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Founders

Jamie Dix − Bio
Jamie Dix

 Jamie Dix
 503-997-8762
Portland, OR

X Jamie Dix

 Jamie Dix
 503-997-8762
Portland, OR

I have been teaching Imagination Yoga to kids since 2007 and I LOVE my job. I am able to bring two of my favorite things together at the same time: Yoga and Chidren. Imagination Yoga is my platform to inspire kids to move, to relax, to create and to connect with their true great nature. I have been practicing and teaching yoga for over 10 years.

Jessica McClintic − Bio
Jessica McClintic

 Jessica McClintic
 971-645-9606
Portland, OR

X Jessica McClintic

 Jessica McClintic
 971-645-9606
Portland, OR

I have been an Imagination Yoga teacher since 2008 and practicing yoga personally since 1994. My love for kids has always been a part of my life and it deepened when my own two girls were born. My favorite parts of teaching Imagination Yoga are; sharing the importance of kindness, the joy found in moving your body and providing opportunities for a child to close their eyes and manifest their own ideas through self-expression.

Oregon - Teachers

Mary Anghilante − Bio
The Dalles, OR
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 Mary Anghilante
 541-993-5320
The Dalles, OR

From the first time I heard about Imagination Yoga, I felt excited about the possibilities. For forty years I have worked with children and their families in both educational and therapeutic environments and felt inspired by a curriculum that teaches children to be the “keeper of their calm”. Imagination Yoga seems to embrace so many of the guiding principles that I found to be most important in my years as an Early Intervention Specialist and Special Needs Adoption Caseworker. Since attending the training, I have been working with Shannon Red Cloud, owner of Pure Yoga, LLC, on a plan to bring IY to the schools in the Columbia Gorge, by becoming part of a private, non-profit organization. I also enjoy interacting with kids using this amazing program one morning each month at Wonderworks Children’s Museum.

Marianne Brevard − Bio
Hood River, OR
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 Marianne Brevard
 541-400-0135
Hood River, OR

Hi! I'm Marianne. Yoga has been a part of my life for over 9 years. My practice has helped me grow stronger, more flexible and mindful both on and off my yoga mat. I have been looking for a creative way to share the benefits of yoga and mindfulness with children in my community. Imagination Yoga is the perfect fit − I love the mantra "Kind Hearts, Kind Words, Kind Thougts", something each of us can practice every day!

Diane Campbell − Bio
Eugene, OR
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 Diane Campbell
 541-912-9776
Eugene, OR

Diane has been working with children and practicing yoga for most of her adult life. She completed the Waldorf School teacher training in Eugene, Oregon, in 2001 and earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from Pacific University in 2008. She has worked with children of all ages and is excited to offer Imagination Yoga as a way to cultivate calm, focus, awareness, and empathy. She recognizes the importance of these qualities in building firm foundation for success, happiness, and healthy relationships throughout life.

Linda Caravia − Bio
Portland, OR
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 Linda Caravia
 503-853-3302
Portland, OR
www.lindacaravia.com

Linda has practiced yoga for years and is overjoyed to bring Imagination Yoga to her daughter as well as other children. Imagination Yoga has been an enriching way for Linda to deepen her bond with her daughter, as well as put Imagination Yoga into her parenting toolbox. Currently, Linda is a volunteer working board member at a children's charity, St John's SwapNPlay in Portland, Oregon. Linda brings an extensive background in business management. With a 20+ year career in marketing, training & development, event planning, human resources, merchandising and market research. She has also worked as a Oregon licensed massage therapist, certified chiropractic assistant as well as taught cardio kick boxing. Linda's core values are centered around community building, self development education and sharing resources. In addition to being a wife and mother, Linda is an animal lover who currently has 4 rescue dogs at home to care for.

Meghann Dryer − Bio
Lake Oswego, OR
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 Meghann Dryer
 415-722-6804
Lake Oswego, OR

Michele Erard − Bio
Portland, OR
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 Michele Erard
 503-925-3919
Portland, OR

Michele has worked as an elementary school teacher and now directs Blue Frogs Jump Preschool where she loves instilling multifaceted ways of learning including yoga into the lives of children.



