The Bean Team
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!
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!
Monica Miller joined the Bean Team in 2015 after developing her career as an early development manger at a leading childhood development center. Beginning in an administrative capacity, Monica's knowledge of the elite children's programming of New York City and her love of children quickly made her an indispensable part of the Yogi Beans team. As Business Manager, Monica leads the management and execution of the daily business operations of Yogi Beans, including administrating school classes, training programs, private service offerings and much more. Monica is a central force in the design, development and general advancement of Yogi Beans' expansion through its growth initiatives in order to share Yogi Beans' range of program content and services with an ever-increasing number of people.
Monica graduated from New York University with a degree in Theatre. She has been teaching children theater, art, and yoga since she was a child herself.
Monica's Heart Light: Turquoise Ringed With Copper and Gold!
Bringing a fresh perspective from the corporate law world, Alexa joined forces with Yogi Beans' founder, Lauren Chaitoff, in 2010, where she managed all aspects of Yogi Beans' business in New York City and the Tri-State Area. Alexa's expertise in yoga and business was used to oversee content creation and the structure of Yogi Beans' programs and curricula; additionally, she assisted with leading the Yogi Beans' teacher training program, adding an adult yoga teaching perspective with her kid-at-heart approach. Alexa currently serves as a director.
Alexa holds a B.A. from The University of Pennsylvania, a J.D. from New York University School of Law, and a 200-hour yoga teaching certification from YogaWorks. She practiced law as a corporate attorney at Latham & Watkins LLP and as in-house counsel at a real estate company in New York City. Her yoga teaching and business approach are strongly influenced by the precise, playful and spiritual teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar.
Alexa's Heart Light: Lavender With an Undertone of Gold Shimmer and a Faint Scent of Vanilla!