Do I have to be 200-hour or 300-hour adult yoga certified to take a YB training?
Answer: Nope! Absolutely no adult yoga teaching experience is required to take a Yogi Beans Training. All that we require of trainees is that they have a passion for yoga and desire to work with children. You don't even have to have a regular yoga practice to participate, though having a basic knowledge of yoga asana (poses) may enhance the experience.
Do I need to have any other particular experience to take a YB Training?
Answer: Nope again! Our trainings are filled with people of diverse backgrounds and disciplines including - but not limited to - teachers, yoga teachers, pediatric PTs & OTs, financial analysts, lawyers, psychologists, social workers, babysitters, musicians, parents, principals & school administrators, college students, business owners, dancers, actors, and even grandmas! This melting pot of experience allows for trainees to learn and gain support from a unique group of people brought together by their interest in kids & yoga.
Can I participate in your training if I have an injury or condition?
Answer: Yes. We can modify your training experience based upon any existing injury or condition (including pregnancy!). However, we recommend that your get your doctor or health professional's approval prior to starting any physical activity.
Is Yogi Beans' training recognized by the Yoga Alliance?
Answer: Yogi Beans is a part of the Children's Yoga Teacher Training Collaborative (CYTTC) - a Yoga Alliance approved, 95-hour Children's Yoga Teacher Training School. Learn more. If you are already registered as an adult yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, you may count these training hours towards Continuing Education credits. You will also receive a certificate from Yogi Beans stating that you completed our training.
According to the Yoga Alliance standard, 95 hours of children's yoga training is required to be complete in order for the YB to recognize you as a children's yoga teacher. We believe that 95 hours is an enormous time and financial commitment for the majority of teachers and not neccessiaily required in order to be adept at teaching yoga to kids. This is because once you have the basic tools to know how to teach a children's yoga class, the real learning happens in the classroom, in front of the kids, on your mat. We are confident that after your 25 hour training is commpleted you will have the tools needed to lead a comprehensive and successful kids yoga class.
Will Yogi Beans hire me after the training?
Answer: That depends on a number of factors. The purpose of our training is to give you the tools to go out and bring kids yoga to your community. That being said, we often look to our past trainees when we are in need of hiring new Instructors to join the Bean Team. Yogi Beans' trainings are a great way for us to get to know you and vice versa!
So if you're not hiring me, where can I use this training?
Answer: Anywhere and everywhere! Past trainees have gone on to teach at yoga studios, schools, camps, parks, recreational centers, gyms, children's businesses, birthday parties, privately, pediatrician's offices, at home and some have even started their own kids' yoga businesses. To help you figure out what is the right place for you, Yogi Beans' training includes a Business of Kids Yoga portion during which we provide tips on how to utilize what you've learned and create a name for yourself in the kids yoga industry. The opportunities for you to share kids yoga are endless!
Can I immediately teach kids yoga anywhere after taking this training?
Answer: Yes! You will walk out of Yogi Beans' Basic Kids Yoga Training with a sequence (that you created) in your hand that you can teach the very next day. But we recommend that you consider best business practices before you start teaching, such as insurance, liability, taxes, workers compensation, and other potential expenses. These requirements should be supplemental as your Yogi Beans certification is valid without expiration.
Will I bark like a dog and moo like a cow?
Answer: We sure hope so! Your teacher training experience is completely up to you - you can participate as much or as little as you want. Our approach, though, is that kids yoga is a great way to let your inner bean shine. The more enthusiastic you are, the more engaged and excited your students will be. And, trust us, they will ALL want to bark like dogs in adho mukha svanasana (down dog).
What makes Yogi Beans Teacher Trainings different than other kids' yoga trainings?
Answer: All kids yoga teacher trainings are wonderful opportunities for you to learn how to become a children's yoga teacher and they all have slightly different emphases. Most of them contain loads of great information about yoga poses, games, breathing exercises, and mediations that are fun, engaging and creative. In addition, Yogi Beans' trainings provide context for becoming a kids' yoga teacher. We offer adult yoga context through lessons on restorative yoga & therapeutics, inversions for kids, and how to talk to kids about yoga philosophy. We offer children's education context through discussions about discipline in yoga classes, theories of multiple intelligence, Mindfulness techniques, and parent/child interactions. In addition, we set aside significant time to "putting it all together" though building sequences, practice teaching and providing feedback from our expert trainers. Our trainings are very fun, but we want to make sure that we've taught you how to put it all together so that you don't have to figure it on your own.