Our Team


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, YACEP, RCYT, serves as Director of ChildLight Yoga Teacher Trainings, is a ChildLight Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Trainer, and a Yoga 4 Classrooms Instructor. Sally is the creator/co-author of the ChildLight Yoga and Mindfulness Advanced Teaching Concepts, Tweens and Teens, and ChildLight Yoga in Schools Teacher Training manuals. She began studying and practicing yoga in 1993 after earning a degree in Fine Arts/Dance and a BA in Psychology. She completed her 500 hr yoga certification through The Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, PA where she currently teaches as part of the 200 and 300hr teacher training staff. Since 2002, she has shared yoga and mindfulness practices with children and teens in studio, childcare, preschool, public school, and homeschool settings, in addition to teaching athletes, coaches and staff at area universities and school districts. Sally has 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. As a human that copes with Celiac disease on a daily basis, she co-created the Gluten Free Group of Quakertown and serves alongside her family as the Volunteer Coordinator for the food pantry in her hometown. Her intention is to act as a facilitator and support system for humans on their individual journey toward finding inner peace. Sally lives, runs, bikes, hikes, swims and plays in PA with her husband and two sons....and of course spends time on her yoga mat every day.



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-appropriate, 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 a Yoga 4 Classrooms® and ChildLight Yoga® Trainer and founder of Yoga Magic 4 Kids. Meg is also the coauthor of the ChildLight Yoga & Mindfulness in Schools Teacher Training manual and writes articles on the topic of yoga and mindfulness for children and in schools for local media outlets. Meg works extensively with educators, parents and children promoting stress reduction, nutrition, movement and mindfulness at a young age as a foundation for success at home, school and in life. In addition to being a registered adult and child yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance, Meg has studied MBSR in Mind-Body Medicine with Jon Kabat-Zinn and is also a certified health coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She holds a BA from Middlebury College and a Master in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. Meg lives in Hingham, MA with her four children.

Jennifer Mueller, MA, E-RYT, RCYT, has been teaching yoga students of all ages since 2008 and directs a children's and family yoga program in Washington DC. In addition to being a trainer for ChildLight Yoga® and Yoga 4 Classrooms®, Jen holds a variety of children’s yoga certifications. She is also a prenatal yoga instructor, childbirth educator, a Certified Educator of Infant Massage (CEIM) through Infant Massage USA, and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Jen completed her adult yoga teacher training at Willow Street Yoga in Takoma Park, MD and her prenatal training with Janet Caulfield of Urban Yoga. She founded Breathing Space to create a hub for family yoga in Washington DC and to share her enthusiasm for age- and developmentally-appropriate poses, games, and songs with yogis of all ages and hopes to offer her students freedom she finds in yoga. Prior to teaching yoga full time, Jen spent more than a decade in non-profit administration and advocacy communications. Her experience in social change movements and managing charitable organizations has been extremely helpful when working with schools and community organizations to implement yoga and mindfulness programs for children.

Ann Biese, RYT 500, E-RYT 200, is an 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 co-creator/author of the ChildLight Yoga for Children & Teens 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, OTR/L, RYT 200, RCYT, has been blessed to work in the service of children and adults for over 30 years. She is the co-creator/author of the ChildLight Yoga for Children & Teens with Special Needs Training and manual and the Trauma-Informed Yoga and Mindfulness for Children workshop. Currently, she works in a therapeutic school, serving students who live with trauma, mental health & developmental challenges. She specializes in the areas of sensory processing disorder, pediatric mental health, 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 RCYT requirements through ChildLight Yoga, as well as studying with the Mindful Schools program and Yoga 4 Classrooms. She earned a BS in Occupational Therapy from the University of NH. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training with YogaNH at Empower Yoga Center, as well as several additional trainings in trauma-informed yoga and yoga for special populations. In her free time, Gloria enjoys spending time with her family and rescue cats, and photographing the beauty of nature.
 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®, YACEP®, CD, coauthor of the ChildLight's Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training manual and trainer, Megan discovered yoga in 2006 as an acting intern after graduating from Bloomsburg University with a degree in Theatre Arts. She's been studying yoga for over a decade and teaching as a full-time, professional yoga teacher since 2008. Megan 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. She also does administrative work for ChildLight Yoga in their Bethlehem office as Sally's right-hand woman! Outside of teaching yoga she enjoys writing, hiking, theatre and spending quality time with her loving husband and beautiful son.
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. She is also an affiliated birth doula with Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover.

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.

To learn more about Sandy and her services visit her website: www.sandytufts.com

"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.

Darcy Sauers, RYT, has been practicing yoga for fifteen years and  Darcy is a certified Still Point Prenatal Yoga teacher, a Postpartum Doula and a Certified Lactation Counselor. Darcy enjoys creating a community of pregnant women in her classes where women can connect, chat and have fun. She believes that the breath and movement of Yoga is the best way to ease the discomforts of the pregnant body and help a woman during labor and beyond. Darcy is also a certified Yoga Birth Method instructor and offers bi-monthly workshops at the studio. Darcy is founder of Dover Doula and is thrilled to offer prenatal yoga classes at ChildLight Yoga Studio in Dover, NH, where she lives with her husband and three children.  Her website is www.doverdoula.com
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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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