Below are some of the remarkable members of the Global Family Yoga community. Each one is passionate about the work they are doing with children and families and each has their own unique background, education and experience to share with you.
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Chicago / Glenview / Winnetka, IL USA
Specialties: Special Education Teacher - Working in the public school system with both students and staff
Certifications: Therapeutic Yoga for Children - 50 hr. through Global Family Yoga, Yoga Teacher - 200-hour through Tejas in Chicago, Bachelors degree in Special Education: Learning Behavior Specialist, Masters degree in Special Education: Learning Behavior Specialist II, Curriculum Adaptation Specialist
Bio: Elyse is currently a Special Education Teacher in the public school system, teaching Yoga clubs for both stude... Read More about Elyse Martinsen
Bio: Elyse is currently a Special Education Teacher in the public school system, teaching Yoga clubs for both students and teachers after school. She has recently graduated from the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program through Tejas in Chicago. This program, led by Jim Bennitt and James Tennant, not only prepared her to teach the physical postures, but also emphasized the importance of breathing and meditation techniques, Yoga philosophy, and the principals of Ayurveda that parallel the science of Yoga. Daily practice has lead to a life in remission, free of symptoms of a previously diagnosed digestive disorder. With the relief, there is much more happiness; deeper breaths, time for joy and gratitude within the experiences of each day. Elyse's intention is to share Yoga in an accessible way. She hopes students can explore, feel comfortable, and collect strategies to feel the same benefits she has felt through her own practice: strength, balance and ease in the physical body and mind.
Dana Robinson, E-RYT, RCYT
Sweet Feet Yoga
Coralville, IA USA
Specialties: Birth-14 yrs., Baby & Me, Tots, Tykes, Kids, Tweens, Families, and Prenatal
Certifications: BA (Music, Theatre/Dance), Yoga Teacher - 200-hr Kids and Family Yoga training with GFY, Itsy Bitsy Yoga certified (babies, tots, Tykes, and families), Prenatal Yoga, Therapeutic Yoga for Children 50-hr, Kids Holy Yoga certification - 35-hr.
Bio: Dana Robinson, owner of Sweet Feet Yoga, is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and Registered Children's Yoga Tea... Read More about Dana Robinson
Bio: Dana Robinson, owner of Sweet Feet Yoga, is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and Registered Children's Yoga Teacher (RCYT) with 450+ hours of specialized training in children's yoga and 7 years experience with teaching yoga to children from birth thru high school. Dana combines her experience in yoga, children's yoga therapy, music, developmental movement, early childhood education, and as a mom to three young children to create classes and workshops that are unique to the students' interests and strengths. Dana strives to help each child build confidence and body awareness while discovering his/her own unique talents.
Elizabeth Vitell, RYT
Yoga Vida (Yoga where you are)
Chicago, IL USA
Certifications: Yoga Teacher - 200 hr, Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga, Children's Yoga Specialty Training - 95-hr, Therapeutic Yoga for Children - 50 hr.
Bio: Liz is a Chicago area attorney with a background in public service and non-profit work and a great, abiding lo... Read More about Elizabeth Vitell
Bio: Liz is a Chicago area attorney with a background in public service and non-profit work and a great, abiding love for yoga. I have two grown kids and three grandsons, all of whom enjoy yoga. My business, Yoga Vida, brings instruction to adults and children where YOU are, at your location, whether that be a private home, school, church or even a baseball field. My mission is to enrich lives by inviting children (and their adults) to experience and embrace the myriad benefits that yoga offers.
Yoga for You
Bismarck, ND USA
Specialties: Children's Yoga ages 3-13 yrs. old, Incorporating OT tools and techniques for sensory processing disorders, nature-based yoga classes
Certifications: Certified Occupational Therapist, in the process of completing my 200 hr. teacher training and GFY home study program.
Bio: I love kids, the natural world and Yoga! I combine OT techniques into the healing practice of Yoga to encourag... Read More about Heidi Demars
Bio: I love kids, the natural world and Yoga! I combine OT techniques into the healing practice of Yoga to encourage self-awareness, balance, and connection. My goal is to empower kids and their families to lead happy, healthy lives. We all have varying abilities, hopes, and aspirations. My philosophy is to meet people where they are at on their path to wellness and inspire positive changes so that they may lead more fulfilling lives.
