How much does it cost to get certified as a Yoga Calm Youth Instructor?
Total certification costs are as follows:
|Online Certification Bundle (includes Wellness 1-3, Practicum & Capstone)||
|Optional Annual License Fee (includes free Membership program)||
Our bundle provides hundreds of dollars in savings versus taking in-person certification courses. Courses qualify for up to five semester-level graduate credits with University of the Pacific | Benerd College ($310 optional fee not included above).
How much time do I have to complete the Youth Instructor certification program?
Most of our certification candidates are busy professionals and parents. We understand your needs, so currently there is no time limit on when candidates have to complete their certification coursework. Plan on about 40 hours to complete the Wellness 1-3 curriculum training, with about an equal amount of time completing the Practicum & Capstone courses requirements (i.e., practice teaching, lesson planning, teaching demonstrations and other requirements). Given this, some folks complete certification in as little as three to six months, while many take up to a year.
Our new self-paced online certification courses allow even greater flexibility and convenience regarding where and when you complete your course requirements. And our online course manager, Leah, is just an email or phone call away when you need assistance.
Will my employer cover any of the costs for certification?
Do I need to renew my license regularly? If so, what are the costs?
What yoga experience do I need to take your certification programs?
Traveling to a training isn’t possible for me at this time. Can I take your Youth Instructor Training program online? Or can I fly in for your Intensive and then take the rest online?
Yes! Now you can take all five of the Youth Instructor Certification courses online or mix and match with live courses, depending on your needs and interests. Our unique online course design allows you to learn the Yoga Calm curriculum at a convenient time and location, to repeatedly watch and practice activities, to test and reinforce your new knowledge with interactive quizzes, and to deepen your learning with supplemental materials.
Our online Certification Course Bundle is our most cost- and time-effective way to complete certification anywhere in the world. Another good option is to take one of our three-day Intensives (includes Wellness 1-3 courses), followed by the online Practicum and Capstone course. And if you have 10 or more interested people, we can arrange to set up a course or staff training in your area.
How long do I have access to your online courses, and can I retake an in-person course?
Can I use my training and/or certification from another style/school of yoga toward any of the certification programs?
I have a lot of experience teaching yoga to children and/or am a certified yoga teacher. Can that count toward my certification requirements?
After completing the Yoga Calm Youth Instructor Certification program, can I teach the Yoga Calm techniques from the Wellness 1-3 courses to other teachers, counselors and therapists so that they can teach them to children?
Does the Youth Instructor Certification program count toward getting a Yoga Alliance-approved 95-hour Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCYT) designation?
There are many reasons we decided not to pursue offering a Yoga Alliance RCYT program. While we are a registered Yoga Alliance school, our Youth Instructor Certification program preceded the RCYT, is more rigorous and practical, and was specifically designed for teachers, counselors and therapists with it secular approach and accreditation at 8 colleges and universities.
Other reasons are: 1) The Yoga Alliance RCYT “standards” include the teaching of chanting, energy anatomy (Chakra’s, etc) and philosophical concepts that conflict with teaching in secular settings like schools and clinics and can be too esoteric for children versus physical yoga and anatomy, 2) Yoga Alliance requires an RYT-200 certification, which is not necessary for learning how to teach basic kids yoga in school, home and therapeutic settings, 3) Yoga Alliance doesn’t allow youth instructor certification contact hours to be applied toward RYT-200 certification, which we do; 4) Yoga Alliance does not recognize the courses in child development, teaching methodology and physiology that many of our child educators, therapists and professionals have already taken.
Overall, their RCYT results in redundant training hours and extra costs to you. Finally, our certification program is the most accredited, recognized and awarded yoga for youth instructor training program available.
If I am taking the final Capstone course in person, can I reschedule it?
What happens if I don’t pass the final Capstone course?
What do you recommend to help me get the most out of the Yoga Calm Certification Program?
- The learning process starts in earnest when you commit to it. Once you register for the Integrated Approach to Wellness 1 course, Intensive or Online Certification Bundle you will immediately have access to our online Yoga Calm Learning Community and will begin receiving learning assignments, teaching tips and collegial support.
- Apply with a work colleague so you have a partner to share resources, ideas and successes with.
- Read our blog and Facebook page to keep up with our program’s current developments and for continuing education.
- Put together a calendar noting workshop dates and when you plan to submit your lesson plans and teaching log. Start logging your teaching hours early, right after your Wellness 1 course.
- Practice what you have learned in courses as soon as possible with your students, families and friends. Making “mistakes” is an important and expected part of learning process. Send emails with questions; this helps everyone in the program.
- Keep a journal, reflect and take notes of your experiences in yoga classes, Yoga Calm trainings and as you implement activities with your students.