Frequently Asked Questions for Inspired Kids Yoga Teacher Training
What format is the training in 2023/ 2024?
The training is mostly delivered online with the opportunity to join the 2 day face to face training, Feb 10/11, 2024 at Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia. (Level 1 is the prerequisite) The online course format offers flexibility to work around other commitments and is priced at a lower price point than it was when delivered in person. The course includes watching pre-recorded videos + live online calls in real time, to connect with your teacher; practice teaching with other students; dive deeper into discussions and ask questions. The online training format is still recognised by Yoga Alliance as a registered training.
What are the training hours?
There are various levels of the training:
Calm Coach Level 1= 5 hours
Calm Coach Level 2= 22 hours
Calm Coach Level 3= 70 hours
Inspired Kids Yoga Level 1= 15 hours
Inspired Kids Yoga Level 2= 30 hours
Inspired Kids Yoga Level 2 + face to face = 50 hours (meets Yoga Australia standards for "Children's Yoga Teacher" Training)
Inspired Kids Yoga Level 3= 98 hours (meets Yoga Alliance standards for "Children's Yoga Teacher" Training)
Can I start teaching kids as soon as I complete the training?
Legally- yes. Yoga is not a legislated profession.
You will need to have insurance + a "working with children" (police check) card + first aid certificate.
I am NOT a yoga teacher but I want to teach yoga to children. Can I do the training?
Even if you are not a Yoga Teacher, you can still apply to register in the Calm Coach Level 3 training which gives you everything you need to run workshops, classes and one on one sessions featuring the calm tools of yoga. The Calm Coach training has been designed for people who work with children who want to share the tools of yoga, without being a "Yoga Teacher".
Inspired Kids Yoga Teacher Training Level 3 is only available to Yoga Teachers since it is a requirement to be a Yoga Teacher before you can register with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Children's Yoga Teacher.
What do I need to be a Registered Children's Yoga Teacher?
To be a Registered Children's Yoga Teacher ("RCYT") with "Yoga Alliance" (the international registration standard for training requirements) they require: Level 1 Yoga Teacher (200 hours) + 95 hours with a Registered Children's Yoga School.
Inspired Kids Yoga Teacher Training is a Registered Children's Yoga School ("RCYS") with Yoga Alliance. Stacey is a registered "Experienced Yoga Teacher"; "Registered Children's Yoga Teacher" and "Lead Trainer" of a "Registered Children's Yoga School" with Yoga Alliance.
Yoga Australia is a second registration body that is specific to Australia and New Zealand. Yoga Teachers can choose to register with either Yoga Alliance (international) or Yoga Australia. Yoga Australia recommend that before you teach Children's Yoga you have a certificate in Level 1 Yoga Teacher (350 hours) + 50 hours of speciality Children's Yoga Teacher Training. However, Yoga Australia no longer have a specific registration category for Children's Yoga Teachers so this is just a recommendation and is not mandated or a legal requirement.
Inspired Kids Yoga Teacher Training was a Registered Children's Yoga School ("RCYS") with Yoga Australia when it was a registration category. Stacey is a registered Senior Level Yoga Teacher and Children's Yoga Teacher with Yoga Australia.
In summary, to be a Registered Children's Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, you need to have a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certificate + a 95 hour Children's Yoga Teacher Training certificate. This is recommended but not mandated.
Do I need to register as Registered Children's Yoga Teacher before I can start teaching?
No. Registration is voluntary. As a professional, my advice is always to follow the path that helps you to be the very best you can be. When adhering to the guidelines of Yoga Australia/ Yoga Alliance, you will be participating in a lot of hours of study which will give you more knowledge; more experience; more liability and confidence. Being registered however, is not a requirement and not governed, policed, mandated or monitored.
Can I get insurance even if I am not a Registered Children's Yoga Teacher ("RCYT")?
Yes. We have a recommended insurance company who will cover you after the Inspired Kids Yoga training.
Insurance companies may take your fee, however, if there is a claim made and it is found that you don't have adequate training, then the insurance policy may not be effective. My approach is this: teach only what you you have been taught in the training, and/or only in contexts you are already qualified and insured in. Eg. If you are a school teacher, you can incorporate what you have learnt into your classroom, provided your teaching insurance will cover you. If you are a Yoga Teacher, you can teach what you have learnt in the module and be covered under your Yoga Insurance.
Can I skip the Foundations module if I have done a similar course with another training provider, and just do a single module with Inspired Kids Yoga?"
No, sorry. The Inspired Kids Yoga Teacher Training has been carefully mapped out as a progressive learning system. The theoretical components; teaching methods and frameworks unique to Inspired Kids Yoga set you up with the knowledge you need for the subsequent modules. It is a requirement of Yoga Alliance that you complete the full 95 hours of Children's Yoga Training with one provider. A registered training has been checked by Yoga Alliance to ensure that it covers the content, hours and criteria deemed necessary to become a Children's Yoga Teacher.
Is there an exam?
There is no exam. During the course you will be required to participate in practice teaching activities in small groups or pairs, which will show your competency in the course material. You will also need to complete written questions in your own time for certain modules. You will also need to prepare lesson plans and practice teaching the lessons to REAL children and write self reflection forms.
What is the cancellation policy?
Please ensure that this training is right for you, as I do not give refunds. This training is for people who are really committed to the work. I do understand that sometimes life throws us a curve ball, so I will consider exceptions provided in writing in extreme cases, at my discretion. In those cases, only a partial refund will be offered. This will be outlined in your registration contract.
Can I pay by credit card or payment plan?
Yes, I understand that creating a dream takes money. Credit cards and payment plans are available.
Do I get a certificate?
Yes, you will receive a certificate with an outline of the areas you will be certified to teach and the hours of study.
Can I miss some calls?
All calls are recorded and available to watch if you can't make it at the time. You will need to be present at most of the calls to fulfil the training requirements and practical components. Making the commitment to do what it takes to show up fully is part of the training.
Am I too old? I am not sure if I am fit enough... etc etc
Sometimes, these kind of training opportunities can bring up the self doubt voice that says, "I am not enough". It will come in all different versions- "I am not young enough... fit enough... wealthy enough... smart enough... etc". I invite you to sit into this fear, and listen to that voice. Maybe it is an old, old voice that you know well. Ask it why it is coming up and why it wants to block you from this experience? If you are still seeking validation from me, then my answer is "YES. Yes you are enough." You can join the training at any age, with any level of fitness, income or other story. If your intention to teach yoga to kids and teens is true, and if this course feels aligned for you, then you will find a way to make it happen. And you will be welcomed with open arms.
Still got questions?
If you have a specific question not answered here, please send me an email and I will happily answer your questions either via email or over the phone if you prefer.
Do you just need to have a chat over the phone to be sure that this is the right training for you? All good. Send me an email with your name, phone number and your best time of day to receive calls and I will organise a time and day to call you.
Most concerns simply need clarification and some good old fashioned communication and I am here to make your journey into teaching yoga to kids and teens as smooth and joyful as possible.