Our core program structure develops children's abilities to focus (attention), stand up straight (posture), move their limbs with control (coordination) and grace (flexibility), and find inner strength (self-confidence).
Our curricula are designed to introduce young people – from babies to teenagers – to the foundations of yoga and mindfulness, and translate novel concepts into a language that can be understood and internalized.
CLASSES FOR KIDS + PARENTS
All Yogi Beans classes provide a balance between structured and free-flowing age-specific activities. Guided by a certified instructor, programs include age-appropriate poses, games, props, music, and mindfulness and breathing exercises to energize and challenge kids' bodies and minds. All programs conclude with a period of relaxation.
(9+ months) to teenagers.
LAUREN CHAITOFF, FOUNDER & CEO
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 and beyond.
Lauren oversees and trains the stellar Yogi Beans’ Bean Team, leads regular 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.
Learn more about Lauren at Laurenchaitoff.com.
Lauren's Heart Light: Lavender with Yellow Polka Dots!
CAROLINA LINDOFF, LEAD TEACHER TRAINER
Carolina Lindoff began to teach for Yogi Beans in 2016. Taking the Yogi Beans Teacher Training truly opened up the world of kids’ yoga for her, and she now teaches children of all ages. Since 2018, Carolina has become more integrated with Yogi Beans, leading Teacher Trainings and supporting new instructors. Teaching kids’ yoga brings her so much joy and she’s grateful for being able to share yoga with her little Beans.
Carolina is from Sweden where she received her Masters Degree in Dance Education. During her studies she did a semester, and later on a full year, at Steps on Broadway in New York, and after working as a dance teacher in Sweden she returned to New York in 2012. In 2013, Carolina decided to take a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at YogaWorks, and in 2015 she completed her 300-hour Teacher Training mentoring with Laurel Beversdorf. Carolina is also a certified Pre & Postnatal Yoga Teacher through Maha Mama. When Carolina is not teaching Kids’ Yoga she’s teaching Hatha, Vinyasa and Pre & Postnatal Yoga at various studios.
Carolina’s Heart Light: Passion Flower
BRIAN CHAITOFF, FOUNDING MEMBER
Brian is the yin to Lauren’s yang. Having a front row seat since the inception of Yogi Beans, Brian has worked to sprout Yogi Beans into a giant beanstalk. Brian is an avid yoga practitioner.
Most recently, Brian leads the multichannel, multisegment marketing and data insights business at Thasos Group, a mobile geolocation data analytics firm. Previously, Brian Chaitoff spent time at 7Park Data, an alternative financial data startup in New York, NY, where he led the firm's research-insights business through a successful exit. Brian previously served as a competitive intelligence director at New York City law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP where he developed his career roots in data analysis in research in support of client acquisition and retention strategies, and growth marketing. Brian graduated from Boston University in 2004 with a degree in finance.
Brian’s Heart Light: Indigo Beams
Our Bean team is comprised of dedicated, enthusiastic and professional instructors. Our instructors came from all paths of life - yoga teachers, dancers, performers and educators. They all have the same passion for sharing the practice of yoga with the next generation of yogis. All Yogi Beans instructors are background checked and trained in our Yogi Beans curriculum.