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Encouraging Yoga Teacher Training USA

Awaken the child within and play, laugh, explore, learn and build a repertoire of instructional activities designed to explore emotions, physical awareness, health and fitness, environmental stewardship, social behavior, and so much more. Teachers, activities directors, child care workers, yoga teachers or anyone else working with children whose role is to support the growth and development of responsible, compassionate individuals, will find this course comprehensive and inspirational. Theory, practice, and hands-on experience prepare attendees to effectively teach yoga for kids to children ages three to teen.

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Ginny & Denver
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  • 40 hours of yoga teacher training
  • Family yoga and multi-age classes
  • Full children's yoga certification program
  • Learn the business of youth yoga education
  • 7 nights comfortable accommodation
  • Unlimited snacks and drinks
  • Daily vegetarian meals

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7 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 16 participants
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  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Labyrinth
  • Lobby
  • Meditation garden
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga studio
  • Free bicycle
  • Library

For this yoga teacher training retreat, you will be provided with seven nights accommodation at Heartwood Yoga Institute. It is a seven-acre retreat site, built on a crystal grid. It features a chakra meditation garden, shamanic medicine wheel, labyrinth, and more to enhance the learning experience. They are near Siesta Key Beach (America's number one beach) and Tampa and Orlando attractions.

Accommodations can be added in a dormitory space on-site, or in an off-site private home which includes a pool and sauna as well as single and double occupancy rooms. The yoga studio kitchen is available for hot tea, coffee, or snacks. Yogurt, cereals, fruit, and bagels are available for a self-serve breakfast. Vegetarian Lunch and Dinner is served buffet style.

Heartwood has a hot tub for after-hours relaxing and you are invited to enjoy the grounds to walk the labyrinth, visit the garden, medicine wheel, or wishing tree as the spirit moves you. Take a book from the yoga library and hang in the hammocks. Heartwood is a quiet and restful place and designed to refresh the spirit.

The accommodations are for adults only, and only available to those enrolled in yoga teacher training programs. You are also invited to enjoy the yoga center but may not disturb other classes in progress.

The dorm housing provides a room with five beds (full size with memory foam mattress plus one twin) with a private bath and entrance. With total access to the yoga center and grounds you can always find privacy, yet enjoy affordable overnight accommodations.



Students who complete their subsequent training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).

RCYS Children's Yoga Certification

Heartwood Yoga Institute is an RCYS Registered Yoga Alliance Children's Yoga School. This youth yoga training program includes 40 plus contact hours of theory, activities, games, and goals for teaching yoga to children. The training is scheduled to overlap with the yoga kids camp to assure trainees' education is not just theoretical, but grounded in real-life experience. Enjoy working with children with ample resources: children’s props, mats, teaching aids, materials, and, of course, young students. This certification has a homework component that involves designing 3 yoga ethics or theme classes as well, which will be shared with your training tribe to build a syllabus of future class ideas (and which we hope you will share with students in your practicum).

This program is appropriate for anyone who wants to work with children - teachers, caregivers, and parents, but yoga teachers desiring to complete the requirements to become RCYT (Yoga Alliance certified) must have the prerequisite of RYT-200 or above. After the 40 hours of coursework, yoga teachers must also do an internship/practicum to meet the full 95-hour requirements defined by Yoga Alliance.

Contact hours

This program teaches adults how to share yoga with children, and you will bring children in for your practicum to be sure everyone has the hands-on experience to apply what you are learning and to build confidence.

Contact hours of the two combined training units include:

  • Child development and age-appropriate yoga postures and activities.
  • Games to reinforce self-esteem, camaraderie, self-awareness, compassion, environmental ethics, and creative thinking skills.
  • Methods to teach ethics, responsibility, and sensitivity for others through story time and positive discussion.
  • How to incorporate sound, scent, textiles, and art projects into the yoga class to enhance creativity and self-actualization.
  • Class pacing, formatting, and opportunities to promote educational growth.
  • Behavior modification, instilling self-control, and tips for keeping students respectfully engaged.
  • Youth anatomy, physiology, and a review of medications and common physical or behavioral challenges that make it difficult for many children to focus or interact successfully with others, with a focus on how yoga can forage greater holistic health and wellness.
  • How to involve parents and promote family bonding through yoga.
  • The business of youth yoga education.
  • A segment devoted to aerial yoga and acro yoga, fun ways to inspire youth to explore and adore movement discoveries.
  • Syllabus offering hundreds of exercises and class plans to support your teaching.
  • Browse a huge assortment of children's yoga resources, books and materials available today.
  • A practicum where we work with children, starting with observation, and proceeding to trainees working with a class under supervision and receiving feedback.

Daily schedule

The training begins at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, but students are invited to arrive after 3:00 p.m. on Friday night (you will have snacks and soup, but there is no dinner served, so please eat before you come if you want something more substantial).

For the first day, you are in class studying children's yoga concepts from 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., and on day two you work from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. On days 3 and 4, you begin to set up at 8:00 a.m. and work with kids from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., then continue your study until 8:00 p.m. at night reviewing what you learned in camp.

After this, students may opt to leave and do their practicum at home in their own areas, or they may stay to complete the practicum working at the children's camp. You do this from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. each day, then the students are free for the evening to enjoy the beaches or other areas or to rest and study.


Ginny East Shaddock

Denver Clark

Retreat location

This yoga teacher training will take place at Heartwood Yoga Institute in Florida, USA. It is a seven acres retreat site with a state of the art yoga center, chakra meditation garden, yoga library equipped with children's yoga reference materials, medicine wheel, art room, labyrinth, and more. It is near to America's number one beach and Tampa and Orlando attractions, such as Bush Gardens, Disney World, and Universal Studios.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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You will be served with three daily vegetarian meals as well as unlimited snacks and drinks.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During your free time, you may want to walk around the property, walk the labyrinth, meditate in the chakra garden, enjoy studying in the yoga library, and more. Since the institute is near malls, theme parks, beaches, and more, you can also take your time to visit before or after the duration of this retreat.

Spa treatments

Traditional Swedish massage, reiki, reflexology, cranio-sacral therapy, and Ayurvedic massage and bodywork treatments may be scheduled upon arrival with the 2 on-site therapists.

What's included

  • Full children's yoga certification program
  • Training syllabus
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • Unlimited snacks and drinks
  • 7 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airport transport

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Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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