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Awaken the child within and play, laugh, explore, learn and build a repertoire of instructional activities designed to explore emotions, physical awareness, health and fitness, environmental stewardship, social behavior and so much more in the Heartwood children's yoga certification program. Teachers, activities directors, child care workers, yoga teachers or anyone else working with children whose role is to support the growth and development of responsible, compassionate individuals will find this course comprehensive and inspirational. Theory, practice and hands on experience prepare attendees to effectively teach yoga for kids ages three to teen.
This youth yoga training program includes 40 plus contact hours of theory, activities, games and goals for teaching yoga to children. The training is scheduled in overlap our yoga kids camp to assure trainees education is not just theoretical, but grounded in real life experience. Enjoy working with children with ample resources: children’s props, mats, teaching aids, materials and, of course, young students. This certification has a homework component that involves designing 3 yoga ethics or theme classes as well, which will be shared with your training tribe to build a syllabus of future class ideas (and which we hope you will share with students in your practicum).
This program is appropriate for anyone who wants to work with children - teachers, caregivers and parents, but yoga teachers desiring to complete the requirements to become RCYT (Yoga Alliance certified) must have the prerequisite of RYT-200 or above. After the 40 hours of coursework, yoga teachers must also do a internship / practicum to meet the full 95 hour requirements defined by Yoga Alliance.
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Heartwood Yoga Institute is a RCYS Registered Yoga Alliance Children's Yoga School.
June 29 - July 5, 2024
Please be advised: The dates listed are full days of instruction, and students should plan to arrive the day before, June 29, if they can't otherwise arrive by 8:30 am on day one. Departure can take place the last dated noted (July 5) after kid's camp cleanup ends at 5pm, or you can depart early the next day.
Course fee - $1,295.00 - Lunch and Dinner is served during contact hour training (days 1 - 4) and lunch is served on last 3 days (release is at 3pm). The Heartwood kitchen is available for those who want to make themselves a meal or area restaurants are available.
Affordable housing is available.
In order to join yoga alliance as an RCYT (registered children's yoga teacher) you must be an RYT-200 first, because this 95 hours in Children's Yoga Studies is considered continuing education and it is assumed you already have a basic foundational yoga education. We have plenty of people who take the training who are not 200hr teachers – they may be parents, teachers or just people who love and work with kids, and this is fine. You will still earn your children's yoga certification and have a great understanding of the goals and processes of sharing yoga with youth, but we want to be clear that a person can't register with Yoga Alliance unless they are first an RYT-200 and then complete the 95 required hours in this specialty yoga education.
There is also a homework component, which involves planning some classes for kids, which we share on a group Facebook page, so all the participants benefit by building a repertoire of planned theme classes and exercises. This concludes your requirements for certification.
A children’s yoga camp begins at Heartwood on day three of the RCYS training, so everyone in the course does have the opportunity to work with kids ranging in age from 4-12, do some class planning, and get feedback from the mentors. After the children leave camp, we continue our training with new material, and a chance to review what we observed or experienced in the practicum earlier in the day.
Teachers complete their full practicum requirement through working in our yoga camp to gain live experience and mentorship. The camp runs from 9am till 2pm, and after hours we give teachers feedback, discuss what did and did not go as hoped and help everyone learn from their experience. We have formal training hours from 7am - 7pm on day one and two, work the camp from 9 am - 2pm for two days, staying for additional formal training until 9pm, and the last three days, students only work the practicum in the camp from 9 - 3 with evenings to rest or visit the area. Checkout is Friday afternoon at 3pm after our organized work is complete, or arrangements can be made to stay Friday night and leave on Saturday morning for those who are traveling.
Children's Yoga Camp at Heartwood
After you complete the first 4 days of the program, you can elect to do the practicum in your own studio or school. In this case, you will need to provide us your class plans and objectives and an evaluation to let us know what you learned and how your practicum went in order to get credit. When you complete your required hours, you can join Yoga Alliance.
Anyone who loves children and loves yoga can join us for this training. We often have teachers and caregivers who take the course for inspiration and ideas, and that is all they want and need. But in order to be a CERTIFIED Children's Yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, you must have both an RYT-200 and this 95-hour course. You do not, however, have to do these trainings in a linear way. You can take the children's course now, and when you complete your RYT-200 you can then register your RCYT.
The Heartwood RCYT program covers ages 3- teen. We spend a great deal of time on preschool and school age children as their yoga experience is quite different from adult style classes. We do address yoga for teens in the course, however, most of our experiential practicum will be with students ages 3 - 12. Heartwood does offer a teen yoga camp, but they are not with us during this training week.
Many students opt to stay off site for this program as long as you arrive on time at 8:30 am each day and stay until the program closes. Housing is an additional low fee for those who need it. (More info below.)
Heartwood offers family style meals during our trainings so students can connect and keep progressing through coursework without the long breaks we'd require if people left the property. Meals are all vegetarian with gluten free and vegan options. Breakfast is continental and self-serve fare, but lunch and dinner is served on schedule. Healthy snacks, fresh fruit, & coffee and tea are available all day. During the last three days of the program our trainees are working the camp to get practicum hours and only lunch is served due to early release, but we have plenty of food on site as well as leftovers for those who do not wish to go out for the evening meal. (Often students like to go out together these final nights to connect and see the area.)