Elizabeth “Beth” Reese, Ph.D., E-RYT, RCYT, is the founder and executive director of Yogiños: Yoga for Youth® (YYY). Through YYY Beth has authored award-winning, bilingual DVDs, CDs, and other printed and digital teaching materials, including the Online Studio & Resource site, The OHMazing® Way. She encourages and guides others to start their own kids yoga business through the reciprocal-energy Team Membership.
Beth remains steadfast in her commitment to offer research-informed, high quality Adult Training program wherein individuals can become yoga for kids instructors or receive the 95-hour Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher credential. Additionally, YYY offers preK-12 schools in-services and special Toolkits for integrating Mindful & OHMazing® Strategies for Students and Teachers (MOSST) into existing curricula. Beth serves as a Health & Wellness Instructor in Houston Independent School District via a private foundation where she teaches 300+ elementary students at an urban elementary school.
Beth is a teacher with over 25 years of experience with preK-12 grades in art, windsurfing, skiing, and yoga. She is also a researcher and published writer, having authored numerous chapters in academic texts along with a four-year weekly newspaper column. Beth has a PhD in art museum education and has taught art history, art museum education and museum studies at the University-level.
With the universe whispering to start a kids yoga program, Beth finally acquiesced. In the fall of 2008 she “agreed” to teach her first kids yoga class, and a year later filmed the first bilingual, award-winning DVD, The Story of Ganesh. And the universe kept whispering…
You can follow Beth’s adventures on her facebook page, hanging out with her three kids (would you believe Jordan is now 18 and attends UCLA Film School, Cole is 16, and Grace is 11!?!) or just chilling with friends around their hometown of Houston.
With self-proclaimed inner-geek in her system, Beth enjoys facilitating qualitative and quantitative research on her programs. With a colleague at National University in San Diego, they ran research exploring and examining implementing kids yoga in schools the MOSST way. Data from Year one revealed the intervention benefited students, teachers and families and actually pointed toward the need for The OHMazing® Way. Beth presents her research on yoga-based self-regulation and mindfulness-based art museum education at several conferences, including the National Kids Yoga Conference and National Art Education Association Conference.
Beth is over-flowing with gratitude for the many incredible people who have joined her on this path, as well as numerous yoga styles and instructors. She explores Iyengar, Hatha, Hot, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Anusara, power yoga, Jivamukti and Yin Yoga. Beth completed her RYT 200 in Anusara with Christina Sell, and an Immersion training in Yin Yoga with Paul Grilley. She has taken classes and workshops with “Richard from Texas,” Elena Brower, Giselle Mari, David Belz, Sharon Gannon, Jules Febre, John Friend, Manorama, Judith Hanson Lasater, David Life, Sarah Powers, Saul David Raye, Desiree Rumbaugh, Sianna Sherman and Doug Swenson.