Jen Robertson, RYT, RCYT (Fall 2013)
Chicago Kids Yoga LLC
Chicago, IL USA
Specialties: Kids ages 4-12 years old & Family!
Certifications: Yoga Teacher - 200-hr, Children's Yoga Specialty Training - 95-hr. (Fall 2013), Reiki Training
Bio: Jen first learned about yoga when she was very young, and an unlikely teacher inspired a lifelong practice tha... Read More about Jen Robertson
Bio: Jen first learned about yoga when she was very young, and an unlikely teacher inspired a lifelong practice that literally saved Jen's life after being in a near fatal accident permanently injuring several disks in her neck and lower back. Rather than relying on invasive procedures, Jen chooses to find solace mentally and physically in her practice. It was this journey of pain and rehabilitation that inspired Jen to teach others. Jen received her RYT200 with Amy Beth Treciokas, a student of Pattabhi Jois, and continues to teach at the studio where she was trained. Jen's Vinyasa classes draw on her devotion to meditation, her Reiki training and her experience living with chronic pain; therefore, Jen understands that no two students have to look alike in an asana and offers conscious customized modifications to build her classes so that her students can experience their highest fulfillment. Teaching yoga has been transformative, not only for Jen, but for her two curious children who motivated Jen to learn to teach yoga to children and families. Currently Jen is registered to teach yoga to ages 4 -12 through Global Family Yoga and Yoga Alliance, and will complete her teen certification for the full RCYT designation in the fall of 2013. Learning yoga as a small child herself, Jen feels honored to guide kids and families toward the abundant rewards of a practice they can call their own. As a mom, Jen loves when kids discover a newfound sense of calm, compassion, challenge and confidence within the context of an entertaining yoga class.
Jennifer T. Vondracek
yogaG/Bettendorf Family Museum/omTown Yogis
Bettedorf, IA USA
Specialties: Families, teens, children, women's full moon gatherings, trauma sensitive yoga, yoga nidra, therapeutic yoga, yoga service
Certifications: Children's Yoga training intensives - 180 hr., Therapeutic Yoga for Children - 50 hr., Yoga Nidra - 16 hr., Trauma Sensitive Yoga
Bio: Jennifer Vondracek is the Executive Director of yogaG, a Quad Cities-based nonprofit that brings trauma sensit... Read More about Jennifer T. Vondracek
Bio: Jennifer Vondracek is the Executive Director of yogaG, a Quad Cities-based nonprofit that brings trauma sensitive yoga and trauma informed care to women and children impacted by domestic violence. Jennifer's undergraduate and graduate studies were in the University of Wisconsin system in the field of Women's Studies, with an emphasis on political science, ethic of care, health sciences, motherhood, and the ascription of culture on the female body. Jennifer began practicing yoga in 2007 when she committed herself to losing 50 pounds and competing in her first triathlon. Looking to avoid injury while quieting her mind, she was hooked and continued practicing yoga throughout her third pregnancy in 2009. Yoga naturally weaved its way into her family and her graduate studies after eleven years in business development and hospitality, so Jennifer began training with Global Family Yoga in 2010. Her training with Global Family Yoga has prepared her to work exclusively with children, teens, and families, with additional training in yoga nidra and therapeutic yoga. In 2011 Jennifer helped found omTown yogis, a Milwaukee-based non-profit that mobilizes the collective resources of yoga instructors to match their intentions of elevating the level of service and consciousness in their communities. She holds a permanent advisory board position with omTown yogis, while also developing their brand through writing and content-development. Additional training in Trauma Sensitive Yoga with David Emerson and the Justice Resource Institute makes her style and philosophy both accessible and beneficial for people of all ages and abilities. At this time Jennifer is deeply involved in research around best practices in yoga service to traumatized and disadvantaged populations, and advocates for private funding to causes that implement evidence-based practices in yoga. Jennifer is personally committed to yoga, service, education, and her family.
