Meet the Trainers at Young Yoga Masters
Meet the trainers who are so very excited to mentor and guide you through your Kids Yoga Teacher Training:
Lead Trainer: Aruna Kathy Humphrys
Firstly, Aruna is the proud Founder, Director, and Lead Trainer of Young Yoga Masters. Furthermore, she has developed a program to help experienced Yoga Teachers offer a 200 Hour Teacher Training because she dreams of a day when kids yoga will lead to teens getting their first yoga teacher training! This program is called Ambassador Yoga.
After a first career in social work, Aruna took her first yoga teacher training in 1998 and has been teaching full-time yoga teacher since 2000. She has taught thousands of classes including kids yoga, family yoga, yoga camps, mom’s and tots yoga, and even taught yoga at one Montessori School for 18 years!
Aruna is the author of The Frog Yoga Alphabet Kids Yoga Teacher Training Double Pack and Yoga Man vs. The Stressor: Yoga for Boys Teacher Training Manual, and the award-winning Young Yoga Masters blog (the world’s first blog covering kids yoga exclusively). Aruna has over 200 testimonials from happy adult clients for her Kids Yoga Teacher Training, a Registered Children’s Yoga School.
Once upon a time Aruna lived in an Ashram for six years. She is an experienced 500 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher. Now she lives in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and outside of yoga she enjoys singing, ukulele playing, nature, and technology.
Read more about Aruna’s Personal Story here.
Here’s Aruna using the Frog Yoga Colouring Pages for Halloween:
Trainer: Marcia LeBlanc
She teaches kids yoga throughout Toronto and Oakville. Most noteworthy are her kids yoga, family yoga, yoga camps. Marcia is developing an international family yoga retreat too!
Marcia brings warmth and compassion to her classes. She leads by example with a smile and mindful listening.
Marcia has graduated from:
- 220 Hour IKYTA Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training (2018)
- Week long Youth Mindfulness Kids Program Training in England (2017)
- 95 Hour Young Yoga Masters Kids Yoga Teacher Training (2015)
- 500 Hour Moksha Yoga (Modo Yoga) Teacher Training (2011)
Marcia is an Associate Trainer in the Young Yoga Masters Training in Toronto.
Trainer: Oline Bridges
Oline is a Yoga Alliance 500 Hour Trained Experienced Yoga Teacher (E-RYT), and has completed both the Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCYT) and Prenatal Yoga Teacher Specialties (RPYT).
Sharing her love of martial arts, music, and singing bowls, Oline teaches kids yoga classes in schools and studios in Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Aruna and Oline met in 2018 at the Nanaimo Yoga Literacy Training, then Oline traveled across country to Ontario to complete her 95 Hour Certification in Burlingotn, Ontario, taking the Yoga Literacy Training for a second time and deepening her connection with the Yoga Alphabet activities.
Oline will be leading Yoga Literacy Certificate in Dawson Creek to share the gifts for children at Yoga at Northern Lights College, Continuing Education.
Trainer: Yasuko Tanaka
Yasuko is the Executive Director and lead therapist at Zanshin Kids Inc.
Zanshin Kids programs are designed to help children with autism or other developmental disabilities to reach their full potential. Various therapies and programs are delivered by qualified therapists with each program customized based on the child’s needs. Our therapists work one-on-one with the child or in a small group, with the goal of increasing the child’s development trajectory or rate of learning. Zanshin Kids operates out of North Toronto Early Learning Centre in mid-town Toronto.
Yasuko is a Social Play Specialist. She helps children and adults develop social skills incorporating play, yoga, and meditation. She is a graduate of the 95 Hour Young Yoga Masters program.
Yasuko will be a special guest speaker in the Inclusive Yoga Module and will share her favorite yoga activities and strategies. Yasuko is on a mission to make sure that every teacher remembers that all children want to be part of the fun, and there is always a way to include everyone!
Trainer: Claire Louise
Claire and Aruna met in 2012, when Claire signed up for the very first 95 Hour Children’s Yoga Training offered by Young Yoga Masters. They began carpooling to Toronto and through this connection eventually brought the Ambassador Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training Program to life in 2014.
Claire Louise is also co-owner of Yoga Truly Studio in Grimsby, Ontario. She has an extremely successful children’s, tween, and teen yoga program at her studio and delivers kids yoga classes throughout schools in her region.
Claire is an Experienced Yoga Teacher at the 500 level, Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher and Reiki Master and Lead Trainer in the Ambassador Yoga 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at her studio.
She also teaches: Hatha / Vinyasa / Prenatal / Teen Yoga and Yoga Teacher Trainer
Trainer: Charlotte Connick Mabry (New Orleans, USA)
My personal practice of yoga began at the age of 50 after retiring as a Professor from the LSU Dental School.
As I practiced yoga I realized I was on a committed journey of continual learning of my body, mind, and spirit. After completing Soul School, I received a specialty certification in children’s yoga from Aruna Humphrys, Young Yoga Masters.
Yoga provides tools to travel into the center of ourselves, discovering “the authentic self” / soul; Bhakti. If I could have only learned these lessons as a child!
I am impassioned to teach little yogis to learn how to use these tools. Yoga can heal and prevent those wounds found in childhood. My greatest gift as a teacher is helping children discover their “self-knowing within”, trusting and speaking it.
I teach “You are important”, “Let me see your eyes, I am listening to you”!
The miracle is watching them light up with delight when believing in who they are. Namaste!
Toronto Weekend Certifications
Fall 2019-Spring 2020
Location: Dovercourt House, Toronto Canada
- Sat. – Sun. Sept 28-29, 2019 – Yoga Literacy (16 Hour Certificate)
- Sat. – Sun. Oct. 26-27, 2019 – Family Yoga (4 Hours), Teaching Yoga to Kids (School Age) (8 Hours), Chakras for Children (4 Hours)
- Sat. – Sun. Nov. 16-17, 2019 – Themes and Dreams (16 Hour Certificate)
- Sat – Sun. April 25-26, 2020 – Inclusive Yoga (16 Hour Certificate)
- Sat. – Sun. May 23-24, 2020 – Mindfulness for Children (16 Hour Certificate)
- Sat. – Sun. June 6-7, 2020 – Level 2 Mastermind: Curriculum Design and Business Planning (16 Hour Certificate)
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