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Consult the frequently asked questions below before reaching out.

THE BASICS

Q: HOW MUCH DOES THE TRAINING COST?

A: The training costs $125 / educator. That cost is applicable for life-time access to our training, curriculum and mats, if applicable.

Q: HOW LONG DOES THE TRAINING TAKE?

A: The training includes five hours of content. We recommend setting aside 10 - 15 hours of time for absorption, review and reflection, and additional time to practice the mindfulness and yoga practices included to become comfortable.

Q: WHEN DO I GET MATS?

A: Mats are available after completion of the training. Teachers that have completed the training will be invited to apply for yoga mats. Those mats are processed by availability and usually take about 6-8 weeks after application is received.

Q: CAN I PAY WITH A PURCHASE ORDER?

A: Yes. Visit our payment page to either download an invoice and send to your school directly, or request a custom invoice for a purchase order. We do not send access to the training until payments are received. Be sure your school includes your name on the payment so we can add it back to your account.

 

TROUBLESHOOTING

Q: I CAN'T SIGN UP. CAN YOU HELP?

A: Please consult this page for general troubleshooting for enrollment, and this page for entering a coupon code at checkout.

Q: how do I enter my access code / coupon code at checkout?

A: Please consult this page for entering a coupon code at checkout.

Q: The platform says my access code is expired. What do I do?

A: If your access code is not working send an email to questions@yogafoster.org. Please include your school email, the expired access code that is not working for you, and your school name and NCES ID. Please note. We rescind grant awards that aren't used within 90 days of receipt. If your access code was provided as part of a grant, you need to re-apply to see if you're eligible to receive a grant once again.

 

TRAINING DETAILS

Q: HOW OFTEN AM I REQUIRED TO PRACTICE YOGA IN MY CLASSROOM?

A: Our teachers aren’t required to complete a certain number of minutes. We recommend a practice of at least 10 minutes a day, but the application varies based on teachers’ schedules and space availability.

Q: I’M A SCHOOL TEACHER, BUT I’VE NEVER PRACTICED YOGA BEFORE. CAN I STILL PARTICIPATE?

A: Yes. We’re here to help you foster your own yoga and mindfulness practice as you extend it to your students. We do not require our teachers to have previous certification or experience.

Q: IS YOGA A RELIGION? ARE THE YOGA FOSTER TRAINING AND CURRICULUM RELIGIOUS?

A: Yoga Foster teaches a completely secular kind of yoga. What does that mean? We do not include any religious or spiritual ideas, concepts, or principles in any of our training, curricula, or resources. Like running, soccer, gymnastics, or swimming, yoga can simply be a healthy way to move and connect with our body and breath – and that’s how we believe it should be used in the classroom.

Q: DOES THIS TRAINING MAKE ME A YOGA INSTRUCTOR?

A: No. Yoga Foster does not provide any RYT or RCYT certifications. We’re simply here to help you integrate simple, easy movement and mindfulness into the classroom.

Q: I’M A PRINCIPAL / ADMINISTRATOR. HOW CAN I SIGN UP MULTIPLE TEACHERS AT MY SCHOOL?

A: Contact us at questions@yogafoster.org for group enrollment, including a 15% discount for more than 10 teachers. If you’re planning on applying for a grant, be sure to check “principal/administrator” on the application form and we’ll reach out to get more information about your teachers. Each teacher gets his or her own access to the platform, so we will need each teacher’s email to get them set up and track their progress.

Q: MULTIPLE TEACHERS IN MY SCHOOL/DISTRICT WANT TO PARTICIPATE. DOES EVERYONE HAVE TO APPLY? CAN WE SHARE LOGINS / ACCESS TO THE TRAINING?

A: We require each teacher who wishes to participate to submit an application.  We ask that teachers not share their login information, as it contaminates the data that we use for our reporting, which in turn allows us to apply for the funding that keeps our programming affordable to those who need it most. Anyone found to be sharing login information will be removed from the platform. We also offer a 15% discount for 10 or more teachers at the same school who enroll at the same time. Contact us at questions@yogafoster.org for details. 

Q: CAN I ASK FOR FUNDING FROM MY SCHOOL'S PTA / PTG? IS IT APPROPRIATE TO START A CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN?

A: Yes. We recommend Generosity or Go Fund Me.

Q: DO YOU PROVIDE CERTIFICATES OF COMPLETION? DO YOU PROVIDE PD/CEU CREDITS?

