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Frequently Asked Questions

About ChildLight Education Company

Why should I choose to attend a ChildLight Teacher Training?

On October 1, 2019, longtime Director of Trainings, Sally Delisle, and Marketing Director, Megan Morris, were invited to pick up the reins from Lisa Flynn, the founder of ChildLight Yoga (established in 2005). Sally and Megan created ChildLight Education Company with the intention of broadening the scope of offerings. Working side-by-side as yogis and business colleagues, along with a knowledgeable team, they tirelessly continue to cultivate successful training programs for the ChildLight community.  ChildLight has grown from their initial 17-hour foundational training to offering over 24 teacher training certificates, continuing education workshops and an unlimited number of additional classes!

Our trainers are all E-RYTs (credentialed through Yoga Alliance as Experienced Registered Yoga Teachers) with a combined total of over 190 years of experience teaching yoga & mindfulness to youth, families and adults. Additionally, our professional backgrounds include education, psychology, doula services, special education, recreational therapy, law, library science, nutrition, business, reflexology, theatre arts, reiki, real estate, MBSR, Spanish language, health coaching, authors, school counseling, marketing, fitness, as well as studying and teaching various styles of yoga and yoga therapy. We are also parents and baby, youth, diverse needs, teen, adult and senior yoga teachers who continue to learn and practice everyday what we share in our trainings. Meet our trainers: Sally Delisle, Megan Ridge Morris, Meg Vyas, Ann Biese, Larissa Noto, Colleen Smith, Kristen Santos, and Halley Firstenberg here.

Am I able to host your trainings?

Yes! Please complete our Partner With Us Application to start the process.

Our Trainings

You offer LOTS of different trainings. Where do I begin?

The Yoga & Mindfulness for Children Teacher Training and certification gives you all of the tools to get started. You will leave with knowledge of child development, breathing, mindfulness and movement techniques, games, songs, planning, and even business tips!

If you are interested in teaching adults or deepening your personal practice, we suggest starting with our 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training (RYS).

Do I need to be a certified adult yoga teacher to attend a ChildLight Teacher Training?

No, but it is helpful to have a foundational understanding of yoga and mindfulness as our trainings dive right into how to share yoga with the noted specialty groups, babies to teens.

The children I work with have unique needs. Will the ChildLight trainings be appropriate for me to attend?

You will find our trainings offer many ideas, exercises, games, and songs which can be modified to incorporate into your work. If you are seeking additional, specialized training for working with people with diverse abilities, we offer ChildLight Yoga & Mindfulness for Diverse Abilities Teacher Training.

Am I able to participate in a ChildLight Teacher Training if I am pregnant/nursing/injured/healing, etc?

Yoga is about meeting yourself where you are and modifying as needed.  If you need assistance or modifications please let your instructor know, or feel free to email our Director of Trainings with any questions.  Your health and well-being are important to us!

How long are your trainings?

Please see the details for your specific training.

Do you offer discounts or scholarships for your trainings?

Please see our Scholarships page and Group Discounts page for details.

Training Preparation

How should I prepare?

For online trainings, make sure you have:

  • A reliable internet connection
  • A quiet space with minimal distractions
  • Room for a yoga mat/room to move
  • Pen and paper or device of your choice for notetaking
  • The ability to open PDFs and documents
  • Water bottle
  • Dress in layers
  • Anything else that will make you more comfortable

For in-person trainings, make sure you have:

  • Yoga mat/room to move
  • Pen and paper or device of your choice for notetaking
  • The ability to open PDFs and documents
  • Water bottle
  • Dress in layers
  • Anything else that will make you more comfortable
Where can I purchase hardcopy manuals, books, props and curriculum?

Many suggested resources can be purchased in our online shop.

Will someone contact me before the start of a live training?

Yes! We will send you a detailed email a few days prior. Please be sure we have your correct contact information on file when you register and notify us immediately of any changes. If you have questions please contact our Director of Trainings.

What if I need to transfer my registration?

Please visit our Terms and Conditions page for more information.

