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Ari

Owner of The Little Yogis and The Fitness Remedy

I am DeAri Loggins, the creator of The Little Yogis Enrichment Program. Most people know me as Ari, the lady who loves yoga, hiking, adventures, smiles, and making life super magical for children. I created the Little Yogis Enrichment Program, shortly after my own little yogi was born in 2016. She is my number one reason in creating this program. I want to raise a child understanding life's biggest contradiction--- "there is so much freedom in boundaries, but we are limitless beings", in practicing yoga, this concept can be obtained.  I want children to have a safe place to be where they are and to be themselves! I am extremely passionate about showing children how to cope, how to be curious, how to be discipline, how to love, and how to be kind. I have combined my passion for education and my passion yoga, and developed the Little Yogis Enrichment Program to ultimately teach self-growth, being active, being social, being present, and enjoying the journey of life. 

I have been in the wellness industry for over 10 years now. I have much experience on both sides of the industry, loving marketing and pr as well as being a (RYT) yoga instructor, certified mat pilates instructor, certified water aerobics instructor, and certified personal trainer. I love to learn and love to evoke that same wanting and willingness to learn into those around me. I never just want to be a teacher--- I want to inspire!


FAVORITE MANTRA: 

Peace--- you can not buy it, earn it, or sell it... 

you can only create it, live it, and be it!


FAVORITE YOGA POSE:

Any variation of Scorpion. This pose is fun, but takes a lot of concentration. I also love this pose because it helps with blood circulation and for us, anxious coffee drinkers, it helps with calming the nerves. 


MY ATTRIBUTIONS

I am most like the Tiger. Tigers are very free-spirited, fiery, vivacious, and passionate. Tigers are known to be fearless and unpredictable. The Tigress is very nurturing and charismatic. Tigers also have a fondness for water. 

behind the scenes

Rashawn

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 


Hello! My name is Rashawn Thomas and 

I am the Executive Director of The Little Yogis.  


I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA, in a large, loving family.  My main duties include managing the day to day operations and promotions.  While I have only been practicing yoga for a year, I have a lifelong passion for teaching and inspiring children.  Due to this passion, I fell in love with the program as soon as I learned of it.  


FAVORITE YOGA POSE:

Up dog, especially when transitioning from down dog.


FAVORITE MANTRA:

Keep Breathing


MY ATTRIBUTIONS:

I am most like the owl

- The Little Yogis instructors -

Carleigh

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 My name is Carleigh Hayes Gore. I grew up in Warner Robins, Georgia, and discovered yoga in my high school years.  At the time, I was working a lot on self care and self love, and developed a relationship with myself that has shown me all the positive within me that I can create. I have been working with children for 5 years, and have a college background in Early Childhood Education. I have always had a heart to nurture and show children how amazing they can be! I discovered Little Yogis after I moved to Covington, Georgia, and have been so excited to make my passion meet my career. 


My favorite yoga style is Vinyasa, so I love flow. My favorite pose is dancer's pose (natarajasana) so I can combine focus and strength with breathwork. 


My favorite affirmation word is abundant, because I want to be abundant in everything I work towards whether it be peace, self worth, love or positivity. I practice new affirmations often, so if you ask me, it may be subject to change! 


My favorite mantra is "I honor the divinity within myself". I love reminding myself of the purpose within me, and the limits I was made to embrace, not carry.  

Allie

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 My name is Allie Miller. I am a wife to my husband, Josh and a momma to my daughters Eden and Hosanna.  Originally from Ohio, I started teaching fitness classes at a local gym which eventually lead to teaching a yoga class. Through this class I learned a love and need for yoga. Yoga has helped me through all the transitions into motherhood and continuously keeps my body and life in align. I teach yoga so I can share the amazing benefits of yoga with those around me. 


My favorite yoga pose is pigeon. This pose opens the hips and stretches the glutes all while calming the mind. 


My favorite affirmation word is— Thankfulness. There is always something in every moment to be thankful for. 

kETERIA

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My name is Keteria Neal-Watts. Yet my students call me Ms. Teria. I am originally from Marietta,

Georgia. I just got married last year and had my first child(a boy) who recently turned the big one. I also

gained a beautiful 10 year old daughter who enjoys practicing yoga as well.


I’m so happy to be a part of the Little Yogis team. I personally enjoy the benefits of yoga. Yet sharing

yoga with the youth has been exceptionally rewarding. 


Yoga is great form of exercise, mental

stimulation, and mindful meditation. My favorite yoga pose would be the dancer pose. It’s quite similar

to a stunt (the scorpion) I performed in my cheerleading days. I’m extremely ecstatic to share the joy of

yoga to all.


I am love. I am purpose. I was made with divine intention.

