Lani Rosen-Gallagher | Founder and Head Yogi
I began practicing Yoga in 1995, around the same time I started my teaching career in Boston. I had just obtained a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA and left Boston to pursue a job teaching first grade in Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY. There, I discovered that yoga helped my kids focus and learn in an environment that was not conducive to learning. The seed was planted!
Yoga had become an essential part of my life. And with my love for educating, it was a natural next step to get a yoga teaching certificate. In the summer of 2001, I went on to receive my 200 hour certification at the Nosara Yoga Institute in Nosara, Costa Rica with Don and Amba Stapleton, an amazing experience that led me to start an informal after-school yoga class once I returned with my certificate. The kids loved it, as did I, so in 2002, I got my children’s certifications at Next Generation Yoga in NYC and later on in Nairobi, Kenya, and through the Radiant Child Yoga Program. Finally, with both certificates in hand, my strong background in education and a deep love for all children, I moved across the country to pursue my dreams. While teaching in SF, I took the Street Yoga training course and volunteered at a homeless shelter teaching yoga to the kids who lived there. From 2003-2007, I had been teaching in preschools, yoga studios, homes, after-school programs and shelters all over the Bay Area.
I moved to CT in the fall of ‘07 and have been teaching kids yoga all over the New Haven area since. Other certifications to add to my repertoire was the Circus Yoga Ring 1 teacher training, the Baby Om teaching training, the Mindful Schools Online Course and Yoga & Mindfulness Tools for Children & Adolescents with Jennifer Cohen Harper. In addition to the teaching, I have been facilitating trainings and workshops all over the U.S. since 2005.
My favorite classes to teach are family yoga classes now that I have my own little Yogi Zephyr. In June 2013, I raised $8,000 to go to Nairobi, Kenya to work with Team Next Generation Yoga for the Africa Yoga Project. On Oct 15, 2016, I co-chaired the first Yoga Reaches Out CT event.
Teaching yoga to children is my passion and my career. I’m always looking for another chance to improve the lives and futures of children by practicing yoga with them and playing healthy games that help them find joy, laugh, love and grow.
In October of 2013 Amanda received her 200 hr. Certification through Yoga Alliance and became RYT Certified. Her training was conducted in Costa Rica by Frog Lotus Yoga. Upon her return, she completed her Children’s Yoga Certification through Full of Joy Yoga. Amanda has her Master’s degree in Early Childhood/Childhood Education with over 5 years experience in the New Canaan School Systems (both private and public). She is passionate about teaching yoga and enjoys sharing her passion with others. Amanda is actively teaching children and adolescents of all ages as well as adults. For more information, please refer to her website SundaraYoga.org
Michelle has been practicing yoga on and off for 20 years. She came to teaching when a yoga program she helped develop at her son’s school was overwhelmed with kids wanting to participate. Unwilling to turn kids away, the only thing to do was plunk down a mat and go for it! Michelle has since completed the Full of Joy Yoga teacher training for young children, 108 Monkeys’ Urban Youth training for tweens and teens and is a Reiki Level 1 practitioner.
In her other lives, Michelle is mom to Jack, owns a local video production company where she is a writer, editor and director, bookkeeper, janitor and HR department and teaches community cooking classes with the CitySeed Master Cooks Corps.
Allison developed a passion for children’s yoga by practicing poses and breathing exercises with her young children. A lifelong fitness and nutrition enthusiast, Allison found that children’s yoga married her interests and her strengths as an educator. Allison is a certified math and science teacher with 12 years of experience. In addition to having a master’s degree in Education, Allison earned a master’s degree in Nutrition. In May 2016, Allison completed Lani’s Full of Joy Yoga 20 hour teacher training and immediately built an extensive portfolio of engaging lessons for all age groups. She brings her science background into yoga lessons by promoting discussions of nature, anatomy, healthy eating, and animals. Many of Allison’s yoga classes incorporate children’s literature. Allison deeply enjoys working with children of all ages and has extensive experience working with students with special needs. She is currently developing mindfulness lessons aimed at students that struggle with anxiety and lack of focus. Allison is a mother to Teddy, Josie, and Isabelle. She wholeheartedly believes that yoga and mindfulness help her to be a more present mother. Allison enjoys cooking, reading, and exploring museums with her family. Learn more about Allison at www.growingupyoga.com
Sasha Simone began her path as a yoga teacher in 2005 at the Sivananda ashram in Kerala, South India. She went on to study yoga on Maui with Eddie Modestini who introduced her to therapeutic yoga which he learned directly from BKS Iyengar. Sasha returned back to NYC to continue her studies of yoga therapy with Rodney Yee and is now a certified Urban Zen Integrative Therapist. She teaches therapeutic yoga classes for adults and loves teaching yoga to children in schools throughout the New Haven area. When she isn’t teaching yoga, she is in the forest with children working as an environmental educator.