The Bean Team

Linkedin Profile Lauren Chaitoff, Founder & COO


Yogi Beans is the brainchild of mind-body-fitness expert Lauren Chaitoff, who founded Yogi Beans in 2007. Lauren found herself teaching yoga to hundreds of kids, attending numerous trainings, workshops and lectures and designing the Yogi Beans curriculum "sprouting" from her innate ability to connect with children and her knowledge of yoga. Yogi Beans has since become one of the top rated children's programs in New York City.

As Founder & COO, Lauren oversees and trains the stellar Yogi Beans Instructor team, leads regular Yogi Beans' public teacher trainings, and creates and teaches weekly classes to beans of all ages at a range of venues. Lauren holds a Bachelor's Degree in Theater from Northwestern University and is a registered E-RYT Yoga Instructor through the Yoga Alliance. Lauren continuously evolves Yogi Beans' programming from her extensive experiences in the classroom, on her mat, and through her love of her own beans, Vivienne Bell and Juliette Rose.

Lauren's Heart Light: Lavender with Yellow Polka Dots!

Linkedin Profile Rebecca Strimaitis, Creative Manager & Senior Instructor


Rebecca Strimaitis joined the Yogi Beans team in 2014, and her ability to connect with kids of all ages enabled her to rapidly become more integrated with the company. As Creative Manager and Senior Instructor, Rebecca teaches daily classes in studios and schools all around New York City, leads teacher trainings, and manages and supports the Yogi Beans instructor team. From singing in poses with her little ones to discussing deeper yoga philosophy with her teen students, Rebecca strongly believes that introducing yoga to kids at an early age is a vital tool that will help them lead happy and successful lives.

Rebecca also teaches yoga to adults in the corporate work setting. She has studied a variety of styles with renowned teachers, focusing on Iyengar and Vinyasa Flow, and earned her 200-hour Vinyasa Teacher Certificate from Sonic Yoga NYC in 2009. Rebecca also holds a BFA from The Boston Conservatory and an MFA from the A.R.T. at Harvard University. She has performed all around the world from New York to Moscow.

Rebecca's Heart Light: Violet Surrounded by Shimmering Gold!