RCYT Certificate Program

Online 95-Hour Teacher Training with a Trauma-Informed Focus

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Get certified to teach yoga and mindfulness to children and teens in a trauma-informed way.

Yoga Ed.'s RCYT – Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher – Certificate with a Trauma-Informed Focus is an immersive 95-hour online program designed for anyone inspired to teach yoga and mindfulness to children and teens in a trauma-informed way.

Through this program, you’ll learn the principles and practices to safely teach yoga and mindfulness to children, deepen your understanding to successfully shift teaching practice for teens, and gain the knowledge and confidence to teach trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness classes to youth.

Earn 95-hours towards your Yoga Alliance RCYT Certification.

Yoga Ed. is a Registered Children's Yoga School with the Yoga Alliance and approved to offer our RCYT certification program online.

Upon completion of our program, you will be certified as a Yoga Educator with Yoga Ed. and eligible for Yoga Alliance’s RCYT certification.

How the Program Works

95-Hours Towards Your RCYT Certification

To become an RCYT with the Yoga Alliance, you must successfully complete both a 200-hour yoga teacher training program and a 95-hour children's yoga training—in either order—that are registered with Yoga Alliance. As a RCYS registered with the Yoga Alliance, our RCYT certificate program will provide you with the 95-hour training you will need toward this requirement.

1. Complete Courses

The RCYT program includes three online courses that help you develop your skillset for teaching yoga to children and teens: Teaching Children's Yoga, Teaching Teen's Yoga, and Trauma-Informed Yoga for Youth.

2. Practicum Experience

Complete 18-hours of observation and practice teaching to complete the RCYT program and earn your 95-hour certificate from Yoga Ed. Practicum can be completed virtually and does not require travel.

3. Earn a Certificate

When you finish every course and complete practicum, you’ll earn a Certificate that you can submit to the Yoga Alliance towards your RCYT credential.

4. Complete Additional Teaching Hours

To register with the Yoga Alliance, you will complete an additional 30 teaching hours in children’s yoga after completing the certificate program with Yoga Ed.

Included Courses

Teaching Children's Yoga (8-Week Course)
Improve physical fitness, build social emotional skills, and support children's health and wellness to last a lifetime.
Harmony Tesoro
Teaching Teen's Yoga (8-Week Course)
Improve social emotional skills and support teen's health and wellness to last a lifetime.
Jason Battung
Trauma-Informed Yoga for Youth (8-Week Course)
Gain the confidence and skills to share trauma-informed yoga & mindfulness tools with youth ages 3 to 18 and help them feel safe, empowered, and self-regulated.
Megan McWilliams
Practicum Experience
Complete 18 hours of practicum experience towards your RCYT Certificate.
Brynne Caleda

Original Price: $897

How Each Course Works

Flexible course structure to meet your schedule demands.

Our flexible online training integrates two types of course material - self-paced and instructor-led - for an engaging, interactive learning experience.

Self-paced coursework allows you to learn at your own pace and repeat lectures as often as you need to absorb the material.

The instructor-led coursework for each training takes place over the course of eight weeks. Each week, we'll deliver weekly emails straight to your inbox with assignments, due dates, and live check-in access details.

Each week is 3-4 hours of course material and live weekly check-ins are designed to take each week’s material deeper. All check-ins are recorded for you to watch on your own time.

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Course Completion Requirements

Coursework for RCYT Certification

To receive your RCYT certificate, you will be required to complete the following for each course.

  • Videos: Watch all videos in course modules.
    • Approximate Time (Per Week): 1-2 hours per course
  • Quizzes: Score a cumulative 80% or higher on all corresponding quizzes. Quizzes are at the end of each module and correspond with the content in that module.
    • Approximate Time (Per Week): 30 minutes per course
  • Homework: Complete homework assignments in the online course.
    • Approximate Time (Per Week): 30 minutes per course
  • Weekly Meet-Ups: Attend all live weekly meet-ups, OR watch the recorded weekly meet-ups and submit the corresponding meet-up assignment for instructor feedback. **ALL WEEKLY MEET-UPS ARE RECORDED IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO MAKE IT LIVE**
    • Approximate Time (Per Week): 1 hour per course
  • Final Teaching Project: Complete the final teaching project.
    • Approximate Time (Once): 1-2 hours per course

Certificate Options

Next Session Start Date: November 5

If you choose to enroll in the Accelerated track, you will complete all three courses from November 5 - December 30, 2020.

