A comprehensive certification for teaching yoga and mindfulness to children and youth ages 3 to 18. Available online and in person.
LFY Training is a comprehensive certification in yoga and mindfulness practices for youth 3 to 18. Registered with Yoga Alliance, and offering up to 6 graduate level credits (through our accredited partner University of the Pacific) training focuses on the physical, mental, emotional and social well-being of students.
This training is rooted in building your own self-awareness and deepening personal practice. From there, we equip you with a wide range of activities that you can implement with the kids you work with. Our work is research-based and centered on healing and resilience building. Trauma-informed practices are integrated into all of our programs. As practitioners and educators ourselves, we are immersed in the latest developments in the field and update our curriculum regularly.
The LFY training program is an inclusive, professional, caring, empowering experience with top-notch trainers who bring out the best in all its participants. I look forward to bringing my new-found wisdom and practice out into the world!
There are two ways to participate in the workshops and courses offered through the LFY Teacher Training Program.
Many of our courses are available to take as stand alone learning experiences based on your interests and needs. Our foundational 8 week training, Teaching Yoga & Mindfulness to Children and Teens: Principles and Practices to Strengthen Connection, Build Resilience and Cultivate Joy, is available to everyone. Completion of this course allows you to become LFY Level 1 trained, and it is the prerequisite to moving forward with our certification program.
We also offer online courses and webinars to meet continuing education needs. Some of these are applicable to certification.
LFY Certification is a comprehensive program that meets Yoga Alliance RCYT standards, and allows you to apply for six graduate level credits through our partnership with the University of the Pacific. It includes our three level core curriculum; three online courses (8 content hours each) addressing trauma, chair yoga, and neurodiversity; two integration + implementation programs that include a teaching practicum and a mentorship matching you with a teacher for personalized feedback as you begin teaching. Download chart of certification requirements.
See details about each course and how they fit together below.
This was the most comprehensive, well-planned, and creatively structured children's yoga course I have ever attended...I now feel much more confident in working with children in my yoga studio
I can’t say enough about what I took away from this program. Not only do I feel totally prepared to teach yoga to children, but I’m a better teacher and a better person.
People from a diverse array of backgrounds and experiences attend our training programs. What they share is a desire to give kids tools to embrace joy and build resilience, regardless of their circumstances.
Note: You do not need to be a yoga teacher to attend this training. If you’re not sure training is for you don’t hesitate to call or email.
I have been an educator for 30+ years and this was one of THE best trainings I have ever attended. The presenters are impassioned individuals who have deep respect for children and their development and share their passion, tools and resources with grace, intelligence and humor. They created a safe space for us to learn, experiment, ask questions and make mistakes. They also facilitated time for us to reflect, collaborate and nurture ourselves. TOP NOTCH!!!
Educator for 30+ Years
We all need ongoing support to integrate our learning, grow as educators, and navigate the many challenging scenarios that arise during teaching.
The LFY Coaching Membership, open to our training graduates at any level, is designed to offer you tangible resources to support your career, on-going coaching, and a built in group of colleagues.
When you join, you’ll receive:
Training participants gain access to our private online learning community (think facebook but better, with no ads or distractions!). Learn from the wisdom of your colleagues in this vibrant and active community of educators, yoga teachers, mental health care providers, coaches, parents and many others. The generosity of spirit and advice freely offered is inspiring.
Our graduates take their certification into the world in a wide variety of ways, from teaching full time in schools, to integrating learning into their current service oriented careers, to starting innovative programs of their own.
Children’s Program Director Alluem Yoga, founder of Embody Love Camp
Founder of the non-profit Center for Resilience in Providence RI
Police officer & founder of LEAP community policing program
Teaching Yoga & Mindfulness to Children and Teens (our L1 Training) is available as an 8 week online course, or in-person annually at the Omega Institute.
Online tuition is $845. Tuition at Omega varies based on housing choice. See upcoming dates for detailed prices and registration options.
