Grounded Teacher Directory
The list below represents the Grounded “Kula” or community of teachers that have completed Grounded training(s). The directory can be filtered by using the drop down category menu to select the level of training teachers have obtained. Level indicates the following:
- Grounder: Successfully completed one Grounded training module
- Elevating Grounder: Actively pursuing certification.
- Certified Elevated Grounder: Successfully completed the requirements for 95 hour Yoga Alliance Certification
Use the search box to further refine the listing. For example to find a teacher in a particular state, enter the state name (ie. Georgia) in the search box.
Carolina is an RYT-200 with Yoga Alliance and recently completed training with Grounded, working towards becoming a Yoga Alliance certified children’s yoga instructor. Carolina wants to share her love of yoga with children, recognizing the potential their innocence and genuine nature can bring to the mat.
Mary Beth has always had a love for children. Ever since she was a small child, she knew that she wanted to be a teacher. She began babysitting at the age of 10 and her senior year in high school, she did her senior project in a 3rd/4th grade classroom. It was her intention to study Elementary Education in college, but life had other plans for her and she studied Creative Writing & Fine Arts. In 1995 her father passed away suddenly and through her process of deep grief and sadness, she discovered yoga. It was when she discovered yoga that she was reminded of her childhood and the contemplative moments that she often experienced outside under trees or through laying on the grass and looking up at the sky. She was able to rediscover her sense of ahh and wonder, which then reminded her of how much she loved and adored children. Mary Beth also grew up with ADD/ADHD and multiple learning disabilities. She took Ritalin, which eventually lead her to struggle with her body and the emotions that she felt around being diagnosed as learning disabled. She found that yoga helped her to focus, which eventually lead her to stop Ritalin.
She has always felt that her story about the struggles she went through as a child in school would someday inspire education to shift. Mary Beth used to substitute teach in both the Montessori and Public school classroom. Her experiences with children taught her that teaching young kids was part of her purpose.
In 2005, Mary Beth was working at Kripalu Yoga Center when one day she overheard 2 of her co-workers talking about a kids yoga class that they were leading that day. She became very curious and started asking a lot of questions, which then lead her to researching a program where she could become a certified kids yoga teacher. At that same time, Mary Beth already had experience teaching yoga to adults, but knew that she really wanted to be teaching yoga to children. In that same year, she flew to Los Angelos for a training/certification with Yoga Kids International. She then began teaching yoga to children at a day care and a small studio in New Hampshire. In 2006 Mary Beth moved to Charlotte, NC where she eventually began teaching yoga to children all over the city. She has taught hundreds of classes in various environments such as community centers, a church, studios, schools, a gym, a toy store and even a grocery store!
Mary Beth is a 500 hr RYT with an additional 95 hour Children’s Yoga teacher certification. She is pursuing another 95 hours with Grounded Yoga. She has studied with Yoga Kids International, Asheville Yoga Center, Little Flower Yoga and Grounded Kids Yoga and continues to see inspiration in the work of others.
Mary Beth is a child at heart and has an infectious love and warmth for children. Children enjoy her boundless energy and her youthful spirit.
Cynthia has been practicing yoga for nearly 10 years. She initially started practicing pranayama as a means to control her asthma and over the years her yoga practice has become an integral part of her life. She decided to teach kids yoga after enrolling her son in his first Grounded Kids yoga class. She fell in love with Grounded and was amazed at the transformations she noticed in her son just after a few classes. She enrolled herself in the next Grounded Teacher Training and has been teaching kids yoga ever since.
Cynthia teaches in a light-hearted, playful yet meaningful way. Inspiring children to work hard, laugh whole-heartedly, build self-esteem and most importantly self-love. She teaches children to look for the good in all things and to embrace the present moment where they are not held back by their past or hindered by expectations of the future. When grounded in the present moment, there are no obstacles and the possibilities are endless.
Cynthia is also a certified Laughter Yoga Leader and has worked on a contract with the National Cancer Institute as a Medical Librarian for 13 years.
Tara Bott is a RCYT (Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher) with Yoga Alliance. She became a Certified Elevated Grounded Teacher under the guidance of Amy Hayman, Cheryl Crawford and Seder Dion. Tara’s certification included a specialization in Early childhood through high school and Special Needs. Tara brings almost 20 years of extensive classroom experience in child development and education in the Montessori environment. She taught at Alpharetta International Academy for 16 years with an AMS (American Montessori Society) certification for Infant/Toddler (ages 18 months-3 years) teacher for 7 years, and 8 years as with an NCME (National Center for Montessori Education) certification for Early Childhood (ages 3-6) . Tara also enjoys volunteering for other extracurricular groups such as a coach for Girls on the Run grades 3-5. She completed her 200-hour yoga training at Yoga Selah in 2017.
Tara believes in the infinite goodness and potential of each individual child. She brings educational but fun kids yoga classes, infused with asanas (poses), children’s literature, music, art and dance.