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 children, you can find Brynne leading trainings and empowering educators to integrate yoga into schools across Europe, Asia, and the United States.
Julia Bond, Co-Founder | 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 graduated with a degree 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.
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. Learn More about Hala ->
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. Learn More about Kyra ->
Pili Bailey is a Pasadena CA based yoga teacher with a Masters of Science in Chemistry from Georgetown University. She has high school classroom teaching experience having worked as a long term Chemistry and Biology substitute teacher for a private school in Ontario, CA. Pili completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at YogaWorks in Pasadena and continues her yoga education in Yoga Therapy at Loyola Marymount University. As a life time student, Pili brings her joy of learning into her work as a yoga educator. Having worked as a Preschool Yoga Teacher, Pili is especially skilled at bringing yoga stories and yoga games to life. Pili has taught Mom and Tots Yoga, Family Yoga and Kid’s Yoga (ages 6-10) at her local YMCA, recreation center and Yoga Studios in her area. Pili is fast becoming the Kid’s Yoga Teacher of Pasadena. Pili’s mission is to help children develop the skills of mindfulness, self-awareness and effective stress-management techniques to foster resilience and well-being throughout their life. As an educator and a yogi, Pili loves dedicating her time to helping improve teachers and students well-being in schools.
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.
Informed by research and years spent with children in and out of the classroom, Cab offers training for both child and teen yoga.
Kate Beckel, E-RYT200, YACEP, RCYT, M.Ed is a Prison Yoga Project Trainer and the San Diego Chapter Director. She is also a trainer for Yoga Ed., specializing in working with children and youth. She has trained in a wide variety of yoga practices. She is in the Advanced year of her Somatic Experiencing (SE) Studies.
SE is a mind-body therapy that works with the nervous system to relieve and or resolve trauma. Since 2015 she has taught trauma-informed yoga at Vista Detention Facility, Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility, Second Chance, Kitchens for Good, Toussaint Academy, and other Title 1 schools.
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.
Regina Cruickshank is our Australian based Trainer for Yoga Ed. She holds a BA in Marketing and Business and has been working with Children and Youth since her own Teenage Years. Passionate about children wellbeing and supporting education with yoga and mindfulness, she’s been actively teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to kids and school communities for a number of years. Regina is a RYT350, RCYT and also trained in prenatal Yoga, setting an early start for wellbeing from the mother’s womb.
She has founded YOGAZEIT in mid 2017, providing wellbeing programs for the Young and Young at Heart. Her vision is to enable all school communities across Australia to access the benefits of Yoga and Mindfulness and she’s working hard on making it happen. Regina also volunteers for Yoga Australia’s Yoga for Children Working Group and Western Australia’s Mindfulness Educators Network. She regularly offers free community classes for children or teens in need.
After a 30 year elementary teaching career, Tom became lead facilitator in developing the Crim Mindfulness Initiative. This Flint based program has drawn the attention and praise of Jon Kabat-Zinn, Congressman Tim Ryan and Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha. Tom believes that Yoga Ed and the Mindfulness Program can help mitigate the effects of Flint’s lead contaminated water crisis. Tom has trained with Thich Nhat Hanh and has been teaching yoga for 20 years.
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.
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.
Lisa is from Flint, Michigan and graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s in Hospitality Business where her passion was creating positive, memorable experiences for others. Lisa learned the practice of yoga while studying abroad for a semester in the Netherlands, and she fell in love with the art of mindful movement. She became a Certified Yoga Instructor in 2015 and teaches a variety of yoga in a local studio and throughout the community. As an avid runner, yogi and mindfulness advocate, Lisa joined the Crim Fitness Foundation in Flint as a Mindfulness Educator and a Yoga Ed. Trainer and Educator in 2017 where she weaves the art of play into her everyday life.
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.
