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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Specialties: Art and Yoga at schools, art centers and museums.
Certifications: K-12 art, Teaching yoga to children under age 8 - 30 hr., Teaching yoga to children 8-12 - 30 hr., Teaching yoga to teens - 30 hr.
Bio: I balance life as a professional artist with teaching art in an elementary school. I am excited to bring all... Read More about Molly Cranch
Bio: I balance life as a professional artist with teaching art in an elementary school. I am excited to bring all I've learned about yoga and mindfulness to my students and to my own personal life. I received my BFA in painting from Washington University in St. Louis and a certificate in art education from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I teach art at Whittier Elementary, a dual language (Spanish/English) elementary school in Chicago. I continue to exhibit my paintings at the local, national and international level. My favorite subjects include birds, insects and botanicals, and recently I have begun working on figurative paintings of yoga poses. My greatest joy is sharing life with my husband, two young sons and two teenage stepsons.
Nadine Kelly, M.D., RYT
Flossmoor, IL USA
Specialties: Hatha yoga for children and the elderly.
Certifications: Yoga Teacher - 200 hr., Teaching yoga to children under age 8 - 30 hr., Teaching yoga to teens - 30 hr.
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 is currently completing certification as a 95-hour children's yoga teacher with Mira Binzen of Global Family Yoga. In addition, she is studying therapeutic yoga under the tutelage of Rich Logan. Through her work as a yoga instructor, Nadine is dedicated to bringing gentle yoga to seniors, 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."
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.
Sandra E. Clifton, M.Ed., PCC
Clifton Corner: An Academic Coaching Center
Brooklyn, NY USA
Specialties: Educational Therapy for Highly Sensitive Students, Teens & Tweens in Transition, Parent Coaching
Certifications: Professional Certified ICF Coach, Certified Coach in Social & Emotional Intelligence, Master Trainer & Certified Coach for Emotional Literacy, Yale University English Education, grades 7-12 Special Education, pending in June 2013
Bio: Sandra Clifton is an Educational Therapist with a private practice in Brooklyn called the Clifton Corner, wher... Read More about Sandra E. Clifton
Bio: Sandra Clifton is an Educational Therapist with a private practice in Brooklyn called the Clifton Corner, where she offers individualized, holistic sessions to support, celebrate, and inspire the whole child, with a focus on multiple intelligences. Sandra provides a safe space for students to gain confidence for challenges in school--ranging from difficulties in reading, writing, and critical thinking to issues with executive functioning/organization, communication, perfectionism, and self-esteem. Sandra is an ICF-certified coach in Social & Emotional Literacy trained at Yale University, with over sixteen years experience teaching middle and high school students, and an additional background in Special Education. Her specialty is serving Highly Sensitive Students who are "twice exceptional kids."
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.