Love Letters

Check out what our students and Certified YogaKids Teachers are saying about our program.

“I was invited to attend the Foundations training at Lake Wales High School in Lake Wales, Fl. The Foundations training was ‘just another training’ that I had to attend per my principal. I am the school social worker at a middle school and am often ‘voluntold’ to go to trainings since my job does not require a substitute. After the first 10 minutes of the training, I was hooked. I loved the curriculum, the trainer, and the idea of implementing yoga into the school day. Through this training I learned the value of mindfulness, creating your own peace, and being healthy for your own self.

I am overly thrilled to be able to implement this into our middle school. Our school was recently traumatized by Hurricane Irma. We had one major building completely destroyed and another partly destroyed. We had many students lose their homes and stability in their lives from this vicious storm. I have attempted to start many support groups, but they tend to fizzle out as students choose to not attend. I am hoping the implementation of yoga into the groups will help our students with a new peaceful state of mind as well as an interest in attending a weekly group session. I am so excited about the opportunity to provide this amazing practice to our school, students, and staff.”

Mary Beth Claypool

“Level 1 training was such a valuable and amazing experience, filled with intense emotion. I was motivated, inspired, eye-opened, intrigued, and most of all, I was blessed to be given this opportunity to take the training. I spent over 10 years in the classroom as a Special Education teacher for elementary grades. I stopped teaching in the classroom so I can be at home with my own children. I have a love and passion for children, and a love for yoga, so I knew that I somehow needed to incorporate the two and spread love and awareness about the subject around me. I learned of YogaKids and was so excited that a training was going to be held here in my own town. It was just meant to be! I walked into that training with an open mind and an open heart, and all of that was just filled with joy and happiness after the training was completed. I knew I had received the tools I needed to start teaching! But I did not just want to stop there. I wanted more! I wanted more knowledge, more information, and more insight for myself, so that I can better extend that information to my students.
Level 1 has given me so much inspiration. I am so eager and excited to continue on this journey to complete my Certification!”
Jaya Puri

“Being able to access the webinar during my own schedule was a huge success. I am so grateful to be able to take this course online. I currently assist a yoga instructor here in our community and this training has actually shown me that there is SO MUCH they could be doing and I am SO excited to do my own classes the way YogaKids is training me! Also being able to have both Ann & Judy available to communicate during the online webinar was excellent. Judy is an amazing teacher as she explains everything with such grace that I never became overwhelmed by all the information. Ann is a wealth of information and they were both so energetic and positive. Judy sharing everyone’s assignments was a tremendous help as well as freely answering all of our questions. The training for this course has given me the confidence to be able to start facilitating classes. The assignments were very achievable during the week as it was the perfect way to ease me into teaching and also helping me to realize if moving forward to Level 2 was of interest to me. I am now looking forward to being a YogaKids Apprentice! Thank you! And thank you for offering this online as it truly is that way of the world now as many of us are not able to travel often and I can spread the love of YogaKids in my community now.”

Laura Petracek

“I had taken a children’s yoga course before I started my YogaKids journey. At the end of it, I left very unprepared for teaching. After completing YogaKids however, I was excited, motivated, energized and felt ready to show children everywhere what I had learned. The elements of YogaKids help make sure every child is reached. It’s amazing and my journey with them is only just beginning. I highly recommend to all.”

Ashley Simpson

“A couple of weeks have passed since my Foundations training, but the excitement I had those three days is still fresh in my mind. I went to the training with the goal of adding to my educator toolbox. I wanted to find more ways to incorporate movement into the classroom, and glean a new perspective on how to best support kids who might be struggling to focus. I came away from the training with much more, and realized that kid’s yoga could benefit my students and many others in so many ways.

One realization I had during some of the breath work we did was that we don’t teach kids how to breathe. We tell them to focus, we tell them to calm down, but we don’t teach them how. As I just completed my ninth year teaching, I am learning more and more that some of those ‘other things’ such as breath, focus, self-regulation, social skills, etc. are just as important as the content we teach. This is one reason that I decided to commit and continue with my training.

I picture myself running YogaKids camps in the community in the future and starting a yoga club after school. I don’t know what the future will hold for me in my career, but I do know I am always seeking out new opportunities to learn and grow, and I am excited to see how this training will impact my path. I am thrilled to be part of the YogaKids community!”

Heidi Deck

“I never DREAMED there would be such an amazing and effective organization who would “back” me and my yoga business when I first knew I wanted to teach children yoga.  I honestly thought I could figure it out!

