Cheryl Crawford, ERYT- 500, RCYT, B.S.Ed.,Yoga Teacher, Co-Grounder
Cheryl Crawford is grounded in compassion and elevated in absurdity, and is dedicated to connecting children to the power of seriously playful yoga practices. As co-founder of Grounded,and founder of the non-profit yoga service initiative Atlanta Yoga Movement, she has spent more than a decade fusing Dr. Seuss and other universally loved children’s books with yoga sutras to help kids find peace, poise and playfulness in their everyday lives.
Cheryl’s teaching journey began in an Atlanta elementary school classroom, where she worked as a classroom teacher, reading specialist and curriculum coordinator for 11 years. Working in schools and playing with words, she discovered that students were far more connected to their daily lessons when they felt not only heard, but understood. After giving birth to triplet daughters, Cheryl began practicing yoga and then sought a way to pair her newfound dedication to this ancient practice with her love of books and longstanding passion for teaching.
For guidance, all she had to do was listen to the budding yogis and yoginis in her midst.
“I saw that yoga was beneficial to all sorts of people, from three-year-old children to men who were homeless,” says Cheryl, who has taught yoga full-time since 2003. “Each of these populations has a lot to teach each other about the universal truths that can help us all be our best selves. That’s why I make a point of really listening to the people I teach, because I know there are others who can benefit from their wisdom. ”
Through breathing and mindful alignment (not to mention the occasional ridiculous rhyme), Cheryl believes that by asking “Are you safe? Are you sound? Are you whole? Are you well?” she can help students of all ages and abilities find the grounding they need to truly soar. Recognized by local, national and international media for her work in yoga education, Cheryl is also certified to teach Anusara, Correlation Vinyasa, Hot Core Power, YogaKids, Laughter Yoga and Radiant Child. Schools, homeless shelters, social workers and more seek Cheryl’s counsel on age- and situation-appropriate yoga curriculums that bring out the best in everyone so they can become open-hearted, flexible and confident on and off their mats.
She is honored to be the first official school yoga coordinator for the state of Georgia and to have her curriculum, United States of You, as part of Dekalb County Schools.
Amy Haysman, E-RYT, RCYT, M.Ed.,Yoga Teacher, Co-Grounder
Amy began teaching Middle School Literature long ago when she was young enough to be mistaken for a student. After the stunning realization that it’s unprofessional to bring a baby to school, she stopped teaching, had another child and earned a Masters in Middle Grades Education. In an effort to find herself, she signed up for yoga and 3 minutes into the first class became completely lost in the idea of making this practice accessible to all kids. By Savasana, her new path was sealed and she earned certification through YogaKids and Radiant Child. With decades of experience teaching kids, laughter yoga certification and a couple 200 hour adult teacher trainings*, she co-founded Grounded Yoga, Laughter, Elevation and still loves teaching yoga to children and training grown ups to do the same. It turns out that grounding kids in who they truly are and helping them genuinely express themselves is her life’s purpose and exactly where she’s meant to be found.
*She is grateful to have trained under Mitchel Bleier, David Aukamp, RuthAnn Martin, Gina Minyard, Ross Rayburn, Sianna Sherman and Paul Muller-Ortega and continues to study with brilliant teachers from around the world.
Bruce Crawford, Managing Partner and “Director of All Things Complicated”
Bruce, although not a certified yoga instructor, he happens to be in love with one….which by the transitive property makes him kinda grounded. With over 20 years of engineering, sales, and business development experience in the telecom/data networking industry, Bruce decided to turn his talents and energy towards growing and developing Grounded, LLC.
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.
An avid marathon runner and charter participant in the “Yoga For Stiff Guys” class, Bruce has experienced first hand the positive transformation yoga can enable and is grateful for the opportunity to be working with a talented community of teachers who are dedicating their practice towards “elevating” our younger generation through yoga and laughter.
Margaret Maurice, RYT200, RCYT, Certified Grounded Kids Yoga Teacher and Trainer; Director of Teacher Mentoring
Margaret Maurice is a Certified Grounded Yoga Teacher Trainer and the Director of Teacher Mentoring. In this role, she trains and supports new and seasoned grounded teachers alike. This position brings together her passion and experience as a music educator, where she integrates Grounded Yoga and movement into her classroom, as well as her previous roles in teacher leadership and administration. In addition to teaching music, she currently teaches Grounded and pre-Grounded Yoga classes in Charlotte, NC.
When Margaret isn’t teaching, you may find her next to your mat! She considers herself a perpetual student and enjoys learning from many different teachers, styles, forms and schools of thought. She enjoys deep study, making connections and learning from the students and teachers in her life. Margaret is open to where the journey will take her and smiling along the way!