Marge Gale − Bio
Hood River, OR
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 Marge Gale
 503-313-4576
Hood River, OR

I recently took the Imagination Yoga training and I am very excited to offer yoga and mindfulness to children. I am the mother of two grown daughters, a teacher and a community builder. Imagination Yoga helped me to unite my love for children, health and mindful living. I am excited to bring this program to the Columbia Gorge area and help children move their bodies and foster kindness with each other and the world. I am available for private classes and also look for opportunities to provide this program to as many children as possible in the greater community. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about Imagination Yoga!

Jessica Griesinger − Bio
Portland, OR
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 Jessica Griesinger
 408-623-5144
Portland, OR

I'm currently a preschool teacher at the Nike Child Development Center. I have been working with children for 11 years and love teaching. Imagination Yoga is a great tool for children to learn about kindness, develop important cognitive skills and work on gross motor movement. I use it weekly with my students and find it rewarding for everyone involved! I look forward to teaching your kiddos.

 

Nila Tiwari Holcombe − Bio
Lake Oswego, OR
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 Nila Tiwari Holcombe
 503-505-2179
Lake Oswego, OR
www.lakegroveyoga.com

My name is Nila and I love teaching the movement of yoga! I took my first yoga class, back in 2008 after a 25 plus year dance career teaching and performing Bharatanatyam (an East Indian classical dance style with roots in the Natya Yoga tradition). I was thrilled to see the similarities of postures, movement and flow between East Indian classical dance and Vinyasa yoga. I decided to immerse myself in yoga teacher training in order to further explore more of what yoga had to offer. Since then I have continued on to advanced yoga teacher training (RYT-500 Hr) and kids yoga teacher training (RCYT).

I enjoy teaching yoga to adults and I love seeing the joy and excitement of kids discovering yoga. I am a Certified Imagination Yoga Instructor and was so fortunate to train with the founders of the program. Imagination Yoga explores adventures, shares in story telling, teaches about kindness and concentration. Imagination Yoga is so well-rounded catering both to the body and also the mind that I use this teaching program as a basis for all my kids yoga classes.

Off the mat, I enjoy spending time with my three amazing sons and supportive husband, hiking, biking, and exploring Portland.

Kayla Kardosh − Bio
Hillsboro/Beaverton, OR
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 Kayla Kardosh
 231-360-5261
Hillsboro/Beaverton, OR

Hi my name is Kayla, I am a new mom of a beautiful baby boy, Ayden. I am originally from Michigan but am proud to call Oregon my home. I am an early childhood educator that thrives on bringing yoga into my classroom.

My personal yoga practice began by accident in 2012 when I stumbled into a yoga class instead of a pilates class. I was hooked from the first deep breath. I couldn't believe how this new experience could effect so many areas of my life outside of the studio. I immediately started figuring out how I could bring this beneficial practice into my classroom. I work with children infant to age 5 so I started with just using stretches to bond with the baby, then as the children grew it blossomed into fun poses and the children leading how they wanted to test their bodies. Like fate I then met Jamie and Jessica who had this beautiful program, Imagination Yoga, already perfected. I was so excited to become certified so that I could share with my students these adventures. Now as a mom I am ready to raise my little boy with a kind heart, words and thoughts as well as share my passion for yoga with children in my community.

Chelsea Knight − Bio
Eugene, OR
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 Chelsea Knight
 541-729-5031
Eugene, OR
wwww.yogaeugene.com

After feeling the profound effects of a regular yoga practice on both her body and mind, Chelsea felt a passionate draw toward teaching and helping others realize the benefits of yoga. For years she taught in Bend, OR, then moved back to her hometown of Eugene and opened Hard Core Yoga in 2011. Having seen firsthand the incredible impact the "big yoga breath" and adventure-based yoga practice has on her own young children, she is thrilled to bring Imagination Yoga to her community in Eugene.

Helen McManus Knight − Bio
Portland, OR
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 zenfulmonkey@comcast.net
 503-484-7622
Portland, OR
www.zenfulmonkey.com

Helen became an Imagination Yoga Instructor in 2015. She was looking for a way to empower children with vital mindfulness skills that could carry them into adulthood. She quickly discovered IY and fell in love with the values and philosophy of the IY curriculum. Helen fluidly combines yoga adventures with her love for arts & crafts for fun theme parties and day camps!

