FAQ's about ChildLight Yoga Teacher Trainings
You offer LOTS of different trainings. Where do I begin?
With the basics of course! The Yoga and Mindfulness for Children Teacher Training and certification gives you all of the tools to get started. You will leave with knowledge of child development, breathing, mindfulness and movement techniques, games, songs, planning, and even business tips!
Why should I choose to attend a ChildLight Yoga Teacher Training?
Lisa Flynn, the founder of ChildLight Yoga and Yoga 4 Classrooms, has developed one of the most well-respected children's yoga teacher trainings in the world. Her training manuals have been touted as 'the bibles of kids' yoga', inspiring and empowering over 1,500 adults to share the gifts of yoga with the children in their lives. She is a recognized leader in the kids' yoga movement and school yoga movement, has a successful children and family studio in Dover, NH, has authored two published book on the topic of yoga for children, and is highly sought speaker and presenter at professional, education, school counseling and yoga related conferences around the country. Through her leadership and mentoring over the years, the ChildLight Yoga trainer team has grown to a small and select group of highly-skilled professionals who are presenting trainings across the U.S. Learn more about Lisa here.
Our trainers are all E-RYTs (credentialed through Yoga Alliance as Experienced Registered Yoga Teachers) with a combined total of 80 years experience teaching yoga to children. Additionally, our professional backgrounds include education, psychology, doula services, special education, recreational therapy, law, library science, nutrition, business, marketing, fitness, as well as studying and teaching various styles of yoga. We are also parents and baby, kids, special needs, teen yoga teachers who continue to learn and practice everyday what we share in our trainings. Meet our trainers, Sally Delisle, Jennifer Mueller, Rebecca Gitter, Meg Durkin, Karla Kress-Boyle, Ann Bies, Rochelle Jewell, Gloria Breton, and Megan Ridge Morris here.
Do I need to be a certified adult yoga teacher to attend a ChildLight Yoga Teacher Training?
No, but it is recommended that you have some foundational understanding of yoga and mindfulness as our trainings dive right into how to share yoga with the noted specialty groups, babies to teens.
The children I work with have unique needs. Will the ChildLight trainings be appropriate for me to attend?
You will find our trainings offer many ideas, exercises, games, and songs which can be modified to incorporate into your work. If you are seeking additional, specialized training for working with children with autism and special needs, we have partnered with Louise Goldberg, who offers Creative Relaxation for Special Needs and Autism Teacher Training Level 1 and Level 2 and Rochelle Jewell who offers ChildLight Yoga and Mindfulness for Children and Teens with Special Needs Teacher Training.
Am I able to attend a ChildLight Yoga Teacher Training if I am pregnant/nursing/injured/healing, etc?
Our trainings are definitely active at times. However, yoga is about meeting yourself where you are and modifying as needed. We have had many participants attend who are pregnant, are recovering from shoulder surgery, etc. and are simply directed to modify as necessary. If you need assistance or modifications please let your instructor know, or feel free to email our Director of Trainings with any questions. Your health and well-being are important to us!
How long are your trainings?
The majority of our trainings equal 18 contact hours typically beginning on a Friday evening and ending on a Sunday, though there are exceptions. Please check the details for your specific training regarding training description, locations, dates and specific hours. Optional non-contact hours will be discussed at the completion of all training weekends should you decide to complete the certification process.
How should I prepare for the training?
Below, you will find CLY’s Recommended Reading Lists for Teacher Trainees. Of course, the better prepared you are for this intensive, abbreviated training, the more you will gain from the experience!
Yoga and Mindfulness for Children Recommended Reading List:
Yoga 4 Classrooms Card Deck by Lisa Flynn
Yoga for Children by Lisa Flynn
Yoga Kids: Educating the Whole Child Through Yoga by Marsha Wenig
Starbright – Meditations for Children by Maureen Garth
Yoga Pretzels Card Deck: 50 Fun Yoga Activities for Kids & Grownups by Tara Guber, et al.
Ready…Set…R.E.L.A.X. by Jeffrey Allen & Roger Klein
Yoga and Mindfulness: Advanced Teaching Concepts Recommended Reading List:
Imaginations by Carolyn Clarke
I Love Dirt! 52 Activities to Help You and Your Kids Discover the Wonders of Nature by Jennifer Ward
Let’s Go Outside! by Jennifer Ward (A follow-up to I Love Dirt! appropriate for the 8-12 year old)
Yamas and Niyamas by Deborah Adele
Human Anatomy Coloring Book by Margaret Matt
Yoga and Mindfulness in Schools Recommended Reading List:
Yoga 4 Classrooms Card Deck by Lisa Flynn
Best Practices for Yoga in Schools released by Yoga Service Council
Yoga for Babies & Toddlers Recommended Reading List:
Baby Steps: A Guide to Your Child’s Social, Physical, and Emotional Development in the First Two Years by Claire Kopp
Itsy Bitsy Yoga by Helen Garbedian
Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Toddlers and Preschoolers by Helen Garabedian
Positive Discipline: The First Three Years by Jane Nelsen
Yoga Mom, Buddha Baby: The Yoga Workout for New Moms by Jyothi Larson
Yoga and Mindfulness for Tweens and Teens Recommended Reading List:
How to Talk so Teens Will Listen by Adele Faber
Brainstorm, the Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain by Daniel J Seigel
Building Resilience in Children and Teens by Kenneth R. Ginsburg
Yoga Exercises for Teens: Developing a Calmer Mind and a Stronger Body by Helen Purperhart
Teens Ask Deepak: All the Right Questions by Deepak Chopra
The body image workbook for teens by Julia V. Taylor, MA
Yoga and Mindfulness for Children and Teens with Special Needs Recommended Reading List:
Prenatal / Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training Recommended Reading List:
Can I purchase materials such as books and props at the training?
