Frequently Asked Questions 

 

  • Can I start teaching Children's Yoga as soon as I complete the three day Foundations module? 

Legally- yes. Yoga is not a legislated profession.

 

However, to be a Registered Children's Yoga Teacher ("RCYT") the registration bodies ("Yoga Australia" & "Yoga Alliance") set guidelines and professional standards they recommend. 

Yoga Australia: Level 1 Yoga Teacher (350 hours) + 50 hours with a RCYS. (33 hours face to face)

Yoga Alliance: (International)  Level 1 Yoga Teacher (200 hours) + 95 hours with a RCYS. (87 hours face to face)  

Inspired Kids Yoga Teacher Training is a Registered Children's Yoga School ("RCYS") with both Yoga Australia and Yoga Alliance.

 

  • 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 a RCYT gives you a professional edge over others who are teaching before they are fully certified, which will lend itself to more opportunities.
 

  • 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 day 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 the two frameworks unique to Inspired Kids Yoga that you will learn in the Foundations module sets you up with the knowledge you need for the subsequent modules, which means there can be less repetition and more time for specifics.

  • I am NOT a yoga teacher and want to teach yoga to children. Will this course certify me?

Even if you are not a Yoga Teacher, you can still participate in this course. I wouldn't advise that you call yourself a “Children’s Yoga Teacher” until you have studied your Level 1 Yoga Teacher Certificate + the required hours to be a RCYT.​  You can however start sharing what you have learnt with kids as soon as you get insurance, first aid certificate + a working with children safety check. 

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  • I want to do this course to get some tools and professional development, but I haven't done much Yoga before. Can I still join this training?

Yes. You can still join, however if you haven't experienced yoga before I recommend you do some classes before the training so that you have your own experiences to refer back to, and so that you aren't learning everything for the first time.

 

If you purely want to learn techniques that you can add into your field of work, then perhaps consider the workplace workshops instead where I can tailor the training to suit your needs. 

 

Or, send me an email so that I can let you know about a new program I will launch in 2020 that may be perfect for you! ​

  • 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. 

  • What does the "non contact" hour part of the course involve?

Some of the modules require "homework" to complete the required hours of registrations. This is optional. If you choose it, you will be emailed the tasks and have 2 months to complete them. This is self paced, so you can work on it when it suits you. The tasks may include: reading articles; watching vidoes; writing lesson plans using templates provided in the workbook; teaching a class; writing a self reflection after you teach, etc.

  • What is the cancellation policy? 

Please ensure that this training is right for you, as I do not give refunds. This training is for teachers 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, or a credit for the remaining balance after a deposit has been deducted. This will be outlined in your registration form.  

  • Can I pay in instalments?

Yes, I understand that creating a dream takes money. Payment plans are available in 2019. 

These payment plans are set up via PayPal with a monthly charge to a nominated account or credit card.

You must have/ sign up for a  PayPal account to take advantage of the monthly payment plan.  

  • Can I choose any of the modules and do them in any order? 

Once you complete the FOUNDATIONS modules 1 & 2, you can choose to do the other modules in whatever order and time frame works for you. Some single day modules are only offered once a year, so be sure to check dates when you make your plan. 

  • Do I get a certificate? 

Yes, you will receive a certificate on the day of the course with the "contact" hours and an outline of the areas you will be certified to teach (yoga poses, game, breathing & relaxation). After you submit your "non contact" tasks you will be emailed a second certificate with the total completed hours. Please ensure you put the name you would like appear on your certificate on your registration form.  

  • Can I come late/ finish early?

No. You must attend all of the required hours.  Every minute of this course counts. 

I know you have to arrange kids to be looked after/ dropped off/ picked up; yoga classes to get filled; flights to catch; dogs to walk etc.  Making the commitment to do what it takes to show up fully every day is part of the training.

  • I am breastfeeding. How can I make this work?

Good on you super Mum!  Check the break times when you register, so you can organise feeding / expressing times with your carer.  Breastfeeding is welcomed in the classroom if needed so you don't miss out on any content.

As a guide, break times are approx: 10.30am (15 mins); 12.15pm (for a one hour lunch break); 3.15pm (15 mins).

  • I am in a wheelchair or have other special needs. Can I join the training? 

Some of the venues (Chambers Island, Maroochydore) unfortunately, are not wheelchair accessible as the hall has stairs. Please be in touch with us directly to ascertain what we can do to help make the course accessible for you. Email 

  • Do you take photos? 

Yes! We love to capture the moments we share in training and share it with you and our community. If that isn't your cup of tea, we respect that. There is an option on the registration form where you can select "no photos". 

  • Is there role playing?

Yes. I encourage you to step into the role of a child/ teen during a class so you can imagine how they may feel. You do not have to imagine your own childhood, and the extent in which you role play, if at all, is up to you.

  • Is there touching and group sharing?

Yes. Some modules include partner yoga or simple massage techniques.  You will also be invited to share your thoughts about certain topics in each module. If that makes you feel uneasy, we respect that. Simply communicate with us prior to the training to let us know your preferences and how we can best support you. 

  • What do I wear?

You DO NOT have to wear lycra! However, please wear comfortable, appropriate clothing (leggings or loose capri pants and a top that isn’t too baggy at the front - or have a singlet top underneath ladies) so that you can move easily into shapes where you will be standing with your torso leaning forward, kneeling, sitting on the floor. There will be chairs available if sitting on the floor for long durations is challenging for you. 

 

  • What do I need to bring?

When you book in you will be emailed a list of things to bring. (yoga mat; pens; snacks etc). If you are travelling to the Sunshine Coast venues and don't want ​​to lug a yoga mat around with you, no problem! Just add it into your registration notes and we will bring one for you. Other venues may provide mats, so just check your welcome letter after you register. 

  • Is lunch really provided? 

Yep- for real! You read that correctly. All courses at the Sunshine Coast venue are catered.

The food is LOW allergenic. Gluten free; mostly dairy free (and can be on request); vegetarian; whole food; filling but not heavy; and yummy!  Let us know if you have further dietry requirements when you register.

 

Just bring water and some snacks for morning and afternoon tea breaks to keep your energy levels up. 

Food is not catered for trainings outside of Sunshine Coast. Please check the welcome list after you register to see what food is available near the venue, or what kitchen facilities are available. 

  • 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.   

  • I loved it so much I want to come back and do it again- can I?

Yes! And I encourage it! Each time you will pick up new things that you missed the first time around. I am also constantly updating the course content to make sure it continues to improve and remain up to date. Send me an email to find out the discounted cost and upcoming dates of the course you would like to refresh. 

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. 

Stacey Nelson Yoga
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