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  • Cheryl Crawford_Loyall Hart0006

    I am grounded in compassion and elevated in absurdity, and am dedicated to connecting children to the power of a seriously playful yoga practice. Working in schools and playing with words, I discovered that students were far more connected to their daily lessons when they felt not only heard, but understood. Seen. Connected. Grounded.

    I’ll connect you with some facts because I know you may want to get grounded in our teaching methodology.

    • My teaching journey began in the public elementary schools in Atlanta, where I worked as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, and curriculum coordinator for 11 years.
    • Every 11 years something profound happened in my life~ at age 11 I knew without a doubt I wanted to be a teacher, at 22 I began teaching in Fulton County Schools and taught for 11 years until at 33 I became pregnant with triplets. At 44 Anusara School of Yoga certified me and I brought the teachings into Grounded. I can't wait to see what happens at 55.
    • I was born on June 11th and feel so fortunate to have met my Libra balanced business partner, Amy who was born on October 11th. She is as compassionate and smart as they come.
    • Our Grounded methodology is created around the number 11~ it's a number of mastery and we want the children to be masters of their own destiny.
    • I create curriculum for Grounded Kids, teach yoga to kids in the public schools, teach in the studio at Decatur Yoga and Pilates, and lead teacher trainings internationally.
    • I have my own children's yoga show called Yippee Ki-Yay Namaste where I get to teach with my beloved students from Fernbank Elementary.
    • I consider Dr. Seuss one of my master teachers and I love fusing his work with yoga sutras. Fusing universally loved children’s books with yoga teachings gives me a map towards becoming more inner literate.
    • My teenage triplet daughters broaden and deepen my inner landscape~ particularly the state of Love...and Patience…and Humility.
    • I see the state of Joy that yoga brings to all sorts of people, from three-year-old children to men who are homeless. Each of these populations has a lot to teach each other about the universal truths that can help us all be our best selves. That’s why I tune into the people I teach, and share their wisdom with my many different populations.
    • I’ve learned how to learn from my students, and even though I certify many of them to teach, they in turn certify me to be more aware and more reflective.
    • I'm dedicated to supporting and affirming our elevated Grounded Teachers.
    • My husband is the most "yogic" person I know even though he outwardly practices at a studio once or twice a month. He is honest, genuine, hilarious and will do anything for anyone.
    • I’m certified to teach Anusara, Kundalini, Correlation Vinyasa, Hot Core Power, YogaKids, and of course, Laughter Yoga.
    • I am great and grateful to have trained under Marsha Wenig, John Friend, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Gina Minyard, Desiree Rumbaugh, Christina Sell and Paul Muller-Ortega and I continue to study with whole-hearted teachers.

    I work on grounding into my own heart, so I can uplift and elevate all those I come into contact with. I find that by asking “Are you safe? Are you sound? Are you whole? Are you well?” I can help students of all ages and abilities find the grounding they need to truly soar.

  • AwildaAwilda Rivera, a native New Yorker, found yoga when she moved to Atlanta some years ago. The community, self-awareness, and physical health she gained through Yoga inspired her to identify ways to bring Yoga to the greater Atlanta community, especially children. She enjoys working with kids as a Get Grounded Teacher, who also has a traditional apprenticeship with Cheryl Crawford. As an alumna of Prep for Prep, a New York based non-profit aimed to create educational equality for academically gifted & socio-economically disadvantaged students, Awilda was immediately drawn to the broad reaching mission of Atlanta Yoga Movement. The opportunity to share Yoga with Atlanta School children, promoting their health, self-awareness & community was one she could not pass up. Awilda also believes that Yoga should be shared with School Faculty and Administrators, and has begun to work on ways to get more low cost Yoga to Teachers at their schools once a week. She currently offers a Yoga class to the Teachers at Druid Hills Middle School and is working on getting more schools involved. Her Academic Background includes a Juris Doctorate from Rutgers School of Law (’09), a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Wesleyan University (’02). She is a alumnus of the prestigious Middlesex School in Concord, Mass. and the very progressive Village Community School in Manhattan. Awilda is a Spiritual Healer, Shaman and Yoga teacher focused on bringing healing and community to all through promoting various avenues to greater self-awareness and personal empowerment.

  • My mother set a very good example of giving back. She typically worked with charities that benefited children since they are the future. Everyone should give back when they can. My children are older now and I have the time and passion to focus on Atlanta Yoga Movement.

    I personally discovered the mental and physical benefits of yoga years ago in Cheryl's classes. I've learned that I'm a much more grounded and nicer person if I can go to at least 1 class each week. I believe yoga can do wonders with children.

    Cheryl has shared her successes and heart melting experiences with me. She was the first friend I met when I moved to Atlanta in 1987. We've been through it all including many yoga experiences before she found her true calling of combining her love and knowledge of teaching children with yoga. I'd do anything to help Cheryl achieve her goals.

    I'd like to raise both awareness and funds to expand yoga in schools. And maybe, just maybe, I can get my kids to enjoy yoga too.