If you choose to enroll in the Standard track, you will complete the November session of Teaching Children's Yoga (November 5 - December 30), January session of Teaching Teen's Yoga (January 14 - March 10, 2021), and January session of Trauma-Informed Yoga for Youth (March 11 - May 5, 2021).

If you have the ability, we highly recommend taking the courses one at a time (Standard Track) rather than at the same time. We believe this makes for a much more comfortable learning experience as it allows you to really take the time to integrate the knowledge and skills into your work and life.

What Past Students Have Said...

Drew G., School Leader
Colorado, United States

“This experience has been the highlight of the year for me. As a school leader, it has given me so many new trauma-informed tools to help the children and staff at my school. I am grateful to be learning from and with you.”

“As a Yoga Educator I want to keep offering the best of me and the best of the yoga practice to my students, and because of that I took the best training that I could find at this moment to deepen my knowledge and to complete my RCYT-95. I have taken courses with other companies and none has been so complete and well documented like this one. And it has the trauma informed component that it is so important for me, to really support the healing and selflove that our youth needs.”

Michelle K., Educator
Florida, United States

Meet Your Instructors

Brynne Caleda
Brynne Caleda

Brynne Caleda, M.Ed., E-RYT is a leader in the field of yoga education. As CEO of Yoga Ed., Brynne champions the efficacy of innovative, evidence-based yoga programs for schools to establish lifelong foundations for student’s fitness, wellness, and productivity. Over the past decade, Brynne has worked closely with educators, health professionals, and parents to enrich school communities with yoga tools to more authentically and effectively teach to their students and children.

Julia Bond
Julia Bond

A strategist by trade and scientist at heart, Julia earned her degree in Human Biology with a focus on the Brain & Behavior at Brown University. While studying in Providence, Julia joined the Britton Lab to research the effects of mindfulness-based practices on emotion and affect in teenage students. Julia is currently the head of operations at Yoga Ed. and strives to leverage technology to share yoga education with communities worldwide.

Harmony Turner
Harmony Turner

Harmony Tesoro, E-RYT and YACEP certified, continues to root her work in yoga and mindfulness, through personal practice and professional dedication to growth and development. As Education Specialist for Yoga Ed., she is committed to sharing her unique knowledge and expertise through the Yoga Ed. Academy, with people across the globe. A licensed elementary teacher, with an MA in Teaching, MFA in Dance, and BA in Theatre Arts, Harmony has priceless, hands on experience, which she draws upon while leading professional development both online and offline, at conferences, studios, and of course, the classroom. In 2013, she found her own dance, yoga, and education company: HarmsaStar.

Harmony Turner
Chelsea Hylton

Chelsea Hylton is the Founder of Project Peaceful Warriors, an organization bringing trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness to both students and educators. Chelsea has been passionately serving students and schools through yoga and mindfulness since 2009, starting in South Carolina, where she received her B.S. in Physical Education at the College of Charleston. Chelsea aims to empower schools and communities with the tools of yoga and mindfulness so students can grow academically and as impactful members of their community.

Harmony Turner
Megan McWilliams

Megan McWilliams is a full-time social worker in Austin, TX. She received a dual Master's Degree in Social Work and Public Health from Tulane University where she developed a passion for the mind-body connection. Megan has spent her career in the education system providing individual, group, and family therapy in schools. Megan is an advocate for mental and physical health in her community and sincerely believes in the healing power of yoga.

