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danielle chacra

Danielle began her yoga practice 10 years ago and has been reaping the benefits ever since. She recently completed the Kaia Kids Teacher Training program with Laurie Jordan and is excited to put her skills as both a certified elementary school teacher and now a Kids Yoga instructor to good use! She teaches with patience and smiles with the hope of inspiring a lifelong love of yoga to all her students.

laurie jordan

Laurieʼs combines her sense of humor and laid back approach with years of experience as a teacher and student. Add an awesome soundtrack and Laurieʼs classes feel like a 75 minute celebration.  Laurie is the author of Yawning Yoga and a pioneered the first ever Kids Yoga Teacher Training in Westchester and Fairfield Counties. She shares her expertise as a contributing writer for Elephant Journal, and is certified to teach yoga to folks of all ages. She graduated from Lafayette College and has a Masters in Social Work.

lucy kelly

Lucy’s love for yoga began with her first class over 20 years ago.  With children of her own, Lucy personally understands the benefits of teaching yoga to children.  She completed the Kaia Kids Teacher Training in 2010.  Lucy’s playful and mindful yoga style encompasses an environment of FUN with a focus on discovering the peace and calm within each child.

patti riccio

Patti Riccio was certified by Helen Garabedian through Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Babies, Tots, and Kids in 2003.  She was also certified in Radiant Child Yoga by Shakta Kaur Khalsa. Patti guides mothers with young babies and toddlers in a practice to strengthen their bond through yoga in a playful setting.  In her classes with children, she shares a blend of song, story, and guided yoga adventures to help children grow confident, happy, and healthy.

samantha pattinson

As  a mother of four, Samantha really appreciates the benefits of teaching yoga to children. She qualified as a children's yoga teacher at Kaia and bases her classes around yoga adventures and different themes. The classes include breathing, poses, games, mindfulness and guided relaxation appropriate to the age group.  Samantha has practiced yoga in London and Costa Rica as well as here in the USA.

shari balaish

Shari discovered the practice of yoga after the birth of her third child almost thirteen years ago. Yoga is an integral part of her life and “provides endless possibility for building strength and finding peace.” Shari received her 200 hour teacher training from Laws of Yoga and Power yoga for sports with Gwen Lawrence, kids’ yoga training with Laurie Jordan and an intensive with Ellen Saltonstall of the Anusara Hatha yoga method. She incorporates the principals of yoga and alignment into everything she does, from a simple walk, to spinning, to moments of parenting, to movement on the mat and truly loves to inspire students of all ages in their discovery of yoga.