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!
REBECCA STRIMAITIS, CREATIVE MANAGER & LEAD TEACHER TRAINER
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!
BRIAN CHAITOFF, HEAD OF MARKETING
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 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 and derived "insight" production in support of client acquisition and retention strategies, and growth marketing. Brian graduated from Boston University in 2004.
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.