Training FAQ

Certification

How many training hours are in the YogaKids Certification?

Our 95-hour Yoga Alliance-approved RCYT Certification track is made up of our live Level 1 and 3 events and our Level 2 at-home practicum. If you’re a Registered Yoga Teacher and are interested in obtaining your RCYT designation from Yoga Alliance, please choose a LIVE Level 1 and Level 3 training.

 

Can I obtain continuing education credit for a YogaKids training?

Many people do! However, it is up to the organization giving the credit to determine whether or not a YogaKids training will be accepted. We are happy to provide any information we can to help you obtain credit.

 

Do I have to complete Level 2 before I can attend Level 3?

Yes — though you don’t need to complete Level 2 before purchasing and/or registering for a specific Transformations event.

 

The Online Training System

How can I reach my mentor?

Each unit in the Level 2 course has its own Master Mentor(s). Feel free to reach out at any time!

  • First Steps of Level 2: Shannon Rosnau – shannonrosnau@gmail.com
  • Module 1: Tamara Semple – tamarasemple@gmail.com
  • Module 2: Amy Cohen – talkingyoga@yahoo.com
  • Module 3: Maria Markos – maria@littlesproutsyoga.com
  • Module 4: Cynthia Margolis – cindym1122@gmail.com
  • Module 4 (Special Needs): Jen Durie O’Brien – jendurie@gmail.com
  • Preparing for Transformations: Shannon Rosnau – shannonrosnau@gmail.com

 

How do I submit my uploaded assignment?

You may submit them directly to the appropriate Mentor via email. Please submit as an attachment; Word or PDF is fine.

 

How do I view my grades and comments?

Your Mentor will email grades and comments directly to you.

 

Where can I find an outline of each module’s work in Level 2 Training? Is there a document that I could print out each module’s work?

Yes! Click here for the Level 2 Course Document!

 

I submitted an assignment. How long will it take to be graded?

Your assignments should be graded within a week.

 

How do I know if I pass an assignment or if I need to re-submit it?

Your Mentor will email you directly. (You can also email and ask your Mentor!)

 

Do I need to wait for my work to be graded before moving forward?

No. You can move forward at your own pace without waiting for grades.

 

Do I have to submit assignments in order? Or can I skip around?

We recommend going in order — simply because the assignments build upon one another.

 

Can I do the units (modules) out of order?

Please do the units in order if possible. Email your Mentors if you need an exception.

 

How can I best utilize the experience and knowledge of other YogaKids teachers?

The exclusive YogaKids NOW! Facebook Forum for YK Teachers is a wonderful place to ask questions, share ideas and interact with teachers both new and experienced. Once you become a YKA, you are invited to the private group via your email address. However, if your Facebook email is different than the one you provided YogaKids, we will need to send an invite to that address in order for you to gain access. Simply email shannonrosnau@gmail.com and ask her to send you an invite to the correct email address!

 

Do I need to attend a live adult yoga class or would a DVD or online class be sufficient? What if I am a Registered Yoga Teacher? (All modules)

Adult yoga classes, with a Registered Yoga Teacher are required by all YKAs (including RYTs) as outlined in our 95-hour program registered with Yoga Alliance. Classes count towards contact hours and must be completed in order to complete Level 2 training.

 

Do I need to complete the Preparing for Transformations unit in order to complete my Integrations: YogaKids Level 2 Training?

No, this unit is not required for completion of Level 2 Training. This (very short) unit is required only if you are attending a Level 3 Training as its purpose is to help prepare you for the event. However, if you would like to share your best lesson plan and great ideas, we would love to hear them. *Submissions may be considered for the lesson plan and great ideas libraries. We are so proud of all you have accomplished in Level 2!

 

When do I complete the Preparing for Transformations assignments?

This course is unlocked and you can view the assignments at any time. It is suggested to complete this course after you finish module 4, as it asks for your BEST lesson plan at the conclusion of your ATP. However, if you are on a tight schedule to attend Level 3 Transformations, you may submit your assignments earlier. Questions about Transformations assignments can be sent to shannonrosnau@gmail.com.