This organization has training that will blow your mind!  If your creativity wants to come out and play AND you want to empower children, YKI is the place for you. Their teaching is unique and their approach will touch every child from so many angles. In my opinion, the “yoga” sort of comes in the back door. Meaning there is art, ecology, fun language games, reading, amazing quiet quests and visualizations and so many other features we teach the children. Many folks misunderstand “yoga” as simply poses or stretching. NOT! It’s so much more; there are no words that could possibly explain the well thought out plans and accomplishments of this one company.

When I finished my first Foundations course, I honestly felt equipped to go out and teach children. I immediately got insured, designed a card and went for it! I put some fliers into a learning center for complementary classes, and voila… a daycare center called me.  And I began. That was almost a year ago!

The amounts of creativity, support, online support, on-the-phone support, group Facebook teaching support, ideas, guidance when stuck, and tenderness and enthusiasm from this entire company is limitless. My business would not be where it is today without YogaKids International as my backbone and my support to beginning such a worthwhile business. Thanks everyone at YKI!”

Carolyn Tracy

“When entering the Foundations course, I was still apprehensive. I was worried that I didn’t have enough ‘yoga teacher’ knowledge or know all the right alignments and postures. But once we began our training, I immediately began to fall in love. I love how YogaKids isn’t just about teaching kids yoga. It’s about teaching them other valuable life concepts such as unity, math skills, language skills, listening etc. It really opened my mind to the way kids can learn and excel not just through school. I really enjoy the creativity and seeing the transitions in children.

I honestly loved my Foundations class; it inspired me daily while also keeping me creative and patient with myself like I will have to be with children. Watching the classes that were taught made me just smile and eager for more. I love how engaged the children were and how surprised they were when we weren’t just doing poses — and we were coloring or singing or moving around. It was a great, different take on yoga. I really enjoyed it and knew I wanted to go further with this.”

Lindsay Ann Miskovic

“I can’t say enough… the quality of the programming for training teachers is outstanding and the quality of the approach to teaching yoga to kids and teens is second to none in my opinion. I’m a university educated elementary school teacher and early childhood educator with almost 30 years experience working with children and my experience studying with and using Yogakids approach has led to some of my deepest and most meaningful connections with students. Marsha really gets kids and I will always cherish the memory of my time spent with her.”

Minga Mintz

“My Foundations was uplifting, informative, and inspiring. Prior to the Foundations training, I was teaching yoga to children, with a very non well-rounded approach… I guess you could say. In attempting to make all the yoga poses I knew kid-friendly and fun, I was missing the holistic, interdisciplinary approach grounded within the YogaKids philosophy.”

Chelsea Keller

“I realized what was really important to me and the program reinforced my passion for yoga and love for children. To be frank, I would never have guessed I would be able to teach and connect with children. I share my love of yoga with them and they give me back so much. YogaKids has awakened my inner child, my playfulness, my silliness and my courage.”

Boi Nghi

“What I love the most about YogaKids is that it is an approach to educating the whole child through yoga. Along with yoga, each class is accompanied by other elements such as music, games, language, math, art, and storytelling. I believe it can make a difference in the lives of children of all abilities!”

Mia Girard

“I had a fantastic Foundations experience. I had my first day of teaching summer school today. Already I used some Yoga Kids techniques in my classroom to calm them before writing and math. It worked! Thank you for getting my dream started! I am so grateful!”

Helen Young

“I came to YogaKids in 2001. At that time, no one was teaching children’s yoga in my community. As soon as I began to share the word of my new profession, doors flew open to me. Within the 9 months I took to complete my at-home-practicum, I earned more than enough income to cover all of the expenses of my certification. Since then, I am gainfully working as a YogaKids teacher in the Oak Park area. My annual billings are about $55,000, and I still have lots of free time for myself and my family. I believe in everyone’s right to earn a fair living, and YogaKids has brought me financial rewards as well as those of fun, balance and boat loads of happy children. Namaste to you!”

Kim Vulinovic

“The YogaKids workshop was so special. I participated in lots of yoga for kids workshops in Iran and they were good — but this time I feel that I am part of a big group whose mission is to serve children, family and the whole world. The program blends traditional yoga with new and professional theories — a comprehensive and multi-dimensional approach to educate not only children but also their families. YogaKids is really generous in transferring information and everything you need to improve your teaching skills. They come along with you step-by-step in this path. You feel that you are connected and supported by a very professional and experienced teacher. It was so instructive and inspiring.”

