Hi there! I'm Michelle, a certified children's yoga teacher. I have been personally practicing yoga for over 20 years and upon becoming a mother to two little boys, I realized how beneficial yoga and mindfulness can be to busy little minds. I make yoga fun for children by using creative stories and songs along with the poses.
When I look at kids today, I see an incredible amount of stress caused by the busy world around them. I believe that yoga holds the magic that will allow them to be healthy in mind, body, and spirit, and to believe in themselves above all else.
Michelle is available for public speaking engagements, workshops, on air promotions, and events
Nikki holds her Masters of Education and is a recognized member of the Ontario College of Teachers. She is passionate about education and brings a wealth of knowledge to the Little Yogis Team. Nikki uses her experience teaching children of all ages, coupled with her ability to differentiate education, to help build an educational strategy for this unique and interactive yoga program for kids.
Anne is a 200-hour certified yoga teacher with additional certifications in children’s yoga and yin yoga. She took her first yoga class in 2003 and it was love at first breath. Her yoga practice eventually led her to teaching. Anne believes that yoga is truly for everyone and has taught yoga to every age group from young children through to seniors. At the heart of her teaching is a passion to celebrate movement and honour individual capabilities. She loves working with children and her classes are a combination of playfulness and mindfulness.
Léa Beauvais is a 200-hour certified yoga teacher. She was born and raised in downtown Toronto and holds degrees in English and Musical Theatre Performance. While working as a freelance actor for several years, yoga was the home she came back to time and time again. Her passion led her to pursue teaching. Léa loves working with children and she has decades of experience working with little ones. She taught recreational gymnastics at the U of T gymnastics club for many years, as well as drama, dance and yoga in after-school programs.
Michele is a Kids Yoga Teacher and a Certified Ontario Teacher with over 20 years of experience teaching children in Canada, Europe and Asia. She discovered the benefits of yoga through her own personal practice and felt compelled to share her passion for yoga and mindfulness with the children in her life. Michele leads a wide range of creative, educational, exciting yet relaxing classes for children and teens from all backgrounds and abilities. Her classes are infused with a balanced combination of energy and calm and her goal is to always honour the child as s/he is. The children in Michele’s care are instilled with a sense of their own inner and outer strength as well as confidence. They also learn how to build community with others
and are inspired to recognize the good they can do in the world.
ANNA MARIA DURANTE
Anna Maria Durante is a Certified Mindfulness Meditation Instructor and Children’s Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher. She has two children, ages 5 and 3 years old, who have participated in yoga alongside Mom since they were babies. Anna is passionate about teaching people of all ages the importance of self care and taking time to slow down. Anna loves to share her passion for mindfulness, yoga, music, and travel through her interactive classes.
Dena is a TEDx speaker and hatha yoga instructor who completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Kashish Yoga School in Goa, India. She loves teaching yoga, meditation and mindfulness to children and adolescents although she has a hard time calling it a “job.” Dena is also a stand up comedian and podcast host who uses a comedic approach to help educate others on the benefits of meditation and mindfulness practices.
Sara is an Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT), and graduated from Octopus Garden’s 300 Hour Advanced Program in early 2019, completing 500 hours of hatha yoga teacher training. She is also trained in Restorative, Pre- and Post-Natal, and Kids, Teen, and Family Yoga. Yoga isn’t just a practice on the mat, but a practice of noticing, expressing gratitude, and leaning into everyday life. She has a passion for making yoga accessible to everyone, and her niche in kids & family yoga brings a lightness to the mat through exploration, play, and music. It was the power of community in yoga that drove her to pursue this passion, and she’s looking forward to building community here with Little Yogis!
Madhuri Vobilisetti is an Indian born certified yoga instructor who was born into a family of professional yoga instructors. Having been born and brought up in a country where Yoga was born – India, it was integrated into all aspects of her life and has moulded her into the person she is today. In addition to attaining her accounting degree, she has completed qualified certifications in hatha yoga, astanga yoga and has been internationally certified through RYS 350H teacher training from Sri Sri School of Yoga in Bangalore, India.
To continue her passion and pursuits in Yoga and wanting to spread her love for Yoga she decided to make the move from India to Canada. She believes yoga is a way of celebrating life.
Sarah Brager is dedicated to making an impact in the health + wellness industry. With a B.A. in Sociology and a diploma in Early Childhood Education, Sarah was drawn to teaching. She began her career as a Nursery and JK/SK teacher and in 2010 Sarah completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Space in Toronto. She has since continued her Yoga education and completed her Pre + Post Natal certification at Esther Myers Yoga Studio and her Kids Yoga certification with Bee Birch Yoga Therapy. Sarah has a dynamic approach to teaching Yoga as she wants to connect with her students to make them feel comfortable and confident. Her classes are often met with laughter and fun. Sarah’s mantra is “keep calm and yoga on,” and this mentality helps her out when she is teaching, or practicing Yoga on her mat, or at home with her three young children.
Abbie is a kids yoga teacher with years of experience in childcare, and an educational background in Child development and education. Being introduced to yoga at a very young age, primarily Hatha and Kripalu styles, she has continued and adapted these practices into adulthood.
As children live in the moment and speak from the heart, she finds introducing yoga to young ones to be the highlight of her day. Focusing on simple joyous themes, such as animals and nature, Abbie’s style is ideal for young ones with a sense of wonder for the world around them. Attending to mindfulness and finding or inner calming breath, she aims to keep classes engaging, creative and fun!
Abbie instills a sense of confidence, mastery and a curiosity, leaving our little yogis feeling secure and strong, ready to take on the world!
Madison began her yoga journey 8 years ago during her Bachelor of Music degree, with a Youtube video and her mat. She came to the practice with hopes that it would relieve some anxiety and help with her breath management as a singer. After a few months as an introverted yogi, she found a local studio in London, and fell absolutely in love. The physical, mental, and spiritual benefits were undeniable. This regular yoga practice drastically enhanced her singing, and her general well being. In 2016 she became a certified yoga teacher, and since then has been teaching around Toronto alongside her musical career. In 2017, Madison co-founded “Midtown Music & Yoga Camp” which has been steadily growing each year. This past March, Madison was in India completing another yoga teacher training in Rishikesh from Shiva Yoga Peeth. She loves music and yoga equally, and recognizes the benefits a regular yoga practice can have for singers.