All RB teachers have been trained, auditioned, background checked (through Colorado Bureau of Investigation) and have experience working with children/teens! We strive to bring on board teachers who live their yoga/mindfulness practice off of the mat. Integrity is a big part of our RB culture!
Julie struggled with anxiety her entire life until she found yoga/mindfulness. She began her journey with children’s yoga in 2006, while working in the school system. She quickly realized the impact that mindfulness had on her students. Julie’s classes focus on self regulation, emotional intelligence, mindfulness, self awareness and of course fun! She believes in creating a safe space for children to express themselves authentically. She founded Radiant Beginnings with the intention of bringing stress relieving tools into the lives of children/teens. For more information click here.
Anna found a passion for yoga during college after spending many years in the dance studio. While she was completing her masters in Elementary Education in Minneapolis in 2014, she completed a Yoga Calm certification to offer yoga, mindfulness practices and social/emotional learning for youth. Currently, Anna teaches second grade in Denver Public Schools where she is able to practice yoga everyday with her students to keep them feeling grounded in their busy lives. Aside from practicing yoga and teaching, she also enjoys cooking, live music, and exploring all the beauty Colorado has to offer.
Jenny Werner has been serving as a teacher since she was 16, working as a camp counselor and then transitioning into a career as a visual arts teacher for Denver Public Schools. For the past 15 years she has been inspiring children to create. It was 5 years ago when her teaching shifted when she discovered yoga. In her heart she knew she wanted to share the tools of yoga to help children to find more calm and balance in their lives. After receiving her adult 200 hr. training at Shamabava yoga she continued her yoga education receiving a 108 hr. children’s’ training from Prana yoga. Jenny has taught family yoga, children’s yoga, and a combined class of art and yoga for the past 3 years. Her life path is to serve children, helping them to connect to their creativity, bodies, minds, and breath. When she is not teaching you will find Jenny hiking, rafting down rivers, creating her artwork, and playing in the garden. She believes yoga is a gift that you give yourself and everyday.
Samantha has had a love for yoga since she was 12 years old. She began practicing to stay limber as a cheerleader and focused as a student. Her practice began to grow each year throughout high school and college to help manage anxiety. Not finding her bliss on the East coast, she found herself in Colorado sharing her love of yoga with children. She now teaches youth yoga and stress-management through in-school enrichment programs. She also leads workshops and teacher trainings. Her intention is to empower children to live authentically & mindfully and to help give adults the tools to spread the joy of yoga to the children in their lives.
Samantha became a Karuna Reiki Master in 2012, and completed her 200 hour RYT certification through The University of Maryland Medical School. She received her children’s yoga certification through Radiant Beginnings in Denver, CO
Jaclyn Bauer has been practicing yoga since 2010 and completed her 200 Hour Certification at Moksha Yoga in Chicago. In addition to her over 300+ hours of additional training with master teachers from around the world, she has also completed over 60 hours of kids’ yoga training with Global Family Yoga and has completed the Radiant Beginnings Kids Yoga Certification course. Jaclyn currently works as a preschool teacher at The Joshua School, and teaches kids’ yoga there to children with developmental disabilities. She has experience working with children ages 2-14 and has taught yoga everywhere from public schools, to nonprofit organizations, to engineering centers and more. In her classes, Jaclyn’s main focus is to provide a safe space for children to learn, explore and take a break from everyday life.
Mitsuyuki “MIKE” Ninomiya
Mike has been involved in mind body discipline since the age of three in the Japanese tradition of martial arts taught to him by both of his parents. “The goal of my practice is to engage myself in the same manner on and off the mat. As a teacher to gain insight and inspiration by establishing a strong connection in heart so that our inner light is spread radiantly.” Mike is also an active member of West African music and dance culture, national chess circuit, and enjoys surfing and skateboarding in the summer.
Liz Daniels completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Samadhi in Denver, a 36 – hour prenatal/ postnatal teacher training with De West, 30- hours Anjali restorative training with Shannon Paige & is trained through Radiant Beginnings for teaching yoga to children. She graduated from UMass Amherst with a degree in hospitality management, and has been working as an event & wedding planner for over 15 years. Over these years an avid yoga practice has helped her find a sense of calm from the busy stressful days. After suffering a leg injury, Liz found yoga and saw that it was an amazing way to heal the body. Our bodies have the ability to heal when we fuel them with good nutrition and allow our breath to deepen & our minds to slow down. She loves sharing the gifts & tools that yoga can offer to everyone.
