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Yoga for Children India Yoga Teacher Training

Join this children's yoga teacher training course, specifically designed for individuals who wish to be certified as a registered children's yoga teacher. It is open to all yoga teachers and fitness professionals who love working with children. Participants in this course will learn fun-filled ways to engage children of all ages and provide them with the necessary tools to live a healthy, peaceful, and well-balanced life.

Retreat highlights

  • Daily kids yoga teaching classes
  • School visits for teaching practicum
  • Yoga Alliance certification upon completion
  • Career qualification as registered children's yoga teachers
  • Daily sattvic and vegetarian brunch and dinner
  • Fruits, vegetable, tea, and snacks available
  • 16 nights accommodation

Yoga styles

15 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 15
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Accommodation of the students will be in Shanthi Yoga's nearby guest house. The Guest House is only walking distance from the school. This guest house has all modern amenities, AC, free Wi-Fi, TV, self-cooking facilities. Both Single and shared rooms are available. The rooms are clean, airy and simple. Both the school as well as Guest house are located in a quiet and safe residential area. There are Super Markets, Fruits & Vegetable stores, Juice shops and Restaurants nearby.

Santhi Yoga India Yoga Teacher Training Program

This kids yoga teacher training program is a 95-hour of training registered with the Yoga Alliance and USA's RCYS (Registered Children's Yoga School). The course begins with the study and understanding of all childhood developmental stages and how the issues of each stage impact what is appropriate for teaching them.

The approach to children's yoga incorporates the use of asana, pranayama, props, music, art, games, storytelling, and imagination to stimulate children's senses while stretching and strengthening their developing bodies.


This program is open to all yoga teachers who are qualified and currently in training.It may also be suitable for qualified professionals who works in an educational setting as continuing professional development. If you are not a qualified or a trainee yoga teacher, please send Shanti Yoga an inquiry for confirmation of your eligibility to apply.

Benefits of certification

Upon completion of the course, you will be qualified to teach children in yoga studios, schools, community centers, and other family oriented settings. Teaching yoga to a special population, such as children, also increases your marketability. Graduates of this program qualify for "registration" with Yoga Alliance as Registered Children's Yoga Teachers (RCYT's).


General background in the specialty area

  • Benefits of children's yoga
  • How to teach children from different age groups
  • How to communicate effectively with parents, guardians, and teachers as include in body elements
  • Understanding the different developmental stages

Techniques, training, and practice

  • Application and teaching of relaxation techniques
  • Asana sequences and creative movement routines appropriate to age group and developmental stage
  • Basic Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, asanas and sequences, alignment, pranayama, and meditation techniques
  • Incorporation of music, songs, and chanting
  • Learning children's yoga sequencing techniques
  • Proper alignment and modifications specific to age group and developmental stage
  • The use of the games, books, and activities
  • Understanding asana and pranayama contraindications in children

Teaching yoga to children with special needs

  • Applying modifications to accommodate special needs children
  • Communication with children from different age groups and children with special needs
  • Understanding the different needs and conditions of special needs children

Teaching methodology

  • Children's yoga lesson planning
  • Learning behavioral classroom management techniques
  • Organisation of games and activities
  • Using songs, stories, and other activities to express yogic principles and asanas

Anatomy and physiology

  • Application of childhood developmental anatomy and physiology to asanas and pranayama including benefits, contraindications, and normal ranges of movement
  • Understanding basic normal human anatomy and physiology
  • Understanding childhood developmental anatomy and physiology
  • Understanding energy anatomy and physiology

Yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics for children's yoga teachers

  • Application of the yoga Sutras of Patanjali to children
  • Application of the Yamas and Niyamas in children at different age groups
  • Understanding supervision requirements of children and special needs children


  • Observation of teaching by lead trainer
  • Practice teaching with lead trainer
  • Peer teaching assessed by lead trainer

Typical daily schedule

  • 08:00 Asana practical
  • 10:00 Lunch
  • 11:00 Lecture sessions
  • 12:30 Break
  • 13:00 Lecture sessions
  • 14:30 Teaching practice


Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)
Santhakumary is the founder and director of Santhi Yoga. She has over 20 years experience in teaching yoga. She has taken her teacher training certification from Sivananda Ashram in India. She also has teacher training certification in children's yoga. She holds a postgraduate diploma in yoga and a master's degree in yoga from Annamalai University.

Retreat location

The training takes place at Santhi Yoga Teacher Training Institute, located in Trivandrum, Kerala. Kerala is known as 'God's own country' which also probably happens to be one of the greenest towns you will ever see. Trivandrum has an international airport. Major public and private including a number of international airlines operate regular flights to and from Trivandrum. Many Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Kochi are well connected to Trivandrum.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Wholesome and sattvic vegetarian brunch and dinner will be served daily. Seasonal and locally available fruits, vegetables, tea, and snacks will be provided during the program.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner

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

What's included

  • 16 nights accommodation
  • Airport pick-up, from Trivandrum International Airport (TRV)
  • Course fee
  • Daily brunch and dinner
  • Daily yoga teaching curriculum
  • Fruits, vegetable, tea, and snacks
  • School visits for teaching practice
  • Yoga Alliance certification upon completion

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport drop-off
  • Additional meals and activities
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Arrival by airport

Please book your flight to arrive at Trivandrum International Airport (TRV). Transfer from this airport is included. Shanti Yoga will pick you up from the airport.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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