Corinne Kugel − Bio
Portland, OR
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 Corinne Kugel
Portland, OR

I have been practicing yoga and working with children since 2001. As chair of the Junior League of Portland's Healthy Habits Healthy Kids Committee, I bring Imagination Yoga to many families in our community that otherwise may not have access to it. Imagination Yoga is such a fun and engaging way to help children establish healthy habits: moving their bodies and minds at the same time!

Kari Leedom − Bio
La Pine, OR
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 Kari Leedom
 713-301-5958
La Pine, OR
www.imaginationyogakaty.com

My name is Kari Leedom. I live in La Pine, Oregon with my husband, James and our two daughters, Megan (20) and Madi (16). We also have 5 fur babies (two dogs - Pepper and Jack, and three cats - Sabby, Elwood and Jake)! I’ve been an elementary school teacher for over 24 years. Over the years I’ve noticed children seem more stressed out and anxious. Yoga had such a positive influence on my own health (mind and body) that I knew I wanted to encourage children to try it. With Imagination Yoga, kids go on a storytelling adventure as we bend and twist our way through cool yoga poses! Kids get the benefits of strength, relaxation and just plain fun!

Lauren Lehmann − Bio
Portland, OR
X Lauren Lehmann

 narr.kit.kat@gmail.com
 503-964-7816
Portland, OR

My love affair with yoga began in 2009. In addition to the IY training I have completed a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training through YoYoYogi in Portland as well as trauma informed yoga training to volunteer with Living Yoga. My experience working with children in the Montessori school setting, which began in 2014, is what led me to seek out merging these two passions. After having accompanied children to IY classes with Jamie Dix during my first year in Montessori I was able to see firsthand how effectively it reached those little hearts and minds. In a world that is increasing in stimuli daily and emphasizes logic and thinking, I am passionate about offering children the tools to find peace and stillness as well as tap into their emotional and intuitive selves.

 

Crista Lindberg − Bio
Shanghai, China
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 Crista Lindberg
 503-922-2470
Shanghai, China

My first experience with Imagination Yoga was as a parent of two students. After their first class, my kids were using big yoga breathes and repeating poses gleefully in the living room for days. I recognized it was more than just a class; my kids were adapting it to their life outside of the class, obviously thirsty for this style of mental and physical stimulation. I just had to get further involved. After studying meditation and shiatsu in Tokyo for the last 3 years, it felt very natural to join Imagination Yoga to encourage kindness, teach thoughtful breathing and stoke the flames of imagination in our youth.

Julie Lucas − Bio
Beaverton, OR
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 Julie Lucas
 503-944-9529
Beaverton, OR
www.withinwonder.com

It is such a gift to bring together yoga, mindfulness, wonder and story all in the context of kindness. As a designer and avid yoga student, this curriculum speaks to my love of movement, creativity and connecting with children. My hope is to share with them the profound benefits of yoga and self awareness as we co-create on these magical Imagination Yoga adventures.

Katy McInally − Bio
Portland, OR
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 Katy McInally
 503-820-1987
Portland, OR

My name is Katy McInally and I have been teaching Imagination Yoga since I became certified in 2008 and have been practicing yoga since 2000. I love teaching Imagination Yoga because it allows kids to use their imagination in an environment that is completely safe and respectful of all ideas and points of view. It is amazing that in a quick thirty minute class we can go so many places in our imaginations while strengthening our bodies and our minds as well as building a sense of trust in others.

Jennifer Martindale − Bio
Portland, OR
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 Jennifer Martindale
 971-282-7715
Portland, OR

My personal yoga practice began in 2002 and continued as I lived abroad in Hong Kong, India and Japan.

Now back home in Portland’s Pearl District, I became a certified Imagination Yoga instructor in 2014.

My heart melted when my little girl experienced her first Imagination Yoga class, learning how to strengthen her body, calm herself with a Big Yoga Breath and be kind.

I was so inspired that I became part of the IY team, eager to share the "Kind hearts. Kind words. Kind thoughts." message.

Monica Montiel − Bio
Portland, OR
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 Monica Montiel
Portland, OR

I have been working professionally with children for the past 13 years from social work to early childhood and elementary education in English and in Spanish. My love for children took on a whole new dimension when I became a mother. Imagination Yoga is the perfect culmination of these key parts of my life. It is a wonderful opportunity for me to share with children the peace and feeling of contentment that I personally find in yoga practice.

