Why Yoga for Kids?

Gopala Amir Yaffa


So, what makes Children Yoga classes different from other movement-based activities incorporating music and games? There are four key areas that set yoga apart:

1. There is no other form of exercise that offers such a wide range of movements.

While practicing children’s Yoga, we bend forward and back, we twist and side bend, strengthen and stretch, balance and even spend some time upside-down. 

Besides the obvious benefits of yoga in helping us be stronger and more flexible, Yoga for children also helps in developing coordination, balance, and many other important motor skills.  Yoga can even make us a bit taller by improving our posture and stretching and lubricating our muscles and joints!

Furthermore, children’s Yoga classes offer fast and active play while warming up or playing with yoga poses as well as quiet more focused time while holding certain poses or practicing relaxation exercises. As time goes on, the whole practice is done with heightened awareness to the body and the individual parts of the body being stretched, strengthened or relaxed during the practice.

2. Yoga for children not only exercises our body, it exercises the mind and strengthens the breath

Before, after and while in poses children are encouraged to regulate and deepen their breath through focused attention. Having more oxygen in our body enhances our mood and our ability to focus, and increases our capacity to relax both our body and our mind.

Many yogic exercises adapted for children assist in cultivating and enhancing the mind’s capacity for creativity, sensitivity, inquisitiveness, and expansion as well as the ability to consciously focus or still the mind. Learning the skills to consciously focus the mind and enhancing meta-cognitive processes (the ability to think about how you’re thinking), are indispensable skills if we want our children to live happy, meaningful lives.

3. Children’s yoga has one important benefit that is generally not part of adult yoga; it involves interaction

In the class, children are not isolated to their own yoga mats; partner and group poses, cooperative games, self-expression and creativity are the norm in a children’s yoga class.  Developing social skills is a critical component of self-development and is central to the Rainbow Kids Yoga philosophy.

Through Yoga, children learn valuable verbal and non-verbal communication skills, and become increasingly aware of the interconnectedness and interdependence of all beings; an understanding that is essential for a healthy social life. 

Emotional and cognitive skills that we learn in the relaxing environment of a yoga class can serve us greatly when faced with stressful events throughout our lives.

4. Children’s Yoga fosters not only an awareness of ourselves and our friends, but creates a broader awareness of the world around us.

A central tenet of Yoga practice is respect and honor; for ourselves, for each other, and for our environment. During a yoga class, children are often guided on a magical journey around the world, learning about other countries and cultures. 

Additionally, through the incorporation of the many yoga poses based on the movement of animals, children learn about different animal habitats, endangered species, and about global issues such as recycling! Children have an innate affinity with the natural world and with animals in particular. They understand and enjoy learning about and caring for the earth and its inhabitants, both human and animal.

Yoga for children may be a new concept, but it is as natural for children as running and jumping. Stretching and balancing through imitating nature is the most natural and intrinsic way for children to explore their bodies and their world.

In fact, Yoga can be adapted as a mode of teaching and learning just about anything! What better way is there to explore a subject than to move through it using creative yoga poses that are so good for you? History, geography, science, literature, and languages can all be learnt in this supportive and encouraging environment.

In this way, yoga is a holistic practice, with an inner as well as outer focus. But most importantly for children, yoga is fun!

We spend most of our childhood and youth learning, but there are many important life lessons that we miss out on at school and education must extend beyond the walls of the classroom. The main-stream education system rarely provides us with the tools which help us to be happier, healthier individuals; we don’t learn how to release tension or how to focus. And while schools have a tremendous focus on learning outcomes, they continue to fail to teach our children how to actually study effectively.

Yoga is much more than yoga poses; it is a way to discover our bodies and more broadly, our inner world. As human-being’s, we experience the universe through our minds and our hearts, so being able to consciously relax, uplift and focus ourselves are vital abilities. 

It is never too early (or too late) to embark on this journey of self-discovery!


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Rainbow Yoga trained more than 30,000 Kids Yoga Teachers since 2007. We make yoga fun for children and young people of all age groups and for the whole family too! Our yoga consists of many poses and stretches that have different physical benefits for our health and well-being, breathing, relaxation, meditation and mindfulness exercises for our minds, and social interaction, playfulness, meaning, deep life lessons and fun for our spirit.