Two of Emily’s favorite things are working with children of all abilities and practicing yoga. Emily discovered her passion for yoga during a tricky transition in 2010 when she returned to the states from living abroad as a Peace Corps volunteer in Jordan. She has been practicing yoga almost daily ever since. Emily completed a 200 hour adult yoga teacher training in 2013 and kids yoga teacher training in 2014. Emily graduated from Colorado State University in the spring of 2015 with a masters of science in occupational therapy. Apart of her master’s degree Emily wrote a special interest paper on yoga for children with autism spectrum disorders and started a kids yoga group at her level II pediatric fieldwork site. Emily understands the many benefits of teaching yoga to children from an occupational therapy perspective and she encourages children of all abilities to join her on the mat. Currently Emily teaches kids yoga to children with neurodevelopmental disabilities at an outpatient pediatric clinic in Denver and looks forward to teaching as a Radiant Beginnings teacher in schools, clinics and/or studios. Upon request, Emily is also available to teach individual sessions to children with special needs.
Emily enjoys reading and learning, live music, hiking in the Rockies, and being flashed with a smile, especially from those with missing teeth!
Christina is a proud Colorado native with two sons. While training for a half marathon, Christina injured her knee and required surgery. Her recovery only allowed her to focus on yoga. She fell in love with yoga and decided to share her passion with the world and received her 200 RYT and Children’s Yoga certifications.
Christina loves doing yoga with her children as well as others. Yoga with children is not only fun but you can experience the excitement and joy in their eyes when experience a new pose or create their own. It also helps keep them focused and grounded and aids in making a sad face into a happy one. She is eager to teach the benefits of yoga to all ages, not only from a mindfulness/stress management standpoint, but also as a guide to a healthy lifestyle.
Stacey is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is passionate about working with children that have experienced trauma from a variety of different situations in a therapeutic context. Stacey uses mindfulness and yoga not only in her yoga classes but also with the children she works therapeutically. She has found that when children are given the tools to be in their own body through mindfulness and storytelling, they become unstoppable!
Julie found the benefits of yoga during her transition from a hectic business life to staying at home with her two young children. The balance of mindfulness and movement in yoga helped create clarity and purpose to her everyday life. She is passionate about teaching children the tools to bring peace and positive energy into their lives. She considers yoga a lifelong journey and seeks out continuous learning. Julie is 200-hour certified from Kindness Yoga in Denver, and is trained in Yin Yoga and Kid’s Yoga. Off the mat, Julie is an avid traveler and outdoor enthusiast. She loves to garden, cook, build and spend time with her family.
A Denver native, Morgan Schoob has been practicing yoga for over ten years. She originally found yoga as a way out of the world of chaos and into the world of possibility. She believes that any level of experience and any aged person deserves the opportunity to master their mind and body. Her teaching style is union between a focus of breath and having fun with movement. Her teaching style is an inviting blend of playful movement and soothing relaxation. Morgan emphasizes on breath work, body awareness and the imagination in her classes. She believes that any age and any range of experience can benefit from the power of yoga. Morgan has experience teaching all ages and received certification through Radiant Beginning’s Kids Yoga Teacher Training, Belly Bliss CO, and Buffy Barfoot Yoga’ Clear Compass Teacher Training . To learn more about Morgan, please visitwww.devoteyoga.com
After seeing how transformative yoga could be Molly began teaching yoga classes at Cottolengo Special School in Ft. Kochi, India. There 60 students with various backgrounds and disabilities joined Molly in a weekly yoga class that combined breath, movement, and self-reflection. The inclusive nature of yoga allowed the students to see past their age and abilities and build off the strength of one another.
During her time working at Cottolengo she also provided one-on-one yoga therapy to the individuals at the Mother Theresa orphanage in Ft. Kochi. There she focused each session with the girls on love, hope, compassion, and limitless expectations – things that they had previously been denied. This method proved extremely advantageous and resulted in children crawling who had never done so before, children becoming responsive – clapping, cooing, and physically reacting to voice, and children whose physical signs of their disability lessened. Molly is the proud owner of Grove Tree Yoga and works with children and adults with disabilities and trauma in the Denver Metro area.
