Our Team


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Lisa Flynn, E-RYT 500, RCYT, is founder and CEO of ChildLight Yoga® and Yoga 4 Classrooms®, organizations providing evidence-informed yoga and mindfulness education to children, as well as training for educators and other professionals who support their well-being. She is the author of the Yoga 4 Classrooms Card Deck: Tools for Learning, Lessons for Life (2011); and Yoga for Children: 200+ Yoga Poses, Breathing Exercises, and Meditation for Healthier, Happier, More Resilient Children (Adams Media, 2013) and her work has been featured on TV news programs including Fox News, as well in publications such as Parenting, Yoga Journal, Kiwi, and Yoga Therapy Today. Lisa contributed to the first research study to use subjective and objective data to examine the acute and longitudinal effects of a school based yoga intervention in young children. The manuscript was recently published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine. Recently honored as Dover, NH region’s “Small Business of the Year,” her studio, ChildLight Yoga Studio and Training Center, serves as headquarters for its internationally recognized trainings and products while providing award-winning programming for expecting parents, babies, toddlers, children, teens, families and adults. Created with accessibility and sustainability in mind, Lisa's programs and products are successfully used in thousands of homes, schools and communities worldwide.
www.childlightyoga.com and www.yoga4classrooms.com

Sally Delisle, E-RYT 500, RCYT, serves as Director of ChildLight Yoga Teacher Trainings, is a ChildLight Yoga Teacher Trainer, and Yoga 4 Classrooms Instructor. Sally is the creator/author of the ChildLight Yoga Advanced Teacher Training and manual. She began studying and practicing yoga in 1993 after earning a degree in Fine Arts/Dance and Psychology. She completed her 500 hr yoga certification through The Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, PA where she currently teaches and is now part of the teacher training staff. Since 2002, she has shared yoga and mindfulness practices with children and teens in childcare, preschool, public school, homeschool and studio settings, in addition to teaching students and athletes at DeSales and Lehigh University. Sally has also studied Restorative Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Yoga for Children with Autism and Special Needs, Yin Yoga, is a Reiki Master and a Nationally Board Certified Reflexologist. She co-created and manages the online organization Gluten Free Group of Quakertown. Her intention is to act as a facilitator for students on their individual journey toward finding inner peace.  Sally lives and plays in PA with her husband and two sons. 



Julie Davis has been with ChildLight Yoga since February 2011 and serves as the Operations Manager for ChildLight Yoga and Yoga 4 Classrooms.  Julie lives with her husband and twin boys and daughter in South Berwick, ME.
Michelle James, A.S. Early Childhood Education, is an experienced ChildLight Yoga Instructor and early childhood educator who has been working with preschool and elementary school aged children and families since 1991. In addition to teaching art and literacy, you can find Michelle sharing developmentally-appropropriate, playful and engaging yoga and mindfulness education as enrichment programming at area preschools and elementary schools as well at ChildLight Yoga Studio where she teaches Peace Baby Yoga, Tots, Little Families, Kids’ Yoga and Family Yoga classes and leads the vacation camp and yoga party program.
Meg Durkin, MS, E-RYT, RCYT, is the founder of Yoga Magic 4 Kids, a licensed Yoga 4 Classroom trainer, ChildLight yoga trainer, and a certified health coach. Meg works with educators, parents and children believing it is important for children to start life habits of nutrition, stress reduction, movement and mindfulness at a young age.  She has been teaching yoga since 2008 and is certified in ChildLight Yoga, Radiant Child Yoga, Yoga for the Special Child, a Licensed Yoga 4 Classrooms Instructor, a 200 hour adult Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga of Energy Flow, and has received certificates in Brain Gym 170, Yoga Ed, and Every Kid's Yoga. In nutrition, Meg is a certified health coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She holds a BA from Middlebury College and a MS in library and information science from Simmons College. Visit her website at www.yogamagic4kids.com for more information.
Rebecca Gitter, E-RYT, RCYT, serves as a ChildLight Yoga Teacher Trainer and Yoga 4 Classrooms Instructor. She co-wrote both the ChildLight Yoga Baby & Toddler Yoga Instructor Manual and the ChildLight Yoga in Schools Manual serving as a lead trainer for both modules. She is the lead trainer for the Teen Training, and facilitator for the Basic training. Rebecca completed her adult yoga training in 2006 at the Yoga Center, Columbia, MD. She is certified to teach Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Baby, Tots, Tykes and Little Families classes continuing her studies with Radiant Child, Budding Yogis, Yoga for the Special Child, YoKid, therapeutic yoga and specialized training in pre and postnatal yoga. Rebecca brings a sense of humor to her classes and focuses on meeting her students - of any age- exactly where they are. Sharing yoga with kids (babies-teens) and caregivers in the DC metro area in studios, schools and community centers, as well as with her own two teens, always leaves her smiling and inspires her personal practice. Rebecca holds a BA from Syracuse University in Policy Studies, and a JD from the Catholic University of America. When she isn’t teaching you might find her on a trail – hiking, biking or being walked by her dog.

