Autism, ADHD, Sensory Disorders, communication difficulties and social-emotional difficulties and how to effectively use yoga for each of these SEN
Incorporating art, music, dance and nature into children’s yoga
Interactive story-telling and yoga journeys for all age groups
Yoga for children with English as an additional language
Behaviour management in the yoga class so that you can feel confident to manage a group of children, in a positive and playful manner that enhances their social and behaviour skills
Planning & sequencing based on children's learning styles and behaviour patterns
What you'll receive
A Yoga Alliance certification as a Registered Children's Yoga Teacher (RCYT 95-Hours)
A lesson plan structure and formula for creative, holistic and well-rounded classes
Lesson plans to use with different age-groups
Guided meditation scripts for 3-18 year olds
Access to our private online support community of Divine Light Yoga trained teachers
Online workshop and post-training videos, resources and coaching from Laura via our support community
An exclusive 60-minute online workshop on Creating Visualisations for Children & Teens