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Teacher Training / Learn To Work With Children & Teens

The Y.O.G.A. for Youth mission is to provide urban youth with tools of self discovery that foster hope, discipline and respect for self, others and community.

Since its inception in 1993

Led by the acclaimed yoga activist, level 2 master yoga teacher and trainer, Krishna Kaur Khalsa E-RYT, the Y.O.G.A. for Youth Teacher Training program the oldest and most distinguished training program for people who want to provide yoga and mindfulness tools to challenged teens and pre-teens. With more than 20 years of youth yoga instruction under her belt, the Y.O.G.A. for Youth Founder and Chairman is regarded as one of the top 25 master yoga instructors on the planet. Embark on an unforgettable forty (40) hour intensive training series that will elevate your consciousness and your practice.

This training explores some of the most effective approaches to presenting asanas and kriyas to youth. It will enhance your teaching ability and expand your knowledge of yoga across multiple disciplines. The main area of focus will be on developing tools that will assist you in translating ancient yogic principals into a language youth can understand and apply to their daily lives without diminishing its powerful effects. An emphasis will be placed on specialized programming for under-served, “at-risk” and traumatized youth populations. This training will not only introduce you to the policies and procedures of teaching in secured facilities, but it will also prepare you to effectively deliver creative and dynamic youth yoga classes to diverse populations with a massive impact. Elevate your teachings and set yourself apart from your fellow instructors through the Y.O.G.A. for Youth Teacher Training – a program scientifically proven to deliver “significant results” according to Dr. Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, Harvard University.


  • Multiple Yoga Discipline Integration
  • Secured Facility Preparation & Protocol
  • Cultural and Social Sensitivity Development
  • Age and Gender Specific Class Formats
  • Specialized Program for “At Risk”, Troubled and Traumatized Youth
  • Complimentary Y.O.G.A. for Youth Curriculum Guide
  • Hands-On Class Format & Development
  • Yoga Alliance Approved CEU’s

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

  • Access to the Y.O.G.A. for Youth Support Network
  • Free 1 Year Y.O.G.A. for Youth Membership
  • Y.O.G.A. for Youth Teacher Placement Opportunities*
  • Y.O.G.A. for Youth Teaching Mentorship Programs*
  • Internationally Accredited Program
  • Scientifically Proven Curriculum
  • Led & Developed by One of the Most Sought-After Master Yoga Teacher Trainers in the World
  • Proceeds for Y.O.G.A. for Youth Teacher Trainings Directly Support the Non-Profit Organization’s FREE Youth Programs & Services Worldwide

         *select cities only

Who Is Eligible ?

  • All Level Yoga Teachers from Any Discipline
  • Parents
  • Youth Facilitators
  • Youth Group Leaders
  • Youth Councilors & Therapists
  • Youth Case Managers
  • Pediatricians & Nurses
  • School Teachers & Aids
  • Youth-Oriented Volunteers & Supporters

The Trainer:


Krishna Kaur, Founder & CEO of Y.O.G.A

Krishna Kaur, a dynamic heart centered Yoga teacher, began studying with Yogi Bhajan in 1970 and has been teaching the art and science of Kundalini Yoga and Self Awareness for 40 years all over the world. 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, which unites Kundalini Yoga in Africa.

Krishna founded Y.O.G.A. for Youth, a nonprofit dedicated to training yoga teachers to work with at-risk youth and creating yoga programs in schools and juvenile facilities. Krishna opened the first yoga center in South Central Los Angeles in 1971 and continues to train yoga teachers, teach workshops, and bring yoga to the underserved populations throughout the world.

A catalyst of many yoga-inspired movements including the International Association of Black Yoga Teachers and Sat Nam Street Players, Krishna has many commendations from local and state leaders. Krishna has a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Redlands where she graduated with honors.

Dates and workshop hours at Yoga West:



Discounted price of $950 if paid by Tuesday May 1, 2018 | or  $1150 if paid on or after Wednesday May 2, 2018 | add GST to cost


Testimonials from YOGA for Youth Teacher Training Participants:

 “After the YOGA for Youth training, I landed my first teaching job, maybe it was a month after the training was complete. I was nervous, but I definitely felt prepared. I am still enormously thankful that I felt the courage enough to teach, which would have been something that I don’t know  if I would have found.”
from Keya

“The YOGA for Youth teacher training absolutely prepared me to work with kids. I mean again, it was so immersive, we went through so many scenarios and we did so many of the practices ourselves. I knew what it would feel like and so I felt confident to talk about it, to teach it. No I did this, it will feel like this when you do this, it will feel like that.” '
from Temitope.

Testimonials of Youth Benefiting from YOGA for Youth Offerings:

“I enjoy yoga very much, it helps me not think about my situation and focus on the positive life force being created. My mind gets very relaxed and tunes into my body. Breathing helps me to let everything go, like the teacher says it’s the first thing we have when we’re born and the last thing we have before we die. I love yoga and the energy it brings.” 
- from Muhammad, aged 17

“Yoga has helped me in many ways. With yoga I started to know how it feels to be myself. Yoga has helped me with my breathing. Being at yoga makes me feel open, showing how my personality really is. Yoga has also helped me to be flexible. Yoga has also helped me to be more disciplined. I think that yoga doesn’t only help the body, but also the mind. This has helped me with school, family and friends.”
- from Leila aged 15.

“Yoga is very calming. It relaxes me and makes me feel free of stress. While I’m doing the routine our teacher instructs us to do, there is always some type of music that makes my soothing feeling more intense. Nabhi Kriya is one of my favorite courses of yoga. When I do the breath of fire it clears my naval passage and my mind, it causes me to feel like I’m floating on clouds. After class is over, my body feels better than it has felt all week. Yoga all together to me is just a great activity which I enjoy.” 

- from Ramses aged 16.

Y.O.G.A. for Youth provided me with a fast, compassionate, emotionally sensitive and effective way to empower youth to find their own inner strength and guru.  The program works in a variety of settings (schools, enrichment programs, social skills groups and one-on-one work. I highly recommend it for all levels of care providers and educators. 

- from Amy Kayden (Bir Jiwan) MA, Psy D

Krishna Kaur's Y.O.G.A. for Youth training  was an amazing experience for me.  Upon completion, I felt as prepared as I could possibly be to teach young people.  I feel totally supported by the Y.O.G.A. for Youth organization, and with all of the teaching materials, to go out there and teach!  The practical training was very thorough and true to life, with wonderful feedback and compassionate yet direct critique.  It attracted a very diverse and experienced group of people, whom I learned so much from.  And more greatness, Krishna Kaur brought in other teachers from different areas of the country to share their experiences and train us.  It's an honor to be a part of this awesome organization! Peace out, and in. 

from Kristin


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