Jen Mueller, E-RYT, RCYT, is a Washington DC yoga instructor for adults, children, and families. A longtime yoga student, doing yoga with her child was a natural extension of her practice and the inspiration for becoming an instructor. Jen is delighted to be able to share developmentally appropriate poses, games, songs, and mindfulness activities with children and their parents. She is honored to be able bring yoga to even more children as a ChildLight Yoga and a Yoga 4 Classrooms Trainer. Jen completed her adult yoga teacher training at Willow Street Yoga in Takoma Park, MD and her prenatal training with Janet Caulfiled of Urban Yoga. Jen is also a licensed Itsy Bitsy Yoga facilitator and has trained with Budding Yogis and YoKid: Stretch Your Limits. Jen brings a sense of joy and playfulness to her classes - both the adult and kids classes - and hopes to offer her students the sense of freedom she finds in yoga.

Ann Biese is a certified RYT 500 and E-RYT 200, international Yoga Instructor and Teacher Trainer for ChildLight Yoga. Integrating her education with ChildLight Yoga, pre/post natal yoga and Pilates, Ann aims to apply the principles of yoga and breath-work to everyday life. In between teaching yoga/barre/cycle at various studios, facilitating ChildLight Yoga for Teens trainings, and traveling with non-profit organizations to work with children and teens, Ann enjoys volunteering as an instructor for Go Give Yoga in Haiti as well as in Boston area homeless shelters. She was featured in North Shore Magazine for her work  in Massachusetts, and Ann also enjoys her family and dogs and volunteering at an equine rescue farm. Ann's daughter Lauren is also a RYT 200 certified teacher and is active, along with Ann, in yoga and related volunteer activities. You can connect with Ann on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ann.biese or email her at ann@childlightyoga.com.
Rochelle Jewell E-RYT is the founder of My OmAbilities Yoga and the author/creator of the ChildLight Yoga for Teens and Adults with Special Needs Training and manual. She is a Kripalu Certified Yoga teacher and personal trainer with more than a decade of experience sharing yoga with individuals with a variety of disabilities. Rochelle has completed the Creative Relaxation® Yoga Therapy for Children with Autism and Special Needs Level 2 training with Louise Goldberg and the Zensational Kids teacher training with Allison Morgan. Rochelle recently completed a fellowship with the NH LEND Program through UNH, which included 300 hours of graduate level, interdisciplinary, leadership training in developmental disabilities. She is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
 Rochelle works with students and families in private settings and leads group classes for children, teens and adults with special needs. Rochelle is passionate about making yoga accessible to all and meeting her students where they are to give them tools which allow them to shine.
Gloria Breton is an Occupational Therapist who has been blessed to work in the service of children and adults for over 30 years. Currently, she works in a therapeutic school, serving students who live with mental health & developmental challenges. She specializes in the areas of sensory processing disorder, trauma-informed care, self-regulation skills, & making education accessible to all children. She also teaches yoga & mindfulness skills, both in school & in the community, having completed her 95 hour training and certifications through ChildLight Yoga, as well as studying with the Mindful Schools program. Gloria is a lifelong learner. She has had a personal yoga practice for 30 years and she is currently completing her 200 RYT program through Empower Yoga/YogaNH. As a self-described anatomy & physiology nerd, Gloria loves to explore the impact of yoga, mindfulness & holistic health on the physical and emotional bodies. Gloria lives in Kensington, NH & she enjoys spending time with her husband, her adult children, & her rescue cat, while pursuing her interests in photography, volunteering in her community, & holistic health.
 