 

YogaKids Classes

How many YogaKids classes am I required to teach for Level 2?

You are required to teach 2 YogaKids classes in Module 1 (one lesson is provided and one is your own creation – with guidelines). You will teach 2 original classes in module 2, 3 in module 3 and 4 in module 4…for a total of 11 YogaKids classes. You are also required to teach each of the age groups for at least ONE of the 11 classes (2-6, 7-11 and 12+). Begin with the age group you are most comfortable with and explore the others as you gain experience and confidence. Module 3 requires a class for teens and module 4 requires two special needs classes (any age). Keep this in mind as you plan your classes.

 

Can I modify YogaKids poses to better suit my theme?

Absolutely! If you have a theme or story that includes an animal or item that is not a YogaKids pose, feel free to get creative (and enroll the children in the process if you like). Down Diggity Doggie Down can become any 4-legged friend. Eagle and Open My Wings can become any bird. While completing the Level 2, try to focus on the poses taught in each module to help you learn them. But as you gain experience, get creative, have fun and remember not to take yourself so seriously. This is YogaKids, and YogaKids is fun!

 

Can I teach without every child having their own mat?

Ideally, each child should have their own mat for class. This helps tremendously with classroom management and creates a safer class. We also find it gives the kids a sense of maturity – “I am doing what my mommy/daddy does.” There are yoga supply websites that offer rolls of yoga mat material, which you can cut to a child’s size yourself. You can always get creative to establish each child’s personal space  (carpet samples, masking tape, circle spots, etc). However you do it, set yourself and your class up for success!

 

How much should I charge for teaching a YogaKids class?

Unfortunately, there is no easy answer for this one. It is important to know your market, area and what is reasonable for your knowledge, expertise and experience. But, here are some suggestions. If teaching at a yoga studio – drop-in rates for YogaKids classes are often similar to their adult classes (typically $10-$15) with a percent split offered to the instructor, often 60/40 or 70/30 (you receive the higher %). Offering a workshop style or 6-week series is a good way to get a commitment from a certain number of students and guarantee your compensation for the duration of the session. This price can be set a at a discount below the “drop-in” rate (10-20% off). If teaching at a school, the hourly rate is often pre-determined by the school’s program budget. Establish how much you would like to receive per hour and they can often find the resources or work the program to fit within their budget. Many teachers charge $65-$75 per hour. If parents are paying for their children to attend your classes, at a child-focused venue, consider the current rate for dance or gymnastics classes in your area (i.e. 1 hour dance class once per week $50/month). Find what works for YOU! You are worth it. Remember volunteering your time is a great way to make connections with students that will pay later to come to your class – and establishes how awesome your YogaKids classes are. It is okay to initially charge more – then offer discounts and specials; everyone loves a deal!

 

First Steps

What kind of yoga do I designate on my Personal Liability Insurance?

If your insurance company requires you to declare the type of yoga you will be teaching, first look for “children’s yoga.” If that is not an option, you can choose “Hatha” yoga. Hatha is the physical aspect of yoga, the asanas. “Ha” meaning sun and “Tha” meaning moon – the balance of effort and ease as we practice – the balance of strength and flexibility. Most yoga in the West is a form of Hatha yoga.

 

Can you suggest a personal liability insurance company for YKAs living in Canada – who are not yoga certified?” 

Though challenging – it is not impossible! YKAs have successfully obtained personal liability insurance with their 24-hour Foundations certificate. Holman Insurance (Ontario) at www.holmanins.com and Lackner McLennan Insurance (Ontario) at www.ineedapolicy.com have insured YKAs.

 

I only plan to teach YogaKids classes at my place of employment and I am covered by their liability insurance policy. Do I still need personal liability insurance?” 

If you ONLY teach at that location, you do not need to obtain additional insurance. You will, however, need to need to complete a waiver form. You may request a waiver form from shannonrosnau@gmail.com.