Kateel Muhs − Bio
The Dalles, OR
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 Kateel Muhs
 208-660-1462
The Dalles, OR

I graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Social work and am currently a Registered Social Worker in the State of Oregon. My journey with yoga officially began while I was going to college, and I found it extremely beneficial. I've always worked with children in some capacity, whether in school systems or community settings, so when I learned that an Imagination Yoga teacher training was available in our area, I decided to sign up. I completed my training in May 2016. It's my goal to bring my social service experience into my future IY classes to create a safe, comfortable, and positive atmosphere!

Jennifer O'Brien − Bio
Oregon
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 Jennifer O'Brien
 312-965-7519
Oregon

I have been practicing yoga for over 15 years. I am lucky to be a part of the wonderful team of Imagination Yoga and be able to share the importance of movement and mindfulness to young minds and young hearts.

Shannon O'Brien − Bio
The Gorge Area, OR
X Shannon O'Brien

 smo210@humboldt.edu
 503-502-6490
The Gorge Area, OR

Shannon has been working with kids for over 5 years in a gymnastics environment and a variety of different themed children's camps. She is a 200 HR RYT trauma informed yoga teacher and is in the process of completing her Acro Yoga Family certification. This training focuses on the importance of non-violent communication within families, and group, partner yoga and Acro yoga with children, children with adults and the whole family. She has attended trainings in child CPR and first aid, developmental milestones for children, interactive games and preschool training courses through USA Gymnastics. She has a background in Psychology in which she studied developmental psychology, learning and motivation and behavior analysis to increase positive behavior. Shannon is passionate about teaching kids to be empowered and confident in their abilities to move their bodies. She takes pride in building a safe environment for her class where children feel successful and engaged in all activities. Please reach out to Shannon if you would like more information on her availability or background. She is interested in offering group classes in school environments, private lessons, summer camps, birthday parties and any other ideas you can imagine that are within reason.

 

Nicole Orr − Bio
Portland, OR
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 Nicole Orr
Portland, OR

I fell in love with yoga 5+ years ago, during which time I was also teaching preschoolers and learning how to model a calm and safe environment while managing my own feelings amidst the challenges of working in a classroom. Yoga has been an invaluable tool for me to remember my own values and connect with my ultimate calm, and I have often thought of how beneficial it would be to learn these skills earlier on.

As a person interested in the pursuit of teaching, it was natural that I complete the Imagination Yoga Teacher Training Program in January 2016. In May 2016 I received my 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher Certification through Core Power Yoga, where I can be found teaching adult classes.

I love sharing my imagination with children in the form of creative story-telling and imaginative movement, and I aim to create a space where little yogis can listen to their bodies and decide what feels right for them. Every class is truly inspired by Imagination Yoga's mission to share with children the gift of mindful movement.

I am happy to offer private classes in English and Spanish.

Baret G Pinyoun − Bio
Portland, OR
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 Baret G Pinyoun
 503-545-0863
Portland, OR

My name is Baret Pinyoun and I am a mother, Spanish teacher, runner, cyclist and kids’ movement and yoga instructor. Although I have been teaching in public and private schools for 14 years, I just recently got my Imagination Yoga certification and I am excited to be a part of this inspiring community! Imagination Yoga stretches one’s body and mind and can help children learn about themselves and each other in a positive, supportive environment. I look forward to teaching Imagination Yoga to children of all ages – stay tuned for my class details happening in St Johns, North Portland!

Shannon Red Cloud − Bio
The Dalles, OR
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 Shannon Red Cloud
 541-993-3997

www.purehotyoga.com
102 E 2nd St.
The Dalles, OR

www.purehotyoga.com
202 Cascade Ave, Suite H
Hood River, OR

Joey Osborne Robinson − Bio
Portland, OR
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 Joey Osborne Robinson
Portland, OR

3 deep yoga breath; now dip your fingers into special paint and paint a big rainbow around yourself… Imagination Yoga holds a special place in my heart. I have been following Jamie and Jesse and their journey for the better part of 4 years. It has been most inspiring to see Imagination Yoga blossom into this wonderful thing. I am eternally grateful to have joined this group of fantastic people whom share my love for Imagination Yoga.

