RCYS_RGB_300dpi_3inch_transparentChildren’s Yoga Teacher Training

Tara Rachel Jones M.Ed, E-RYT-500, RCYT



The key to learning how to share yoga with children is to embrace the practice WITH them.

Children are naturally drawn to engage in any activity that is embodied by the adult who is presenting it.

This course is offered to anyone (teachers, parents, caregivers, therapists…) who wishes to introduce and practice yoga with the children in their lives. Concrete tools and practical application are presented in a simple to follow sequence.

Yoga can be part of any lifestyle, as traditionally presented, it comprises 5 basic principles: Proper Exercise, Proper breathing, Proper Relaxation, Proper Diet, Positive Thinking and Meditation.

The content of the course reflects these simple aspects and demonstrates how to offer this wellness practice in an age-appropriate and appealing style for children, youth, teens and families.

Flower Yoga teachers are trained and guided in a traditional, humility and service – oriented way. A deep understanding of education pedagogy, child development, movement development and sensory integration practice is at the heart of every lesson created by the teacher. Each lesson is nourished through seasonal awareness, cultural and mythical storytelling and a practical knowledge of yoga philosophy.

The course is 95 Hours

  • 87 contact hours – divided into 7 modules, including training, classroom observations and practice teaching.
  • 8 Hours self-study- lesson planning and an open book exam


If you are teacher, parent, caregiver, or a child professional in any other field, you will be presented with a Flower Yoga Certificate upon completion of course requirements. You will be able to conduct your own programs and classes for children ages 2-11, Youth/Teens ages 12-17 and Family Yoga.


If you are a RYT 200/500 and would like to become a Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCYT) through the National Yoga Alliance, you will receive a Flower Yoga Certification after completion of course requirements. You will then be able to be a certified RCYT and conduct your own programs and classes for children ages 2-11, Youth/Teens ages 12-17 and Family Yoga.

COST for TRACKS 1 and 2: $TBA
plus materials/process fee of $ 100.


Foundations Course for schools or organizations. This will give enough training for a specialty area and students will receive a certificate to teach ONLY within the organization and would need to join TRACKS 1 or 2 in order to conduct programs of one’s own apart from their organization.

COST for TRACK 3: TBD based on the number of hours.


Winter-Spring 2018 Flower Yoga Teacher Training:

WHERE:  Majestic Yoga Studio Cambridge, Ma.



1. Fill out the Majestic Yoga Studio online registration form and send $150 non-refundable deposit to Majestic Yoga Studio.

2. Contact Tara Rachel Jones to receive your application. Bring the Flower Yoga application  and Integrity Agreement on the first day of the training.


Winter-Spring 2018

January 20-21  Module 1/2

February 3-4    Module 2

March 24-25    Module 3

April 28-29      Module 4/practice teaching

May 19-20        Module 5/practice teaching

June 16-17        Module 6/practice teaching


Saturdays 9:30-5:30 p.m.

Sundays   9:00-5:00p.m.

1hr lunch break -please bring your lunch- so we may eat together.

Investment:  $1550 if deposit ($150) is paid by January 15, 2018. After January 15, 2018, cost is $1700.

Remainder of tuition is due on March 1, 2018 OR Payment plan option available (inquire via email).


Summer 2018 Flower Yoga Teacher Training at:

The Sivananda Yoga Ranch, Woodbourne, NY!

This is a 11 day retreat at a beautiful yoga ashram setting. While training to become a Children, Youth, Teen and family Yoga Teacher, participate in a traditional yoga lifestyle for your own self-development which is a significant focus in becoming a heart-centered teacher of the future world citizens. There will be Family and Youth Retreat Programs running concurrently with this unique training! You will participate in LIVE classes and Older Youth during the course!

July 6th – July 17, 2018

$925 tuition (includes 2 Training manuals and a copy of It’s Time for Yoga, by Tara Rachel Jones)

PLUS accommodation for 11 nights $690 Tent OR  $910 shared room (includes accommodation and meals)

see www.sivanandayogaranch.org

Course Outline

Yoga Education Module Content

Module 1:

  • Yoga Education for Children and Youth: Teaching Methodology
  • Yoga Philosophy
  • The 5 points of yoga/Karma Yoga/Nutrition
  • Simple to follow self practice/self-study diary
  • Ethics and Communication with Children, Parents and Colleagues

Module 2:

  • Seven year cycles and child development: ages 0-7, ages 7-14, ages 14-21.
  • Developmental Movement Integration-study and practice
  • Teaching Yoga Asanas

Modules 3-5:

  • Child/Youth/Teen Development
  • Lesson Planning
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Pranayama
  • Singing and Storytelling
  • Creating Yoga Games
  • Relaxation and Meditation techniques
  • Safety and Ethical Guidelines in Teaching
  • Implementing your own yoga program
  • Classroom Strategies

Module 6:

  • Child-Teen Anatomy and Physiology
  • Energetic Anatomy Chakras
  • Special Needs Considerations
  • Sensory Integration Study and Activities

Module 7 (Self-Study):

  • Classroom Observation and Practice Teaching
  • Lesson plan outlines
  • Open-book Exam


 Training Books

Required Texts:

  • Yoga Education for Children, by Swami Satyananda Saraswati
  • Yoga for Children, by Swati and Rajiv Chanchani
  • Engaging the Whole Child Through Yoga, by Marcia Monroe
  • Yoga-Mind and Body, By The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center
  • IT’S TIME FOR YOGA, Tara Rachel Jones  www.littlebounderbooks.com

Strongly Recommended additions to Training Library:

  • The Power of Play by, David Elkind
  • Montessori and Your Child, by Terry Malloy
  • Children-The Challenge, by Rudolf Dreikurs
  • The Compassionate Classroom, by Sura Hart and Victoria Kindle Hodson


  • How To Talk To Kids So That They Will Listen
  • How to Teach Children to Follow Rules
  • Do It Right! A Positive Guide To Discipline

Anatomy Books

  • Wisdom of the Body Moving, by Linda Harley
  • Body Stories, by Andrea Olson

Additional Books on Child/Youth/Teen Development

  • A Child is Born, by Wilhelm Zur Linden
  • Parenting a Path through Childhood, by Dotty
  • The Secret of Childhood, by Maria Montessori
  • Discovery of Childhood, by Maria Montessori
  • The Recovery of Man in Childhood, by A.C. Harwood
  • Between Form and Freedom, by Betty Staley

Adult Self-Study Guide

  • The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga, by Swami Vishnu Devananda
  • The Sivananda Companion to Meditation
  • Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center
  • Light on Yoga, By BKS IYENGAR
  • The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali-Exalted Path to Realization, by Chip Hartranft
  • Phases:The Spiritual Rhythms of Adult Life, by Bernard Lievegoed