Global leaders in yoga education power our programs.
Our faculty is comprised of highly accomplished and skilled professionals who educate Yoga Ed. Trainers on specialized topics within their respective fields, including yoga, education, research, facilitation, and business. As thinkers, innovators, and experts, our faculty members offer engaging lectures and workshops at Trainer Institutes.
Tara Lynda Guber, Founder
Los Angeles, CA
Tara’s life and work reflects her passions: family, education and spirituality. Tara is dedicated to the importance of a strong, collaborative family relationship and a quality education as the foundation for a fulfilling personal and professional life. In 2001, Tara founded Yoga Ed. and continues her support of Yoga Ed. through the Tara Lynda Guber Scholarship, established to provide opportunities for educators to get the necessary training to implement this program in schools. Prior to Yoga Ed., Tara was a founding member of the board of directors of The Accelerated School, the internationally recognized charter public school in South Central Los Angeles, named “Elementary School of the Year” by TIME magazine. Tara served for eight years as co-founder and President of EDUCATION FIRST! – a non-profit organization that utilized the resources of the entertainment industry to address the crisis in American education.
Tara is involved in many projects outside of yoga. In 2012, Peter and Tara Guber became part owners of the MLB Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2011, they became part owners of the NBA Golden State Warriors. In 2014, they became part owners if LAFC, a new MLS soccer team in Los Angeles. She is the co-founder of The Journalistic Learning Institute in partnership with University of Oregon and the Co-President of the LAFC Foundation. In addition, Tara serves on the UCLA Health Board and The Joyful Heart Foundation. Tara currently resides in Los Angeles, California with her family: her children Jodi, Elizabeth, Sam and Jaxon and her husband Peter Guber, CEO of Mandalay Entertainment Group.
Los Angeles, CA
Hala Khouri, M.A., E-RYT, has been teaching yoga and the movement arts for over 20 years. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Columbia University and her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is trained in Somatic Experiencing, a body-based psychotherapy that addresses trauma and its symptoms. She is a co-founder of Off the Mat, Into the World. Since age 16, Hala has taught yoga and the movement arts to a variety of people ranging from those with mental illness and youth at-risk to mommies and rock stars. She lives in Venice, CA with her husband and two sons.
Los Angeles, CA
Kyra Haglund, MSW, SEP, E-RYT is a clinical social worker, Somatic Experiencing practitioner, yoga teacher, and activist based in Los Angeles. She lived and studied holistic arts and cultural anthropology extensively in India and Nepal and is a co-creator of the Santa Monica Yoga teacher training program. Kyra completed her graduated studies in social work from USC focusing on mental health, military social work, family systems, and public policy. She is certified in Somatic Experiencing, a mind-body modality that works directly with the nervous system to relieve and resolve symptoms of trauma. She takes an integrative approach to therapy and social justice work, blending traditional psychotherapy, holistic arts, and somatic tools to support greater self-regulation and well-being. Kyra has been integral in developing trauma-informed yoga programs and trainings throughout Los Angeles.
Los Angeles, CA
Jacki Carr is a goal coach, writer and hiking yogi. You can find her zipping through LA and goal coaching via hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains, on and off the yoga mat or via good ol’ phone. Her coaching style includes 80’s music, (perhaps sang out loud), real and honest conversations and true connection to your most powerful and whole self. Jacki has been coaching goals since 2009 and has a true passion for a microphone, inspiring others to live it really big and holding them accountable. She received her igolu certification and believes in personal power and radical choice as a way to live and rock your own personal brand for the World. igolu (pronounced I-Goal-You) is a body of innovative communication, vision, goal-setting and leadership training.
Mary Beth LaRue
Los Angeles, CA
Mary Beth LaRue is a yoga teacher, writer, and lover of avocados, homemade chai tea, and hip hop. She’s an Iowa girl living blissfully in Venice Beach with her husband and their lovable English bulldog, Rosy. You’ll find her riding her bike, going to the farmers’ market, and taking roadtrips with her fam. Whether it’s through a sweaty yoga practice, a gratitude meditation, or a conversation over coffee about life goals, her mission is to lead people toward their bliss. Sustainable, fulfilling, ohmygodilovemylife bliss.
Leanne is passionate about helping people to reach their full potential. As a Regional Sales Executive for a $100M+ business segment at a Fortune 500 company, she led a team of sales representatives to achieve unprecedented growth and success in their territories. She believes in giving people the tools and motivation they need, and empowering them to go out and reach their goals. In 2016, she started her own company IVY LADDER. In addition to providing sales and marketing consulting to salespeople and businesses, she is empowering the next generation of our youth through career training and education. She lives outside of Boston with her husband Mike, adorable Yorkie Harvey, and new little one.
