After School Yoga was founded in 2013 with the mission of bringing the benefits of yoga to kids. The benefits of yoga for kids are numerous and include:
Increased focus and concentration
Stress relief and anxiety reduction
Improved balanced and flexibility
And much more!
With a staff of certified yoga teachers, After School Yoga has spread the benefits of yoga to schools in Illinois and Colorado. Our focus is providing the highest quality kids enrichment classes at an affordable cost.
Our typical classes run for an hour either before or after the school day, but we also run classes at park districts an community centers.
Marina has been teaching yoga for over a decade and has certifications in a variety of yoga types including Global Family Yoga’s Children’s Yoga Certification. She has worked with Chicagoland teachers such as Mira Binzen, Gabriel Halpern, and Leslie Riley. Her belief is that the benefits of yoga stretch far and wide for children, ranging from helping them with flexibility to helping them handle their stress. Marina also has a health coaching company and is a registered nurse with a passion of helping.
Tey holds Yoga Instructor Certification through the International
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, and the title of of Yoga Siromani, jewel of
the crown of yoga. Tey is also certified in teaching yoga and meditation
in Military Communities, bringing healing power to those affected by
Combat-stress, PTSD, and trauma. She currently works with a variety of
populations including seniors, kids and teenagers, those with PTSD,
Parkinson’s and the developmentally challenged.
Born in India, Komal started her yoga journey with an B. K. S. Iyengar yoga instructor from Pune, India. After moving to the US, she had 2 boys, which inspired her passion for teaching kids yoga. She is Certified as a Hatha Yoga Instructor through the Temple of Kriya Yoga and as a kids yoga instructor from Total Body Yoga. She integrates valuable life lessons including interdependence, oneness and fun in her yoga classes using games, partner work, story telling, music, and more. She provides them with the opportunity to express themselves creatively so they can hold their attention long enough to experience the benefits of yoga like balance, flexibility and focus. She considers herself fortunate to be able to have fun while doing what she loves most, Yoga!
Jackie is an artist and yogi that strongly believes the more art and yoga in our lives, the better. She is registered through the Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT(Experienced registered yoga teacher) 200, earned her BFA(bachelor of fine arts) at CCAD(Columbus College of Art and Design) majoring in Animation and minoring in Art Therapy. She also has experience in the Montessori setting with an infant and toddler certificate. Jackie wrote and illustrated two children’s’ books, “Aneeka and Juanito” and “Yogi Monsters” which can both be found on her website artyogamas.com. Jackie loves to encourage positive self-expression through the means of art and yoga and is always excited to share her creative energies with others.
Yoli Maya Yeh
Yoli Maya Yeh is a Yoga Therapist (VYASA, Yoga for the Special Child) and an Educator in Comparative Religions and Global Studies (MA Comparative Religious Ethics). Yoli spent twelve years of her young adulthood studying language, yoga, tantra, ayurveda, healing arts and meditation in India. A native of Evanston, IL, she blends her understandings of Indigenous wisdom teachings, mind-body science, yogic discipline, and play into innovative educational programs for all ages and abilities. Her recent teaching adventures in cross-cultural education work took her to Jordan, Israel, India, Nepal, Thailand and Cambodia with 15-23 year old students challenging themselves to understand what it means to be a Global Citizen. More info at: www.yogawithyoli.com
Kaley credits her children for teaching her patience, love, and serenity. And they helped fuel her interest in teaching children’s yoga, which began at a small town farmer’s market in Florida.
Kaley is also a certified level one Healing Touch practitioner, and a dedicated real estate agent with Keller Williams.
She enjoys integrating breathing techniques and songs, that the children can take with them through day to day life to self-calm when feeling stressed.
Abigail is a power, yin, flow, and children’s yoga teacher in Colorado Springs. Spending time on the mat is Abigail’s happy place. When she is not teaching or practicing yoga, she is working in holistic medicine or spending time outdoors.
Angie has been practicing yoga for close to 5 years and is a Certified Children’s Yoga Instructor through the Yoga Education Institute. She continues her education by regularly attending workshops and keeping up on her own practice.
Her love of teaching yoga to kids started with teaching her own kids years ago. She is very passionate about teaching kids yoga because she believes it helps them handle their emotions better, deal with anxiety and stress and helps them get to know their own bodies better. Angie uses games, stories and music to engage kids, teaching them to not only work on themselves independently, but with other kids. She wants kids to leave her class feeling good about themselves and like they had a really fun time. She feels truly honored to be able to teach something that she is so passionate about.
Rachel completed her 200 hour yoga certification through Total Body Yoga in 2010. She specializes in Vinyasa Flow and has brought her yoga practice with her as a constant through the Middle East, Europe and South America. She aims to create a fun, relaxed and safe environment in which students of all levels and ages can strengthen their sense of body and mind awareness. Her mentality is that a successful class is one in which students are able to find peace in their own practice and leave class feeling a little more rejuvenated than when they first arrived.