Teaching Yoga to Children

Stretch Yourself - YTI's programme for schools

Our most recent Yoga for Children Course finished in May and the feedback was hugely positive. We already have great interest for the next couse, which will commence 2016. YTI is still receiving calls looking for yoga teachers to teach in primary schools around the country. The feedback from yoga teachers already teaching in schools continues to be extremely enthusiastic, all expressing how positively the children are benefiting. The course is delivered over four full days and complements the SPHE (Social, Personal, Health, Education) curriculum currently used in schools.

In a 'fun' way, it will include child-friendly yoga, child development, child psychology, child protection, classroom management, relevant Anatomy & Physiology, to include the physical developmental stages of children together with conditions they might experience, e.g. obesity, diabetes, asthma etc.


Day 1 will focus on 5 to 8 year olds. Day 2 will focus on 8 to 12 year olds. Day 3 will focus on Special Needs Children and Teens. Other topics will include partner work, fun and games, animal sign language and a 10-15 mins Yoga Class from each of the tutors with short feedback session on same. The final slot of the day will be facilitated by the YTI Monitor. Participants will be assessed on their teaching skills while teaching small groups of visiting children.


There will be five written assignments - two focusing on Child Psychology and Behavioural Management and three focusing on Asana Class plans.

Participants will be expeted to sit offsite to watch and / or assist a yoga for Children Teacher, and this should account for approximately 16 hours.


The course will start promptly at 10.00am and finish at 5.00pm each day. The final slot to be facilitated by YTI Monitor. Teaching Assessment Days will run from 10.00am to 4.30pm.

This course is offered to all qualified Yoga teachers who aspire to teach Yoga in primary schools and will be delivered to compliment the SPHE (Social, Personal, Health Education) curriculum currently used in schools.

The ‘Stretch Yourself’ programme is presented over four days and covers: child development, child psychology, child protection, classroom management, relevant Anatomy and Physiology to include the physical developmental stages of children together with conditions they might experience – eg. Obesity, Diabetes or Asthma.

Child specific Yoga postures will be taught through drama, art, music, story telling/poetry, role-play, discussion, group-work, visualisation and relaxation. Read more about our Schools' Programme here.


Patricia Crimmin
Patricia Crimmin - Teach Yoga to Children

Patricia Crimmin is a yoga entusiast for over 20 years. She began her teacher training with YTI in 2004 and qualified as a Yoga Therapist in 2013, exploring many different healing forms along the way. Her special interest in teaching yoga to children which began 10 years ago as an after-school activity, now finds her teaching during school hours in two Deis Schools most of the year.

Yoga for Children has also brought her on journeys to Calcutta with the Hope Foundation, helping them set up a 'Yoga Initiative' working with street children (after many hours of voluntary teaching locally in various summer camps and with children with deafness, special needs as well as emotional and behavioural difficulties) Patricia's passion has led her to colaborate in the development of 'Stretch Yourself', YTI's yoga for children course and YTI's Yoga in the Classroom on which she is still a part time tutor.

Having previously worked as a psychiatric nurse for many years, Patricia sees the many benefits yoga can offer in the area of overall healthcare, nurturing and wellbeing of Mind, Body and Spirit. (Her oldest client, 90 years young, became aware of yoga therapy at 89 as part of her cancer care).

Patricia is delighted to have the opportunity to combine her many skills while working with school staff in Temple Street Hospital to create a new course tailored to suit the needs of sick children in a hospital environment. She looks forward to enjoying her continuing yoga journey and is greatly inspired by her many teachers, espcially those still teaching in their late 70's.

Mel Manina
Mel Manina - Yoga Therapy Ireland Teacher

Mel Manina began practicing yoga over 20 years ago and it quickly became an integral part of her life. She qualified as a yoga teacher with YTI in 2006, since then she has been teaching yoga to both children and adults. Her studies continued with Philip Xerri expanding her knowledge of the pranayama aspects of yoga. Mel has also completed courses in cancer conscious yoga focusing on teaching students in need of a more therapeutic approach. She has spent time in India studying Ashtanga yoga in the Sushumna School of yoga. Mel has also studied Kundalini yoga under the guidance of renowned Instructor Maya Fiennes.

Presently she is teaching yoga to both younger and older students in Dublin and Wicklow. She is passionate about teaching yoga to children and in her classes she caters to students of all ages and abilities. Mel is currently a tutor on the YTI yoga for children training course. She also provides seminars for YTI on the subjects of yoga for teenagers and yoga in the classroom for school teachers. She works in both junior and senior schools teaching yoga and mindfulness to both the children and their teachers. Mel enjoys both restorative and the more challenging styles of yoga, she is currently exploring the practice of Vinyasa flow through hot yoga.

Anya Kruger
Anya Kruger - Teach Yoga to Children

Anya Kruger has been practising yoga since 2001. In 2010 she qualified as a Yoga Teacher with YTI and has been teaching children’s yoga ever since – at first part time and since 2011 full time. At the moment she teaches yoga during school hours in 9 different primary, post-primary and special schools. Children with autism have a very unique perspective and Anya especially loves working with them.

To stay up to date with the latest developments in children’s yoga Anya has attended various training programmes – most notably with the Special Yoga Centre in London in 2010, 2012 and 2015.

Anya is registered with the Teaching Council of Ireland and holds qualifications as a Special Needs Assistant and Honours Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. She has experience as an SNA and has worked in adult education before she had children.

For further details on this course, please send us an email or telephone 01 235 2120.

For details of other yoga teacher training courses offered by YTI, click here.