95-Hour RCYT Training: 4-Month Program
Starts February 3, 2018


Yoga is a vehicle for connecting, communicating, and healing. At the core of our work as yoga teachers, we recognize that our students are our greatest teachers. From them, we constantly learn the value of compassionately serving others. We commit to seeing ourselves in each of our learners, allowing us to look past limiting beliefs that may otherwise hinder the growth of potential, theirs and ours. We honor the wonder of individuals.



Yoga for Children and Teens with Special Needs Teacher Training: 

A Certification Program

Mindfulness programs for children with special needs are on the rise because they work—research has proven that this model of healing is a must in the lives of children. The Stretch What Matters 95-hour Teacher Training is registered with Yoga Alliance at the 95-hour level and enables a student to register with the Yoga Alliance as a Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher at the 95-hour level. The Stretch What Matters 95-hour certificate program is a culmination of founder Elizabeth Goranson’s expertise as special educator, home-based therapist, teacher trainer/consultant to schools, and parent of a child with special needs.

Passionate about bringing yoga, meditation, and mindfulness programs to children with special needs? Looking to support your own child with special needs with yoga? Seeking ways to expand your existing career as a caregiving professional? Filled with a compassionate, entrepreneurial streak to start your own yoga business?

If so, the Stretch What Matters 95-hour teacher training is for you.


Program Overview

Elizabeth Goranson and selected experts in the fields of yoga and special education lead this 4-month program, which is comfortably paced for learning, processing, and implementation. Learn how to apply yoga as an effective means to improve social, behavioral, emotional, physical, and cognitive development in individuals between the ages of 5 and 18. This intensive program addresses: autism spectrum disorders; ADHD; emotional, behavioral, and learning disabilities; anxiety; and down syndrome.


The research-drive curriculum includes:

 Stretch What Matters Yoga Model

  • Assessing where to begin and when to move forward with yoga
  • Yoga lessons: designing, adapting, and implementing lessons in private and group settings
  • Using appropriate art projects, stories, games, themes
  • Implementing the Stretch What Matters Yoga System
  • Incorporating IEP objectives into yoga lessons
  • Communicating with caregivers (parents, teachers, therapists, etc.) to promote the practice across an individual’s daily routine

History of Yoga

  • Yoga history, philosophy, Patanjali’s 8 limbs of yoga


  • You as a student of yoga: your self-care, nutrition, daily yoga and meditation practice
  • Your intentional commitment to grow
  • You as a teacher of yoga: your reason for stepping into this course, mission, authentic teaching style, ethics and morals

Pillars of the Practice

  • Asanas (yoga poses): healthy alignment; contraindications; and sequencing to support brain development, bodily systems, and organs
  • Assisting: supporting students visually, verbally, and physically—always with the goal of independence in mind
  • Pranayama (breath work): shifting physical, emotional, and energetic levels with breath
  • Physical anatomy and physiology: understanding the bodily systems and organs of children and adolescents
  • Energetic anatomy and physiology: the vital pathways (chakras and nadis)


  • Chanting: demonstration and application of kirtan

 Business of Yoga

  • The nuts and bolts of the yoga business; defining your mission, purchasing liability insurance, creating liability waivers, marketing what you offer, knowing when and how to refer a child, sharing through social media, locating a place to teach and knowing what to charge


  • 1:1 Skype check-ins with Elizabeth Goranson
  • Feedback of pre-recorded yoga sessions (practicum teaching hours)

Faculty + Guest Speakers

  • Elizabeth Goranson, M.S.Ed, E-RYT, CRYT (Lead Teacher Trainer)
  • Checka Antifornario, E-RYT, RCYT (Meditation)
  • Barbara Burton, MS, OTR/L (Occupational Therapist)

Course Requirements

All applicants must have completed the Stretch What Matters Foundations program. Who’s eligible to apply? Aspiring yoga teachers, parents, therapists, educators, and counselors who have completed the Foundations program.

Please note that course attendees will be responsible for buying assigned books (anticipate 2 books, all of which can be found on Amazon or at your local library).


Location + Dates

Location: Roots and Wings Yoga & Healing Arts, 317 N Main St, Natick, MA 01760

Schedule: We will meet from 9 am – 6 pm on Saturdays and  9 am – 4 pm Sundays, on these dates:

2018 Dates

Registration + Payments

To register, complete and submit the registration form.


  • Early bird tuition, $1,400 – before February 1
  • Regular  tuition, $1,640 – after February 1
  • Payment plan – $1,640. A four-month plan/four payments of $410

95 Hour Tuition


Early bird tuition: $1,400 USD


Regular tuition: $1,640 USD


Payment plan: four payments of $410 USD