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New Children’s Yoga Teacher Certification Offered This Summer at Ramapo College

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MAHWAH, N.J. — Classroom teachers who are interested in bringing yoga and contemplative practices into their classrooms have a new option for continuing their education this summer. The new Children’s Yoga Teacher Certification program at Ramapo College of New jersey runs Monday-Friday, July 11-August 1. Hours are 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a break for lunch. Applications may be completed online at

Ramapo College is a Yoga Alliance Registered School and offers both the new Children’s Yoga Teacher Certification and its well-established Yoga Teacher Certification. The standards for the new Children’s Yoga Teacher Certification were recently created by the Yoga Alliance, the certifying body for yoga teachers in the U.S. The children’s yoga program is for classroom teachers and others wishing to learn the basic principles and tools needed to effectively teach yoga and contemplative practices in academic and other environments for children (Pre K-12).

Successful participants are prepared to pursue Yoga Alliance Certification as Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCYT) and earn four (4) undergraduate academic credits from Ramapo College. Enrollees are required to complete three classes: Methods of Contemplative Education for Children and Youth, a 54-hour 4-credit course; Yoga Technique, a 24-hour non-credit course; and Applied Anatomy and Physiology, a 12-hour non-credit course. Program graduates must teach 30 hours of Children’s Yoga classes to receive RCYT Certification from the Yoga Alliance to be able to place the RCYT designation after their name.

The program teaches participants to effectively utilize yoga tools and other mindfulness tools in and out of the classroom for children in grades Pre K-12. Students in this course will learn about children’s physical, mental, emotional and social development; design and develop lesson plans appropriate to the physical, cognitive, emotional and social capacities of the age group of your interest; understand the personal, social, cognitive and health benefits of contemplative practice; know state and national content standards and physical education standards and apply appropriately to contemplative education; and be able to apply the benefits of contemplative practices for special needs students through adaptive pedagogy.

The Ramapo College of New Jersey Children’s Yoga Teacher Certification program is directed by its Center for Innovative and Professional Learning. The Center supports postgraduate professional education, workforce development, and alternative learning. The Center also engages in internal and external educational partnerships to advance the College, and provides innovative continuous learning opportunities for community members of all ages.

For more details or to apply, visit or contact the Ramapo College Center for Innovative and Professional Learning at 201-684-7370.


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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