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shana
shanaShana 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.

amy

Amy started practicing yoga in 2003 because of a running injury. After she left her first yoga class she felt calm and at the same time rejuvenated and was back on the mat the next day. Her running injuries subsided and she took her first yoga teacher training in 2005 with Bikram Choudhury. She taught…

annette

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…

astrid

Astrid is an E-RYT 500 Yoga Instructor and Certified Life Coach. The gift of Yoga has been a part of her life for over 25 years. She has studied with many Master Teachers and disciplines and has taught kids, adults and prenatal students. Inspiration to become a Yoga teacher came from Bryan Kest, and she…

bianca b.

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,…

bianca c.

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! Fun facts: She is from the Philippines, she completed her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2015 at One Down Dog in LA, she…

brooke

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…

denise

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.…

elizabeth

A midwestern native, Liz moved to California for sunshine and adventure in 2001. A Writer and Stand Up Comedian she has felt the tremendous benefits of yoga throughout her life. After years of practice she decided to get her 200-hour teacher certification through Shana Meyerson of YOGAthletica and her love of kids lead her to…

haleh

  As a southern California native, Haleh has always had a deep connection to mother nature – on her spare time you can find her at the beach, on a mountain, or on her mat. Haleh completed her undergraduate training at UCLA, with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Anthropology, on a full…

hanna

Yoga began to have an impact on Hanna’s life back in 2013 while living the hustle and bustle life of New York City trying to balance graduate school, a full time job and her personal life. Yoga became the quiet escape oasis, where her everyday routines and responsibilities would melt away. She remembers coming out…

joan

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…

jodi

Jodi started practicing yoga in 1998. She believes that yoga is a life-long practice that goes beyond the physical & should be introduced as early as one can walk. In 2007 she completed both her 200-hour Living Yoga and mini yogis certifications. She teaches yoga to children & teens, in addition to coaching & teaching…

jordan

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…

joyce

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 Gridge Yoga…

kathleen

Kathleen is a mini yogis certified teacher who completed her 200-hour training at Yoga Works. She graduated from California State University Long Beach with a B.A. in Recreation and a specialization in Recreation Therapy and Child Life. At the age of six, Kat began as a competitive gymnast and went on to become an accomplished…

liz

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,…

mary

Mary grew up in Townsville, Australia and moved to the US for college. Mary earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Special Education with an added Autism teaching authorization. Mary taught for the Beverly Hills Unified School District for eight years, specializing in classes Kindergarten through 5th grade. Growing up as a serious Ballet dancer,…

rachel

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…

sharon

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…

yochai

Through a series of fortuitous events, Yochai came to Santa Monica Power Yoga in 2007. Humbled by a shoulder injury, unable to perform sometimes the most basic yoga poses, Yochai diligently practiced under the guidance of Rudy Mettia. Yochai not only noticed his shoulder improving, but he also found himself becoming less reactive and impulsive…


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