My support team consists of my husband two children a dog and horse. Along with my 'real job' at a major athletic company, whom supports physical fitness and youth and I am ever grateful. I have decided to start down this journey as an excuse to spend more time with my kids, as well as help children learn the benefits exercise for their little bodies & minds.

For over 10 years I’ve been practicing my yoga in various forms and stages of life. Imagination Yoga has given me a new window into that mindfulness that yoga brings. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a group of toddlers all participating in sun salutations, wide eyed and big smiles; because they think they have transformed into special frogs catching bugs on their lily pads. I can’t wait to see where my Imagination Yoga Adventure takes me. Kind hearts, Kind words, King thoughts.

Erika Steerman − Bio
Brookings, OR
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 Erika Steerman
 541-251-0330
Brookings, OR

I have been in the early childhood education field for over 8 years and it has been my passion to work with young children and inspire their creativity and learning. Prior to my Imagination Yoga training I have strived to incorporate movement and yoga in my preschool classrooms. In Oregon we often have many inside days due to weather and young children need the freedom to move their bodies and explore with fun, healthy and creative outlets. Having Imagination Yoga has given me the skills and tools I needed to really implement my goals as a teacher and mom. Being a mom and working with children brings so much joy into my life and being able to share my passions with my own children and those around me has been some of my greatest blessings.

Tracy Strawn − Bio
Beaverton, OR
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 Tracy Strawn
 503-207-8162
Beaverton, OR

I have been practicing yoga since 2000. My passion for learning led me to complete a PhD. in Adult education with studies in learning disabilities. In the last year I have deepened my study of yoga and will transition into an adult yoga program in 2016 sharing my insights into meditation, strength training, and gaining flexibility. My journey to enhance my yoga training led me to Imagination Yoga which provides a special journey for adults to teach children adventures.

The combination of learning, fun, concentrated and kindness are part of my role as a learner today. I am blessed with a supportive husband and granddaughters who became my first students in imagination yoga. Exploring a child's imaginary world through yoga is an incredible powerful tool that teaches self-confidence, strength, and provides a method to manage emotions in today's demanding world. In teaching this magical journey of yoga children are at the center of every journey into their imagination and yoga. "Kind Hearts, Kind words, Kind thoughts" is a unique way to build insights into behavior, reflection on our actions and how they impact others, and allow us to be ambassadors or advocates for those who participate. In my studies I have found that self-confidence is a critical factor in all ages. I am excited to be a part of Imagination Yoga’s dream of making a difference in the lives of children. Namaste.

Meggan Terhaar − Bio
Tualatin, OR
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 Meggan Terhaar
 503-367-1703
Tualatin, OR

I love staying healthy and active with Yoga. My love of yoga came 11 years ago, after the birth of my 1st child. Since then I have been practicing and sharing yoga with my family. I love to find creative ways to keep my family healthy and active while always having FUN! There is no better way to do that, then with Imagination Yoga. I am so EXCITED to be able to teach Imagination Yoga to children. Truly, it is so much more then just yoga for kids. It teaches children life skills for coping; knowing when to take a deep breath and calm their bodies, expanding the mind with imaginative journeys, all while getting the active movement benefit of yoga, and especially, bringing the important message of – “Kind hearts. Kind words. Kind thoughts."

Please feel free to contact me for your onsite classes, yoga on the farm class, or a Birthday Party. Yoga on the farm is a class held onsite at our farm in Tualatin, with nearby shopping and coffee for Mom. While the kids enjoy some yoga and farm animals.

 

Goldie Warncke − bio
Southern Oregon Coast
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 Goldie Warncke
 503-957-8187
Southern Oregon Coast

Fifteen years ago, Goldie took her very first yoga class at PCC and was amazed by the transformation within one short term. She became more calm, did better on her tests and learned how to speark her mind with kind words. Her yoga journey has helped her to become a more patient person and build positive lasting relationships. Believing in giving back she received her 200 hr. Yoga Alliance Accredited RYT from Rasa in Ashland, Oregon, and began teaching free community classes. Currently, she teaches Imagination Yoga at South Coast Head Start. She truly believes that teaching children and adults how to manage their feelings and self sooth can strengthen our local communities and build a more peaceful world.

Please feel free to contact Goldie directly if you would like information on bringing Imagination Yoga to your school or center.