Module 1

While working on a particular module, should I only include the poses for that module in my lesson plan assignment?

The best way to learn the YogaKids poses is to teach them to someone else — so try to include the module poses from your current module in your lesson plans. When you get to module 2, include both module 1 and 2 poses and so on.

 

How detailed should my lesson plans be?

A good way to check to see if your lesson plan has enough detail is to consider if another YogaKids teacher could teach your lesson plan without asking you any questions. You don’t need to write out HOW to do each pose, as they should already know that, but… Are all of the materials listed? Can they understand your overall theme and class structure? Do they know which Element to highlight with each pose and what exactly should they say about that Element? These details will be invaluable to you in the future, when you look to repeat a lesson plan or share it with the YK community. With proper preparatory work now, you will reduce the work you need to do later, and increase the quality of your resources.

 

Module 2

While working on a particular module, should I only include the poses for that module in my lesson plan assignment?
The best way to learn the YogaKids poses is to teach them to someone else — so try to include the module poses from your current module in your lesson plans. When you get to module 2, include both module 1 and 2 poses and so on.

 

How long should the Transformer Series be?

In module 2, YKAs are asked to create an original transformer series of 5-10 poses. Don’t over think it! It does not need to be complicated. Consider the age of your students; preschoolers should only have up to 5 simple poses (ie. Tree – Ragdoll Ann – 360* Owl – Frog – Mountain). Let go of the adult “vinyasa” style, have fun and just move with the breath!

 

Which poses are appropriate to include in the original Transformer series (vinyasa)?

Keep in mind, while performing vinyasa, the movements are linked with the breath. Inhale pose – Exhale pose – Inhale pose – Exhale pose. Inhale as we open the chest or lift up, exhale as we fold or twist. Games or activities are not appropriate to link with the breath. Choose poses that can be done on a single inhale or exhale, then flow right into the next pose on the next inhale/exhale.

 

Are progressive relaxation and guided visualization always practiced together?

No, but they can be. Both techniques facilitate stress reduction and relaxation for children. Progressive relaxation uses the tensing and relaxing of the muscles in the BODY to physically release build up tension, and help children relax. This can be done prior to final relaxation. Guided imagery can then be introduced while the children are resting. The teacher reads or guides the students through a story or scene to help their MINDS relax and their thoughts slow down. (Lemon Toes is an example of progressive relaxation and Magic Carpet Ride is an example of a guided visualization).

 

How detailed should my lesson plans be?

A good way to check to see if your lesson plan has enough detail is to consider if another YogaKids teacher could teach your lesson plan without asking you any questions. You don’t need to write out HOW to do each pose, as they should already know that, but… Are all of the materials listed? Can they understand your overall theme and class structure? Do they know which Element to highlight with each pose and what exactly should they say about that Element? These details will be invaluable to you in the future, when you look to repeat a lesson plan or share it with the YK community. With proper preparatory work now, you will reduce the work you need to do later, and increase the quality of your resources.

 

Module 3

While working on a particular module, should I only include the poses for that module in my lesson plan assignment?

The best way to learn the YogaKids poses is to teach them to someone else — so try to include the module poses from your current module in your lesson plans. When you get to module 2, include both module 1 and 2 poses and so on.

 

How detailed should my lesson plans be?

A good way to check to see if your lesson plan has enough detail is to consider if another YogaKids teacher could teach your lesson plan without asking you any questions. You don’t need to write out HOW to do each pose, as they should already know that, but… Are all of the materials listed? Can they understand your overall theme and class structure? Do they know which Element to highlight with each pose and what exactly should they say about that Element? These details will be invaluable to you in the future, when you look to repeat a lesson plan or share it with the YK community. With proper preparatory work now, you will reduce the work you need to do later, and increase the quality of your resources.

 

Module 4

While working on a particular module, should I only include the poses for that module in my lesson plan assignment?

