Our Team


Lara Hocheiser

Founder

Lara Hocheiser is an educator, public speaker, founder of Flow and Grow Kids Yoga, author of My Yoga Workbook: A Winter Yoga Journey, and the upcoming titles Yoga with Dragon and  My Yoga Workbook: Healthy Bedtime Habits, mother, wife, entrepreneur, teacher, kids yoga specialist, avid reader, and lover of the Spanish language and Spanish-speaking countries, and of course, writer. She has been writing for Gaia since 2016. You can find her renowned Flow and Grow Kids Yoga teacher trainings all over the Northeast United States, and starting in the second half of 2018, in Israel, the West Coast of the USA, Iceland, Spain, and beyond.

Her blog won the #5 kids yoga blog worldwide, claiming this title based on editorial choice, for the high quality free resources, illustrations of children of all walks of life, tips for parents and teachers, and interviews.

Lara has been working in education since her teens. She is steeped in yoga and has been studying yoga philosophy since 2003. She has training in vinyasa, viniyoga, prenatal, and children’s yoga. She currently teaches at schools and centers in New York City, where she lives with her baby daughter and husband.

Lara’s teaching philosophy is to find the greatness in every child. Her writing philosophy is let it flow and then refine, refine, refine. Her leadership style is to hire a team, create trust through communication, and then empower them to do great work. 

Lara Hocheiser

Nafeeza Hassan

Content Producer / Digital Designer

A lover of art, digital media and children's education, Nafeeza is an accomplished digital designer and producer. She worked at Sprout, a television network for preschoolers, developing games and content for younger audiences. From there, her love for children's media unfolded. With a focus on building digital engagement and branding, Nafeeza has helped a variety of brands ranging from children's mobile games to art companies, non-profits, small businesses and more. She takes pride in building meaningful experiences that all can enjoy, especially children. 

In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading comics, playing video games and searching for the best craft beer. 
 

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Stav Livne

Senior Teacher

Stav Livne, B.A., teaches Kids and Family Yoga, acting/movement, music, and Hebrew! As a practicing yogi and Certified Kids Yoga Teacher, she believes that teaching kids Yoga is an essential way to learn about mindfulness, breath, kindness, gratitude, patience, curiosity, sharing, reoccurring aches, and all feelings and emotions. Stav especially enjoys adding drama, music, and other colorful elements to the practice, for a well-rounded experience. 

Stav started teaching kids yoga when she saw how easy it was for children to feel stressed at school and at home. Previously a preschool, middle school, and special education teacher, and Off Broadway performer (2009-2016), Stav's own yoga journey gifted her with a nonjudgmental approach towards healing and living! Yoga is an impeccable way to improve our awareness of self and of others around us through grace and wonderment! It's ok to feel!
 

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Jill Kennally

Senior Teacher

I was introduced to yoga in 2004 and fell in love with it.  After being laid off from a job I held for 8 years, I attended a lot of yoga classes while looking for a new job.  As I was making dinner one night, I realized I wasn't thinking about what I was making, but rather I was thinking about yoga and I realized then I wanted to teach yoga as my profession.  I told one of my teachers that I wanted to teach yoga and she asked if I had ever considered teaching yoga to children.  She thought I would make a good children’s yoga teacher.  Having worked at daycares when I was in high school and college, I thought that would be fun, so I took her training and became certified to teach yoga to children in 2011.  I have also completed a 200 hour and 500 hour teacher training for adult yoga and have been teaching adults since 2012.  In addition to Radiant Child Yoga, I have also completed trainings with My First Yoga and Next Generation Yoga and am a Reiki master.

I enjoy being creative in my children’s yoga class, creating fun and exciting yoga stories for my younger students.  For my teen yogis, I like to incorporate restorative poses and guided meditations to help them find relaxation in their busy lives.  When I teach adult yoga, I want to help my adult yogis to find peace and serenity in the flow between breath and movement, and complete relaxation in savasana.  

