Integral Yoga Teacher Training: Teaching Yoga and Meditation to Children – 2014

with Satya Greenstone, E-RYT 500

Yoga Alliance Hours: 95 (approximate)  RYT 500
*$100.00 Early Bird Discount if paid in full by March 20, 2014

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teaching-hatha-and--meditation-to-children-4-at-Yogaville“The real education is to encourage the child to know his/her True Identity and to express that Truth in life.”
Sri Swami Satchidananda

Teaching Yoga and Meditation to Children is a 10 day residential program which culminates in full certification for teaching yoga to children of all ages. This course will cover all aspects of Integral Yoga in theory and in practice including; asana – the physical poses, deep relaxation, breathing practices or pranayama, concentration, meditation, singing and chanting, story telling and the ethical precepts of yoga such as truth and non-violence.

Each day will include lecture, practice and discussion.  Upon completion of the course you will be qualified to lead a group of children through the basic practices of yoga and meditation.   You will also be given resources and contacts to continue the study, training and practice of yoga.

“What the world is in need of today is good people. Direct your Yoga classes and all education of the children towards that purpose.”
Sri Swami Satchidananda

Teaching yoga and meditation to children is an opportunity to plant the seeds of peace for the future of the world.  Yoga practice offers to children the acquisition of the skill of attentive concentration which enables them to be successful in all of their endeavors.

This Teacher Training Program includes:

  • Yoga Asanas (poses) for children of all ages
  • Developmental Anatomy related to yoga asanas
  • Techniques to develop concentration and focus
  • Meditation for children
  • Pranayama, breathing practices adapted for children
  • Yoga Nidra; deep relaxation for children
  • Explanation of the benefit and purpose of yoga practices for children
  • Story Telling with inspiration and purpose
  • Leading chanting and singing
  • Presenting Yoga philosophy as the child’s level
  • Developing sacred rituals and ceremonies with children
  • Deepen and enhance your own yoga practice
  • Become a great example of the benefits of  Yoga sadhana

teaching-hatha-and--meditation-to-children-2-at-YogavillePrerequisite:  This course is available to certified Yoga instructors from all traditions, as well as teachers, parents and individuals who love both yoga and working with children.  Applicants who are not Integral Yoga Teachers will be interviewed (by phone or in person when possible) and admitted on an individual basis.  Non- Integral Yoga Teachers are expected to become familiar with the Integral Yoga method of Hatha Yoga by taking classes from an IY Yoga teacher or practicing with the IY DVD or audio classes.

Certification: Completion of this course awards the Integral Yoga Certification: Teaching Yoga and Meditation to Children.  Integral Yoga is a Registered Children’s Yoga School (RCYS) approved by Yoga Alliance.  This certification is full qualification to begin teaching yoga to children.

The Integral Yoga Children’s Yoga Certificate awards approximately 100 hours toward your  RYT500 hours certification as well as your RCYT (Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher) certification with Yoga Alliance. Graduates of this program are invited to complete the additional hours of practicum required by Yoga Alliance at Camp Yogaville held every summer at Yogaville.  Here you will have the opportunity to teach yoga to children during the 1 week yoga camp and to serve with the staff developing yoga programs, and activities for the children.

Teaching Hatha & Meditation to ChildrenSatya Greenstone has been a student of Sri Swami Satchidananda for over 40 years.  Throughout this time she has shared the teachings of Integral Yoga in many diverse settings with students of all ages and backgrounds.

In 1978 she and her husband started the Yogaville Vidyalayam- Temple of Learning, an elementary school for the ashram community children.  Under the direct guidance of their Guru, Swami Satchidananda, they developed and implemented a full academic elementary curriculum based on the principles and teachings of yoga.  For 17 years they taught the children with loving dedication.  While teaching at the Vidyalayam, Satya facilitated the publication of the book:  Hatha Yoga for Kids by Kids and the DVD Yoga for Children with Swami Satchidananda.

In 1996 the Satya and her husband moved to South India to live in the homeland of Swami Satchidananda and to direct the Integral Yoga Institute of Coimbatore.  While serving in India, Satya taught yoga on a daily basis in a wide variety of schools to students in grades K-12.  One of the schools was Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, an international Ghandian Educational organization based on the teachings of Mahatma Ghandi.

Upon returning to Yogaville, USA, Satya became the primary teacher for the Basic Yoga Teacher Training Program.  While serving as Teacher Training Coordinator, she developed the teacher training program Teaching Yoga to Children which she and her husband have taught in USA and Europe.

This past year Satya updated the program to meet the new standards set by Yoga Alliance and to offer teachers a balanced and authentic training in the practices of yoga and meditation for children of all ages.


  • June 20-29, 2014
  • Tuition: $1,260.00
  • Lodging: $420.00 to $945.00
  • Deposit: $500.00

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