Sheila Tavengar

“My Foundations experience far exceeded my expectations. I’m a dental assistant, and was looking at obtaining a few tips on relating to kids better in the office. I’ve been working with at-risk and high-risk youth (generally those in the foster care program up here) and am confident that bringing yoga into that area will have amazing results. I believe that kids (generally) these days aren’t being taught the coping mechanisms to deal with all that is thrown at them, and that YogaKids can help change that. I’m blown away already by the difference it’s made dealing with stressed/scared kids in the dental office — a little ‘Bunny Breath’ and a ‘wiggle break’ here and there go a long way!”

Jill Conroy

“When I finished Foundations, I felt as if a fire had been lit deep within my belly – it was warm, and exciting and wonderful. It was a feeling of capability and hope. I want the children I work with to feel this way – to feel they are capable of anything, to feel centered and healthy and in control of their emotions. I hope to bring this to them through Yoga. I am excited to begin this journey and look forward to learning something new every day!”

Amy Deterding

“I wanted to express my deep gratitude to Krista Strayer and the entire YogaKids team for putting together such a wonderful Foundations weekend training. Each day was filled not only with powerful wisdom and insight, but also with many opportunities to connect with our inner child and fully experience each of the YogaKids Elements ourselves.”

Lorena Vassolo

“After the Foundations training. I was inspired to continue with the Certification because I felt it would not only connect me to a community of teachers for furthering my own growth, but also I was impressed with the depth and breadth of the curriculum. As a former classroom teacher of 25 years, I have seen many changes in the last few years that really concern me. I feel the exorbitant amount of testing and expectations that do not celebrate the whole child need to be balanced out with an infiltration of yoga for kids of all ages. The curriculum combined with yoga philosophy is an all encompassing path to raising and developing confident and better learners.”

Jill Gault

“For years, I bounced around the internet looking for yoga programs for children to use with my own children for fun. My adult yoga teachers would recommend a few things, but admitted that their passion was to teach adults. Periodically, my park district would host a kids yoga class for residents, but my adult yoga teachers were kind of forced into teaching the classes and the format just seemed ‘off.’

Last Spring, my son’s struggles with his legs reached a breaking point for me, as a parent. I was determined to find a solution and every Doctor that we visited (Orthopedics, Rheumatology, Neurology, Neruo-muscular), all had something on their website about the benefits of yoga for children. I did some serious searching then to find a program that I could use at home with my children. While driving to a physical therapy appointment, my son said, ‘I don’t want you to teach swim lessons to kids, I want you to teach yoga to kids to make their leg pain go away.’ Part of me wanted to cry and a light went on in the other half!

That day, I found the Om at Home Program for Parents and quickly enrolled. I also saw a Taste of YogaKids training and within time, enrolled in that, too. My children loved doing the poses in the book and I loved the online modules. I’m so incredibly grateful that my son said those words because I don’t know if I would have come up with the idea on my own. I’m so excited to be beginning this journey today.”

Jennifer Malone

“I felt that incorporating yoga into what I do as a speech-language pathologist was something that could open so many doors for the children who I work with. I researched different yoga programs and came across YogaKids. It looked like the best program out there, so I signed up for the Foundations course. It was an incredible experience.

I had never seen a yoga class for children in action, so it was very eye opening- it is MUCH different than an adult class! Krista, our trainer, was so knowledgeable and inspiring, and watching her teach a class was very helpful! The 14 YogaKids Elements provided a framework to teach a class to all kids of learners, whether that be visual, tactile, auditory or kinaesthetic. Having the opportunity to work with the other participants in the course was very educational as well, since there were women there who were teachers and mothers who brought different ideas and perspectives to the group.

I had already signed up to complete my advanced training when I registered for the Foundations course, and I am glad that I did. I still feel that I can incorporate yoga into how I work with children with speech-language needs, particularly those with diagnoses like Autism and other self-regulatory challenges to help and guide them towards being the best communicators that they can be!”

Anna Kommes

“Foundations was a wonderful experience! I was considering yoga as a profession but unsure before Foundations. I knew specializing in a niche market was important, but had never worked with children. I attended Foundations to ‘test the waters.’ After the amazing instruction and advice from trainer Kim Vulinovic, bonding with the wonderful women who also attended, and learning YKI is a progressive, solid company, I knew this was right for me!”

Jennifer Clor

“As a public educator to students with special needs, I see the benefits of the YogaKids’ daily practice to aid students in cultivating a calm and focused presence. I am inspired by the Foundation training because I’ve experienced the benefits of yoga. As well, the science behind Marsha’s work can aid in encouraging the general population to try it and be open to yoga. Specifically, in this period of time that we live in where everyone — but mostly minds who are open to begin new habits — can benefit from yoga. Good habits for life can begin when we are young and the design of YogaKids is a wonderful way to plant the seeds of a healthy mind and body.”

