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. 

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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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Jill Kennally

Substitute 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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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.


Leah Ferrone

Marketing Consultant

Leah is a creative marketer with a diversified career working in advertising agencies and nonprofits. She’s also dedicated to both practicing and teaching yoga. Leah recently earned her 200 CYT, completed the Flow and Grow Kids Teacher Training and was also trained in MindUp mindfulness education.

By uniting her marketing background and yoga heart, Leah joins our team to help connect educators and caregivers with the abundance of Flow and Grow lessons plans, trainings and resources.

When Leah’s not creating a marketing plan, or on her yoga mat, she’s usually spending time outside with her husband, toddler son and slobbery Bull Mastiff in upstate New York.

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Tye (Tyrome) Thomas

Teacher

Tyrome Thomas (Tye), dba Soulchild Yoga seeks to provide safe, engaging and balanced yoga instruction and space, for all ages and abilities. Born and raised in Dorchester, MA., Tye (via soulchild yoga) is focused on sharing health, wellness and mindfulness practices with those who traditional lack access to yoga studios and private instruction.

Tye brings 15+ years of personal practice to the teaching mat. He found yoga as a young youth worker living on a boat teaching youth sailing and leadership skills. Later the practice supported and carried him through a professional life which included medical case management to HIV+ youth/young adults, HIV/STD counselor & tester, community organizer and Sexual & Reproductive Health educator. Through the years, Tye has been blessed with opportunities to grow and share his practice with youth and adults, in a variety of settings. He is most happy when he is sharing yoga with new students and in new community settings because yoga truly is for everybody.

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Lalita Dunbar

Senior Teacher

Born in England, Lalita was raised with a fascination for food, movement, health and complexities of the human being. She loves everything about learning. With degrees in Political Science and Art History, she arrived in New York City in 1988. After careers in Finance and Fashion, she found community and purpose in the classical Yoga field.

Lalita began teaching Yoga at a Montessori inspired school in 2003. Full of enthusiasm and conviction about yoga’s benefits, she persuaded Principals to allow her to offer classes to the young children. She created programs that continue to thrive today. Lalita has taught in many schools and fine institutions around and beyond the city. She brings over 25 years of experience in holistic yoga methods to children and adults, sharing time tested tools for the healthy growth and development of a balanced body, mind and spirit.

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Kathryn Boland

Teacher

Kathryn Boland has a wide range of experience teaching yoga to children, teens, and families. She has taught in preschools, youth/community centers, in private homes, and other settings. With a BA in Dance and as an R-DMT (Registered Dance/Movement Therapist), she came to yoga through dance. As such, she teaches yoga with an emphasis on creativity, personal expression, and what makes sense for each of our bodies. She obtained her 200 and 500 hour yoga instruction certifications (to teach people of all ages and physical conditions) from Aura Wellness Center (Attleboro, MA) in 2011 and 2013, respectively. She looks forward to teaching with Flow and Grow Yoga!