Grounded is based on the core belief that yoga will have a profound and positive effect on all ages. From our foundation as professional educators we have embraced the principles of yoga to create a program that enables instructors, school teachers, and especially children, to GROUND themselves and others through yoga, laughter, and elevation.
Ultimate Ground is not something that must be discovered; rather it is a state that must be uncovered. It is what we find within ourselves when we get past the bundle of habits or stresses, that have kept us from knowing it.
Grounded is awareness of myself in the world, and aware of my habitual reactivity in the world; and when I find myself being drawn into annoyance or anger, anxiety or fear, guilt or shame, I will feel the feelings that arise, but I will step out of the thinking that the feelings trigger in me. I will become present to the stillness within myself, beneath all these thoughts and feelings, and I will see if perhaps I can recognize some evidence of that stillness in the world and the people around me.
I am grounded in compassion and elevated in absurdity, and am dedicated to connecting children to the power of a seriously playful yoga practice. Working in schools and playing with words, I discovered that students were far more connected to their daily lessons when they felt not only heard, but understood. Seen. Connected. Grounded. Read Cheryl's full bio here.
My desire to validate and nurture the innate goodness, unique potential and emotional intelligence of a child, no matter what, sparked the creation of Grounded Kids Yoga and fuels my dedication to teaching, supporting and empowering Grounded Teachers during training and beyond. I value clarity, creativity, collaboration and continual evolution. Read Amy's full bio here.
With a mindful eye on the business operations aspect, his main focus is to remove obstacles, solve problems, and handle all things complicated so that Amy, Cheryl, and the rest of the Grounded community have more time to “Ground” kids and teens. In this capacity he is responsible for financial reporting, IT infrastructure, web design and operations, e-commerce initiatives, product management, and organizational efficiency.
Sedef is an E-RYT 200, RCYT and co-creator of Pre-Grounded Yoga for ages 3-6. She has been practicing yoga for over twenty years and teaching since 1999. She completed her 200 hour RYT in Hatha yoga at Peachtree Yoga Center and since earned Kundalini Yoga certification under the guidance of her teacher Mukta Kaur Khalsa studying Yogi Bhajan’s teachings.
Lee began her teaching career in 2007 when she when she combined her love for children, music, and movement. She is inspired to teach children to learn through a multitude of activities that include yoga and mindfulness.
Heather has been sharing her love for fitness and wellness with children since the birth of her second daughter in 2007. A Certified Personal Trainer, Children’s Fitness Specialist, and Certified Grounded Teacher, she believes that an integrated and joyful pursuit of health is the key to a child’s happiness, positive self esteem, and promise for a long life full of possibility.
We are so proud and so amazed by the artistic contributions from one of our very own grounded teens. At the age of thirteen, Dylan beautifully captured and illustrated the grounded poses that are an integral part of our program. Dylan is now 21, living in Germany and designing! He appreciates how we gave him complete artist rights and trusted his vision completely. 💚 We feel so lucky to know such a creative warrior.
She discovered her passion for yoga as a teen. She says that yoga found her at a time in her life when she was seeking balance and peace. If Kelley Sue is not on her mat, she is homeschooling, photographing or creating works of art. While practicing yoga at home, her youngest child requested a yoga mat. She then knew yoga needed to not only be a part of her lifestyle, but her children’s as well.
Ruth studied Education in the U.K. and was a classroom teacher for 6 years. After moving to the US in 2006 she developed connection and community through her love of art, yoga and teaching. Ruth now combines these passions to create a safe and secure place where children can empower themselves with their actions, become more confident and connected, and elevate their sense of who they are in this world.
BobbiJo started her Yoga practice in college when she was studying to become a physical therapist. Yoga was a constant as she moved through the transitions in her life: marriage, career, and children. She was compelled to share the benefits of Yoga with everyone and started with her family. She noticed that kids have such a thirst for knowledge and soak up all that is around them. Bringing them the tools of yoga could help them in a profound way. As children grow in their bodies, minds and in their social interactions, they could learn how to be present with what is happening in the moment.
After completing her 200hr yoga certification she then became certified through Grounded Kids Yoga and has been teaching kids since 2013.
Pia Orellana moved from Mexico to Atlanta in 2000, where she met her husband with whom she has a beautiful 7 year old daughter and sweet pup. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education and a graphic design portfolio from the Creative Circus. Pia has had the wonderful opportunity to work for the Ormewood School for the past 5 years teaching Spanish, Art, and as of last year Yoga. She got her children's yoga certification from Grounded Kids in 2016. Pia is grateful to have found Grounded Kids to further her growth as a teacher and overall as a human being. Pia's favorite things are being with family, working with children, being silly, and last but not least....TACOS!
Connecting with the breath on the mat invites stillness and creates the inner peace and wisdom that helps Kira enjoy life with more happiness, grace and compassion. Yoga is truly for the mind, body and spirit. A Decatur native, Kira attended Clairemont, Renfroe, graduated from Decatur High School, and is currently the PE teacher at Oakhurst Elementary. She is a Certified Grounded Kids Yoga Teacher, has had Yin training with Douglas Johnson and Kathy and Dennis Lang. She received her 200 YTT from Yandara Yoga Institute and is currently working on her 500YTT with Johns Creek Yoga as well as a Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training with Mukta and Gurusahay Khalsa. Kira has been a runner since high school but fell in love with meditation and yoga a couple of years ago. She has completed several courses with Mindful Schools and also a Cognitively Based Compassion Training (CBCT) course at Emory University. Off the mat, Kira enjoys running, reading, knitting, reiki and she absolutely loves to travel.
Inspired by Kundalini, Grounded Kids Yoga, and Yogahour Carrie fell in love with yoga in 2016 after the loss of a beloved family pet and a running injury. Since 2000, she has been an advocate for health and fitness and spends most of her time working with elementary aged students in a physical education setting. Her passion is to help all students young and old experience the benefits of connecting their breath, body, heart, and mind.