Certification courses can be purchased individually at listed rates: requirements + tuition chart. Register for certification at a total price of $3200 (saving more than $800) when you join one of our certification cohorts, offered twice annually.
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Maintain certification by completing 8 CE hours per year, 4 of which must be with LFY.
Certification renewal is $285 annually, and includes access to our coaching and community program, where you have the option to meet your CE requirements at no additional cost.
We offer discounted rates for groups including schools. Customized trainings (online and in-person) are also available, and can be tailored to the needs of your community.
Contact training director Tricia Stevens for a quote at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-634-7890 ext 5.
LFY Training is available as a graduate level course through our partner, University of the Pacific. The credits offered are post-baccalaureate, graded, graduate-level semester credits. They are specifically designed to meet the needs of educators for Salary Advancement and Recertification.
Each L1-L3 course is eligible for 1 credit, and certification is eligible for 6 credits, at a rate of $62/credit payable directly to the university. Learn more or apply for credit
Our entire certification is currently offered online, within our easy to use and engaging online learning community.
Our foundational training Teaching Yoga & Mindfulness to Children and Teens: Principles and Practices to Strengthen Connection, Build Resilience and Cultivate Joy, is also offered in person each summer at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck NY.
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A bit of both plus more. We combine self-paced content with livestream discussions, open office hours for Q&A, partner and group work. This is a highly supportive and interactive online experience.
All livestreams are recorded for folks who can’t attend. When livestreams are interactive there may be assignments to complete if you miss them.
Definitely not. This is a comprehensive training that is appropriate for anyone who is interested in helping children become the best versions of themselves. Each training session contains a diverse group of yoga teachers, classroom teachers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, counselors, parents and many more.
You don’t have to be able to do advanced yoga poses for training, but general familiarity with the practice is important. The best thing to do is to just participate in classes at a local yoga studio before our training, and, if possible, take a beginners yoga workshop in preparation.
Some people register for Level One and find that they have the tools they need to introduce yoga to the children in their lives.
Many participants do eventually participate in all three levels, but there is no requirement to take all 3 levels unless you are hoping to become certified.
Level One training covers the most essential aspects of sharing yoga and mindfulness with children safely and effectively, in a trauma informed manner.
You’ll learn our five element methodology of connect, breathe, move, focus and relax, and how to use practices within each of these elements to cultivate self-awareness, resilience and joy in children and teens.
This training will give you the tools you need to start teaching right away, in a variety of settings including schools, studios, and private sessions.
No. You can participate fully without any props or other equipment at home. A yoga mat would be great but you really don’t even need that!
It depends. If you register for our bundled certification program you have access to all of your courses for one year, which gives plenty of time to move through the content at a pace that supports integration.
If you need to extend your access, you can do so on a month to month or annual basis by joining our coaching community.
If you purchase each course required for certification individually, you will have access to each course for one year, but can spread the coursework out as you choose.
Yes! You receive training manuals (among other supportive content and resources) for all levels of training and courses.
There are 4 books to read and those are at an additional cost but we have found they are often available at a local library.
Yes. Community is very important to us!
Once you begin training (at any level) you will be invited to our Private Online Learning Community. This is a wonderful group with over 1000 LFY graduates that have various professional backgrounds. Folks are happy to support each other in this space, and LFY trainers and staff regularly check posts as well to be sure everyone who needs support gets it.
We also have our LFY Coaching Membership. This membership offers many resources including:
More information can be found here.
LFY Certification is $285 a year. Continuing education and connection with colleagues is an important part of providing professional services. To maintain your LFY Certification you’ll need to complete 8 CE hours per year. At least 4 of these hours must be with LFY.
These CE hours can be completed at no additional cost by taking advantage of the learning opportunities included with your annual certification renewal. You can complete additional hours by participating in courses with outside organizations that offer complimentary learning.
