Kids Yoga Teacher Training
Developed by educator and lifelong yoga practitioner Lara Hocheiser, Flow and Grow Kids Yoga is here to support you, the parents, pediatric professionals, educators, and children you love.
Our 18-hour course gives you the skills and confidence to learn how to teach yoga and mindfulness to children.
Join us for an immersive two-day Kids Yoga Teacher Training. Learn how to connect and teach kids yoga, while having fun and finding your inner child! Our teacher training is perfect for anyone who loves children. Our comprehensive training focuses on yoga, mindfulness, and the social-emotional development of children. Graduates will leave our training equipped with new tools to create engaging and captivating yoga experiences for kids of all ages.
What are the benefits to children?
- Learn to make sound decisions
- Improve behavior outcomes
- Develop compassion toward the self and others
- Sustained attention and the ability to regain attention once lost
- Increased self and social awareness
- Increased flexibility - both mentally and physically
- Stronger, more balanced bodies
- Take more personal responsibility for actions
- Conscious decision-making to make positive impacts on the community through service and kindness
Real Results: During the Boston Marathon terror attack in 2013, 11-year-old Audrey reported that she used breathing to calm herself during the lockdown. Later when the yoga class was back in session she told us, “I was so scared. I thought about what you would tell me to do. I remembered to breathe in and out slowly. I was shaking, but I did it anyway. I am so grateful I could breathe through it.”
“I cannot stop thinking of the gift you have given to me to be a better teacher and yoga practitioner. You are the best.”
Heather P. Middle School Teacher
Make a positive impact on the mental, physical, and social-emotional lives of children.
Imagine all the children you can support once you take this course.
Our comprehensive training will equip you with the tools you need to teach yoga and mindfulness to kids ages 2-18
For Yoga Teachers, Educators, Parents, and Specialists
Many people ask us, who is this training for? We have people from all sorts of occupations and backgrounds attend our Kids Yoga Teacher Trainings. We work with those looking to empower the little ones their lives with tools to form lifelong healthy habits. Attendees have varying experiences with yoga and mindfulness–no prerequisites required!
- Parents, Grandparents, Caretakers
- Social workers
- Physical Therapists
- Occupational Therapists
- Speech-Language Pathologist
- Behavioral Therapists
- Camp Counselor
- College Students
- Medical Professionals
Why Kids Yoga?
FORM LIFELONG HEALTHY HABITS
We know that it’s hard to focus in the increasingly-stimulating and distracting world we live in. Let’s intentionally carve out some reflection-time for our kids to get to know their thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations. With the increased awareness, children can make better decisions about how to respond in every situation.
With yoga philosophy, social-emotional learning is amplified. We can support children to adopt value sets that the yogis have been embodying and disseminating for years. Kindness, truthfulness, generosity, cleanliness, and more. This will improve their relationships with themselves, the community, and the planet.
With the poses of yoga, children gain more grace, balance, and command of their bodies. With the breath, they can calm down, energize, or sustain themselves. And with our help, these tools can be accessed at any time. Let’s build a future together where self-care, movement, stillness, and relaxation are held in regard along with academia.
Story: Years ago, in a parking lot behind a daycare, a mom stopped Lara to thank her. She said, “I was about to have a total meltdown. My 3-year-old son Owen stopped me and taught me how to do volcano breathing. He is barely verbal. He helped me calm down. I love yoga.”
What happens at a Flow and Grow Kids Teacher Training?
We laugh. We learn. We play. Together.
We start with a deep dive into you first. Because you can only teach what you know. We ask you to examine your practices and take time to highlight meditations and other self-care rituals to help you feel your best, most connected version of you. Through experiential learning, movement, breath and fun, we spend the weekend finding your inner child.
- Discover our proven methodology which will give you a framework on integrating yoga and mindfulness into daily life
- Gain insights into child development and how it relates to physical, cognitive and social changes in children, and how we can adapt our teaching techniques
- Explore how yoga and mindfulness can foster a calm, regulated classroom or home
- Dive deeper into YOU, grow your individual practice and become more mindful
- Learn the in-and-outs of forming a yoga business, working with school administration and how to increase your earning potential
What is the methodology?
7 components to teaching a class
Connecting to the self, the environment, the others in the space
Getting the mind and body in one place, warming up the body
Movement and breath: the meat and potatoes of a lesson
What has been your experience? What else do you need?
More fun, more peace, or more rest may be in order
Methods and techniques of relaxation, mediation and breath, for kids
Encapsulate the experience and prepare for what’s next
Experiential Learning: Child Development
How does Yoga and Mindfulness Integrate?
We dive into child development and the intersection of teaching yoga and mindfulness to children. How does the developing mind, body, and social needs of the child inform our teaching? What does teaching look like for each of three age ranges:
- Early childhood children (ages 2-7)
- Middle childhood children (ages 7-11)
- Tween and teens (ages 11-14, 15-18)
We practice 3 demo kids yoga classes during the weekend to experience 20-30 minutes of teaching for each age range. Each person joins a group working with the same age range to plan an entire class. A portion of the class is presented back for feedback from the instructor. You leave READY to teach with your own lesson plan.
