Children's Yoga & Mindfulness Teacher
Training Program

A comprehensive certification for teaching yoga and mindfulness to children and youth ages 3 to 18. Available online and in person.

Share Trauma Informed Embodiment Practices

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!

Christine P.

Where to Begin

There are two ways to participate in the workshops and courses offered through the LFY Teacher Training Program.


Individual Courses

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 Joyis 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

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

Cassandra P.

What You’ll Learn

  • Gain a greater understanding of the relationship between the brain, the nervous system, and the body
  • Learn a clear, structured framework, based on our five element methodology, that will allow you to teach an integrated experience of yoga and mindfulness in any setting
  • Learn compassionate classroom management skills
  • Learn to teach from a trauma-informed perspective
  • Deepen your own yoga and mindfulness practice
  • Explore short practices that can be integrated into day to day life without a yoga mat
  • Get practical information about how to set up new classes and navigate relationships with schools
  • Explore the challenges of teaching in school environments, studios, and community spaces
  • Receive ongoing support as you build your career

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.

Karen E.

Who is Training For?

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.

  • Classroom Teachers
  • School Counselors
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Community Center Staff
  • Parents and Caregivers
  • Social Workers
  • Psychotherapists
  • Health Professionals
  • Yoga Teachers
  • Meditation Teachers
  • Camp Counselors
  • Coaches

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.

Why Train With LFY?

  • WE LOVE KIDS! We believe in helping children and adolescents embrace their full potential and live their lives with joy, knowing that the world holds great wonders for them and that they have great gifts to share with all of us.
  • WE’VE BEEN AROUND A WHILE. We are one of the longest running youth yoga training programs. Since our first programs in 2006, we’ve trained more than 1200 teachers who have brought these tools to children in schools, community centers, studios, hospitals, shelters, detention centers, refugee camps, and more.
  • WE’RE ACTIVE IN THE FIELD. Our trainers are all actively teaching in schools (and several had previous careers as classroom teachers) which allows us to get real-time feedback from the students and teachers in the classroom and stay up to date on what’s going on in the education field at large. We are regularly modifying our curriculum to reflect the latest needs and incorporate new research and information.
  • WE’RE SERVICE-ORIENTED. As founding members of the Yoga Service Collective, we are dedicated to working in ways that serve all regardless of circumstances, with a commitment to sharing practices that empower individuals and communities.
  • WE GO (WAY) BEYOND YOGA POSTURES.  We teach you how to share the rich practices of yoga and mindfulness in a way that includes key social and emotional skills like self-reflection, self-inquiry, and relationship building. Our goal is to create an inclusive learning community where all students can get to know themselves better, and bring their most authentic self to their relationships.
  • WE’RE MULTIDISCIPLINARY. Kids need their caregivers to work together. We include yoga and mindfulness educators, classroom teachers, and mental health professionals on our staff (and most of us are parents too!). We are able to offer multidimensional support to the challenges children, adolescents and educators are facing.
  • WE MAKE TEACHING EASY FOR YOU. Our 5 Elements approach—connect, breath, move, focus, and relax—gives you a clear framework within which you can easily create a lesson. Teachers find this structure makes it easy to take what they learn into the classroom

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!!!

Laurie M.

Educator for 30+ Years

Receive Ongoing Support in Our Coaching Membership

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: 

  • Coaching from the LFY team, led by founder Jennifer Cohen Harper, through 2 monthly community zoom calls. Bring your questions! All topics are welcome.
  • A private discussion forum within our LFY online community to ask questions and share experiences.
  • Teaching resources including free webinars, audio presentation, worksheets and practice videos.
  • Access to our 18 week yoga and mindfulness curriculum.
  • Discounts on continuing education courses and webinars.
  • Being together in community with a vibrant group of LFY teachers.

Learn More

Connect with Faculty and Colleagues

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.

Tuition Options

Training Pricing

Foundational Training

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.

*Payment plan available. Email

Continue Learning

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.

Group Rates

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 or 212-634-7890 ext 5.

Graduate Level University Credit

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 Training Team

Learn from leaders in the field with a wide range of experiences and expertise.

Upcoming Training Dates

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where do your trainings take place?

    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.


  • Do you have a a downloadable chart of certification components?

    Yes! Download it here 🙂

  • Are the online trainings livestreamed or recorded?

    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.


  • What if I miss a livestream?

    All livestreams are recorded for folks who can’t attend. When livestreams are interactive there may be assignments to complete if you miss them.

  • Do you have to be a yoga teacher to take the training?

    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.

  • Do you have to participate in all three levels of training? Can I just take Level 1?

    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.


  • Will I be able to teach right away if I just take Level One?

    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.

  • Will I need to have any props or accessories to take this training virtually?

    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!

  • Is there a timeframe? What are your requirements of the full LFY certification?

    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.

  • Do I receive training manuals? Do I have to purchase any additional items?

    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.

  • Do you have a LFY community or support group?

    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:

    • Twice monthly zoom calls led by founder Jennifer Cohen Harper.  We explore topics of interest, answer participant questions, and share resources
    • Access to a well-rounded yoga and mindfulness curriculum
    • Teaching resources including free webinars, audio presentation, practice videos and worksheets
    • Discounts on continuing education courses and webinars

    More information can be found here.

  • How do I maintain certification? Is there a renewal fee?

    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:

      • LFY Coaching Membership
      • Twice monthly livestream coaching calls with Jennifer Cohen Harper
      • Teaching resources including video practices and printable worksheets
      • Access to an 18 week curriculum with support to adapt it to your needs
      • CE webinars with new content added regularly
      • Access to open office hours with LFY faculty
      • Continued access to all purchased LFY courses beyond the one year expiration

    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. 

  • How Do I Receive Graduate Level Credit?

    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.

    View this link for registration details and process

    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.


  • Will my school district accept these courses for salary increments/licensing requirements?

    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.

  • Will these courses be applicable/transferable towards my degree

    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).

  • Is LFY Yoga Alliance registered?

    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.

  • How long does the mentorship take?

    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.

  • Do you hire people trained by LFY?

    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.

  • Can I change certification cohorts?

    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.

  • What is your refund policy?

    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.

  • What do I do if I have a question or need help?

    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.

    You may email your questions anytime to or schedule a call to speak with our Training Director at (212) 634-7890 x 5