Tania Wildbill − Bio
Pendleton, OR
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 Tania Wildbill
Pendleton, OR

Tania Wildbill is the Owner/Founder of Yoga Round-Up, LLC and Owner and Director of Pendleton Yoga Wellness Wave, LLC. She is has her 500 ERYT with the National Yoga Alliance and is a Certified Amrit Yoga, Kripalu Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Life Coach. She creates workshops for small and large groups, and leads workshops and retreats. And does private Life Coach sessions.

Hot Yoga & Yoga Nidra: Tania teaches both Yoga and Yoga Nidra as a way to still the mind and awaken our breath. She also uses writing as a tool to discover our life intention.

Zumba energizes and refreshed the entire being! Come join the Zumba Dance Party!

Tania Wildbill is also certified and will be teaching Beachbody INSANITY Live and PiYo Live and will be teaching Imagination Yoga at her Downtown and Reservation Wellness Wave Yoga & Fitness Studio.

Tania Wildbill, and her husband, Cedric, was the writer, producer, and director of the award winning documentary, American Cowboys. Wildbill graduated with a BA in French from Rice University in Houston, Texas and graduated with a Master of Science degree in Journalism from Columbia University in New York City in 1995.

Wildbill was a producer, reporter, and anchor with both KASE/KVET Radio in Austin, Texas and the Texas Associated Press Network in Dallas, Texas. She studied literature at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France and with the Institute of European Studies.

American Cowboys won Best Documentary Made for Public Television at the 1999 Great Plain Film Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska. In April of 2001 American Cowboys won Best Documentary at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.

Wildbill worked for two years forYellowhawk Tribal Health Center as a Life Coach-Community Outreach and hosted a weekly radio show “Wellness Works” on KCUW 104.3 FM. She has been the co-owner and partner of Wildbill Productions, LLC, since 1996.

Wildbill was a presenter at the 2010 Texas Yoga Conference and was interviewed about the Yoga Round-Up on India Television Network on the Rene Lobo Show which was broadcast in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Carrie Young − Bio
Tigard, OR
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 Carrie Young
 503-521-6219
Tigard, OR

Hi My name is Carrie Young and I am a wife, mother and pediatric occupational therapist. I really enjoy learning new skills and strategies to help my own children, children and families in my community, and children I work and play with as an OT. Through imaginative stories that draw children in, Imagination Yoga helps these sweet youngsters learn how to control and calm their bodies, how to concentrate, as well as how to share their kind and thankful hearts with everyone. I am humbled and honored that God has blessed me in giving me the opportunity to share this beautiful gift of Imagination Yoga with children and families in my community!


Washington - Teachers

Melissa Fox − Bio
Chehalis, WA
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 Melissa Fox
 360-748-3744
Chehalis, WA

Hi! My name is Melissa Fox, I have 3 amazing children and a very supportive husband. I have just recently become a certified Imagination Yoga teacher. I am a certified YogaFit Instructor and a NASM certified personal trainer. I have been teaching yoga for the last 5 years, with over 1200 classes taught, training for the last 4 years.

Imagination Yoga is truly a magical practice. It helps children connect their heart, mind and body together. It allows them too move, strengthen and gain confidence through a healthy and safe environment. It helps children become aware of their breathing, their muscles they are using, and with this learned knowledge they begin to realize they are in control of their own bodies.

I hope to inspire children to bring kindness and movement into their lives, when they grow into adults, I hope their yoga can grow with them.

"I cannot teach that what I am not" ~ Aadil Palkhivala

Lesley Pace-Slominski − Bio
Fall City, WA
X Lesley Pace-Slominski

 Lesley Pace-Slominski
 503-349-7861
Fall City, WA

I started doing yoga while attending Portland State University where I earned a BS in Psychology and Masters in Education. After 12 years of teaching upper elementary school, I was ready to combine my love for children and yoga and start a new adventure!

After I became a mother of two girls, now 9 and 6, my passion for spreading love and kindness through physical activity grew. My goal is help all types of children grow, learn and thrive!

Texas - Teachers

Emily Lawson − Bio
Austin, TX
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 Emily Lawson
 713-819-6489
Portland, OR

Emily is a mother, teacher, community-builder, midwife and compassion-seeker with a love for yoga! Imagination yoga has helped her unite her love for children, health and mindful living. She is excited to bring this program to Austin and help children move their bodies and foster kindness with each other and the world.


