Y.O.G.A. for Youth Teacher Training

Upcoming Trainings

40-HOUR TEACHER TRAINING COURSE
We train adults to introduce yoga techniques to school-aged youth

Why Y.O.G.A. for Youth?

  • Y.O.G.A for Youth has been delivering yoga programming to children and teens for over 20 years, making it one of the longest-running and most well-established youth yoga non-profits in the United States.
  • The acronym Y.O.G.A. stands for “Your Own Greatness Affirmed.” We are committed to uplifting young people so that they have the tools to realize their own greatness. Since its inception, Y.O.G.A. for Youth’s target population has been underserved and marginalized youth.
  • Y.O.G.A. for Youth recognizes that human dignity, cultural, and intersectional identities are critical to thriving communities. Our training centers a “whole person” approach through relationship-building and strengths -based learning.
  • We translate ancient yogic principles and practices into a language youth can understand and apply to their daily lives without diminishing their powerful effects.

Is the Y.O.G.A. for Youth Training for Me?
This training is for anyone who works with youth or feels called to work with youth. There are no prerequisites for the course.

  • If you are a Yoga Teacher, this course will prepare you to teach in educational settings, community centers and detention facilities. Yoga Alliance CEU’s available.
  • If you are a Classroom Teacher or Teacher Assistant, this course will prepare you to bring yoga practices and principles into your classroom and incorporate into your own self-care.
  • If you are a School Counselor, Psychologist, or Social Worker, this course will give you tools for your own self-care and to incorporate into your practice/ share with your clients.
  • If you are a Parent, Youth Group Leader or Volunteer, this course will give you tools for your own self-care and to share with the young people in your life.

What will I Receive from the Training?
The Y.O.G.A. for Youth training targets the teaching of underserved youth and covers the Y.O.G.A. for Youth curriculum structure and content, trauma-informed yoga practices, and classroom management. The Y.O.G.A. for Youth curriculum is based upon Kundalini Yoga and adapted for educational and community settings. Kundalini Yoga emphasizes breathwork and meditation, and incorporates kriyas, specific combinations of exercises that are intended to improve physiological, mental, and emotional functioning. Meditation in Kundalini Yoga utilizes specific hand positions, eye focus, as well as a specific breath pattern or sound/mantra. Character education is an important component of the Y.O.G.A. for Youth curriculum, taught via the eight principles of Right Understanding, Right Intention, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Attitude, Right Mindfulness, Right Concentration.

Units of Study:

  • Orientation – Demystifying Yoga
  • Curriculum – Class Structure & Observation
  • Curriculum – The Practice – Kriyas & Meditations
  • Breathwork
  • Introducing Mantra
  • Principles & Games
  • Classroom Management
  • Cultural Competency
  • Trauma-Sensitive Teaching
  • Yoga Research
  • Role-Playing and Practice Teaching
  • Becoming a Y.O.G.A. for Youth Teacher

Testimonials

The Y.O.G.A. for Youth teacher training exceeded my expectations on every level. Our instructors, Kirshna Kaur and Keval Kaur each brought their unique wisdom, insight and enthusiasm into every class… I came away with a greater understanding of myself, both my strength and areas I need to work on so that I can bring 100 percent of my “true self” any Y.O.G.A. for Youth class I am lucky enough to be a part of!

Courtney

I felt so inspired by the presence and contributions of everyone in our class. It gave me the strength to invite in change and to emerge from my ‘small self.’ The training reinvigorated my personal practice and empowered me to become a better teacher.

Jordan

Y4Y is a wonderful opportunity to share what has been so supportive and enjoyable for me personally with my long history of working with children, especially those with attention and learning issues. I love helping them discover the joy of movement and the calming and balancing effect of connection with their breath. At 62, I also like the intergenerational message that yoga is for all ages and is a way to stay healthy, centered, and alive!

David

The YOGA for YOUTH training in NC far exceeded my expectations! The teachers were outstanding, the students amazing, and the hands-on approach to the course material made learning fun… The certification course has given me the confidence to continue my life’s mission: to bring yoga and mindfulness to at-risk teens in our local communities.

Julie

I can’t wait to start using this with my students, and give them a strategy and techniques to get rid of the negative energy or any trauma that they may have beautiful training I am very grateful for everything that I have learned and I can’t wait to go back and share it.

