Susan is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 500) as well as a Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCYT and a Professional Level Kripalu Yoga Teacher. She completed her Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training in Feb of 2010 and graduating in January 2014 with 500 Hour Kripalu Teacher Certification. She continues to deepen her study of the practices of yoga through the 1000 Hour Teacher Training at the Kripalu Center. Susan is also a registered Radiant Child Yoga Teacher. A former Kindergarten and Preschool teacher, Susan worked for the Parents As Teachers program from 1990 to 2009. Susan currently serves as a National Trainer for the National Center for Parents as Teachers and is the mother of two college age children.
Susan has practiced Kripalu Yoga for more than 15 years and delights in sharing the joys of yoga and movement with children in her classes. As an early childhood educator for the past 29 years, Susan has a deep understanding of a child’s natural desire for exploration and movement. Her classes are centered around teaching yoga through play and imagination using stories, games, movement and literature.
Amber has been working with young children and families for the past 20 years in various settings; including preschools, Head Start programs, a state-wide assessment system, her own home-based child care program and most currently homeschooling her own two children and teaching Mommy/Baby, Toddler/Parent and Family Yoga. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in Children in Group Settings.
Amber took her first yoga class in 1997 and has been practicing since. She trained with Susan Mathis, receiving her 95-hour YTG Certification in Spring 2015 and completed a Mommy and Me Yoga Teacher Training program in Boulder, CO with Katie Wise at YoMama Yoga Studio. Amber completed her 200 Hour YTT at Yoga Source in St. Louis, MO.
She believes in the power of yoga to help restore and rejuvenate parents and provide tools to help navigate through the joys and challenges of parenting. Amber also sees the benefits of yoga for the youngest children in body and breath awareness, social interaction with peers, and bonding with parents in a playful, positive environment.
Luna discovered yoga over 10 years ago. Having always enjoyed athletics she was impressed with the strength, flexibility and stamina that yoga develops, however, she was most delighted by the serenity she felt after practicing. In order to better understand how to intentionally cultivate this inner peace, Luna entered the Life of a Yogi Teacher Training with Sri Dharma Mittra. Luna teaches Dharma yoga which blends a strong physical practice with pranayama, relaxation and meditation to bring about self-transformation. Her classes emphasize healthy form, improved focus and a joy of movement.
Luna has taught yoga to adults for several years at alleyCat Yoga. She has taught in the Montessori classroom and currently works at Columbia Montessori School. Recently, she decided to combine her talents and teach her favorite subject, yoga, to her favorite people, children. Luna received her training from Susan Mathis and Amber Sparks and joined the YTG team in Fall 2015.