The best way to learn the YogaKids poses is to teach them to someone else — so try to include the module poses from your current module in your lesson plans. When you get to module 2, include both module 1 and 2 poses and so on.

How do I create or modify a simple game that includes YogaKids poses as a We All Win Element?

By the time you reach Module 4, you have taught a number of classes with different age groups. Most likely you have also discovered what poses and activities kids enjoy. Take this knowledge and apply it to a game they may suggest during class. Use an existing board game with a yoga twist! How do you engage and involve each student with any learning style amore with the game?

 

How many Affirmations do I need to include in Module 4 Elements – Assignment 1? 

The question asks for 3 examples to be provided for 3 different poses for a total of 9 examples. Each of the 3 poses chosen should have an affirmation example for each of the age groups (2-6, 7-11 and 12+). This shows your ability to create an age appropriate affirmation while doing the same pose with three different age groups. Get creative – come up with something NOT in the book or your training guide! “I am wonderful, I am glorious, I am exuberant”

 

Where can I find students with Special Needs to teach in Module 4? 

The same places you find students to teach in your previous modules! 2 of your 4 Yogakids classes in Module 4 are to be geared towards special needs (private classes permitted). There are many children with special needs – that do not have a particular diagnosis – but need compassionate consideration or special accommodations/modifications. Ask friends and neighbors. Don’t overthink it. Email your Special Needs Mentor if you need any assistance with the Special Needs requirements.

 

To whom do I send my Module 4 lesson plans, since there are 2 mentors? 
Send all your Module assignments to Cynthia. Send your Module 4 assignments pertaining to special needs to both Cynthia and Jen.

 

How detailed should my lesson plans be?

A good way to check to see if your lesson plan has enough detail is to consider if another YogaKids teacher could teach your lesson plan without asking you any questions. You don’t need to write out HOW to do each pose, as they should already know that, but… Are all of the materials listed? Can they understand your overall theme and class structure? Do they know which Element to highlight with each pose and what exactly should they say about that Element? These details will be invaluable to you in the future, when you look to repeat a lesson plan or share it with the YK community. With proper preparatory work now, you will reduce the work you need to do later, and increase the quality of your resources.

 

Preparing for Transformations

When do I complete the Preparing for Transformations assignments?

It is suggested to complete this course after you finish module 4, as it asks for your BEST lesson plan at the conclusion of Level 2. However, if you are on a tight schedule to attend Level 3 Transformations, you may submit your assignments earlier. Questions about Transformations assignments can be sent to shannonrosnau@gmail.com.

 

Do I need to complete the Preparing for Transformations unit in order to complete my Integrations: YogaKids Level 2 Training?

No, this unit is not required for completion of Level 2 Training. This (very short) unit is required only if you are attending a Level 3 Training as its purpose is to help prepare you for the event. However, if you would like to share your best lesson plan and great ideas, we would love to hear them. Send any great lesson plans to shannonrosnau@gmail.com.

 

How much detail is needed for the Presentation assignment for the Preparing for Transformations course?

The assignment only requests the title of your topic and 2-3 sentences explaining the idea. The main reason is to avoid duplicate presentations. You can share the details of your idea at Transformations (Level 3). If you are not enrolled in Level 3, you are not required to submit a presentation idea.

 

Level 3: Transformations

Do I have to complete Level 2 before I can attend Level 3?

Yes – YKAs must complete all 4 modules of Level 2 as well as the “Preparing for Transformations” assignments prior to attending. YKAs graduate as Certified YogaKids Teachers (CYKT) after completing the Level 3 Transformations training. Please submit all work at least 2 weeks prior to the event, to allow time for Mentor review and modifications to the assignments if necessary.

 

Are there additional fees for the Level 3 Transformations event?

Your training expenses are covered with your Level 3 purchase; however, you are responsible for the additional cost of meals and/or lodging.

 

When do I sign up for a specific Transformations event?

A good suggestion would be to wait until Module 2 is complete and self-assess how long it took you to complete the first half of Level 2. Then sign up for an event that will work best with your training timeline.

 

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