Maggie is an educator of many kinds in Durham, North Carolina. She earned her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Early Childhood Education at the University of Texas at Austin. She has been sharing yoga with her students and her fellow elementary school teachers since she became a certified yoga teacher in 2013. The tools of yoga and mindfulness empower her students to take their social and emotional wellbeing into their own hands. She is a 300-hour certified Baptiste Yoga Leader and a long-time mentor for Africa Yoga Project. Finally, Maggie is the founder of Balanced Teachers, an online community for educators that prevents teacher burnout through self-awareness and self-care. You are most likely to find her leading staff yoga breaks, taking deep breaths, and learning corny jokes from fifth graders.
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.
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.
Bryony Ollier is an advocate of kindness, of breathing deeper and fuller, bringing music and yogic arts into everyday living. She left London, UK after graduating with BA degree in Theatre Arts. Bryony and her husband spent twelve blessed years in Japan, teaching, performing, making music and becoming parents of two. In Japan, Family yoga and kids yoga became an invaluable bridge to kinesthetic learning, improving focus and relieving anxiety. Bryony began working with Yoga Ed in 2012 bringing yoga into kindergartens, orphanages, schools, and yoga studios, and training future kids yoga educators. Now in BC, Canada, Bryony is sharing Trauma-Informed Yoga at Simon Fraser University, Elementary schools, Recreation Centers, and Professional Development workshops for teachers, to bring yoga into education as a tool to feel well, be feel well, for our future generations.
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.
Megan Plagman is a full-time social worker in Austin, TX. She received a dual Masters degree in Social Work and Public Health from Tulane University where she developed a passion for the mind-body connection. Megan has spent her career in the education system providing individual, group, and family therapy in schools. Yoga became a big part of Megan’s self care practice and she quickly recognized the parallel messages of self-acceptance, self-compassion, and empowerment between her social work and yoga practices. Her journey to teaching developed naturally from this connection and as a Certified 200 hour Yoga Teacher and Yoga Educator she hopes to bring the many benefits of yoga to her students, schools, and families. Megan in an advocate for mental and physical health in her community and sincerely believes in the healing power of yoga. When she is not working, Megan enjoys spending time outdoors camping, hiking, and eating her way through Austin one taco at a time.
Danielle Radl’s life work has been with children. She is a passionate yogi and public school elementary educator for the past 27 years in Manhattan Beach Unified School District. She holds an elementary credential, as well as a physical education secondary credential. Danielle’s purpose is to bring mindfulness and yoga to as many children as possible in the world. Teens are a particular interest to her after teaching yoga to several teen youth athletic groups and seeing the results first hand. Yoga and mindfulness provide the tools for all youth to make better choices, build resilience and an understanding of themselves.
Danielle is a graduate of USC and Loyola Marymount University. She holds a M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction, along with her 500 hour Yoga Alliance E-RYT, RCYT and YACEP. She teaches adult and kids yoga along with training adults in 200 hour yoga teacher trainings in kundalini and hatha yoga. Danielle is the proud mom of five amazing kids, grandma of three, wife and life long learner. She currently serves on the Social Emotional Wellness Committee for MBUSD, speaks and teaches parents about mindfulness & parenting through South Bay Families Connected and Beach Cities Health District. Danielle enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, traveling to her second home in Costa Rica, stand up paddling and walking the beach. Sharing yoga with people of all ages continues to fuel her passion for learning and give back to others on their path of self discovery.
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.
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 traveling, 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.
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.
Blade Apuna, Video Editor & Executive Assistant
Blade is a video editor and executive assistant at Yoga Ed. Blade graduated from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Marketing. His interest in entrepreneurship and business development inspired Blade to join Yoga Ed.’s fast-growing, small business team to bring health and wellness to children and teens around the world. With a passion for video editing and all things YouTube, Blade currently supports the content creation and growth of Yoga Ed.’s YouTube channel. When not at Yoga Ed., you can find Blade volunteering at ‘Ōlelo Community Media to gain experience in producing videos and films.