A: Yes. All teachers that complete the training will receive a digital certificate of completion. It usually takes us 2-3 weeks after a teacher has completed the training to process those certificates. If you still have not received the certificate and your teacher platform shows your training as 98% complete or higher, email questions@yogafoster.org with a screenshot of your completion so we can process that quickly.

We are proud to partner with Courses4Teachers to provide teachers with the option of earning a professional development/continuing education credit for their participation in the Yoga Foster programming. In addition to Yoga Foster’s 5 hour online training, teachers must complete 10 hours of related activities (research, reading, and planning) to earn 1 credit. Professional development credits, issued by Courses4Teachers’ partner institution, University of the Pacific, help teachers who wish to apply for salary advancement and/or renew credential requirements.

 

MATS

Q: HOW MANY MATS WILL I GET? 

A: Mats are NOT guaranteed for every teacher and prioritized for grant recipients. After you finish the training, we'll ask you to complete a couple of quick actions to request mats. Based on availability, we will send a mats for each student, up to 25 mats per classroom, and no more than 100 mats per school. The mat request takes at least 6-8 weeks to fulfill and depends upon our mat donation partners.

If you have completed all those actions and you do not have mats, your request is en queue. When we have more information about timing, we will contact you. We do not respond to emails about mat status until we have a clear timeline.

Q: CAN I DO YOGA WITHOUT MATS IN MY CLASSROOM?

A: Yes. Yoga Foster provides training and resources to do short Yoga Bursts, which do not require the use of yoga mats. Yoga Bursts are designed to provide quick movement and mindfulness breaks, and can be handy to transition between subjects, before/after lunch, before/after testing, and whenever teachers and students need a break! 

Q: I DON'T WANT TO JOIN YOGA FOSTER'S PROGRAMS, I JUST WANT YOGA MATS. HOW DO I GET THEM?

A: Yoga Foster does not provide mats to organizations or individuals that are not part of our programs.

Q: WHERE DO THE MATS COME FROM?

A: Yoga Foster collects new and gently used yoga mats donated by individuals and retailers to provide to schools. These mats are often collected in the geographical area of the school that receives them.

 

GRANTS

Q: I/MY SCHOOL CAN'T AFFORD YOGA FOSTER. CAN I STILL PARTICIPATE?

A: We offer full and partial grants for teachers / schools as part of our commitment to making yoga accessible and sustainable for all schools, teachers, and kids. The Yoga Foster team reads and reviews every application individually (really!) and awards grants based on:

  • Need: We prioritize Title 1 public schools with 70% or more free/reduced lunch (must be in the US).

  • Program Design: Our training and programs are designed for teachers with pre-K through 5th grade classrooms.

  • Teacher: We ask that educators spend at least an hour per week with students (primary teacher; ELL teacher; special education teacher; PE teacher).

  • Commitment: The thoughtful application materials we receive from teachers are why we come to work every day!

Q: IS THERE ANY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PAID AND GRANT-BASED PROGRAMMING?

A: Teachers / schools that receive a grant are guaranteed yoga mats from Yoga Foster. Teachers / schools that enroll without a grant may apply for yoga mats, which will be sent on depending on availability and demand.

Q: I applied for a grant and did not hear back. What gives?

A: We receive hundreds of grant applications and try to respond personally to each person that wasn't accepted. With that being said, if you have applied for a grant and have not received a response, you did not receive a grant this round. If you did not receive a grant, we encourage you to re-apply for the following school year, or enroll directly here.

BILLING

 

Q: HOW DO I PAY FOR THE TRAINING?

A: You can pay via credit card for immediate access to the training; if you would like to pay by check, please request an invoice here. Please note: paying by check results in a longer lag time. You will not be able to access the teacher training until we have received the check in the mail and it has been processed by our accountant. Discounts provided on our site are only available by payment through credit card, and are not applicable by check.

Q: DO YOU OFFER REFUNDS FOR THE PROGRAM?

A: We do not offer refunds for the training unless there is a significant breach of contract from Yoga Foster, in which case refunds will be issued swiftly. 

Q: WHEN ARE PAYMENTS DUE?

A: Payment is due before access to the training platform is allowed. If you or your school has sent a purchase order, we cannot allow access to our training until we have received that check. It takes 8-10 weeks normally to receive a payment in the mail from a school district after they have released the funds.