Unit Instructor for: First Steps of the Advanced Training Program and Preparing for Transformations
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. Today, she serves as the CEO of YogaKids International.
Unit Instructor for: Module 1
Julie Pate fell in love with yoga over 20 years ago. She is a YogaKids Trainer. She holds a degrees in Physical Education and is Certified in adult yoga, YogaKids, Pilates and personal training. Julie has been teaching fitness, yoga and Pilates for over 25 years. She is an ERYT 500, with over 1000 hours of study in many styles of yoga. When not teaching yoga, Pilates or fitness classes, Julie also loves to write about her passions, and is a regular contributor to the YogaKids blog and webinars. YogaKids creator Marsha Wenig inspired Julie to teach yoga to children in 2006. She lives in the western suburbs of Chicago with her husband and two young sons. Learn more about Julie.
Unit Instructor for: Module 2
Amy has been a practicing Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist for over 20 years and has treated a lot of children in Early Intervention, Preschool and School Ages on Long Island, NY. After completing her YogaKids certification (because she needed more yoga!), Amy became a 200 hour Yoga Alliance certified Teacher and has recently completed her 500 hour Yoga Alliance certification. Learn more about Amy.
Unit Instructor: Module 3
Maria served victims of crime for twenty-three years; as the director of the Crime Victim Rights Unit of the local county Prosecutor’s Office, as the Coordinator of a Child Advocacy Center, and as a Community Educator for the local rape crisis center. Curious about the lack of self-care among criminal justice professionals (including herself!), Maria learned the fine art of pivoting within the field she loved and now spends her time passionately teaching others how to embrace the beauty of slowing down, honoring the wisdom of the body, and finding nuggets of joy in the chaos of everyday life. Learn more about Maria.
Unit Instructor for: Module 4
Cindy, Owner and Lead Instructor of Kids Yoga & Mindful Movement, is a Certified YogaKids Teacher and has an RYT-200 Power Yoga certification. She has been teaching kids yoga classes since 2010. She also has a MA degree in Early Childhood Special Education from University of St. Thomas and has been teaching at Wayzata Community Church Nursery School since 2004. Cindy has been an avid yoga practitioner since 2003 and in her spare time, plays golf and spends time with family and friends. Learn more about Cynthia.
Unit Instructor for: Module 4 (Special Needs Assignments)
In addition to being a Certified YogaKids Teacher, Jen is also an Occupational Therapist practicing since 1998, with a focus in pediatrics and sensory integration since 2001. She is passionate and believes in supporting one child at a time through the integration of yoga and occupational therapy principles, while empowering balance in our children and our own lives! Learn more about Jen.