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shana mini yogis Shana founded mini yogis yoga for kids in 2002 and is one of the pioneers of the yoga for kids industry. She holds adult yoga certifications from Sri Dharma Mittra and Mark Blanchard, as well as children's certification from Next Generation Yoga for Kids. Her personal yoga practice is the cornerstone of her life and she excels at a very advanced level. Shana is also the founder of YOGAthletica (for adults), and is the only yoga instructor who holds world renown in both the children's and adult yoga communities. She teaches yoga to teachers and students all over the world and is the creator of the popular Yogi Pokey©. Click here for Shana's full bio.


I have been practicing Hatha Yoga since 2000, completed both mini yogis Foundation and Teen/Tween trainings, and received my 200-hour yoga certification from Yoga at the Village in 2009. My quest to harmonize body, mind, and spirit led me to study yoga and philosophy in more depth, and I became aware of how much stress…

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Bianca is a Los Angeles based, trauma-informed kids yoga teacher. In 2016 she received her 200-hour teacher training certification at One Down Dog in Los Angeles, CA. This experience was so transformative to her own healing process that she wondered why the heck she hadn’t been introduced to yoga when she was a child. So,…

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Meet Bianca! She is a mini yogis certified teacher who is thrilled to be part of a fun team of people who share a passion for yoga and bringing joy to kids! Bianca is a Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT), a graduate of Loyola Marymount University’s clinical yoga therapy…

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Brooke has worked with thousands of children around the world on US Embassies, military bases, schools, youth centers, and private homes. She has a degree in Creative Drama/Youth Theatre/Theatre in Education & Performance from the University of Northern Iowa, received her RYT200 training from Black Dog Yoga in Sherman Oaks, CA and kids yoga trainings…

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Born and raised in Paris, France, I grew up passionate about arts, and active with sports – from horseback riding, to scuba diving, and tennis. I majored with a BA in Art History from the Louvre, where I started my career as an early art educator. When I moved to California in 2000, I furthered…

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As my yoga practice has deepened, I’ve slowly shared it with others. After about 22 years of practice, I completed a training with my most frequent teacher, Bryan Kest. I’ve taught at Santa Monica Power Yoga, Aziam Yoga, Shefayoga, retreats, festivals, and a kids’ surf camp. I’ve been a teacher my whole life, first through…

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Denise is a E-RYT 200 Yoga Teacher & Certified Massage Practitioner (CMP) with a B.A. in Psychology. Denise literally fell head over heels for yoga in 2006 after stumbling upon Bryan Kest Power Yoga. She was fortunate enough to meet Shana Meyerson shortly thereafter and completed both Foundations & Advanced mini yogis teacher trainings in 2007.…

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In the spring of 2014, Gianne fell down the stairs twice in her Los Angeles home, spraining her ankle. She reluctantly began to practice yoga to improve her balance after her brother made the suggestion, hoping it would help with her pain. This injury must have been a blessing in disguise because Gianne quickly fell…

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Greville began teaching kids yoga in 2004 and has since offered kids yoga trainings worldwide. Completing his certification for adults with Yoga Works in 2003, he also completed Yoga Angels and Indigo Kids training prior to starting his own training company, along with studying Child Development at Santa Monica College. Having trained in over 20…

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Joan is a certified mini yogis teacher and has been teaching yoga to children, ages 2-7, for years. She started taking yoga classes in the early 2000s and explored many different types and teachers to develop a well-rounded practice. Joan became interested in yoga for kids when she was pregnant with her first child. She…

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As an avid day dreamer, Jordan Ariel is very passionate about yoga and the good it can do for the world. She completed mini yogis foundation/kids and teen/tween teacher trainings followed by 200-hour YOGAthletica teacher training, all under the one and only Shana Meyerson. Being a lover of all forms of expression, Jordan has dabbled…

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Joyce is a certified Kundalini yoga teacher through the Kundalini Research Institute and 3HO; she is also a Montessori Teacher who has been teaching children yoga since 2010. She is also teaches yoga to children on the spectrum. Joyce holds numerous yoga certifications, including prenatal, postnatal, kundalini (RYT 200) with Gurmukh at Golden Bridge Yoga…

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Lamonte — more commonly known as just cyberyoga — is the Artistic Director, Founder and Creator of a type of movement that some would say defies gravity. “Cyber” is an acronym for Calisthenics, Yoga, Breakdance, Evolution, Revolution and Goode combines movement with spirituality and art in a unique practice athletes and dancers all over the…

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Born and raised in Los Angeles, Liz considers her favorite position as that of Mom to her two girls. Professional highlights include her position as Executive Director at a non-profit corporation for teenage entrepreneurs, and positions at various group homes for teens. Liz splits her time between her family and her athletic pursuits including tennis,…

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Melissa received her 200-hour yoga certification at Studio Surya Yoga in Venice in 2012 and has since studied under many world renowned yoga teachers. She is a student of healing touch (energy medicine) and Zen and her classes are a unique blend of the many practices and techniques she has learned over the years. Melissa…

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Rachel is mini yogis’ Director of Marketing. She is married with two beautiful children and lives and works in Laguna Beach. She went to UCLA for her Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, and then went on to get a Masters of Education in London, England at Brunel University. While living in London, Rachel met her Kiwi…

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Wishing she had been taught yoga as a child is what prompted Sharon to become a Children’s Yoga Teacher. Her greatest passion is working with children of all ages, teaching them self-confidence and body awareness through yoga in a fun & nurturing environment. Sharon is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) through Loyola Marymount University and…

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Tabay is the youngest certified yoga teacher in America, and an accomplished vegan chef. In 2016, he received his 200-hour vinyasa certificate from YOGAthletica at the age of 10, and became a 500-hour certified vinyasa teacher at the age of 14. He holds ten specialty yoga certificates from mini yogis and a multitude of other…

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