Namaste

Amy

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 Hi! My name is Amy Ballar. I am from Alabama but have lived in Georgia longer so I consider myself a Georgian. I have a degree in Sociology from Oglethorpe University and recently received my Registered Behavior Technician certification. I've been married to my husband Chris for 23 years and we have 2 beautiful daughters who are 16 and 18. I love spending time outdoors, travelling, cooking, playing with my dogs and relaxing with friends and family. I discovered yoga when I was pregnant with my first daughter and loved it! I have been practicing on and off since then and am now excited to share my love and appreciation of yoga's benefits with little ones.


I am most like the otter. They embody a go with the flow attitude and also have great curiosity and loyalty to their "raft". 


My favorite pose is sun warrior because it's a great stretch and feels uplifting and inspiring. 


My favorite affirmation word is Strength because it makes me feel like I can do anything!

mercedes

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I was born and raised for half of my life in Chicago, IL and the other half in Lithonia, GA. After graduating from GSU, I returned to Chicago and had my sweet son, Cartier. I have practiced yoga for several years and finally took a leap of faith to become a certified  yoga instructor. I absolutely love helping people of all ages to keep or regain mobility and flexibility. I believe everyone can do yoga!


FAVORITE MANTRA

Live for today!


FAVORITE YOGA POSE

Pigeon, it's a wonderful hip opener and is known to release built up stress or trauma.


MY ATTRIBUTIONS:

I am most like the frog

Tanya

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 Hello, my name is Tanya Brodie. I was born and raised in Queens, New York. I am a mother of eight that absolutely loves littles. I fell in love with yoga when I realized how much strength I gained mentally and physically. I started to look at life with bigger, brighter eyes. I decided that I wanted to teach in early 2019 and traveled to study in the “yoga of the world” Rishikesh, India. What an amazing experience. 


     I am most like the the elephant, they are strong, loving, and regal. 


There are so many asanas that I love, but if I had to pick one I’d choose wild thing also known as camatkarasana. It kind of describes me. This pose opens up the heart, builds strength in the shoulders it also helps with fatigue and depression. 


“I have the power to create change” is my mantra. Always remember that you are loved.

                                     Hari Om 

Dara

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Hello, my name is Ms. Dara. I discovered yoga by accident when I tried a class at the gym to which I belonged. I was hooked after that first class. I love yoga for the balance it brings to a person's life -- the discipline and effort which builds strength and flexibility coupled with the discovery of ease through breath and acceptance. I love to share all that yoga has to offer with others so they can experience their own journey towards greater self-awareness.  


FAVORITE MANTRA

My favorite affirmation word is love -- "the only way to keep it, is to give it away."


FAVORITE YOGA POSE

My favorite yoga pose is dancer which challenges your balance, improves flexibility and requires strong focus.  


MY ATTRIBUTIONS

I am most like the turtle, determined and steady yet serene. Turtles find time to take a break from a busy life to look around and within in order to stay grounded. 

Jennifer

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 Hello,  I’m Jennifer Vece.  As I transplant from Chicago, I’ve now lived in Kennesaw for a couple of decades.  I am Mom to three fabulous sons and a weird little dog named Peanut.  An artist by trade, I have enjoyed teaching young children in many capacities for over 25 years.  I love learning. The curiosity and enthusiasm kids bring to every experience,  makes my job a pleasure.  Life is pretty fast paced, telling us to push harder, do more.  Now more than ever,  we all need a moment to “pause.”  I look forward to spending time with your children doing yoga and embracing our creative spirits. 

MY ATTRIBUTIONS- 
I am most like the snail.  I’m a bit of a homebody, but love to be outside exploring nature.  I can spend endless hours slowly meandering through a forest.  And snails are small.  I believe there is great beauty the little things. 

Favorite Mantra-
Appreciate the pause.  It’s always okay to take a moment to be peaceful with yourself. 

Favorite Yoga Pose-
Child’s Pose, of course!  This snail-like pose is like a great big hug to remind us to love ourselves.    

fatima

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 Peace! I'm Fatima Shani Mathews, twin number two, originally from Hoboken New Jersey. I have two little yogis Richard and Estina who love practicing meditation, yoga and drinking herbal tea with their mom. I have practiced and taught yoga for many years and love its ability to show how perfectly imperfect we are at any facet of our lives, making it an ideal practice for all ages! 


I am most like the kaola bear, symbolizes kindness, motherhood, calmness and family. Koala people have an easy-going attitude in life. 


My favorite yoga pose is any variation of the back bend because that stretch the hip flexors and help open up the shoulders and chest, an area where lots of us hold tension. They build strength and power in the legs, arms and back muscles.


