Yoga Outreach Kids Core Training™
A trauma-informed children’s yoga teacher training for yoga teachers, social workers, counsellors and other professionals who work with kids aged 5 to 12.
Learn how to:
- Teach kids yoga in an age-appropriate way,
- Consider socio-economic background, neurodiversity, accessibility and inclusivity in your kids yoga class plan.
- Recognize how trauma affects children physically and emotionally.
- Understand how yoga practices support emotional awareness and healing.
- Offer children tools to process emotions and build resilience in daily life.
- Empower kids with bodily autonomy.
Many children struggle with emotional awareness and negative self-talk. This is particularly true for kids also coping with poverty and other labels.
Yoga encourages curiosity instead of judgment. So when you teach kids yoga, you’re empowering them with self-compassion.
Nearly 5 decades of combined experience gloWithin + Yoga Outreach
We have 25 years’ experience providing accessible yoga classes to marginalized people across BC. Our trauma-informed yoga teacher training draws on this experience, with plenty of real-life examples. All proceeds from this trauma-informed yoga teacher training allow us to create more healing spaces for our most vulnerable community members. Once you’ve completed the course, you’ll be eligible to volunteer with us if you choose.
Participants will receive a certificate of completion, and are eligible for Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Credits: 20 contact + 5 non-contact.
Live via zoom –
You must attend all five sessions to receive a certificate of completion. If there are extenuating circumstances, we’ll consider them on a case by case basis. If you have to miss a session, you can watch the recording. However, you may not qualify for the certificate.
Please note, you’ll need to complete 5 hours of homework PRIOR to the course start date.
Yoga Outreach Kids Core Training™ Online
May 6, 13, 27, & June 3, 2023 | 9am – 1pm PST
Live via zoom – This training is not designed to be taken asynchronously. In order to receive a certificate of completion for this training attendees must be present live for all 5 sessions. Extenuating circumstances will be considered on a case by case basis. Recordings will be made available to students who miss a session but are not considered a substitute for attendance. Please note there is approximately 5 hours of homework to be completed PRIOR to the course start date.
Yoga Outreach offers a sliding scale for our trainings.
There are a limited amount of slots for classes offered at the middle and lower end of the scale. Please be mindful that if you purchase a price at the lowest end of the scale when you can truthfully afford the higher ticket prices, you are limiting access to those who truly need the gift of financial flexibility. Being honest with yourself and your financial situation when engaging with sliding scale practices grows strong and sustainable communities. Please see the scale descriptions at the bottom of this page for more details. *Adapted from wortsandcunning.com/blog/sliding-scale.
The highest dollar amount reflects the true cost of the class. Choose this option if you:
- have access to financial security
- own property
- have personal savings
- are able to pay for “wants”
- spend little time worried about securing necessities in your life.
The middle cost acknowledges that paying the full cost would prevent some folks from being able to attend. If you are:
- struggling to conquer debt or build savings
- have access to steady income
- not spending most of your time thinking about meeting basic needs such as food, shelter, medical care, child care
The lowest cost represents a deliberate opportunity to welcome participation from folks who lack financial resources. If you:
- struggle to maintain access to needs such as health care, housing, food, child care,
- are living paycheck to paycheck
- are in significant debt, you probably belong here
Scholarship & Work-study Option
Scholarships are available for those who face financial barriers to attend this training even with the sliding scale. PLEASE NOTE: Due to demand if you reside outside of British Columbia you will only be considered for a scholarship if you are engaged in working with marginalized communities.
There are two kinds of scholarships available:
Workstudy scholarships are for those who are able to pay a portion of the tuition (usually $180) and do some volunteer hours (not teaching yoga) ahead of the training. Typically this depends on your skills, availability, and what we need at the time. 100% scholarships are for those who do not have the financial resources to attend. These spaces will be prioritized for folks who have a deep interest in bringing this work to impacted communities. We encourage BIPOC and/or LGBTQ2SIA+, immigrant, and refugee folks, as well as those with a diversity of experience including but not limited to ability, mental illness, and/or neurodiversity to apply.
Application Deadline for scholarships are 45 days prior to date of the course. You will be notified as soon as the scholarship committee has made a decision, approx. 30 days before the training. Approved workstudy applicants must complete volunteer commitment prior to attending the training.
Applicants with the following will be prioritized:
- Keen interest in working with marginalized folks
- Demonstrated financial need
- Applicants with current involvement, whether paid or volunteer, within the communities we serve.
At least one scholarship space/training will be reserved for BIPOC and/or LGBTQ2SIA+ folks. We also encourage those with a diversity of experience including but not limited to ability, mental illness, and/or neurodiversity to apply.
Training tuition is refundable, less a 15% administration fee, up to 21 days prior to the training start date. Notice of cancellation must be received in writing via firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a refund. No refunds will be issued within the 21 days prior and fees is non-transferable.
MODULE 1: BASICS
- Student centred focus
- Strength based practice
- Definitions + key components
- Boundaries + self care
- Equality, marginalization + privilege
- Trauma Informed Approach
- Having a body
- Befriending the body (invitation + interoception)
- Body as a resource
MODULE 2: YOGA FOR YOUTH
- Who are your clients and what is their background (you will not know all details)
- How is Yoga for Youth different from Yoga for Adults? (see Level 1)
- Youth Development (see L2)
- Other considerations – socio-economic + cultural background (inclusivity + encouraging diversity – see L2), experience with yoga + going within, neurodiversity/additional/unique needs
MODULE 3: A TRAUMA-INFORMED APPROACH
- What is Trauma?
- Types of Trauma
- Basic Biology of Trauma/ Impact of Trauma on the Body
- How Does Trauma Show Up/ Present
- How to Create a Brave Space for Yoga with Youth
- Tools for Releasing Trauma from the Body (within the scope of Yoga)
MODULE 4: EMPOWERING YOUTH THROUGH YOGA
- Ethics Review
- Best Practices Review
- Tools for Teaching
MODULE 5: FINAL PROJECT
Group project – Students incorporate the concepts they have learned into a teaching experience and receive strategic feedback to help them use the skills in the future.
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