Carla Tantillo is the author of the book Cooling Down Your Classroom and Student Wellness in 8-10 Minutes Each Day. She is also an international presenter, consultant, teacher, yogi and dog lover. She is the founder of Mindful Practices, has a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, and is a certified yoga teacher. Carla was a founding teacher and curriculum director of a high-poverty school in Chicago and has taught English, social studies, and drama at both the secondary and elementary levels. She has worked with more than 100+ schools to help bring yoga to their student and teacher populations. She is the co-creator of Hip-Hop Yoga and provides professional development to schools across the country. Carla is dedicated to putting wellness strategies into the hands of students and teachers everywhere. Her mantra is “Relaxed teachers teach better. Relaxed students learn better.”
New York City, NY
Mara Gleason is the co-founder of One Thought, a global company specializing in the field of human experience. She is dedicated to helping leaders, businesses, and communities unleash their greatest potential through clearer thinking which leads to richer, more productive lives. Her clients include global business executives, teachers, doctors, US military leaders, and the NHL. She is also co-founder and core faculty of the One Thought Institute, a 3 principles practitioner training program founded to unleash more highly developed 3 principles professionals who can affect wide-reaching global change. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University in 2006. She splits her time between London and her home in Brooklyn, NY. Most importantly, she loves the opportunity to do the work that she does!
Highly skilled professionals facilitate our institutes.
Our trainers are highly skilled professionals who empower educators with tools and techniques to cultivate physical, emotional, cognitive, and social fitness in youth. Dedicated to sharing their knowledge and expertise in yoga education, our trainers facilitate Yoga Ed. Professional Institutes and mentor prospective Yoga Educators.
Los Angeles, CA
Jason Battung is a full-time yoga teacher in Santa Monica High School’s Physical Education Department. An Ohioan from Cleveland’s east side, he studied economics and management at The University of Pennsylvania Wharton School while earning three varsity letters in football and two Ivy League Championships. Jason began his yoga practice in 2001 to replace the physical regiment of his athletic background, which quickly evolved into an exploration of all aspects of yoga philosophy and its practical applications to everyday life. He discovered his passion for working with youth while running experiential education service trips in Thailand, Costa Rica, and the Fiji Islands. Once settled in Venice Beach, he began coaching football and basketball at SAMOHI, while substitute teaching as he earned his California Teaching Credential. He uses his bicycle, vegetarian cooking, carpentry, and Ayurveda to stay balanced while teaching 5 periods of 40 students daily during the academic year.
Los Angeles, CA
Halli Bayer is passionate about giving kids and teens the tools they need to succeed. As a former middle school teacher and current education policy analyst, she brings sharp intelligence, high energy, and tons of heart to her work as a Trainer. Halli feels deeply grateful to be able to bring the power of yoga to youth.
San Diego, CA
Kate Beckel is a skilled educator and yoga teacher who shares Yoga Ed.’s global vision for yoga education. Inspired by her experience attending international schools in both Paris and London, Kate went on to spend two years teaching in elementary schools in Hong Kong, followed by three years teaching elementary and special education in Istanbul. After remaining in Istanbul for three more years to deepen her yoga practice by teaching to both kids and adults, Kate returned to the United States to bring her worldly experience to serve children and teens in the San Diego area. Through the Sonima Foundation, Kate currently provides yoga education as a substitute teacher at the Encinitas Union School District. With her passion for restorative justice, Kate is particularly keen on empowering at-risk youth with life skills through yoga, and is interesting in expanding her work both in schools and in juvenile detention centers. Kate holds a B.A. in Elementary and Special Education and a M.Ed. with an emphasis in Math and Literacy Development from NYU.
St. Louis, MO
Megan Carroll is a passionate public health advocate seeking to empower individuals to live healthier, more fulfilled lives, through an interdisciplinary approach to health that emphasizes preventative care and collaborative action. Sharing Yoga Ed.’s vision of promoting the health and wellness of children and teens globally, she believes that supporting students through mindfulness and concrete life skills will help entire communities thrive. Megan earned her MPH at the University of Southern California, specializing in Health Education and Promotion, and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. In her free time, she enjoys reading, dreaming of Italy, and exploring St. Louis with her husband and goofy golden retriever.
