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.
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.
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.
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.
- Approximate Time (Per Week): 1 hour per course
- Final Teaching Project: Complete the final teaching project.
- Approximate Time (Once): 1-2 hours per course
Next Session: August 6 - September 30
Due to the high volume of inquiry, registration is extended through August 12.
Accepting registrations through August 12. If you register after the official start date of August 6, we will send you all course information up to that point so you can quickly get up to speed. The coursework in the first week is light, meaning you'll easily be able catch up to all material covered to date.
If you choose to enroll in the Accelerated track, you will complete all three courses during this session. If you choose to enroll in the Standard track, you will complete the August session of Teaching Children's Yoga (August 6 - September 30), October session of Teaching Teen's Yoga (October 1 - November 25), and December session of Trauma-Informed Yoga for Youth (December 3 - January 27).
Meet Your Instructors
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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
If you enroll in the Standard track, weekly check-ins will be Mondays at 3:30pm - 4:30 PT | 6:30pm - 7:30pm ET from August 6 - September 30, Tuesdays at 3:30pm - 4:30 PT | 6:30pm - 7:30pm ET from October 1 - November 25, and Wednesdays at 3:30pm - 4:30 PT | 6:30pm - 7:30pm ET from December 3 - January 27.
+ 10.5 semester hours with LMU Extension - Please contact us for more information on how to register with credit
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.
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.
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.