Don Wenig, CEO
Don Wenig is co-founder of YogaKids International, Dancing Feet Yoga Center, and the GoGiveYoga Foundation. His private healing practice is balanced with overseeing the YogaKids creative team, being an active Go Give Yoga board member, and working as the lead E-500 RYT instructor of the Dancing Feet Yoga teacher training program.
Don’s passion for energy work began in 1973 while studying reflexology. This eventually led to formal training in Shiatsu with Master Kaneko at the Shiatsu Massage School of California. Introduced to yoga in 1978, his primary studies were with Anna Forrest, Ganga White, Tracy Rich, Manuso Manos and Angela Farmer. He received teacher certification from White Lotus Yoga in 1981 and taught classes at The Center for Yoga until 1989. At that time, he moved back to his home state of Indiana where he helped found YogaKids with his wife and partner, Marsha.
His in-depth study of Ayurveda, Tantra, Reiki, Reflexology, Rebirthing, Cranio Sacral Therapy, Bodytalk™, Shiatsu, NLP, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy™ and Access Consciousness™ lends a broad perspective to his intuitive style of healing work, as well as his contributions to YogaKids. Don volunteers with several local organizations, bringing yoga to children of all ages. He is also a devoted husband, father, drummer, artist and living foods enthusiast.
Marsha Wenig, Founder
Marsha Wenig is the founder of YogaKids International, Inc., the original and leading provider of yoga education and fitness products for children. She has spent most of the past two decades studying, teaching and working with children in yoga: refining and expanding her proprietary methods of yoga education for children. Her unique approach combines yoga, play and warmth in ways that delight children of all ages.
She started the business in her family’s recreation room in La Porte, Indiana in 1998 and expanded to the local Montessori school. Today, YogaKids is known around the world and is available in 23 countries and the U.S. Marsha has delighted millions of children with yoga, as their bodies grow stronger, their joy soars and their confidence is engaged.
Marsha has developed the most robust and in-depth training program on yoga education for children in the world. Her proteges, schooled in the YogaKids methods, teach in all over the world.
In addition to writing articles on the subject of yoga for children, Marsha is also the author of Yogakids: Educating the Whole Child through Yoga, the book upon which the YogaKids program is based. The Washington Post has called her a “yoga luminary” and she is lovingly known among her trainers, students and devotees as “Mrs. Yoga.” Her products, including her well known DVD series, have received multiple awards and accolades including three Parents’ Choice Awards.
The YogaKids Executive Team
Ann Huber, Chief Operating Officer
In 1995, as an employee of a small production house, Ann was granted the opportunity to serve as editor on the first YogaKids™ DVD. Since that time, she’s received a Master’s Degree in Television Production from Emerson College, worked as a producer/programmer for seven years at America Online (creating kids and teens content), and earned a multiple-subject teaching credential from California State University Northridge.
Anne Harsch, Events Director
Anne’s formal study of the mind-body began at Dartmouth College where she earned her degree in Psychological and Brain Sciences. She is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher and has trained in the vinyasa lineage with Lori Burgwyn, Matthew Reyes, and Kathryn Budig. As a teacher, Anne’s warm, welcoming personality, compassionate spirit, and soothing voice entwine in both private and group classes to make yoga accessible to every student. As Events Director at YogaKids International, Anne coordinates trainings worldwide to further our mission to empower kids to love and learn through yoga!
Jan Skierkowski, Operations Manager
Jan serves as YogaKids Operations Manager and Customer Service Representative. She oversees the YogaKids Store as well as our store on Amazon.com. She has been employed with YogaKids International since 2009, and loves working and communicating with our customers, community and team. She resides in Lafayette, Indiana and is also a retired Jazzercise Franchisee and former fitness center owner.
Jess Estes, Art Director & Magical Gardener
Jess is a seasoned editor, illustrator, and designer. Her spirit animal is glitter, and she enjoys non-dairy frozen treats, cats, and long walks on the beach. At any given time, you may find Jess hanging out in the YK Creationarium making coloring pages and animations, or digging around in the Magical Garden. Her professional life has taken her from the hip corporate digs of Fortune 500 companies to the seedy underbellies of K-5 school playgrounds, and has held many wacky hijinx and adventures in between.