We believe that every child has unlimited potential, no matter what circumstances have crossed their path or diagnosis they have been given. We help educational communities unlock that potential through the implementation of evidence-based yoga and mindfulness practices that build social and emotional learning, coping skills and self-regulation strategies. These ancient tools have never been more needed in our world and definitely in our school culture. The time has come for us to address the rising national rates of chronic stress and anxiety as well as the increases in developmental and mental health challenges affecting our youth.
Our mission is to:
- Provide youth with tools to allow them to thrive in and out of the classroom.
- Prepare all children to understand their personal power and lead their lives with greater joy for themselves and compassion for others.
- Help all youth build the capacity to focus their attention for learning and living with purpose.
- Support authentic inclusion of all students within the natural setting of the classroom and community.
- Empower educators to develop practices of self-care to nurture their own well-being.
- Help schools create a culture of compassion where inner confidence and resilience flourish.
- Provide holistic strategies to support mental health programs in schools.
Allison Morgan | MA, OTR, E-RYT | Founder
Allison Morgan MA, OTR, E-RYT is the founder and CEO of Zensational Kids, an educational company bringing evidence-based yoga and mindfulness practices to school communities worldwide. She is a pediatric occupational therapist, author, public speaker/trainer, and mother driven to empower youth and the adults that care/serve them how to cultivate the inner resources we all desperately need in order to thrive in life at every age. Allison is passionate about training educators, parents, mental health professionals and allied health professionals effective techniques to develop skills such as self-awareness, management skills, compassion and resilience so they can model and authentically teach these skills to children.
Allison began integrating yoga and mindfulness into her therapy sessions with children in 2007. Discovering the multitude of physical, emotional, cognitive and behavioral benefits these practices offered her occupational therapy clients, and recognizing the need for more mental health and social-emotional learning programs in schools, Allison began writing curriculum and developing teacher training programs to help others share these practices.
She is the author of three separate curriculums for pre-k through high school-age students; Young Explorers: Yoga and Mindfulness in Early Childhood Education, EDUCATE 2B: Tools for engaged learning and living and EVERYDAY Mindfulness: Techniques for teens to develop compassion, calm, focus and resilience. She is also the author of Wisdom Within, a children’s exploration of inner awareness. Allison contributed to Best Practices For School Yoga and Applied Mindfulness: Approaches in Mental Health for Children and Adolescents. She has partnered with universities to conduct research investigating the effectiveness of yoga and mindfulness with special-needs populations and contributes to several advisory boards and organizations involved in creating better lives for children. Along with helping schools develop resilient and compassionate internal and external environments for students and educators to thrive, Allison authored the mindfulness component of the Jessie Lewis Choose Love Program, a free social and emotional learning curriculum for pre-k through 12th grade. Partnering with Newark Yoga Movement, she helped to develop Inner Calm, a school-wide yoga and mindfulness program to help students center, move and relax at the start of their day. As a sought-after international speaker, she brings knowledge, wit and joy to inspire her audience as they tap into their own inner resilience, empowering them to share it with those they serve.
Kimberly DeLoreto | M.Ed.,RYT, RCYT
Kimberly, RYT and RCYT, believes every day is a gift. With the merging of her two passions, yoga and children, she uncovered her life’s joy.
Living in the mountains with her husband and daughters, Tiffany is living her dream of nature, family and yoga.
Corinne Krill | MA, E-RYT, CTSY
Corinne teaches mindfulness, breath and movement as stress-reduction techniques to adults and children of all ages and abilities.
Checka Antifonario | E-RYT, RCYT
Checka Antifonario (E-RYT, RCYT) has taught thousands of children and adolescents in schools, studios, private homes, and adolescent revocation and rehabilitation centers over the past seven years.
Mary Borton | E-RYT-500
Mary Borton is a trained yoga teacher trainer at the 500-hour level (E-RYT 500). She began studying yoga in 1998 and immediately discovered the life-changing benefits of practices of breath, movement and mindfulness. She knew that she had to share this with others, especially the people she worked with every day.
Lou Redmond |
Lou Redmond is an inspiring speaker, mindfulness educator, & author. He is a registered yoga teacher and certified in kids yoga and mindfulness. He holds a certification in Social and Emotional Learning and Character Development from Rutgers University. Lou’s passion for his work stems from experiencing profound benefits through his own mindfulness practice. He is a contributing teacher on the popular meditation app, Insight Timer where his practices have been listened to over 400,000 times.
John Mancuso | LCSW
John is a certified meditation teacher whose life-long practice has been shaped by Christian, Eastern and secular contemplative traditions. In addition to teaching mindfulness meditation, he is a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst with a practice in Rockland County, NY. John holds Master degrees in social work and counseling, and has a post-graduate certificate in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.
Taylor Jackson | BS, E-RYT
Taylor received her 200-hour Yoga Certification in March, 2014 from the Marianne Wells Yoga School in Costa Rica and has trained with Dr. Roger Jahnke for Qigong in 2017.