Kathy Pabst, RYT
Fayetteville, GA USA
Specialties: adult yoga classes for beginners through intermediate, Restorative yoga, kids yoga for elementary kids, Pilates
Certifications: Yoga Teacher - 200 hr. through YogaFit, GFY @ Home, Seniors, Pre/Post-Natal, YogaFit Kids, Restorative, Pranayama, Back Care Basics, Yoga Props, participating in Yoga Therapy Training through Asheville Yoga Center to complete October 2013
Bio: I have been teaching around my area for 5+ years now with 2 years experience teaching kids yoga. I specialize ... Read More about Kathy Pabst
Bio: I have been teaching around my area for 5+ years now with 2 years experience teaching kids yoga. I specialize in restorative yoga, adult yoga, kids yoga and pilates classes. I combine movements that help strengthen, align and loosen our bodies. My yoga style includes many options to meet needs of everybody as well as every body.
Linda Brody, MST
Little Earth School
Santa Fe, NM USA
Specialties: Experienced yoga instructor for children, ages 4-12. Private Therapeutic yoga instruction for children ages 6-9. Twenty-five years classroom teaching experience in grades 1-5, public and private schools. Experienced swim instructor, children, teens, "baby & me", and adults.
Certifications: MST Elementary Education - University of Chicago, BA University of Chicago, New Mexico Teaching License K-8, Therapeutic Yoga for Children - 50 hr., ReConnected Kids - GFY online learning experience.
Bio: I grew up in Chicago and have lived in New Mexico for the past twenty years. My husband Jeff and I have two c... Read More about Linda Brody
Bio: I grew up in Chicago and have lived in New Mexico for the past twenty years. My husband Jeff and I have two children, ages 23 and 26. I have been a classroom teacher for the past twenty-five years, teaching children in grades 1-5 in Chicago, Philadelphia and New Mexico. I currently teach a class of first through third graders in a small private school in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where I have been for the past seventeen years. I have devoted my life to working with children in many capacities in and out of the classroom. I have tutored privately, have spent many years teaching swimming and continue to direct a summer camp program for my school. I am also the yoga instructor for my school. Sharing the benefits of yoga with children and their families is a very important part of my work with children. I have been practicing yoga on and off for close to thirty years, first teaching myself from books. Over the last five years, I have developed a very dedicated practice both at home and in studio classes. While my yoga practice began primarily as a physical practice for strength and flexibility, my practice has deepened over the years to include a spiritual and meditative practice. My experience with breast cancer really paved the way for me to embrace not only the physical but also the spiritual healing that yoga can provide, as I continued to practice yoga and meditation throughout my treatment. As someone with congenital scoliosis, I have also experienced the ways in which yoga can be amazingly transformative, both in a physical sense and in the sense of developing a positive and compassionate connection to my body. My personal experience with yoga, combined with my work with children, has made me passionate about bringing the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of yoga to children and their families. I believe that the healing and empowering benefits of yoga can be an important part of bringing peace, healing and well-being to our world and especially to our youth, who are often bombarded by the daily stresses, expectations and hectic schedules of our society. Lest one think that I am always SO serious about life, I also have several fun hobbies and passions. I have been an avid runner for many years and have enjoyed training for a variety of distance events (OK, seems serious to some, FUN for me). I also love swimming and take every chance I can get to spend time in pools and by rivers and lakes. I also love to ride my bike, especially with my husband, and we love to traverse the roads of New Mexico on two wheels. Hiking and camping are a big part of my recreation, and I'm lucky to be able to enjoy this with my whole family when my grown kids are visiting. I am an animal-lover! We've had many dogs in our lives, as well as pygmy goats, zebra finches, fish and various reptiles, even my kids' pet rats! I love to go bird-watching too. And...I love to laugh and play - one of the reasons I love to work with children, who encourage me not to take myself too seriously!
Maria Vincentz, E-RYT 200, RCYT, RCYS
Little Yoga House
+ 45 61788090
Specialties: Children, teens, families and children with special needs
Certifications: Psychotherapist, Cranio Sacral Therapist, Yoga Teacher - 200 hr., Therapeutic Yoga for Children - 50 hr.
Bio: I am a mother of 3 gifted yogis, 2 girls and a boy. My son has Downs Syndrom why I am passionated to bring yog... Read More about Maria Vincentz
Bio: I am a mother of 3 gifted yogis, 2 girls and a boy. My son has Downs Syndrom why I am passionated to bring yoga to children and families with special needs. Yoga brings forth the light of all children so they can be the best of what they are to become in their bodies in this life. My mission is to empower all families and children with yoga, and to bring it into schools and institutions in our country.