Karla Kress-Boyle, E-RYT, RCYT is the owner and director of Imagine Studio, a creative arts studio in West Hartford CT. She has been teaching children’s yoga, dance, creative movement, and fitness classes since 2006. A lifelong student she completed a 200 hr adult yoga certification through Sacred Rivers Yoga, Yoga for Every Body Program, and Full of Joy Yoga for children, in addition to the Yoga 4 Classrooms Licensee and ChildLight Yoga 95 hour programs. She has also attended workshops in Musical Yoga Adventures, Pediatric Yoga for Kids and participates as a team member at CT Children’s Medical Center teaching yoga to children and families undergoing cancer treatments. Outside of the studio Karla spends time with her husband, Tim, and their two children.
Megan Ridge Morris, E-RYT 500, RPYT, coauthor of the ChildLight Yoga Prenatal Postnatal Teacher Training, discovered yoga in 2006 as an intern after graduating from Bloomsburg University with a degree in theatre arts. "The very first class amazed me in every way and I instantly fell in love with the practice! I've been studying yoga for over a decade and teaching as a full-time, professional yoga teacher since 2008." She completed a 500 hour teacher training through The Yoga Loft of Bethlehem and has been a co-teacher of their 200-hour teacher training program since 2009.

Megan's focus is on teaching yoga to beginners, pregnant women, new moms, and babies six weeks - two years old, dedicated to making yoga accessible to all. She brings her expertise off the mat as a certified doula.  Outside of teaching yoga she enjoys writing, hiking, theatre and spending quality time with her loving husband, beautiful son, and pit bull mix pup.

Annie Wagoner, BA, RYT, HHC is a Mom, Holistic Health Counselor, Yoga & Pilates Instructor, Office manager/Chiropractic Assistant, Writer, Lover of Movement and a Foodie. she started practicing yoga and Pilates in 2001 to help aid in her training as a field hockey player and rower in college. Yoga brought balance and healing to her body, and Pilates helped her tap into deep core power and discover greater strength. Annie's classes explore this powerful fusion of yoga and Pilates, offering dynamic flowing sequences that move from the core and connect with vitality, mindfulness, flexibility, balance, strength and playfulness. She strongly believes in preventative medicine and feels that consistent stretching, strengthening and self-care can heal and restore the body, mind and spirit. Annie has her 200hr Registered Yoga Teacher certification through the Yoga of Energy Flow teacher training at Dover Yoga and she holds a certification in Pilates through the Boston Bodyworks/Power Pilates Studio. She is also a certified Still Point Prenatal Yoga Teacher as well as a certified Yoga Mom, Buddha Baby Teacher. Annie is enormously grateful to teach at the ChildLight Yoga Studio and to be part of such a loving community. For more information about her classes and more visit www.yourcorenourishment.com.
Sandy Tufts, CD(DONA), CLC, MSW, PES, RYT has been practicing ashtanga yoga for several years and recently completed her 200 Hour Teaching Training with Kimberly Dahlman of Yoga East. She has also completed prenatal yoga teacher training with Amy Hopkins of GLOW In York, Maine and continues further prenatal studies there. Sandy is a certified birth doula, certified lactation counselor, placenta encapsulation specialist and Master of Social Work. Sandy found yoga when her children (now 11 and 14) were in preschool and since then has continued to deepen her practice and enjoy the benefits of movement, breath, discipline, confidence and a wonderful community of yogis. Working with pregnant women and couples is a passion of Sandy's. Serving Seacoast families as a certified birth doula since 2007, Sandy is thrilled to bridge her two passions - yoga and pregnancy - and looks forward to connecting with and guiding a community of mothers as they take time for themselves, pause and connect with their bodies, their babies and one another.
"Helping all children embrace their full potential and live their lives with joy through the practice of yoga and mindfulness."
 

Marie strives to help all children embrace their full potential and live their lives with joy through the practice of yoga and mindfulness. Following a 35 year career as an early childhood/special education teacher, Marie began an exploration of yoga. While completing her RYT 200 at Prasada Yoga Center in her hometown of Hampton, NH, Marie developed a unique conflict resolution workshop for children called Peacing. The desire to combine these two practices led Marie to ChildLight Yoga. During her 95hr. training for her certification to teach yoga to children, Marie discovered tools to help children overcome physical, mental and emotional to learning, including skills to improve focus and concentration. As a kinesthetic learner herself, Marie loves to share this style of learning, and combines techniques for breathing, focusing, and relaxing with age-appropriate yoga. Committed to promoting feelings of safety and enjoyment for her students, Marie believes that encouragement and positive reinforcement in the practice of yoga and mindfulness can positively impact the student, family, classroom, community and society as a whole.

Marie has been teaching yoga to children for the past ten years in schools as well as other yoga studios. Most recently, she has taught the Kids Yoga Discovery Program at the ChildLight Yoga Studio in Dover, NH.

Within a framework of respect for all students, compassionate communication, and joyful exploration, students are taught fundamental life skills that are immediately available for daily use.

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Yoga for Children:  200+ Yoga Poses, Breathing Exercises and Meditations for Healthier, Happier, More Resilient Children, by Lisa Flynn

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