Yoga 4 Classrooms®

Tools for learning. Lessons for life.

 Professional Development Training for Educators & School Professionals

Yoga and Mindfulness in the Classroom:
Trauma-Informed Tools to Support Social & Emotional Learning, Student Success and Positive Climate



Who Should Attend:

This workshop is appropriate for K-12 classroom teachers, administrators, special educators, school counselors, school social workers, occupational therapists, SLPs, physical therapists, physical education teachers, health educators, SEL coordinators, and paraprofessionals.

Description:

Increasing numbers of students across the country lack the skills of self-regulation, impulse control and focus negatively affecting their behavior, ability to learn and overall well-being. These critical life skills, essential to success at home, in school and throughout life, can be learned when taught in a trauma-informed, developmentally appropriate, and engaging way. This course is designed to empower you with simple, accessible 'mindful moments' that are classroom-friendly (for home or office. too), require no prior experience or equipment, and can be integrated easily into distance learning or the physical classroom.

The Yoga 4 Classrooms program includes include a mix of standing and chair yoga practices, brain boosting movements, breath exercises, relaxation and visualization, mindfulness activities, creative movement and community-building games to your support students...and your own well-being. 99% of course participants agree that integrating the program in their curriculum has a significantly positive effect on their students and their own personal and professional lives, with many claiming a "transformative impact."

Through the framework of - Noticing, Mindful Choice, Practice, Reflection, Integration - you will learn how to empower your students and yourselves with increased self-awareness, the foundation for the development of skills of self-regulation and cognitive control. You will learn to recognize signs of imbalance and have the confidence and skills to effectively implement 67 yoga and mindfulness-based activities, specifically designed for the typical classroom space and schedule. This means all activities can be practiced standing beside or sitting at desks - no extra space, equipment or experience required. 

Yoga 4 Classrooms is easy for teachers, students, parents and therapists to use, and helps to create a more harmonious, learning-friendly school day while providing students (and themselves!) with essential tools for well-being.   

Participants will:

  • Explore the mind-body connection and how stress and trauma affect learning and behavior.
  • Evaluate the physical, cognitive, social and emotional benefits of yoga and mindfulness-based inventions for children in schools.
  • Determine signs of imbalance in yourself and your students and identify opportunities to take "mindful breaks" during the school day.
  • Describe the 5 critical steps to integrated self-regulation and its relationship to the science of neuroplasticity.
  • Implement over 67 simple, engaging, classroom-friendly strategies designed to support stress management, focus and attention, social and emotional learning and resilience. 
  • Design outcome-focused sequences based on time available: calming, focusing, energizing, community-building, etc.
  • Crosswalk MY-SEL (mindfulness, yoga, social and emotional learning) with a variety of school roles and standards as well as school and district wide goals and national educational policy.
  • Become a more effective educator, counselor or therapist while supporting your own well being.
  • Find and navigate the growing evidence base supporting the integration of yoga, mindfulness and meditation at school.
  • Access and utilize a variety of tools and resources to support sustainable, school wide implementation.

Absolutely no yoga experience is required. In fact, participants are encouraged to wear regular, comfortable clothing and flat-soled shoes to the workshop as we'll be simulating a classroom experience. This accessible, fun and informative workshop will relax and inspire you.


What Participants are Saying

Thousands of educators, counselors, therapists and other school professionals from around the world have participated in Yoga 4 Classrooms Professional Development on location, online, and as in in-service training for schools/orgs since its inception in 2010. 99% of course participants agree that integrating the program in their curriculum has a significantly positive effect on their students and their own personal and professional lives, with many claiming a "transformative impact."

Learn more about how the Yoga 4 Classrooms Workshop addresses educator, student and school needs HERE.


Course Includes:

  • 6 hr. Interactive Workshop
  • Workshop Guide
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Post-Training Bonus Resources
  • Eligibility to apply to move on to the Advanced School IMPLEMENT Leader Training

    Additionally CEs, PDPs may be earned for a variety of professions including AOTA, and you may choose to earn 1-3 graduate-level credits from the University of the Pacific (see below).