RCYT Certification

WHY become a RCYT?
  • The letters stand for “Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher” and can come after your name on your business cards, website, emails and any professional materials that you share with the public. This designation lets your audience know that you take your yoga education seriously and you’ve gone above and beyond to learn as much as possible about teaching yoga to children.
  • Member perks with the Yoga Alliance, including discounts on hotels, rental cars, yoga clothes and more, plus access to webinars on how to grow your yoga business.
  • A listing on the Yoga Alliance National Directory of RCYT instructors so that you are searchable by city and state for anyone looking for a knowledgeable and credible children’s yoga instructor.
  • A listing on the ChildLight Education Company website as someone who graduated from our 95-hr program, which may include a graduate interview spotlight on our blog that is continuously shared with our community of over 10,000 on Facebook, over 1,000 followers on Instagram and 13,000 subscribers to our newsletter.
  • Read this post to learn more about why people choose to become certified yoga instructors. 
I haven't taken a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training (RYT). Do I need to complete that before I begin a 95-Hour (RCYT) program?

Should you decide to complete the ChildLight 95-Hour program you have three years to do so. It is not required to have a 200-hour training in order to teach yoga to children or to complete a 95-hour program. Many participants start out teaching yoga to children and are then inspired to deepen their study of yoga by attending a 200-Hour training. However, the Yoga Alliance requires everyone to have a 200-hour training to become a member of their organization. This is optional.

The Yoga Alliance states: “Teachers can register as a RCYT if they have successfully completed both a 200-Hour Yoga Yeacher Yraining program and a 95-Hour Children’s yoga training—in either order—that are registered with Yoga Alliance. Applicants must submit 30 teaching hours in children’s yoga which must be performed after completing a program with a RCYS (Registered Children’s Yoga School).”

There are three options:
– A 200 hour training to teach adults (RYT)+ 95 hour program to teach children (RCYT)
– A 200 hour training to teach adults only (RYT)
– A 95 hour program to teach children only (CYT, unable to register through Yoga Alliance, however an expert children’s yoga teacher through us, a Registered Children’s Yoga School that is recognized by the Yoga Alliance)

Where can I teach?

Anywhere! Some people go on to teach in yoga studios, community centers, at home, online, preschools, childcare centers, after-school programs, universities, gyms, YMCAs, or libraries. If you are an educator or other school-based professional interested in integrating yoga and mindfulness in the classroom/school day, we invite you to learn about our school yoga affiliate, Yoga 4 Classrooms.

Is there a deadline for submission for certification?

Starting January 1st, 2020, certification packets must be submitted within one year of the date of training attended. If you do not submit within this time frame, you are invited to take a refresher of the course to complete certification.

Is there a time limit on completion of the 95-hour program?

Yoga Alliance placed a three-year time limit on completion of the 95-hour program beginning on the date of your enrollment.

Do you offer CEUs or PDPs?

Trainings are valid for Yoga Alliance CE hours and possible CEUs or PDPs from your credentialing organization.

Yoga and Mindfulness for Children

Yoga Alliance
Since 2014, ChildLight Education Company has been a Yoga Alliance approved Registered Children’s Yoga School, a Registered 200 Hour Yoga School and a Registered Prenatal Yoga School providing teacher training and continuing education.

Courses4TeachersInc.
ChildLight Education Company is a Continuing Education Provider through Courses4Teachers. The credit they offer is graduate-level professional development semester credit, through the University of the Pacific, designed for salary advancement and/or to renew credentials for teachers in districts across the U.S.

Vermont Student Assistance Corp. (VSAC)
ChildLight Education Company is an approved program provider as a non-matriculated course or program that will improve the ability to get a job or encourage further study for VSAC grant recipients who are not enrolled in high school.

 

Department of Rehabilitation in California
ChildLight Education Company is an approved entity for training with the State of CA, Department of Rehabilitation.

 

***Participants have also had CE hours accepted through Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), National Council for Certified Personal Trainers (NCCPT), and the Foster Care system in addition to PT, SLP, American School Counselor Association (ASCA), and individual school districts across the country.

I misplaced my certificate of completion. Help!

Please fill out this replacement request form.  Allow up to one week for processing, and we will send a digital copy of your certificate.

What if I have questions or need support after completing a training?

Our experienced, seasoned trainers have decades of experience helping people successfully reach their goals in the world of yoga, mindfulness, and wellness. If you are interested in professional mentorship, please fill out the inquiry form here.

I still have questions, who should I contact?

Please contact Sally Delisle, Director of ChildLight Teacher Trainings.