Sarah Herrington, MFA, ERYT, YACEP, is the founder and lead facilitator of OM Schooled.
She is a leader in youth yoga education, poet and author. OM Schooled grew out of her work as a full-time on-staff yoga teacher and curriculum developer in a NYC charter elementary school. She is passionate about teaching teachers and empowering them to share with the next generation! The author of four books on yoga, her writing has appeared in the NYTimes, LATimes, Yoga Journal, and other spots.
Her work has been (gratefully) supported by Elena Brower, Sharon Gannon, Sharon Saltzberg, Marsha Wenig, Jodi Komitor and others.
Sarah's own personal practice, a combination of Vinyasa yoga, Buddhist meditation, and writing began in her teens. In 2007, she began teaching 25 classes a week to grades K-5 in inner city settings, going on to develop after-school programs, studio classes, and OM Schooled.
Sarah has over 500 hours of yoga teacher training under her belt with Yoga to the People, Laughing Lotus, Yoga Collective Venice, Karma Kids Yoga, Little Flower Yoga, YogaEd, the Art of Yoga Project, Mini Yogis and coursework and study with Dharma Mittra (and, of course, learning from the kids themselves). She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University and BA in English/ Writing from New York University, and was named a "poet to watch" by Oprah Magazine.
She is currently working to help grow the first Master of Arts in Yoga Studies program in North America at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where she teaches in the Yoga, Mindfulness and Social Change certificate, leads a course on Meditation for Political Action to undergrads, teaches Creative Nonfiction and leads OM Schooled.
Sarah divides her time between New York and LA.
CNN: Is Yoga Too Religious For Schools? (interview)
Guest Instructor: Kelli Love
Kelli Love, M.Ed is an educator, presenter, and consultant in the field of children’s mindfulness and yoga. She develops curriculum with a focus on self-awareness, emotion regulation and well being; Kelli currently teaches at Girls Prep Bronx Elementary, where yoga and mindfulness are embraced as a school wide content area.
In 2015 Kelli created a short film, Aliza and the Mind Jar, to demonstrate the impact of yoga and mindfulness curriculum on school communities. She is a former classroom teacher and believes all children have a right to experience the empowering life skills that yoga and mindfulness offer. Kelli’s teaching is deeply informed by the intersection of social/emotional learning with contemplative practices and makes a trauma informed lens an important priority in her practice as an educator.
Kelli provides consulting services to organizations on curriculum development (RULER, The Contentment Foundation) and is a lead trainer for teacher educators in various contexts (Little Flower Yoga, Yogis in Service). She brings 20 years of personal mindfulness and yoga practice to inform her approach.