Mira Binzen, E-RYT, RCYT
Co-Founder, Global Family Yoga
Milwaukee, WI USA
Specialties: Therapeutic Yoga for Children, Family Yoga, Children's Yoga
Certifications: Yoga Teacher - 500 hr., Yoga Teacher - Children's Yoga, iRest Yoga Nidra, Integrative Yoga Therapist
Bio: Mira is a registered Yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance at the 500-hour level (E-RYT, RCYT) and a professional In... Read More about Mira Binzen
Bio: Mira is a registered Yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance at the 500-hour level (E-RYT, RCYT) and a professional Integrative Yoga Therapist (1,000-hour level certificate). She holds a degree in Child Psychology from The University of Minnesota's Institute of Child Development, with specialized study in Communication Disorders.
Nadine Kelly, M.D., RYT, R-CYT
Flossmoor, IL USA
Specialties: Hatha yoga for children, families, and baby boomers and beyond on land or in the pool.
Certifications: Yoga Teacher - 200 hr., Children's Yoga Specialty Training - 95-hr, Aqua Kriya Yoga Certification
Bio: For years, Nadine was a practicing physician in a thriving community hospital setting. But despite having rea... Read More about Nadine Kelly
Bio: For years, Nadine was a practicing physician in a thriving community hospital setting. But despite having reached what she thought was her ultimate goal, something was missing - a sense of true fulfillment. Nadine knew it was time for a change. She would no longer focus her attention on disease. The time had come to focus on health, wellness, and prevention, creating a vibrant life for herself and those around her. Already a yoga practitioner, Nadine understood the numerous physical and mental benefits of yoga in maintaining health and controlling a range of chronic conditions. So she decided to continue her lifelong journey of evolving and learning by becoming a full time yoga teacher. She received her 200 hour yoga certification at Reflections Yoga Center under the supervision of senior registered yoga teachers and Master Teacher Karen Nielsen. Nadine also completed certification as a 95-hour children's yoga teacher with Mira Binzen of Global Family Yoga. In addition, she was certified to teach yoga in the pool to further her mission of making yoga accessible to everyone by Camella Nair of Aqua Kriya Yoga. Through her work as a yoga instructor, Nadine is dedicated to bringing gentle yoga to baby boomers and beyond, flexible bodies and minds to kids and teens, and promoting the healing power of yoga to people of all ages. "Anyone who can draw a breath can practice yoga."
Nicole Gage, RYT, RCYT
Bloom Yoga Studio and North Park Elementary
Chicago, IL USA
Specialties: Children (all ages), Families, Adults
Certifications: Hatha Yoga - 200 hr., Children's Yoga Specialty Training - 95 hr., Rainbow Kids Yoga Certified
Bio: When Nicole attended her first yoga class as a way to relieve stress, she felt an immediate connection to the ... Read More about Nicole Gage
Bio: When Nicole attended her first yoga class as a way to relieve stress, she felt an immediate connection to the practice. Having been a runner for years, practicing yoga gave her the deeper mind-body-spirit connection that running couldn't. She became eternally connected to yoga and found herself so committed to it that she explored her passion further by becoming a yoga instructor. Nicole's classes emphasize breath awareness, finding a balance between effort and ease and discovery the stillness within movement. Nicole has always felt a special connection to children and is passionate about sharing the practice of yoga with children of all ages to help them develop strategies and tools for dealing with life's challenges. She believes through the regular practice of yoga, adults and children can better connect to their true Self and learn to live with peace, joy and equanimity. Nicole is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and a Registered Children's Yoga Teacher (RCYT). She received her 200-hr RYT training from Bloom Yoga Studio, her RCYT training from Global Family Yoga and is a certified Rainbow Kids Yoga instructor. Nicole is grateful to be able to share her passion for yoga with others.
Graduate Resource Center - Univ. of Chicago Lab School - Univ. of Chicago
Chicago, IL USA
Specialties: Children's Yoga ages 3-12 years old
Certifications: Yoga Teacher - 200 hr.
Bio: Roberta Einhorn began practicing yoga in 1997, and it quickly became an important part of her life. When she w... Read More about Roberta Einhorn
Bio: Roberta Einhorn began practicing yoga in 1997, and it quickly became an important part of her life. When she wanted to share her enthusiasm with her daughter, she found that yoga classes for children were scarce. She decided to combine her passion for yoga with her desire to share it with her family. In 2011, she was certified by Global Family Yoga, a group in Chicago that trains students to teach yoga to children. She currently teaches yoga to nursery school kids at the University of Chicago's Lab School, children ages 3-10 at two classes weekly at the Graduate Resource Center at University of Chicago, in addition to operating a private, in-home practice. Roberta is married with two daughters, ages 9 and 14, and resides in Bridgeport.
