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Frequently Asked Questions

Want to learn more about Yoga Tools For Schools Inc?

  1. Who are we?
  2. Why YTFS came about?
  3. What are yoga tools?
  4. How you can support our work in the community?
  5. What does it cost to participate in a YTFS Professional Development Training?
  6. How do I apply to do a Professional Development Training?
  7. Where are YTFS Professional Development Trainings held?
  8. Do I need to be a teacher or know yoga to attend?
  9. Does Yoga Tools For Schools Inc apply for grants?
  10. Is Yoga a Religion?
  11. Where might I find more resources on Yoga in Education?
  12. How do I contact Yoga Tools For Schools Inc.?

Who are we?

Yoga Tools For Schools Inc. (YTFS) is a Not-For-Profit organisation (and a Registered Charity - CH2441) started in Townsville, North Queensland, Australia. Yoga Tools For Schools (YTFS) delivers personal and professional development, yoga-based Programs to Educators (and others working with children) to develop the skills of self-awareness, self-care and self-management in both the educator and student, to support meaningful and positive learning communities.

Why YTFS came about?

YTFS was founded by a group of yoga teachers, school teachers and parents who are passionate about:
  • Empowering young people to make healthy, positive choices and decisions;
  • Alleviating the stress that children and youth live with today;
  • Supporting teachers and carers with wellbeing tools for themselves and those they care for;
  • Providing a positive alternative to current youth issues and crime.

What are Yoga Tools?

Yoga Tools are simple yoga-based exercises and activities that can be utilised in learning environments. Yoga Tools are fun ways to immediately feel more focused, energised or relaxed and require just 2 to 8 minutes with no extra space or equipment needed. Yoga Tools allow educators to experience and share valuable life skills, which offer positive solutions for managing life's challenges.

How you can support our work in the community?

There are a number of ways you can support YTFS:
  • Become a Sponsor;
  • Lend a helping hand - contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;
  • Visit our website and Spread the Word;
  • Join our mailing list;
  • Become a member and receive lots of cool stuff;
  • Like us on Facebook;
  • Participate in our training days.

What does it cost to participate in a YTFS Professional Development Training?

For Open Trainings in the Townsville area, the current cost is $195 per training*. For trainings outside of the Townsville area, contact us.
*includes resource booklet (and Yoga Break Slides for Modules 2, 3 & 4)

Discounts apply for members, sponsors and group bookings of 10+ staff from the same work place.

How do I apply to do a Professional Development Training?

To register for a Professional Development Training go to our "Register Now" page and fill in our Registration Form. Please read all information carefully before you register. You can also click on the REGISTER NOW button on each PD Training info page. Once you register for a training you will receive a copy of the registration info you completed as well as an invoice for payment. If paying by PayPal, you do not need to do anything further, but if you wish to pay by Direct Deposit, please submit payment within five days of registration to confirm your place. We will contact you via email with a welcome and then keep you up to date with the status of the training as the date comes closer.

Where are YTFS Professional Development Trainings held?

YTFS Professional Development Trainings have previously been held at a Host School. But, from 2018 we have been offered a classroom space at Railway Estate State School in Townsville and we will be holding our open and YT4LL PD Trainings there. We are very excited to share a dedicated classroom space with the Music Department and thank Railway Estate State School for their generousity.

Do I need to be a teacher or know yoga to attend?

No. Anyone who wishes to learn simple and effective ways to empower themselves (from parents to teachers to corporate bosses) and those they teach with simple self-awareness, self-care and self-management strategies can learn Yoga Tools. No yoga experience is required.

Does Yoga Tools For Schools Inc apply for grants?

Yes, Yoga Tools for Schools Inc. is currently funded by our local sponsors and ongoing community fundraising, including grants. If you are aware of any grant opportunities that YTFS may apply for, please contact us. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Is Yoga a Religion?

No. First evidence of Yoga poses illustrated on rocks shows us that Yoga was developed close to the year 3000 B.C.  However, academics suspect that Yoga's roots began in Shamanism during the Stone Age.

Different systems of yoga have evolved over time, but the original values and movements have remained intact from the original practice.

Yoga teaches non-judgment and acceptance which invites a wide variety of people to seek out the practice of Yoga. There has never before been a practice that has sustained its elements the way that Yoga has.

Although yoga is said to have been created in India by a Hindu culture, it is not an extension of the Hindu faith. The practice of yoga is not faith-based. Yoga is an ancient methodology of mind-body-breath exercises that enhance health and so has been practiced by many cultures and people of many different religions for thousands of years.

Yoga is a practice of self-awareness and self-development and is non-sectarian, and compatible with all religions. People of all backgrounds use yoga to be better people and to achieve their goals.

If you are familiar with the differences between yoga and religion, it is easy to keep them separate, or if you prefer, to integrate them. The choice rests with each person as an individual.

Where might I find more resources on Yoga in Education?

For more resources and links to other sites that promote Yoga in Education, please click here.

How do I contact Yoga Tools For Schools Inc.?

Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more about our Professional Development and other Programs, to become a Member or support YTFS by becoming a Sponsor or holding a Fundraiser. We would love to connect with you.

You can also call us. Our contact number is 0478 693 233.

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What participants are saying

You don't have to be an expert in Yoga. You just need the desire to make a difference!
Linda Bogle - Brightwater State School
I would so love this to be done by all teachers at our school.
Tania Melick - Parent
[I enjoyed] all of it. I loved actually doing the yoga, not just telling us - we did it. Very positive, informative, friendly & enjoyable conversations.
Melissa Bourke - Townsville Central State School
Great ideas and activities that can be implemented in the classroom.
Maria Sims - Heatley State School
I feel so much more grounded. I really enjoyed the interaction and supportive friendly environment.
Rita Luebke - TAFE
Really liked the linking back to the curriculum. Like having that information ready if any parents ask!
Ela Dale - Currajong State School
Feeling very relaxed at a PD certainly is a welcome change! Thank you YTFS!
Karen Ditton - Bohlevale State School
These new skills are extremely helpful for myself, my colleagues and our school students and their families!
Noreen Letizia - Heatley State School

Our Sponsors

Yoga Tools For Schools Inc. is currently funded by sponsors and ongoing community fundraising. We are seeking more funding to expand our programs to ensure that all interested educators can experience the benefits of using Yoga Tools. Visit our Sponsor page to find out more. Contact us if you would like to become a YTFS Sponsor.