Florida - Teachers

Whitney L. Combs − Bio
Tampa, FL
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 Whitney L. Combs
 813-494-3363
Tampa, FL

Hello! My name is Whitney Combs, I am so excited to bring Imagination Yoga to Tampa, Florida! As a mama of four young kids, I know how challenging it can be to help a child navigate gracefully through life. I am consistently amazed by the positive effects that a big, deep yoga breath, a touch of mindfulness and lots of imaginative movement can have on a child's well-being. Contact me for information on bringing this beautiful practice into your child's life.

California - Teachers

Olivia Baker − Bio
San Diego, CA
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 Olivia Baker
 503-888-1841
San Diego, CA

My name is Olivia Baker and I am a newly certified Imagination Yoga instructor. I began my personal yoga practice in 2010 and it has opened my eyes to a world of possibilities. With a desire to help others, I started exploring my options and learned about Imagination Yoga. Instantly, I knew this was for me. I believe that teaching Imagination Yoga is a means of spreading the gift of kindness and empowering children to live happy, healthy lifestyles. It provides them tools for personal growth and allows their imaginations to flow freely and with validation. I am so excited and grateful to be a part of the Imagination Yoga team and hope to make a positive impact on those I teach.


Pennsylvania - Teachers

Ross Mlinac − Bio
Pittsburgh, PA
X Mary Anghilante

 Ross Mlinac
 412-498-9444
Pittsburgh, PA

Missouri - Teachers

Justine Volkman − Bio
Kansas City, MO
X Justine Volkman

 Justine Volkman
Kansas City, MO


My name is Justine Volkman and I am a Pre-K teacher in Kansas City, Missouri. I am in my third year of teaching and I started my career as a Teach for America Corps Member. The children I teach in the urban core of Kansas City live in poverty and have been exposed to various forms of trauma. Mindfulness and yoga practice have been incredibly effective in teaching my children invaluable socio-emotional and self-regulation skills. I truly believe that this knowledge they have gained will change the course of their lives.


Virginia - Teachers

Ohio - Teachers

Brenda Raymond-Ball − Bio
Cincinnati, OH
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 Brenda Raymond-Ball
 513-491-3573
Cincinnati, OH

I have two wonderful daughters who are now teenagers, and have worked in children-focused businesses and found joy in volunteering with children over the years. I am so excited to combine my love of children and yoga in teaching Imagination Yoga! I have been practicing yoga for over 10 years and know the many benefits it has brought to my life. I believe that introducing the mind and body benefits of yoga to children will create a healthier and kinder generation of adults. Most importantly, the knowledge of child development inherent in the creative and entertaining curriculum creates a wonderful way to engage children and just plain have fun while we all learn and grow.


Washington DC - Teachers

Jennifer Moore − Bio
Washington DC
X Jennifer Moore

 Jennifer Moore
 202-725-6531
Washington DC

Sharing Imagination Yoga with children in my community is an honor and a joy! For as long as I can remember I have been passionately studying and working in the fields of: Yoga, Psychology, Education, and Travel/Adventure. I’ve witnessed over and over again, Yoga, bettering the lives of its practitioners. Yoga has spread all over the world from its Indian origin and it is finally reaching the schools of North American youths! I am humbled and so enthusiastic about being a part of this expansion! The best in me honors the best in you!

International Teachers

Crista Lindberg − Bio
Shanghai, China
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 Crista Lindberg
 503-922-2470
Shanghai, China

My first experience with Imagination Yoga was as a parent of two students. After their first class, my kids were using big yoga breathes and repeating poses gleefully in the living room for days. I recognized it was more than just a class; my kids were adapting it to their life outside of the class, obviously thirsty for this style of mental and physical stimulation. I just had to get further involved. After studying meditation and shiatsu in Tokyo for the last 3 years, it felt very natural to join Imagination Yoga to encourage kindness, teach thoughtful breathing and stoke the flames of imagination in our youth.

" I had no idea that SO much was taught in Yoga! I love that they are taught about being kind and about breathing. Imagination Yoga is a fully rounded program with great instructors! "
" Thanks for all the wonderful values you teach through Imagination Yoga and for working so hard with my kids. "

"All Certified Imagination Yoga Teachers have completed Imagination Yoga intensive training, passed a background check and carry professional liability insurance.”