Y.O.G.A for Youth graduate

I cried and broke through major resistances I had as a result of my own childhood trauma. The teachers and students gave me incredible strength and by the end of the training I was smiling and felt major grief lifted from my heart.

Pavanpreet

I teach first grade at the RN Harris magnet school, but for years prior, I was the PBS coach (Positive Behavior Intervention) support. I’m a licensed professional counselor, so I came to yoga for us intentionally to be able to pick up some tools that I could add to my clinical practice.

Y.O.G.A for Youth graduate

Training Team

Krishna Kaur
Lead Trainer

Krishna Kaur is the Founder of Y.O.G.A. for Youth and is regarded as one of the top 25 master yoga instructors on the planet. Krishna Kaur began studying with Yogi Bhajan in 1970 and has passionately taught the art and science of Kundalini Yoga and Self Awareness for over 40 years. She conducts yoga workshops as well as Y.O.G.A. for Youth trainings throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Asia and Latin America. She is certified by the 3HO Foundation and the Kundalini Research Institute as a Kundalini Yoga Teacher and Trainer of both Level I and II. She is the regional coordinator for 3HO Africa and continues to support the growth of Yoga in West Africa. Under the business name of 10th Gate Yoga, Krishna Kaur opened the first yoga center in South Central Los Angeles and continues to train yoga teachers, teach workshops, and bring yoga to underserved populations throughout the world. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from teaching to different cultures to the mission of Y.O.G.A. for Youth. She is determined to see that youngsters in Inner cities, and challenging family situations, are getting the tools they need to help them experience their own personal greatness no matter where they are.

Keval Kaur Khalsa, M.A.
Lead Trainer

Keval Kaur is the co-founder of Y.O.G.A. for Youth-NC, the Y.O.G.A. for Youth Chapter in North Carolina. As a Y.O.G.A. for Youth Lead Trainer and a Kundalini Yoga Lead Teacher Trainer, she has trained yoga teachers in North Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana, California, Colorado, Michigan, and Accra (Ghana). A Professor of the Practice of Dance & Theater Studies at Duke University, Keval Kaur directed the Dance Program for seven years, and teaches courses in dance, Kundalini Yoga, and activist theater. For six years, she has been Co-Primary Investigator for a research study on the effects of the Y.O.G.A. for Youth curriculum on elementary and middle school students’ stress response, emotional regulation, mindfulness, physical health, and body image. Keval Kaur owns Kundalini Yoga Durham, a donation-based community yoga space in Durham, NC, and is dedicated to making yoga available to underserved populations. She is the mother/stepmother/ grandmother of four adult children and nine grandchildren.

Liam Pfeiffer
Assistant Trainer

Liam is the Regional Director of Y.O.G.A. for Youth in New York City, and teaches youth in detention facilities and young adults on Riker's island for the New York Corrections Department. Liam provides incarcerated youth with skills and practices to improve physical and mental health, manage stress, reduce anxiety, and cultivate a relationship with their own consciousness using meditation, breath work, and movement techniques from Kundalini Yoga, Hatha Yoga, and Tai Chi. Off the mat, Liam is a head basketball coach with the non-profit Steady Buckets, an organization serving over 5,000 young people in New York City. He developed their yoga and meditation program and actively weaves Kundalini Yoga with basketball to expose children to natural healing modalities and empowerment practices. Liam studies with world-renowned teachers Krishna Kaur, Hari Kaur, and Nevine Michaan. Liam has been honored as a 3HO Luminary for his extraordinary service in underserved communities by the non-profit 3HO Foundation International.

Kenneth Strickland
Assistant Trainer

Kenneth is an Advisory Board member for Y.O.G.A. for Youth-NC and has served as a Lead Teacher in that program for five years. Kenneth has been educating youth in the power of Kundalini Yoga, the breath, and Love since 2013. He believes in the inherent wisdom of children and works to create spaces where children can become aware of this wisdom. Kenneth is currently living in Little Rock, Arkansas teaching English, Social Studies, and Meditation at North Little Rock Academy. Kenneth holds a B.A. from Duke University, and is currently a Masters’ candidate at Naropa University (Boulder Colorado), where he studies Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling. Kenneth has been honored as a 3HO Luminary for his extraordinary service in underserved communities by the non-profit 3HO Foundation International.