Advisory Board

  • Chris DraftChris Draft is the Founder, President, and CEO of the Chris Draft Family Foundation (CDFF), a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering families to live healthy lifestyles.  He is a nationally recognized community leader and health advocate who serves as an NFL Ambassador, National Ambassador for the Parent Teacher Association, and a national spokesperson on many health-related issues, including the care and treatment of asthma, from which he suffers, and lung cancer, the disease that claimed the life of his wife, Keasha, late last year.

    In 1998, Draft graduated from Stanford University where he earned a degree in economics while becoming a four-year letter winner in football and a two-year member of the Cardinal baseball team.  After college, He went on to a twelve-year career in the NFL, playing linebacker for the Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, St. Louis Rams, Buffalo Bills, and Washington Redskins. 

    A leader both on and off the field, Draft has received a number of awards and honors for his tireless work in the community.  He was recently honored by SCLC/W.O.M.E.N. Inc. at its  33rd Annual Drum Major For Justice Awards in recognition of the Foundation’s health awareness efforts.  Additionally, Draft was selected as the Man Of The Year by both the St. Louis Rams and the Carolina Panthers, and received the NFL Alumni Spirit, Ed Block Courage, and Rankin Smith Awards.  He was also a two-time finalist for the prestigious Byron “Whizzer” White Award.  In addition to his numerous accolades, Draft is also a published author.  His 2010 children’s book, Do You Want to Play Catch?, stresses the importance of family and physical activity.

  • DesireeDesiree Rumbaugh is an internationally recognized yoga teacher with unquenchable enthusiasm for life, love and healing. She blends playful humor with an authentic inquiry into the nature of being to help her students discover their own power, courage and beauty. 

    Her passion for teaching both the art and the science of yoga is fueled in part by her own experience recovering from deep grief as a bereaved parent. For Desiree, yoga has been a life-saver emotionally as well as physically. With longtime studies in Iyengar and Anusara yoga, she brings 25 years of experience, experimentation and creativity to her ever-evolving, outside-of-the-box style of teaching. Desiree travels the world full time sharing her compassion and her joy with others interested in the transformational power of yoga.

     She has produced a DVD series entitled “Yoga to the Rescue” and is a regular contributor to Yoga Journal, having also appeared on its cover. Desiree supports the Art of Yoga Project serving teenage girls in the juvenile justice system. She lives with her husband in Southern California

  • cunningham-brittanyPrincipal of Druid Hills High School

    Education:
       - BBA (Finance and Accounting) - Emory University
       - MS (Management - Organization Behavior) - Georgia State University
       - PH.D. in progress (Education Policy Studies - Research, Measurement, and Statistics) - Georgia State University

    Interests: Eating out, Sports, Playing with my dogs, Reality television, Reading

    Favorite Quote: "There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children." --Nelson Mandela

    Advice to Students:
    "Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it." - John Maxwell. Everyone is capable of greatness, regardless of where you perceive your starting point to be. Maintain a positive attitude, never give up, explore, dream, and discover!

  • Debby KaminskyDebby Kaminsky, founder of Newark Yoga Movement.  Debby is a former advertising executive who decided in 2006 she wanted to sell the benefits of transformation. She took her first yoga class in 1997 while her twins were in pre-school. She felt great and never turned back, becoming a yoga instructor in 2004.  Her passion is helping to manifest positive change.  In 2009, she founded Newark Yoga Movement, a 501c3 that has shared yoga with 16,000+ students, 1,600+ educators, and the Newark community, including  nearly 600 firefighters.  Debby served as Peace Ambassador for the Global Mala NJ. and organized all yoga when the Dalai Lama visited Newark for a Peace Summit in 2011. When traveling, she finds ways to share yoga, and has proudly taught in Kenya and Tanzania, and the military in Israel. Besides yoga, her biggest joys are hanging out with her family including her husband, twin daughters and dog Shantih. 

  • debbie_kelleyDebra Kelley is the Founder and Director of Decatur Yoga & Pilates and has been working with Cheryl for over 10 years. Together, back in 2003, they introduced yoga for kids to the Atlanta area, and since then, Debra has been proud to support Cheryl's significant efforts on behalf of children, families, teachers and schools at the studio and beyond.  Debra is an ERYT at the 200 hour level and has certifications in Bikram, Correlation Vinyasa Yoga, YogaKids, Stott Pilates and continues to work on her 500 Hour certification through Pranakriya Yoga. Most of her time is spent managing and growing the beloved business she created, renovating an old Florida beach house and playing with her sweet 2 year old Boxer Bindi.

  • Kia-MillerOne of the most well-known Kundalini teachers in the West, Kia has an ability to translate the subtle teachings of Kundalini Yoga in a highly accessible way. Kia's study of yoga began when she was 15. She is certified in both Hatha and Kundalini Yoga and teaches workshops, retreats and teacher trainings throughout the world. Kia's passion is to share the Kundalini tradition infused with Bhakti. Kia's classes are a powerful mix of Asana, breath, meditation and chanting that will leave you feeling uplifted and empowered.

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