Mary Reeds Crowley is an artist and yoga instructor who practices, teaches, and lives yoga on the east side of Oahu. A lifelong athlete, Mary recognized the value of yoga for her body while participating in Track and Field at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and soon experienced the amazing impact it had on her overall health and outlook on life. Encouraged by her self-awareness, healthy lifestyle, the arts, and most importantly, her two beautiful children, Mary is constantly seeking growth through continuing education, as well as by serving and teaching others. A White Lotus certified yoga instructor, Mary had the privilege of studying directly under Tracey and Ganga White, gaining her 200-hour as well as Advanced Yoga Teaching certifications in Vinyasa yoga. While teaching adults has been and continues to be very fulfilling to Mary, her experience as a preschool teacher, a nanny, and now a mother to two, deeply inspires her to share the many benefits of yoga with kids. As a Yoga Alliance certified Kids and Families yoga teacher and Yoga Ed. Trainer, Mary hopes to bring the gift of yoga to the world, through our keiki, our future.
New Orleans, LA
Chelsea Hylton is a New Orleans based educator and Founder of Project Peaceful Warriors, an organization bringing trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness to both students and educators. Chelsea has been passionately serving students and schools through yoga and mindfulness since 2009, starting in Charleston, South Carolina, where she received her B.S. in Physical Education at the College of Charleston. Chelsea began her work in New Orleans Charter Schools in the fall of 2013, and aims to empower schools and communities in New Orleans with the tools of yoga and mindfulness so students can grow academically and as impactful members of their community. Her vision is that one day there will be an integration and collaboration of education and mindfulness in all schools to empower minds and change communities.
Los Angeles, CA
Sara Lev has been a passionate educator for over a decade. She received her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College in New York City, and her yoga certification from Yoga Works in Los Angeles. Sara is a founding teacher and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Coordinator at Citizens of the World Charter School Mar Vista in Los Angeles, where she teaches yoga to fourth and fifth grade students, as well as to the Transitional Kindergarten students in her own classroom. Sara also works as a member of the school’s leadership team to develop and implement SEL curriculum school-wide, and is driven to teach both adults and children about the benefits of yoga and social emotional skills and competencies. Whether teaching in the classroom or on the yoga mat, Sara strives to empower her students to follow their own curiosities and interests, while at the same time supporting them in developing and strengthening their many skills.
Tina Maladi is the founder of Kids Yoga Jakarta, which brings yoga to children and families throughout Jakarta, Indonesia. Tina has been teaching yoga to children since 2006, inspired by her own experiences as a mother. Tina’s daughter was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum in 2005, and Tina has integrated yoga into their routine as part of movement therapy. Working with her daughter has informed and encouraged Tina’s passion for bringing yoga to kids, and she has trained under Sonia Sumar, founder of Yoga for the Special Child and the Radiant Child Yoga Program. In addition to Tina’s work at Kids Yoga Jakarta, she also provides after school children’s yoga programming for elementary and middle school students in national and international schools. Tina believes that yoga and education can be a powerful character-building tool for children, and is enthusiastic about expanding this work in Jakarta and throughout Indonesia.
Jean Martin has 18 years of teaching experience grades K-12, has sponsored a high school fitness and yoga club, volunteered yoga classes at a foster home for kids and currently teaches yoga in the community at studios, at- risk youth facilities, and various venues serving all age groups, special interests and abilities. She trained under Karin Stephan, a nationally recognized B.K.S. Iyengar instructor for her 200 hour Hatha certification and continued her 500 hour certification in Vinyasa, Ananda Yoga. Jean loves sharing how yoga inspires one’s curiosity and quest for calm, enhances confidence and self-knowledge and most importantly, the joy the practice brings to all her students. She is especially passionate and excited about the life changing experiences students transfer from their mats to their lives.
Yukiko brings her in-depth knowledge and understanding of Yoga to empower her students with Yoga as tool for relaxation, happiness, and supporting a healthy lifestyle. An experienced yoga instructor, Yuki is committed to make a difference in education by teaching children and adults how to use Yoga to maintain a sound body and sound mind.
Julie Murcia (M.Ed, RYT, RCYT) is a Hawai’i-based educator dedicated to sharing her passion for yoga, education, wellness and culture. She is the founder of Yoga for Keiki, a community organization with a mission to share yoga and pono values with children and school communities on the Big Island. Julie is also co-founder of Na Manu Li’i Children’s Center, an environment for the East Hawai’i community that honors children’s genuine development through play, yoga and the arts. Through these organizations, Julie introduces yoga and mindfulness to children and families as a way to foster self-awareness, self-care, and pono values throughout her community. Julie has also worked as a Kindergarten teacher at Na Wai Ola Public Charter School in Mt. View, HI, and as a volunteer teacher in the Marshall Islands. She holds a Master’s in Elementary Education, and a Bachelor’s in Education and Human Geography from Dartmouth College.
