Play and curiosity come naturally to children. Growing up as an athlete and then embarking on a career as a toy designer, my life remained centered around play even into adulthood. It wasn't until I became a mother, responsible for two precious lives, that play started to get squeezed out by new schedules and added responsibilities. I wanted to preserve my daughters' naturally playful spirits, the twinkle in their eyes, so I knew I needed to make play a daily intention. I truly believe that play is the path to a healthy and joy-filled life. That is why I'm passionate about creating products and providing resources with the sole intention of facilitating play.
I am a designer with 16 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies designing toys and children's products. I have a husband and two vibrant little girls who keep me fueled with inspiration daily. I am a seeker of knowledge and continued growth....
I have a bachelor's degree in Industrial Design and a master's degree in Professional Leadership. I launched designELF Studios, a design consultancy, in 2007. A few years later, in 2010, I earned my 200-hour yoga certification with Debbie Williamson. I became certified in kids' yoga in 2013 .
Today I am launching Backyard Yoga. This venture is a culmination of my love for designing play-based experiences for kids, my passion for yoga, and my desire to make meaningful connections.
Backyard Yoga products will include:
inFLOWgraphics: All-in-one kids' yoga class plans perfect for yoga studios, schools, and home. Play and theme geared towards teaching 3-to-6-year-old children. These also make a perfect self-guided tool for older kids.
Yoga Game Cards: A 42-card deck with a game-playing twist to keep kids engaged and having fun.
Mindfulness Kits: Combine yoga and mindfulness tools with essential oil sprays to create Peaceful Sleep, Joy-filled Days, and Happy Car Rides.
Story Cards: Bring yoga to the youngest yogi through playful story adventures. Perfect for 18months +. Older children can use story cards to build their own story and yoga sequence.
Flip FLows: Story adventures on-the-go. Take yoga everywhere you are. Studios, cars, planes, trains...the possibilities are endless.
Never stop playing!
I invite you to connect with me on this journey.
Peace + Play