Thinking about the impact of all those amazing certified yoga teachers, educators, parents and therapists we have trained to teach yoga to children and yoga for teens; we are making a huge difference for the next generation bringing peace, love, kindness and resilience into their lives. Education departments, schools, health programs and individuals in many countries have adopted yoga as a form of exercise and a method to decrees stress and increase wellbeing. We are the biggest and most-loved kid’s yoga teacher training in the world and we are here tp provide you with everything you will need to teach successful, exciting, meaningful, engaging and fun yoga to children, teenagers and families.


Rainbow Kids Yoga offers the most comprehensive, practical, and engaging children yoga teacher training certification in the world! Our course will enable you to deliver children yoga classes that will connects your students to themselves, each other, and the environment. Through unique and engaging practices of mindfulness and yoga your students and community will be able to find connections, enhance well-being and thrive as grounded, integrated and well balanced individuals.

At our training, all while having fun, you will become a children yoga instructor through a lot of experiential practice, insightful theory, yoga poses and sequences, mindfulness practices and relaxation. You will learn how to build fun, engaging, and fitness-level-appropriate children yoga classes for all ages, from toddlers to teenagers. At our kid’s yoga teacher training you will find over 300 videos presenting how to make yoga poses accessible and fun! Believe it or not, yoga can be extremely boring for children and for adults too… In Rainbow Yoga, we make yoga in a fun so that children learn easily and want to do more of it. Yoga is so good for you, but for children to want to want to do yoga you will need to learn to spice it all up and this is what our kid’s yoga online teacher training is for!

This is the perfect resource for yoga teachers, parents, educators and therapists to find and discover hundreds of yoga poses, yoga games and mindfulness practices for children in a way that makes it is easy to learn and easy to enjoy.

Yoga poses for kids: Yoga encourages a positive and healthy lifestyle for the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of children as it helps in the development of strength, stamina, and endurance, high levels of positive energy, resilience, focus, self-awareness, and awareness of our environment.

Yoga for children empowers them with increased concentration, calm, peace, and contentment at a mental level leading to inner and outer peace and harmony. The Rainbow Kids Yoga Teacher Training includes a digital manual (a hard copy that can be purchased) as part of the course. This is specialized online yoga teacher training. Here we will focus on how to teach yoga to children and teens, and how to help them release stress, relax, stretch, energize – All in creative and fun ways while taking into consideration their unique needs, whether they are physical, social, mental, or emotional. 

You will learn to teach the youngest yogis and those with emotional and mental challenges techniques to assist them with impulse control and self-regulation. Our courses provide a platform and a foundation to promote the healthy development of the hearts, bodies, and minds of young individuals.

The Rainbow Kids Yoga Training is the largest and most well-regarded Kids Yoga Teacher Training in the world. Our graduates teach everywhere using our diploma including schools, kindergartens, daycare centers, early learning centers, Yoga studios, gyms, fitness centers, birthday parties, private and group classes and more.



Join our Yoga Revolution and become a kids’ yoga teacher today through our online yoga teacher training or in-person yoga certification courses. You will be left with a smile on your face, a wealth of knowledge and an ignited spirit to spread the love and joy of yoga.

For our online training, you can allow 24 hours to receive your access and for physical products such as the Rainbow Kids Yoga Book, you can allow 2-4 weeks to receive it by mail. The books are printed on demand before being shipped, but it is worth the wait 😊


Rainbow Yoga is a fun and constantly evolving family mission and lovingly born in 2007, to give people the tools to teach fun, engaging, and creative in=person and online yoga classes for kids, teens, families, partners, and communities. Rainbow Yoga is interactive and social and all about connection; we touch, hug, move, breathe and co-create together our yoga magically and playfully.

Rainbow Yoga offers a variety of unique and comprehensive teacher training certification courses all over the world offering a well-rounded, in-depth learning experience through a combination of play, practical theory, and fun.The Rainbow Yoga Teacher training is renowned for being captivating, dynamic, loving, and life changing. It is condensed with a lifetime of knowledge and hands-on experience from the Founders of Rainbow Yoga, Gopala, and Angel Yaffa. Delivered by world-class faculty around the world.