Joan founded Inspire Yoga to build a friendly community of all ages that supports and encourages each other, focusing on strengthening and challenging the mind and body to create a peaceful spirit. Joan started yoga to heal a back injury in 1993 and has since steadily grown her practice. She began teaching in 2001 and is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) through the Yoga Alliance. Joan is a firm believer that the best yoga instructors are those that commit to being a life long student. Joan puts her words into action each say. She has trained with Baron Baptiste, Judith Lasater, Beth Shaw and has completed numerous 200 hour trainings around the United Stated. Most recently she has completed Yoga Ed.’s Early Childhood and Adolescence training in Sounthern California and is now on Yoga Ed.’s team of Trainers. Joan is passionate about being of service and has found the best way for her to do that is through her yoga teaching. She is a wife, mother of two boys and an artist who believes in dreaming big, working hard and the power of love.
Grand Rapids, MI
Candis Ogilvie is an educator who is inspired to pursue meaningful change for students and teachers alike, through yoga programming in schools. Candis believes that responsibility of schools extends beyond academic success, and seeks to provide children with life skills in order to learn and live at their best. From her work as a classroom teacher, Candis understands that the most powerful way to change education is to empower educators, and now dedicates her time to bringing yoga programming to children and schools throughout West Michigan. With a M.Ed in Elementary Education and many years of teaching in the classroom, Candis knows the ins and outs of effective classroom management, student engagement techniques and school-based intervention programs. And, through her family and children’s yoga classes, school programming and coaching, Candis’ work has a community-wide impact, giving kids the confidence and tools to live happy and be well.
New York City, NY
A passionate and dedicated yoga guide and educator, Suzy loves to work with people of all ages. Prior to becoming a Yoga Ed. Trainer, Suzy worked in youth programming and educational development for over five years and holds a M.A. in International Education from New York University with a focus on immigrant communities, cross-cultural education, and youth. More recently, Suzy partnered with Grand Street Settlement and implemented an afterschool yoga program for public school K-12 students in the Lower East Side of New York City. In her work, Suzy strives to cultivate healthier schools and communities through sustainable and accessible practices in yoga and wellness.
Marta has been teaching variety of fitness classes to all age groups since 2000. She enjoys working with people to promote healthy and happy lifestyles, educating her students about physical activity, and motivating them to succeed. Marta started her journey with Yoga 10 years ago. In 2013, she completed her yoga teacher training for adults and Yoga Ed. teacher training for children. Marta currently teaches Yoga for kids in Playschool/Montessori. She also teaches Yoga for adults and other different fitness classes in Longford. Powered by her passion for physical activity and self-awareness, Marta helps her students build strong foundations for balanced and healthy lives. She believes that Yoga offers many benefits on and off the mat, and feels Yoga can change the world by making it a better place to live. With a love for life and all that life brings, Marta happily resides in Ireland with her 2 most important boys: her husband and 9-year old son.
Arizona-based Trainer Jackie Smith created Seeds2TreesYoga to empower kids with healthy life skills. Inspired by her experience as a mother, grandmother, and substitute teacher, Jackie shares the benefits of yoga with everyone she touches. Yoga has enriched her life and her family by creating more self-awareness and presence, and she is passionate about sharing yoga with all ages in a positive, non-competitive and non-judgmental environment. She has been teaching yoga since 2013, and loves how yoga supports her personal happiness while also encouraging imaginative thinking, expanding self-confidence, fostering positive emotional growth, and promoting physical health and well-being for her students.
Artist, Educator, and Entrepreneur, Harmony Turner has made it her life’s work to inspire, inform, and integrate. Alongside an MFA in Dance, MA in Teaching, and BA in Theatre Arts, Harmony is also a certified Yoga Ed. Trainer for Honolulu, Hawaii, bringing the benefits of yoga education to PK-12 schools, teachers, and diverse organizations. Harmony has founded her own company, HarmsaStar, with goals of artistic expression, integrity, community, and collaboration. Harmony is truly humbled to be part of both the arts and yoga communities, professions, and movements in Hawaii. She is presently working as Lead Resource Teacher at Holy Nativity School, where she also previously served as the Health and Wellness Director.