Required Resource

If you do not already have a copy of the Yoga 4 Classrooms Card Deck, it is highly recommended that you purchase one in advance of starting the course. You can order directly through Amazon.com. Bulk school/org orders (10+) may be purchased at a significant discount directly through Yoga 4 Classrooms here. Purchase orders are welcome.


Additional Recommended Materials

Also recommended are Lisa’s book, Yoga for Children  (Spanish version here) and Yoga for Children: Yoga & Mindfulness Activity Cards as additional helpful tools for working with younger grades, specials classrooms, physical education, and for OTs, PTs, SLP’s and special education as there is often a bit more space available than in a typical classroom. As well, a Zenergy Chime and a Mini Hoberman Sphere (Breathing Ball) are often used and referenced in the program. Individual items are available on Amazon. Bulk school/org orders (10+) are available at a discount through Yoga 4 Classrooms and can be placed through this page. Purchase orders are welcome.


Continuing Education Credit

CE's, CEUs or PDPs may be available through your employer or credentialing organization. As each credentialing organization and school district has its own requirements and application process, you should confirm that your training hours will apply toward your degree or continuing education requirements. 




Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants: 
ChildLight Education 
Company and Yoga 4 Classrooms is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #10896. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6 contact hours or .6 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT: Client Factors, Performance Skills, Activity Demands. Occupational Therapy Process of Intervention and Outcomes. Professional Issues: Contemporary Issues & Trends.  Partial credit will NOT be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. 


Registered Yoga Teachers earn 6 Continuing Education Contact Hours for this workshop when presented by an E-RYT / YAECP. Contact us to verify your presenter is an E-RYT / YAECP. Contact hours for this workshop are also valid toward the the Yoga Alliance specialty designation of Registered Children's Yoga Teacher (RCYT) for those completing ChildLight Education Company's 95hr. Children's Yoga School.


Graduate Level Credit 


1-3 Graduate-Level Credits may be earned for all Yoga 4 Classrooms courses and trainings through the University of the Pacific for an additional fee. 
Learn more and apply now!


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"By far, the best professional development I've ever attended. Ever."

"I can't believe how user-friendly, well-written and informative the manual is. It is so well-thought out and everything from the additional ideas for each activity to the different sequences enables teachers to differentiate and meet the needs of every child in their classroom. An amazing resource…will be used daily!"

"I am a social worker in a low income elementary school with significant behaviors. I can’t express how beneficial the workshop was for me. I was not a huge yoga person before but left feeling so inspired…Thank you so much for some hope! Your training was the first one I’ve been to in years where I left with something to do the next day. You are truly gifted at what you do! Thanks for everything!"

"Finally, a resource that I can quickly and realistically implement to get my students moving, centered and self-regulating!"

"Anyone who works with children would benefit from having students who are more calm, self-assured and focused.  To be able to bring the skills taught in this program to my students will definitely enhance the classroom environment.  Based on common sense as well as research, I know that incorporating yoga in the classroom will result in better academic achievement for my students."

"I love that I can use this for myself as much as for my students. In fact, it starts with me...such an important reminder!"

"My challenge is to meet the needs of 20 or more very busy, very active and sometimes behaviourally challenged children.  I often find myself exhausted and stressed by the end of the day.  I think that by taking breathing/movement breaks together with the students, it settles me and gives me the calm and the energy to make it through the day.  Also, the information in the Be Well section  (i.e. to drink lots of water, eat well, get sufficient sleep) are all helpful reminders of what I can do to support myself in a challenging job. Thank you!"

"I can feel the difference for myself - I am inspired to implement Y4C in my classroom tomorrow! "

"This is an absolute must for all 21st century educators."

“This helps my kids to learn about and tune into their emotions and become more self-aware which in turn makes self-regulation so much easier. Teaching skills is great but self-awareness has to come first. Your approach to 'integrated self-regulation' makes so much sense. Great program!"

"I always recommend Y4C to other educators! It really is such a great and comprehensive yet easy to use program to incorporate into any classroom. I have seen the positive effect each school year! It has been an invaluable program!!!


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