Christi Eley is a Certified Yoga Instructor with qualifications in children's yoga training. She received her children's yoga training and certification through YogaKids (Phase 1), a premiere international yoga program for children. She also completed YogaEd Teacher Training Certification, a nationally-recognized program working to bring yoga into schools throughout the country.
Christi is certified in Infant Massage and Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga and also Itsy Bitsy Yoga trained. She has taught children's yoga in preschools, public and private schools, yoga studios, sporting centers, and more. Christi began practicing yoga herself after having her first child and credits it with her ability to find peace and balance in her life.
In her experience teaching children's yoga, Christi discovered that though the children were becoming active and learning the yoga postures, there wasn't enough substance to the programs other than fun and games. Kids love to pretend to be animals, but Christi wanted to come up with a creative activity for young children that offered more than that.
The Angel Bear Yoga™ program was created by Christi to make yoga a more meaningful experience for children. By attaching a character trait to each pose and by combining yoga with her love for nature, the program teaches children to embody positive behavior and appreciate the natural world.
This program is designed to be led by parents, teachers, or anyone who works with young children - you don't have to be a yoga instructor. Christi wanted to make it accessible to anyone, so all children could receive the positive benefits the program has to offer.
Christi currently teaches at the Children's Museum of Winston-Salem and the Montessori School, in addition to home-schooling her two beautiful daughters, Erin and Sydney. She and her husband, Mark, met in elementary school and have been together ever since. The family shares their home with a menagerie of pets and is active in 4-H, raising rabbits.