Gig Harbor, WA
Tania is a yoga educator, social worker and mother of two young girls, who has been practicing yoga for 15 years. Born and raised in Southeast Asia, Tania attended international schools like the Jakarta International School and Singapore American School before moving to New York City to study Film and worked on several documentaries. She continued on to graduate school at the University of Hawaii and at the University of Washington for Social Work, with a focus on mental health and community organization. She is passionate about indigenous wellness and the impact of trauma on communities. Tania is also a photographer, postpartum doula and lactation consultant, and has studied at the Simkin Center for Birth at Bastyr University with a focus on trauma-informed birth support. Yoga has allowed Tania to integrate her rich background and life experiences in order to equip youth with lifelong tools for self-regulation and empowerment, and finding ways to build resilience and joy! She believes that yoga is a powerful tool for getting to know ourselves, in which the experience translates uniquely, interacting differently for every person. When she’s not busy serving the South Sound, Tania enjoys travelling, spending time in nature with her children and husband, cooking, reading and taking photographs of her children, and finding the beauty and curiosity in every moment.
Empowered educators integrate yoga into the classroom.
Yoga educators embody the Yoga Ed. philosophy and effectively integrate yoga into academic environments. To become a certified Yoga Educator, you must successfully complete Professional Institute 1, Professional Institute 2, and the Mentorship Program or 18 hours of practicum experience.
San Diego, CA
Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids, MI
The team behind the scenes.
We are a talented team from diverse backgrounds with a shared dream: to change education through the practice of yoga. Powered by our core values, we lead and deliver with integrity, innovation, and sustainability in mind. We do the work we love and we love the work we do.
Brynne Caleda, CEO
Brynne Caleda, M.Ed., E-RYT is a leader in the field of yoga education. As CEO of Yoga Ed., Brynne champions the efficacy of innovative, evidence-based yoga programs for schools to establish lifelong foundations for student’s fitness, wellness, and productivity. Over the past decade, Brynne has worked closely with educators, health professionals, and parents to enrich school communities with yoga tools to more authentically and effectively teach to their students and children. A pioneer of yoga education in Hawaii, Brynne is also the founder of Stretch Your Imagination, a non-profit that creates sustainable yoga programs for Hawaii’s schools. When not at home in paradise with her two year old son, you can find Brynne leading trainings and empowering educators to integrate yoga into schools across Europe, Asia, and the United States.
Julia Bond, VP Operations & Technology
An enthusiastic strategist, Julia believes that every great movement is powered by a strong idea and a dedicated team of problem solvers. Deeply inspired to cultivate healthier schools through mindfulness and movement, Julia scales Yoga Ed. operations by leveraging data-driven technology to drive strategic growth. Julia brings her passion for and experience with full-stack web development to support Yoga Ed.’s online presence. Before Yoga Ed., Julia’s endeavors included global arts education, international humanitarian relief, and conducting research on mindfulness practices in education. Julia holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Biology with a focus on the Brain and Behavior from Brown University.
Akiko McLeod, Director of Programs
Akiko McLeod is a keen educator, yoga practitioner, and mother of two. Fluent in English and Japanese, Akiko has taught in various educational settings, from schools to cultural centers, for the past decade. Born and raised in Yokohama, Akiko found her passion while teaching English as a Second Language to children in Japan, realizing how impactful working with children was for the teacher as well as the student. Inspired by her experience and motivated to increase her impact through yoga, Akiko completed her Yoga Ed. certification at Yoga Generation in Japan and RYT 200 through Trinity Yoga in Edmonton, Canada. Known for her sunshine smile, Akiko now channels her enthusiasm for education into teaching yoga to children and adults in her community. Her mission is to plant seeds of yoga education and root them deeply in communities in Canada, Japan, Hawaii, and beyond. Akiko currently resides in Edmonton, Canada with her husband and two children.
Audrey Brown, Production Manager
Always eager to find new outlets for creativity, Audrey is excited to join the Yoga Ed. team. On the way to completing her degree in creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she worked in media, developing skills in videography, video editing, content management systems, and web design. Audrey also became a CYT to delve deeper into the practice of yoga as a student and a teacher. She now combines her experience as a yoga instructor with her technical background to help Yoga Ed. on its mission to establish healthier schools through both student and teacher wellness. When she’s not navigating Adobe CC or teaching yoga, you can find Audrey riding her bike around Honolulu, flailing around in ocean, or drinking kombucha.