The following is included in your annual certification fee:
You will be responsible for documenting your CE hours, and submitting annually upon certification renewal. You’ll receive an email each year asking you to submit your hours, and reminding you of your renewal. You can cancel at any time. .
LFY Trainings are accredited through the University of the Pacific for graduate level credit. Each L1-L3 course is eligible for 1 credit, and full certification is eligible for 6 credits.
Payment for these credits is made directly to the University, at the rate of $62 per credit.
Here is some additional information:
The University of the Pacific is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the state of California. The Graduate-Level Professional Development semester credit provided by the University of the Pacific is accepted by school districts nationwide. The University of the Pacific is fully accredited with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
The credits offered are post-baccalaureate, graded, graduate-level semester credits, provided directly through the University of the Pacific, University College. They are specifically designed to meet the needs of educators for Salary Advancement and Recertification.
The credits are acceptable where local districts approve and applicable to state licensing where authorized. We always encourage teachers to check with their employer for acceptability of these credits. All participants are responsible to determine acceptability of these credits for their intended use.
It is under the discretion of individual universities as to whether or not they will accept some or all of these graduate-level professional development units towards attainment of specialty credentials or masters degrees with them.
Teachers are advised to verify with their school district or state licensing bureau acceptance of such graduate-level professional development semester units/credits prior to registration for unit credit.
Each district has different guidelines and deadlines for salary advancement and licensing requirements. We always encourage participants to familiarize themselves with their own policies prior to enrolling.
The credits offered are post-baccalaureate, graded, graduate-level semester credits, provided directly through the University of the Pacific.
They are specifically designed to meet the needs of Educators for Salary Advancement and Recertification, however participants are fully responsible for determining the acceptability of these courses for their intended use.
These courses are not applicable for a degree at Pacific but can be transferred at the discretion of your institution. An official transcript is available from Pacific upon successful completion of coursework. While it may be possible for the credits earned in these courses to be used for salary advancement and state licensing requirements, we do not provide assurance that any state licensing board or school district will accept these credits for those purposes. Individuals seeking credits for those purposes are advised to check with the appropriate agencies and gain approval prior to registering. Accredited by The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Yes. Yoga Alliance certification requires that you participate in all our core curriculum, consisting of Level 1, Level 2, Level 3; Three Online Courses (6 content hours each) addressing trauma, chair yoga, and neurodiversity; Two Integration + Implementation programs that include a teaching practicum and a mentorship matching you with a teacher for personalized feedback.
We work with each teacher to adapt the mentorship to the demands of busy schedules.
If you participate in live mentorship (usually greater NYC area only) we require 18 hours of class participation, and many people choose to attend once a week for two back to back classes, and complete the program in 9 weeks. Most folks participate in our web based mentor program, which takes 6-12 weeks based on your pace.
Please Note: Currently all LFY mentorship is being held virtually.
Yes. All of our School Wellness Project teachers are LFY certified, and we only hire teachers who have completed our training. Participation is not a guarantee of hire, but we are adding new school programs every semester and regularly need new teachers and subs in NY. We also receive regular requests for teachers around the country and do our best to refer those opportuntities to member teachers and training graduates.
If you are enrolled in a certification cohort and would like to transfer to a future cohort, you will have the option to do so within the first week of each training level (L1, L2, L3). There is a $150 administration fee to change cohorts.
We know that choosing to participate in an online course is a big decision, and we want you to make the one that is right for you.
If after beginning a guided online course (L1, L2, L3, Certification Cohort) you decide it isn’t the right fit for your needs, you may request a refund in writing within 7 days of the course start date. All refunds will be for the paid price less a 15% administration fee. Alternately you may request a full price credit for use towards other LFY online courses or webinars. After 7 days no refunds will be available.
Webinars and self-paced courses are non-refundable.
We want to make sure this program is a good fit for you, and that you have all the information you need. If your questions haven’t been answered above, or you need to know more, please don’t hesitate to be in touch.
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