Many suggested props and resources can be purchased at your local bookstore, online, or when you visit us in person at our beautiful Dover, NH studio and training center.
I am coming from out of town, where should I stay?
Are you coming to our Dover, New Hampshire home base studio? Information can be found here. For other locations we suggest you check the host studio website for recommendations as they know best. In addition, our trainers use www.airbnb.com, www.homestay.com, www.cheaphotels.com, www.hotels.com, www.expedia.com, or www.kayak.com.
What should I bring to the training?
You will be provided with the corresponding fully-illustrated manual and other necessary materials at each training as described in the specific training description. Please wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move. Bring writing materials, a water bottle, light snacks/lunch (or money to grab lunch during the break), and a yoga mat. Optimally a blanket/block/back jack may be available at the host studio, but if you require that to be comfortable please feel free to bring your own to ensure you have what you need. Your trainer will be in touch approximately one week prior with further details specific to your training.
- Yoga and Mindfulness for Children: If you are attending our ChildLight Yoga & Mindfulness for Children foundational training, everything you need to know is mentioned above!
- Yoga and Mindfulness for Children: Advanced Teaching Concepts Training: If you are attending the Advanced Level training, please prepare and bring an original 30-minute lesson plan along with your favorite compact props, music, etc. Attending this back-to-back with the foundational training? No worries. You will acquire lesson planning skills along the way.
- Yoga for Babies & Toddlers: If you are attending a Baby & Toddler Training, you are required to bring a soft-bodied, infant-sized doll (approximately 18-20 inches long), ideally weighted in the middle but otherwise soft. Plastic arms and legs are fine. The following type of dolls meet the suggested criteria: JC Toys 20” La Baby and The JC Toys Lots to Cuddle line of dolls is similar and comes in several skin tones. It is not necessary to purchase a new doll if you already have one or are able to recycle one from a friend!
- Prenatal / Postnatal Yoga: If you are attending a Prenatal / Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training, you are encouraged to bring a pillow or sweater to wear under your shirt for yoga practices.
Do you offer CEUs or PDPs?
Registered yoga teachers are eligible for continuing education contact hours through Yoga Alliance. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and/or Professional Development Points (PDPs) may also be available through your employer or credentialing organization. As each credentialing organization has their own requirements, you should confirm with them that your training hours will apply toward your degree or continuing education requirements. Application for accreditation from these organizations is your responsibility. Additional fees may be required.
Do I have to complete the 95 Hour Program to become a RCYT (Registered Children's Yoga Teacher)?
No, but you may find once you get started you are so inspired you can’t stop! Yoga teachers registered with Yoga Alliance as an 200Hr RYT are able to earn the children's yoga teacher specialty designation of Registered Children's Yoga Teacher (RCYT) by completing ChildLight Yoga's 95 hr. Children's Yoga Teacher Training Program. We have created a flexible format which allows you to attend one module at a time in various nationwide locations or take full advantage of our Summer Intensives. Follow the link above FMI and the application form.
Where can I teach after the training?
Anywhere! Some training participants on to teach in yoga studios, community centers, preschools, childcare centers, after school programs, gyms, YMCAs, or libraries. If you are interested in specifically sharing yoga in schools, we invite you to learn about our school yoga affiliate, Yoga 4 Classrooms.
What if I need to cancel or transfer? Please visit our Terms and Conditions page for more information.
I misplaced by certificate of completion. Help!
Please fill out this replacement request form and submit a $10 fee per certificate. Allow up to one week for processing, and we will send a digital copy of your certificate.
Will someone contact me before the start of the training?
Yes! The training facilitator will personally send you a detailed email four days prior to the training. Please be sure we have your correct contact information on file when you register and notify us immediately of any changes. If you have questions please contact our Director of Trainings.
Am I able to host your trainings at my studio or hotel? Our trainers love to travel! Please complete our Host Studio application here.
I still have questions, who should I contact? Please contact Sally Delisle, Director of ChildLight Yoga Teacher Trainings.