Our Training Manual
Illustrated and thorough, our teacher training manual brings you through the entire course and leaves you with invaluable information you can use in your career.
- Self-care practices
- Mediations and practices for deep rest
- Communication guidelines
- Behavior management, praise, tips, and pitfalls
- Child development for children 2-7, 7-11, 11-18
- Self-assessment to examine what other experiences you might need
- Three (3) lesson plans and lesson planners
- Poses for relaxation, warming up, energizing, empowerment, balancing, and more
- Partner poses and language about consent
- Additional activities for professional development
Join our FGKY Graduates Community
connect, inspire, and grow
All graduates are included in a private Facebook group where they can share victories, ask for support, look for job opportunities, and stay close to the lead trainer, Lara.
Upon completion of this course, many people are ready to teach. Especially those with a background in education or yoga, because they have so much experience. Some may need more support.
”I’m still on a high after the past weekend! Lara came all the way upstate to offer her Flow and Grow Kids Yoga Teacher Training and all of the participants absolutely loved it. It’s motivated many to embark on the journey to become a certified yoga instructor by doing the 200 hour training. It was clearly an inspirational weekend!
— Karen Score, Owner of Yoga Mandali
Mentorship and Consulting Support
Get the support you need
Sometimes graduates want more support. If you desire mentorship to start a new business or kids yoga program, we can help. Not everyone that takes the course simply does children’s yoga programming. Some become authors, content contributors, presenters, and business owners. We can continue to support you through our mentorship program. Graduates can do a mentorship with Lara at a discounted rate.
All those enrolled in mentorship receive 35% off the shop. Some people do just one monthly call, while others stay on for more than a year. It’s your journey.
How can we help you? You get 30 minutes to ask anything. We can make SMART goals, go over your plan, or I can just listen.
TRAIN WITH US
Why Yoga and Mindfulness?
The growing body of research showing the benefits of yoga and mindfulness for children. Flow and Grow Kids Yoga has been working in schools with children and educators since 2012 and we have seen firsthand the shift that takes place with regular, incremental exposure to these tools.
About our Training
After teaching Spanish immersion preschool and integrating yoga and SEL into the curriculum, Lara realized the BEST moments she had with her students were the ones spent breathing, connecting, and understanding each other. Those moments steeped in social-emotional learning, movement, and breath were transformative for the students and for Lara, too. The need to bring this content to more students, schools, educators, and parents became apparent and in 2012, Flow and Grow Kids Yoga was born. Once student programming was established, the community of parents and teachers asked to be taught too. The answer was this foundations course.
Since then, we have worked with over 3,500 students and have seen that sustained exposure and practice to these tools can be life-altering.
We have served in more than 50 schools, trained more than 350 educators, and offered this foundations course more than 30 times. Based in New York City and founded in Boston, this training has reached people in 2 countries, 5 U.S. states, and online across the globe.
Frequently Asked Questions
Bring comfortable clothes in layers, a pen, a yoga mat, snacks, and water. Option to bring lunch.
We recommend you read The Whole-brain Child by Dr. Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne as well as this article by our founder, Lara.
Yes, if you are a registered YA teacher, you can use it for 18 contact hours
Yes, we recommend early childhood, elementary, and secondary educators take this course.
Most people are ready to teach upon completing the course. If you have experience with yoga, leading groups of children, or with enrichment programming you have a leg up. If not, we provide additional assignments you can do at your own pace to get all the experience you need.
If you work with kids or have kids in your life, this training will help improve your relationships and change your life for the better.
Yes! We recommend you have a personal yoga practice, but anyone can join.
Yes, we recommend you get insured if you plan to teach. If you are a Registered Yoga Teacher you can use Alliant through the YA and if not, you can use Philadelphia or another provider at a very low cost to you.
No! You just need to be you.
We have applied to become a Registered Children’s Yoga School. Once we get the title, this course will go toward a 95-hour designation.
No! You do not need this and hundreds of people have gone on to create programs and jobs upon completing this certification.
Yes! We have courses coming in 2020! You will be able to become RCYT with us soon!
- The Yamas and Niyamas Yoga Philosophy for Kids: Shaping our future consciously
- How to Integrate Mindfulness into the Classroom
- Mindful Beginnings: How to do Yoga and Mindfulness with children ages 0-5
- Yoga Poses for Children: Cuing safe, age-appropriate yoga poses to children of all ages
- The Business of Kids Yoga: Beyond Teaching
T- he Calm Child: Yoga Tools for Social-Emotional Learning
Flow and Grow Kids Yoga teacher training was absolutely wonderful! Hands down one of the best, most positive and inspiring weekends of my life! Lara is outstanding. She has an enormous amount of yoga knowledge and a vast understanding of children and their needs. Lara is kind and nurturing. She also provided us with many laughs! Lara offered helpful insight from her own personal experience and many years of teaching.
The training has ignited a passion inside me to teach all children the beauty, power, balance and harmony of yoga!”
— Meghan G.