Jason Battung
Jason Battung

Jason Battung, MA, E-RYT, is a full-time yoga teacher in Santa Monica High School’s Physical Education Department. An Ohioan from Cleveland’s east side, he studied economics and management at The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School while earning three varsity letters in football and two Ivy League Championships. Jason began his yoga practice in 2001 to replace the physical regiment of his athletic background, which quickly evolved into an exploration of all aspects of yoga philosophy and history, eventually coalescing in a Master of Arts in Yoga Studies from Loyola Marymount University.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to this program?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this program for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
When are the live weekly check-ins and are they recorded?
If you enroll in the Accelerated track, check-ins will be Mondays, Tuesdays, & Wednesdays weekly at 5:00pm - 6:00pm PT | 8:00pm - 9:00pm ET every week for 8 weeks from November 5 - December 30.

If you enroll in the Standard track, weekly check-ins will be Mondays at 5:00pm - 6:00pm PT | 8:00pm - 9:00pm from November 5 - December 30, Tuesdays at 5:00pm - 6:00pm PT | 8:00pm - 9:00pm from January 14 - March 10, and Wednesdays at 5:00pm - 6:00pm PT | 8:00pm - 9:00pm from March 11 - May 5.

All check-ins are recorded so you can watch if you are unable to make the live meet-up. If you are unable to join the weekly meet-up live, you will be required to watch the recording and complete the unique assignment corresponding to each week's check-in.
What does the practicum experience entail?
The practicum will consist of 15 hours of class observation and 3 hours of practice teaching. All practicum work can be completed online from your home and does not require travel.
Are there scholarships available?
We currently do not have scholarships available for this program.
Can I enroll in this now and get started on coursework immediately?
Yes, you will receive access to all self-paced coursework upon registration so you can get started as soon as you enroll!
I'm a past student of Yoga Ed. online trainings. Can I enroll?
Yes! Email us at [email protected] for more details.
Does this qualify for credits?
Yes, this course qualifies for the following credits:
+ 10.5 semester hours with LMU – view eligible states here.
Lastly, feel free to check with your local school or district to see if they will accept course credits. Please email us at [email protected] for more information.
Do I need to be a teacher to take this course?
No, this course is designed for anyone who works with children (or would like to work with children). Yoga teachers, parents, nurses, counselors, mental health professionals, youth services support staff, and many other professionals have gone through our course and found the knowledge to be instrumental in supporting their ability to teach yoga to children in the unique environments they work in.
Which do you recommend enrolling in - the Accelerated or Standard track?
If you have the ability to extend your learning, we highly recommend taking the courses one at a time (Standard Track) rather than at the same time. We believe this makes for a much more comfortable learning experience as it allows you to really take the time to integrate the knowledge and skills into your existing practice, and experiment with / learn from them. The approximate workload for this option will be 2-4 hours per week over 26 weeks.

That said, we do offer the option for Accelerated to honor that some students may only have a limited amount of time to complete the coursework, especially in light of the global pandemic, and would like to receive the credential more quickly. The approximate workload for this option will be between 9-12 hours per week over 10 weeks.
Is this program approved by the Yoga Alliance?
Yes, Yoga Ed. is a Registered Children's Yoga School with the Yoga Alliance. Our RCYT Certificate program is approved by the Yoga Alliance to provide you with 95-hours towards your Registered Children's Yoga Teacher (RCYT) designation.
How relevant is this program? Will it incorporate current events in the world or is it a more general course?
The short answer is both and very relevant! The longer answer is this course contains two types of learning material: self-paced and live.

The self-paced content includes prerecorded videos and quizzes, which cover general principles and practices that can be applied across situations.

The live component includes live weekly check-ins, where we will dive into specific applications, discussions and practice teaching opportunities to make the learnings as relevant as possible to the various settings you may teach in, online and in-person. We also provide ample opportunities within check-ins where you may ask any questions that you may have about how to apply the principles and practices to the current events in the world.
Does the $750 tuition include all courses and all materials?
Yes, the $750 tuition includes all coursework for the 3 online courses, 24 check-ins with your course instructors, 3 curricula, and 144 premade lesson plans. All materials are digitally distributed. You may choose to print the PDFs for your personal use.