Samana Jasper, RYT, PT, CBP
Kidz N Moms Natural Health Care
Northfield, IL USA
Specialties: Family Yoga, Therapeutic Yoga
Certifications: Yoga Teacher - 200 hr., GFY @ Home certification in family and children's yoga
Bio: Samana Jasper has always wanted to help others to be healthy and bring out their best potential. She decided ... Read More about Samana Jasper
Bio: Samana Jasper has always wanted to help others to be healthy and bring out their best potential. She decided at 14 to become a physical therapist. Samana has been a physical therapist for 25 years. She discovered the healing and balancing effects of yoga in 2002 and decided she wanted to teach yoga. Samana loves how yoga makes her feel in mind, body and spirit. She became a registered yoga instructor in 2003 after training at Moksha Yoga Center in Chicago. Her long time love of children and families led her to pursue home certification with Global Family Yoga in 2010. Samana's business, Kidz N Moms Natural Health Care focuses on empowering healthy families through family energy work, yoga and coaching. Her mission is to empower families with tools to bring out their best health potential.
Stacy Flake, RYT
Lincolnshire, IL USA
Specialties: Enjoy working with children at all levels. Teach many forms of yoga to adults as well.
Certifications: Yoga Teacher - 200 hr., Therapeutic Yoga for Children - 50 hr.
Bio: I have been practicing yoga for about eight years, I decided to become an instructor because I truly believe... Read More about Stacy Flake
Bio: I have been practicing yoga for about eight years, I decided to become an instructor because I truly believe that Yoga can be life changing. I have always been involved with exercise. I am trained as a group fitness instructor and a CPT(certified personal trainer). I have many hobbies from beading to cooking! Three beautiful daughters. One who is also a yoga instructor following in my footsteps. I could not think of a better way of sharing my knowledge of yoga both physically and mentally with others by introducing the beauty of the practice that connects our minds to our bodies.
Theresa "Irene" Perry, RYT
Lexington, KY USA
Specialties: Children (all ages), Family Yoga, Adults (all ages) including seniors and assisted living seniors
Certifications: Yoga Teacher - 200 hr., Children's Yoga Specialty Training - 95 hr.
Bio: Irene enjoys the stimulation of teaching a variety of yoga classes for ages 4 to 94. She is currently teaching... Read More about Theresa "Irene" Perry
Bio: Irene enjoys the stimulation of teaching a variety of yoga classes for ages 4 to 94. She is currently teaching at several yoga studios, an assisted living complex, a gym owned by a hospital and at the local YMCA in Lexington, KY. She is involved in growing a local volunteer group of yoga instructors to work in the local schools, already teaching several children's classes weekly at one elementary school. Her continued training is now focusing on the therapeutic, as well as the meditative aspects of yoga. She is presently working on a meditation certification with the Chopra Center for Well Being.
Wendy Kenemer, RYT 500
Lebanon, MO USA
Specialties: Vinyasa/flow, Yin/deep stretching
Certifications: Yoga Teacher 500-hr; Children's Yoga Specialty 95-hr; Body of Work Yoga Studios Certified Yoga Teacher 150-hr; YMCA Healthy Lifestyle Principles training certification; American Red Cross CPR (Adult, Child, and Infant), AED (Adult), and First Aid (Adult and Pediatric)
Bio: I will never forget the moment when I was first inspired to teach Yoga to families! I was volunteering at a h... Read More about Wendy Kenemer
Bio: I will never forget the moment when I was first inspired to teach Yoga to families! I was volunteering at a homeless shelter, teaching Yoga classes to residents. This one resident said she thought her two children would enjoy it, too, and asked if they could come to class with her. They had an awesome time! I instantly decided to learn more about teaching Yoga to children and families! I have practiced Yoga since 2003, began teaching in 2007, and in 2011, I earned my children's training certification through Global Family Yoga. I teach Yoga to families with children aged 8 and older, and offer a blend of styles in classes for adults of all abilities.