Meg believes in the power of yoga as a self-nurturing and confidence building tool for beings of all ages. Every child deserves to feel at home in their uniqueness and empowered in managing their emotions in an increasingly stressful, fast-paced society. Meg discovered the deep healing and stress-management tools of a personal yoga practice through her own struggle with anxiety and depression as a teen, which lasted into adulthood. Yoga literally saved her life! It softened the fear of facing life’s challenges, empowered her to heal old wounds and gave her the courage to live in her truth. Now, she feels so blessed to be able to share the gift of mindfulness with her community here in Denver!
After completing multiple 200-hour trainings in Vinyasa yoga, Meg received her certification to teach children’s yoga through Denver’s own, Radiant Beginnings Yoga in 2015. She now teaches youth yoga and stress-management through in-school enrichment programs, after-school programs and workshops as well as working one-on-one with children with specific needs. Her mission is to empower children of all ages to awaken their confidence and build the courage to live mindfully so they may unleash their creative potential and thrive as their most authentic selves.
Celeste Ortega is a native of Boulder, Colorado. She has an extensive background in the arts including professional dance training, having lived in New York for 6 years as a professional dancer. She has taught art and worked as an early childhood teacher as well. She graduated from Metropolitan State University on a full merit scholarship and is beginning a Masters degree and has her 200 hour YTT. She has lived in India and Denmark and has traveled extensively. She is a volunteer with the Art of Living Foundation and International Association for Human Values. She has also worked with an organization called Care for Children, an organization that builds free schools in rural areas of India. Much of her experience has been working with marginalized and traumatized populations. She is very committed to multicultural perspectives, having been deeply influenced by her mother, who is a world traveler. She currently sings with an indigenous music group. She loves and appreciates children and feels grateful and blessed to share the wonder, peace and fun of yoga and mindfulness with youth.
Michelle combines her passion for health, wellness and fitness to create a fun yoga environment for children as a Radiant Beginnings teacher. Her lifelong professional interests and experiences encompass the promotion of healthy habits throughout the lifecycle, from prenatal health to chronic disease prevention. Her years of experience as a dietitian and diabetes educator, working with children and adolescents with diabetes, accentuate her ability to be both empathetic and instructive. Michelle completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training through Kindness Yoga and her children’s yoga training through Radiant Beginnings. She hopes all of the benefits of yoga, playfully practiced in her class, will add to the joy and health of the children who participate.
Dani has been practicing yoga for almost a decade and has found a dedicated practice through her love of yoga asana, the stillness of mind, and the healing qualities it cultivates. She is 200 hr E-RYT in Hatha Yoga and is currently a practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga. She has a daily meditation practice and has practiced meditation in both Shambhala and Zen centers. She completed her Radiant Beginnings training with Julie in 2015. Dani has worked with children in daycares, as a nanny, and in the Waldorf kindergarten in Vermont. Her love of working with kids and of yoga has lead her to Radiant Beginnings. She is thrilled to share the gifts and healing benefits of mindfulness with kids and teens!
I have been working with children, teens, and families for over 10 years wearing a variety of hats including school social worker. yoga teacher, therapist, and childcare provider. Through my own yoga and meditation practice, I was able to find relief from anxiety, panic, and depression. This inspired me to dedicate myself to sharing the tools of yoga and mindfulness to others, particularly children and teens. My intention as a Radiant Beginnings teacher is to help students access their own inner resources, build empathy for self and others, and develop lifelong skills for stress-management.
Genevieve has been working with, caring for, and simply loving kids for about as long as she can remember. With a couple teachers in the family, it’s no wonder that patience, teaching, and playing come naturally. Children are one of our most precious resources, we can learn as much from them as they learn from us – if given the opportunity : ) Growing up with anxiety, it’s particularly special to be able to help give kids the tools of yoga and mindfulness to help them feel calm, safe, and secure. There’s really nothing Genevieve loves more than seeing smiles on kids faces, and helping them to grow into confident, happy little beings.