OM Schooled Teacher Training Grads have gone on to do amazing things, like teach in studios and schools, start their own programs and Non-Profits, and share with their own kids.
Here are a few stories....you can add yours!
IMRAN HOSSAIN: LOS ANGELES, CA
"I took OM Schooled in Los Angeles in Summer 2017. I now work with a pediatric physical therapist and do private training with kids in various sports and have been able to apply kids yoga to these sessions! We work with kids of various ages and ability, and specialize with kids who have gross motor delays.
In OM Schooled I fell further in love with yoga and also travelled to Morocco to complete further yoga training post-kids training. Upon my return to LA I began teaching the kids and adult classes at Yoga Nest in Venice, then became the manager! I'm especially grateful I could launch a donation-based kids class in the studio on Wednesday afternoons."
AMANDA CHASE: LOS ANGELES, CA
"Sarah Herrington taught me everything there is to know about teaching children’s yoga. Through my training at OM Schooled, I learned the importance of play. And how that relates to emotional healing on and off the mat. We were encouraged to become a younger version of ourselves and experience life through those younger eyes.
I launched my children’s wellness company, Coconut Yoga, one year ago. Since then, I have taught at private schools in NYC, established yoga studios and classes in Los Angeles. I have expanded my offerings of children’s yoga to health and wellness education, providing little one’s with tools both on and off the mat to help them become their most authentic selves. Its through the training of OM Schooled, that I was given the tools myself to help me foster this healthy emotional and physical development in little ones.
I primarily work with 3-7 year olds and my classes entail animated ocean-themed sequences, breathing exercises, kid-friendly meditation, arts and crafts, story time and a relaxing savasana. Healthy, organic and locally sourced refreshments and goodies are provided at the classes to encourage healthy lifestyle choices to benefit the yoga practice. It’s an honor to teach children’s yoga and I couldn’t have done it without the OM Schooled Teacher Training." http://www.coconutyoga.com
HUMBERTO CRUZ: NEW YORK, NY
"Upon graduating from OMSchooled in 2013, I worked as a yoga instructor for Harlem Yoga Studio, Grand Street Settlement and Hosh Kids, a non-profit organization that brings yoga to public schools in Brooklyn. I also piloted the yoga program for first graders at the Ethical Culture School in Manhattan.For the last couple of years I have focused most of my efforts on quality early childhood education and I am currently the director for a Head Start and Early Head Start program in the Bronx, where I have made mindfulness and yoga part of the curriculum. I am also an Early Childhood Trainer for the CUNY Research Foundation, where I facilitate workshops on early childhood development, self-care and resilience to childcare providers from all 5 boroughs of New York City." firstname.lastname@example.org
ZARA BENNETT: LOS ANGELES, CA
" Sarah Herrington’s OM Schooled training gave me permission to use all the tricks in my bag to capture my little yogis’ attention. OM Schooled taught me that my own wild imagination was an ally in the yoga classroom. As anyone who has ever met a child can attest— kids are not just smaller versions of adults. That means that kids’ instructors must be both playful and purposeful to achieve the goal of the practice, i.e. joining together movement and breath. Every yoga class is a journey, yes…but the real challenge is to make it an adventure too."
-Zara Bennett, AKA Dr. Z, is a retired academic who is on her own yoga journey. A mother of two, Bennett teaches yoga in two public elementary schools in Los Angeles, reaching 285+ students a week. She has worked closely with Richland Elementary School’s French Immersion Program to create yoga programming in French for TK-2nd grade students. In addition to Richland, she currently teaches for the Westchester YMCA’s Youth Yoga Program and for the City of Los Angeles’s Parks and Recreation Department.
"After becoming "OM Schooled" a spark was lit! My heart and mind soared with ideas and possibilities on how I would share the gift of yoga with children and teens.
As a Kindergarten teacher I incorporated it daily into the classroom and it soon grew into an after school program and now my own business: little OMies, LLC. Its an accomplishment that I am most proud of as it has brought such positivity, love and light to so many kids!
What I loved most about OM Schooled was Sarah Herrington and the like-minded people who are all there to make a change in the world for today's kids!"
HOLLIE NEAL: KURANDA, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
"In 2013 I was a stay at home mum with 2 kids and a love of yoga. I wanted to teach yoga to children but never thought I would be able to manage it as I had not worked with children before. With no confidence and no idea were to start I had given up hope of being a yoga teacher for kids. That was before I stumbled across Sarah Herrington's online teacher training certification. Sarah made it all very clear and I signed up that same day. I was very excited to start and found every lesson gave me more and more tools and eagerness to put into practice what I was learning. At the end of the course I invited friends of my daughter to come round and try a class of yoga to see if they liked it. It went very well and now I am teaching weekly to a group of 10 children. They are loving the classes and arrive looking forward to learning more about yoga each week. I was able to put into practice something I had wanted to do for so long but never thought I would be confident enough to do. Sarah has provided easy to read lessons and guides on how to teach yoga to youth and they were all I needed to get the ball rolling which hasn't stopped since." http://www.littleyogischool.com/
ELENA OLIVIERI: SHANGHAI, CHINA
"OM Schooled played such a major role in my creation of my own business, Child Cor, giving me the tools I needed to be successful in reaching children. Now I work to build confidence and promote well-being in children through yoga, dramatic arts and creative meditative practices through Child Cor."
TIARNACH MOONEY: BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
"Teaching yoga is an art unlike any other. You give of yourself, your understanding, so that another can, through eyes other than their own find another path. OM Schooled is a Master class about being a child again, about remembering the process of discovery, the joy of finding different ways along the same road.
I work with children who neither speak my language, nor have seen my home, my world. Their roots are knotted, hard, certain. New, strange, foreign can be scary.
Sarah shares the joy of exploration and is a keen teacher in self-awareness. She claps hands dearly with her inner child and introduced me to mine again, so that his voice can be heard by the children with whom I work. I am thankful."
BECCA LEWIS: NEW YORK
"Since studying with OM Schooled I have infused yoga and pranayama into my work as a therapist for children. I work at an outpatient mental health clinic with kids who have complex trauma, severe mental health issues, mood dysregulation, and the tools you shared come in handy as coping skills for them. They enjoy yoga a lot! Next year I'm opening a private play therapy practice where I will infuse even more yoga and pranayama into my work."