Children's Yoga Teacher Training

Children's Yoga Teacher Training

Children's Yoga

Welcome to the Shanti Niketan Ashram's Children’s Yoga Teacher Training Course. In this training, we will explore how to teach yoga movement to children using anatomy, science, art, singing, life lessons and games, creating a practice that is both fun and educational. In addition to the fun and educational aspects of Children’s Yoga, you will learn to weave the spiritual side into teaching Yoga to children of all ages.

Yoga helps children to build self-esteem and confidence, develop concentration, attention and focus, increase self-awareness and self-discipline and enhance self-expression through creativity and imagination. Children’s Yoga classes bring together elements of hatha yoga poses, breathing awareness and meditation in creative and interactive ways that are appropriate and fun for children of all ages. This training is designed for yoga teachers, teacher trainees, child professionals and anyone interested in developing a greater knowledge of the dynamics of teaching Yoga to children.

Yoga teaches children to love, honor and respect themselves and others and to develop an invaluable source of strength as they learn to draw on their own inner center for calm and stability. Most importantly, children have fun while gaining incredible benefits to their overall health and well-being.

Yoga is for everyone, at any age. Hatha yoga is wonderful preventive medicine and with the increase of circulation and oxygen intake comes an increase of health. With improved health comes improved energy and greater enthusiasm and positivity in all aspects of ones life.

April 13-15, 2018

Class Schedule

  • Friday 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Saturday 11:30am-5:00pm
  • Sunday 9:30am-5:00pm


The fee for this course is $295, paid in full at the time of application.

If you prefer incremental payments, you may instead pay $150 at the time of application, plus one payment of $175 (due 45 days before the training begns) — for a total of $325.

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Course Curriculum
Children's Yoga Teacher Training Manual Meditation for Children Pranayama for Children
Developing Children's Yoga Classes Creative Teaching Benefits of Yoga for Children
Student Teaching Goals in Teaching Yoga to Children Songs and Chanting for Children
Class Themes, Levels, and Groups Yoga Philosophy and Ethics Yoga Asana, Games, and Partner Work
Class Sequencing Effects of Yoga on Children Settings for Teaching Children's Yoga
Course Requirements
Requirements for this training are that you have completed a basic teacher training program and understand the core yoga poses; standing, sitting, forward bends, backbends, inversions, and restoratives. If you are not a certified yoga teacher but believe your foundation and knowledge of yoga is strong, we will consider on an individual basis if this program is appropriate for you.
You will be required to complete reading assignments before the training program begins.
To be eligible for certification you must attend all training sessions, complete assigned readings and successfully pass the practical and written exams.

Leslie Blackwell is a senior teacher at the ashram. She has been teaching children's yoga since 2007 and has more than 28 years of teaching experience total. Her teachings are inspired and are in gratitude to her Guru, Chandra Om. She believes teaching is an extension of her spiritual journey through the holy science of Yoga.

Lakshmi Om is a beautiful example of living Yoga. A senior teacher at the ashram, she is also a direct disciple of Chandra Om. She has been studying and teaching at the ashram since 2003 and her teaching is an offering of gratitude to her Guru for all that she has been given. Lakshmi hopes to impart to all the essential qualities of compassion and unconditional love. She has dedicated her life to the service of humanity.