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Lauren Copeland

Senior Teacher / Substitute

Lauren began her yoga journey after moving to the city of Boston in 2009.  In 2014 she completed her 200-hour YTT under the leadership of Roman Szpod and Lauren Star.  In the spring of that same year she was able to blend her love for yoga and working with children when she completed the kids yoga teacher training through “Flow and Grow Kid’s Yoga” led by the talented Lara Hocheiser.  In 2015, Lauren continued her education under the guidance of the very gifted Elizabeth Goranson and “Stretch What Matters”.  It was through this beautiful and informative training that she learned how to adapt yoga so that everyone can benefit; regardless of age, ability, challenges or special needs. Lauren’s trainings have inspired her to continue teaching to both adults and children in Boston and surrounding areas.

Lauren’s classes allow children the space they need as they begin to explore and awaken their bodies, minds and hearts through thematic lesson plans, stories, props, music, games and yoga poses. She strives to provide the appropriate tools to help children lead a more confident, positive, calm and compassionate lifestyle by way of yoga. 

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Natalie Lang

Senior Teacher

Natalie has been working with children in different capacities for the past 27 years.

She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been treating children and families for the past 18 years in outpatient clinics as as well as in therapeutic and public school settings.  In seeing a significant rise in anxiety and stress related concerns in these settings, Natalie has sought out training in yoga and mindfulness to complement her practice.  She has found that mindfulness and yoga lend themselves beautifully to helping kids learn effective skills to not only reduce and anxiety and stress, but to increase their abilities to focus, remain centered and process emotional stimuli.  Natalie attended the Flow and Grow Kids Yoga teacher training this Winter and has come on as a perfect compliment to children who need to learn relaxation, focus, and stress reduction.

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Paula Demeo

Paula Demeo

Teacher

Certified children's and adult yoga teacher, Paula has been in the field of education for her entire 30 year career. Within the last 3 years she has earned her 200 Hour YT Certification at Kripalu, is a 300 hour YogaKids children’s yoga teacher, and is Reiki I certified. Paula is EEC certified to teach preschool in Massachusetts, as well as CPR and First Aid trained.  She continues to work with children at the the birches school in Lincoln where she teachers manages and directs the after school program with school aged children. Her energetic personality, sense of humor, kind heart, empathic nature, and positive outlook combined with excellent understanding of child development and behavior management benefits her as she teaches yoga to her students. She is excited to share her love of yoga and early childhood education with your children.


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Adrienne Mandigo

Teacher
Adrienne Mandigo is so excited to join the Flow and Grow family. With 12 years of academic teaching experience, she is ready to combine her love of teaching children with her love of yoga.  She has been practicing yoga for about 5 years and it has been such an incredible journey on and off the mat. With breath work to calm the mind and strengthening to empower the body, yoga came into her life exactly when she needed it most.

She most enjoys sharing a practice with children that is fun, creative, individualized, and leaves the young yogi with a strong body and even stronger sense of self. When she is not teaching, she enjoys walking her dogs while holding her husband's hand, playing with her many nieces and nephews, and reading a good book in the shade on a warm day.


Emily Chicojay

Emily Chicojay

Teacher

I made my way into my first yoga class in 2010. I was in my first year of college and hungry for new experiences; I never expected that this practice would carry me through new places, tough transitions, and the daily grind of work and school. Now, I am a second year student in the Master’s in Public Health in Urban Health program at Northeastern University with 200+ hours of teacher training under my belt. I completed my training in July 2016 at It’s Yoga Nica in El Ostional, Nicaragua and since then I have been lucky to teach at Black Crow Yoga in Arlington, MA, Northeastern, the Frederick Middle School in Dorchester, MA, and with Hands to Heart Center, a yoga non-profit in Boston. Beginning my second year of teaching has called for much reflection and an invigorated approach to yoga. Coupled with academic gains within public health, I’m continually shaping and re-defining my teaching and yoga philosophies.

As a master’s student, I'm interested in researching adolescent health and their understanding and expression of identity and as a yoga teacher, I am passionate about working with youth and utilizing yoga to empower and support self-exploration. Both backgrounds inspire me to cultivate a dynamic and adaptive classroom that runs on the needs and ideas of students and to take into account youth development and the varying backgrounds and experiences of students. I’m thrilled to teach with Flow and Grow Kids Yoga and observe how I develop as a teacher and student.