Upcoming Yoga for Youth Training:

Dates: June 20-21, 2015
Oakland, CA
Event Details

Yoga for Youth Training

Our highly regarded Yoga for Youth training is for yoga teachers and practitioners who are interested in bringing the transformative power of yoga into the lives of teens and adolescents. This full weekend training focuses on a variety of practical skills needed to serve youth in real life settings. 

During this training, participants will be encouraged to bring awareness to their personal views and blind spots, will learn about diverse experiences and will also gain tools for making yoga more inclusive and inviting for all.  It will help prepare teachers to build real connection with the youth they work with from a place of mutual learning, inquiry and respect.

This training is held twice a year, once in the summer and once in the winter, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Best practices for teaching yoga in school settings and in juvenile hall
  • Creating a safe space and motivating students to practice
  • Building self regulation and resilience through movement, breath-work, and centering
  • Trauma informed yoga instruction
  • Effective classroom management and communication
  • Keeping yoga inclusive and welcoming for students of diverse cultures, identities, and experiences
  • Niroga Institute's evidence-based programming model and class structure

The weekend will consist of practice, discussion with Niroga Senior Instructors, guest speakers, practice teaching, role plays, and activities meant to challenge and expand your view of teaching and yoga as a revolutionary act. 

Who Should Attend

This training is highly recommended for yoga teachers wishing to join Niroga's Yoga Corps, bringing yoga to schools, community centers, and detention facilities throughout the Bay Area. Participants do not have to be certified yoga teachers to attend the training, however, all participants should have experience with yoga.  This training is designed to help individuals understand how to use and tailor what they already know for the purpose of teaching youth.


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Yoga for Youth Training testimonials

"This training is head and shoulders above anything else out there!"
- James F, Yoga Instructor for IPP at San Quentin Prison

"Every day I am seeing the transforming effects of the Healing Yoga Protocol in Juvenile Hall - it really works!"
- Erin H, Niroga instructor at Alameda County Juvenile Hall

"Niroga is pioneering new territory with therapeutic Yoga and its applications toward integral development."
- Evan S, Niroga instructor at Alameda County Juvenile Hall

"I loved the guest speakers and the role play. Having the youth come in at the end was also very helpful to validate the effects. A genuine environment of trust was cultivated."
- Yoga for Youth participant


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Niroga's Yoga for Youth Faculty

Danielle Ancin has been working in schools and youth detention centers for the last five years as Yoga Instructor and Program Manager for Niroga Institute. Prior to that she taught dance and yoga to children and young adults for more than a decade. Her desire to share sustainable, dynamic tools for resilience, positive youth development, and trauma healing drives her work, which has included integrating yoga into humanitarian assistance programs in Colombia and Palestine and bringing dynamic mindfulness tools to communities affected by violence throughout the Bay Area. A graduate of The Trauma Center's Teaching Trauma Sensitive Yoga training, Danielle currently teaches at the Alameda County juvenile hall and West Oakland Middle School and trains educators, yoga instructors, and mental health professionals in trauma-informed practices for service and self care.

Annika Hanson was born and raised in the Bay Area. At the age of sixteen an automobile accident left her with several spinal fractures and unable to live a normal teenage life. During her recovery a friend invited her to attend a yoga class, and she began to experience the self transformative properties of yoga and meditation. In her quest to empower others through the practice of yoga she continued her study, obtaining a certification from It's Yoga in Miami in 2004 and an additional certification from the Niroga Institute, with an emphasis in yoga therapeutics, in 2006. She is committed to raising awareness about the healing benefits of yoga and meditation. Annika coordinates the Niroga Institute programs in Alameda County Juvenile Hall, including the work of Niroga instructors and the research work being done to assess the impact of this work on the young people.

Jonathan Relucio is a Program Manager and Senior Instructor for Niroga, supporting youth to develop self-awareness and resilience through mindfulness practices in urban high schools and juvenile hall. With over 20 years of professional experience in social service delivery, youth leadership development, community organizing and nonviolence training, Jonathan values yoga as a healing practice of liberation to strengthen communities and social justice movements. Jonathan also leads Niroga's Community Mind Body (COMBO) meetings, daylong Transformative Life Skills (TLS) Trainings, and TLS coaching sessions throughout the Bay Area and internationally, teaching mindfulness practices for stress management, self-care, and healing from primary/secondary trauma to educators, mental health professionals, grassroots activists, and other community based staff. Hist teaching and practice is informed by his other lives as an educator, martial artist, DJ, dancer, and social justice activist. Jonathan is a graduate of Niroga's Integral Health Fellowship and Teacher Training program. He earned his BA from UC Berkeley studying Ethnic Studies and Psychology, and his MA from Naropa University studying Contemplative practice and Nonviolence.


Niroga’s Yoga Corps™
If you are a yoga teacher who would like to join Niroga's Yoga Corps and bring yoga to youth in underserved communities through Niroga programs, this training is highly suggested. CEU's are available for mental health professionals and educators.

Please read more information about the Niroga Yoga Corps program.