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.
Keval Kaur Khalsa, M.A.
Lead Trainer
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).
Dr. Sat Bir Singh Khalsa
Guest Presenter

Dr. Sat Bir Singh Khalsa is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a researcher in the field of body mind medicine, specializing in yoga therapy.

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.

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

Course breakdown:

  • 10-hours of live online group sessions led by Krishna Kaur and Keval Kaur Khalsa
  • 3-hours of pre-course assignments
  • 15-hours of recorded lectures, videos, quizzes and written assignments.
  • 10-hours of homework between weekends
  • 2-hours of post-training assignments

Materials Needed:

  • A computer with a strong internet connection
  • A webcam (so we can see your beautiful face)
  • Built-in microphone or headset (so we can hear you)
  • Yoga mat, area rug or carpet
  • Cushion to use as needed for meditation
  • Lightweight shawl during relaxation
  • Wear a head covering during meditation
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Space for yoga movements

The Y.O.G.A. for Youth training is for individuals who have a desire to teach underserved youth. The training 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

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.

Teaching Opportunities and More

After you’ve completed the Y.O.G.A. for Youth Teacher Training Course, there are multiple ways for you to get involved with our organization.