My favorite affirmation word is abundance because although it takes on a different meaning for people it still has the same result-happiness. 

ife

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Hi name is Ife! I am a  

graduate of the illustrious Clark Atlanta University. I originally had dreams on being a Fashion Buyer for Macy’s. Then, I began to grow in my love for teaching. I worked at the Boys and Girls Club for my work-study in college, then became a substitute teacher post college. I worked in mental health for the city of a Atlanta for a few years really growing passionate about self care and finding outlets for children and teens. Fast forward, 5 years later to growing in my self practice as a yogi, I embark on my YTT journey in Indonesia this past summer  and am now a certified Yoga Instructor! It is amazing where life can take you! 


Favorite Yoga Pose: Supported Headstand, of course! All the kids love it! 


Favorite Mantra: Self Love is the Best Love


My attributes: I am most like the wolf--- patient, understanding and you guessed it, flexible! 

Toni

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Hi – my name is Toni Needel. I am a certified yoga and meditation teacher who loves to share my love of yoga with everyone I meet. I believe that yoga should be accessible to everyone, no matter how young or old they might be and no matter what body they are in – young, old, thin, heavy – yoga can help you through all stages of life. I am certified by the Yoga Alliance as an RYT200 yoga teacher.  


Favorite Mantra: Have courage – Channel  your strength – Explore yourself. 


Favorite Yoga Pose: Janu Sirsasang – Head to Knee Forward bend. I like how I feel in this pose. It stretches my hamstrings back and I find it easy to be introspective in this pose. 


I am most like the wolf – fast and agile with a lot of energy, yet enjoys the benefits of stillness. 

Claire

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 My name is Claire and I’m from a small town in the north Georgia mountains called Dahlonega. I currently go to school at Kennesaw State. I come from a big family, so I’ve always loved being around children and had a passion for teaching kids! I also enjoy yoga, because it gives me a fun way to manage stress from school. Teaching children’s yoga gave me the perfect opportunity to incorporate both of these in my life! Teaching kids how to manage stress in a fun, positive, and kind way is my goal!


MY ATTRIBUTIONS:

I am most like the dolphin


Favorite yoga pose:

Chakrasana


Affirmation word:

Peace


My greatest goal in life is to always have inner peace and radiate peace to others 

Laura

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 My name is Laura Wurm. I grew up with a small family in Columbus, Georgia where I was the only child and grandchild. I was an elementary school teacher for 16 years until the birth of my daughter, Gabby. Being a new mother brought a lot of anxiety, and I found much relief from practicing yoga. This led me to complete my teacher training from Prana Lab Yoga in Weston, Florida, and now I have a strong desire to share what I have learned with others. Teaching yoga to children is such a wonderful bridge from my past to the greatness I see in my future. 


I am most like the bear. I am a very grounded, introspective person who provides much support and strength to others. I enjoy quiet time alone to regroup and to meditate in stillness. 


My favorite pose is tree because I feel grounded and open to The Universe all at the same time. 


My favorite affirmation word is LOVE. When your actions come from love you are always on the right path. 


Namaste

Kortnie

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Hi friends! My name is Kortnie. I am originally from East Tennessee, and I moved to the Atlanta area over two years ago. I am currently pursuing my degree to become an elementary school counselor. I have always enjoyed working with kids, and I believe they bring such a unique light to the world. I started practicing yoga as a teenager to relax my muscles, but I truly fell in love with how the practice relaxed my mind and soul. I was hooked from my first class, and I am continually evolving my own personal yoga journey. I am so excited to be able to share the long-lasting benefits of yoga with children of all ages while having some fun.


Favorite Yoga Pose: Shavasana. I love taking a moment to unwind at the end of my session


Affirmation Word: Kindness. My goal is to spread kindness everywhere I go


MY ATTRIBUTIONS: I am most like the Panda Bear. They are known for being laid-back and tolerant, but they still find joy in playing

Kilwana

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My name is Kilawna, Kiki for short. I am originally from Columbus, Ohio. Georgia is now my home. I have two little yogis of my own, Kaelyn and Kara who teach me everything I need to know about children. When I realized how much my daughters love doing yoga and how much I love teaching them I found out what my passion in life was. Practicing yoga has lead me to learning who I am and has brought me much peace in my life. I believe that yoga is perfect for beings of all kinds. 


My favorite yoga pose is tree pose because I believe it is up to us to balance all the different aspects of our lives. 


My favorite positive affirmation is I am love. Simply because it is the beginning of everything. 

Alex

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 Greetings! 

My name is Alex! I’m originally from Tallahassee, Florida and have lived in Atlanta, Ga. for almost 7 years. Though I have spent majority of my working years in the retail/fashion industry, I am most passionate about the freedom and peace that comes with practicing yoga. I began doing yoga when I was a young girl, more consistently over 5 years ago as a way to create balance and peace in my life. Now, a certified yoga instructor, I’m able to share this passionate with the kids and adults that I teach. Yoga has becomes such a beautiful part of my life on a daily basis and I’m looking forward to joining and sharing that with the Little Yogi Team. 


Favorite Yoga Pose: Wild Thing 


Favorite Mantra: “The only way out is through.”

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