Polly Packer

“This weekend was mind-blowing amazing. I have never walked away from a weekend feeling more inspired by the women around me and the YogaKids program itself. For me, it was heart opening to be around women who think like me when it comes to children. That they SHOULD be aloud to be kids.,. Play,.. Be silly… Laugh HARD. I actually signed up before the weekend to continue this program. I knew in my heart this was calling my name. It is combining all my talents and creativity and my love for children. I love this program and I feel extremely blessed/grateful/lucky to have entered this new journey. Thank you for opening up my world to be a better mom and person.”

Gabrielle Kifer

“I’ll start with one quote from the famous world writer Fyodor Dostoevsky: ‘The soul is healed when you are with children.’ That is how I felt, healed, during my two days training, on the 2nd and 3rd of December, in a wonderful hamlet place, Port Washington, NY. This training was an awakening for my teaching soul. I had no idea how to make kids yoga so engaging. After taking the course, I now feel confident that I can lead a yoga class that kids will love and appreciate. The training allowed me to integrate the skills into my body, mind and spirit in the most fun way imaginable.”

Lidija Velichkovska

“This weekend was most rewarding and enriching. Marsha Wenig and Yoga Kids International somehow took everything I am passionate about, my values and interests — music, art, creativity, imagination, movement, language, community, environment, nature, health, expansion, vitality… and sorted them out, flipped them around and pieced them together into these beautiful fourteen Elements, the core and practice of YogaKids. Brilliant!

It was my privilege to meet Sara. She is a wonderful person and trainer, a beautiful human being, very unrehearsed and natural. Interesting and interested. Very knowledgeable and easy to listen to. Her passion for peace and happiness and progression shines from her. She has a fierce energy – she had us moving and singing and sharing, in lively and interesting ways, for two days. Her infectious smile and energy, vibration and kindness, was constant motivation and inspiration. To ask questions and to make mistakes, to be creative and to be expressive, to try new things… Sara shared many personal stories and real life scenarios with compelling messages, affecting and thought-provoking. I carry with me, today, pieces of Sara’s song and journey. Beautiful!

The second day’s learning was more self-directed – a wonderful and needed opportunity to practice and design our own live YK class. An opportunity for small groups to share resources and strengths and create and develop a mind map and working theme. Watching Sara teach the previous day allowed space for me to make sense of the information I was learning and see it in action. Invaluable. Training concluded, with us circled and connected, in moments of reflection. I think we all left That Yoga Spot with a sense of having learned something new and valuable for ourselves and for our work and community. For always.

Immeasurable, the confidence I take away from this YogaKids Foundations Training. Especially as I branch out and begin meeting new people and beings, as I make greater connections and begin teaching on my own and sharing the delight of my own discoveries, truths and practice. The peacefulness and the imaginative exhilaration of living . Of loving. Of LIFE. Utterly grateful. Not only did I have opportunity to learn many new ideas and philosophies about sharing yoga with kids, but I also had opportunity to meet and know the ever-positive and inspiring Sara Hastings-Morris, and other curious and creative earth students, from all walks of life. I leave hungry. To learn sooooo much more. And deepen the meaning of my own practice and direction. I, wholeheartedly, accept and apply the wonderful changes YogaKids brings to my life. My wholehearted Thank You.”

Cory Petruk

“When I enrolled in the Foundation Training I really only had the initial thought that I needed more lesson plan ideas. I was hired this year at a charter school grades K-9. I have always been interested in the effects yoga would have on children. As a school counselor, I discovered I was working with many kids with emotional regulation issues, anger issues, and behavior challenges. Having practiced yoga for some years now, I have felt the personal benefits it can provide.

The tools we learned in the training were so varied and targeted to teaching and education in general. Having worked in many schools over the years, I have always felt that the physical education component was been somehow detrimental. Kids are often judged on their, ability, bodies, and looks. PE class can be absolutely brutal for many kids. The yoga format somehow levels the playing field and promotes both body acceptance and mindfulness. It also is a way for kids to connect to other kids in a kinder more accepting framework.

I honestly had no intention of moving to Level 2 and 3. But through the course of the weekend it began to really click with me how beneficial yoga can be to kids. It is not just a “class” to teacher or one lesson plan to prepare. It may actually be the moments that a lonely child feels safe and connected to others. I am blessed to work in a school and have been given the opportunity to create that for a child.”

Beth Clemenger