Gail Bentley Walsh is the Founder andDirector of Yoga Mountain Inc. and of Young Mountain Yoga. She is an E-RYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher), a Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and an RCYT (Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher). Her Yoga Mountain Yoga Teacher Certification programs have been ongoing since 1994, approved by the National Yoga Alliance and recognized as one of the oldest and most established programs in the Untied States. Gail has not only trained hundreds of students in her 200 and (300) 500-hour yoga teacher certification programs, but was involved in creating the Yoga Alliance criteria for school and teacher recognition guidelines.
Gail has been teaching yoga in public, private and special education schools since 1989 — offering training and workshops for K-12 educators including teachers, teaching assistants, health-care workers, social workers, psychologists, clinicians and school administrators. She wrote her own book on the topic of Teaching Self-Regulation to Improve Academic Performance and Interpersonal Relations: Yoga in the Classroom©
Gabriela is a an E-RYT 200/300 hour certified yoga instructor with specialties in holistic therapeutic yoga and yoga for children and teens grades k-12. She completed an internship for therapeutic yoga while working for BOCES in Rockland County, NY. She currently works teaching adults and teens in both private and group classes. Her range of students go from 6-94 years old.
She started her movement journey as a dancer and actor, and received a BA in Dance and Choreography from UCLA, which included extensive studies in kinesiology and anatomy. She has regularly participated in movement for actors classes in NYC.
In addition,Gabriela works as a Leadership Trainer in NYC with ages K-12 and is able to regularly implement yoga to students as part of their leadership training. She also has had the honor of sharing yoga with teachers and parents within the NYC Public school system.
Gabriela is passionate about passing on the healing properties of the breath, movements and teachings of a yoga lifestyle to people of all ages.
Janet Vignola, an ERYT-500 Yoga Alliance teacher, draws on studies from a variety of teachers and traditions and with great inspiration from many years of work with Gail Walsh. She received her 200-hour, 500-hour and Yoga Therapy certifications through Yoga Mountain and has been teaching since 2006. Her desire to teach evolved from the joy she received from her personal practice and the aspiration to share that joy with others. The focus of Janet’s teaching is always directed towards guiding the student through self-inquiry using symbolic movements of the physical form (asana), the breath (pranayama) and meditation. Studied in 2nd degree Usui System of Reiki healing and inviting this energy into the practice, Janet enjoys seva (volunteer service) at Rockland Psychiatric Center, teaching yoga to adults with mental disabilities. She has also enjoyed working with emotionally and learning disabled students at Hilltop School in Nyack, as part of the Yoga Mountain team. Her continuing education includes: completion of Anusara Immersions I, II, and III, and recent graduation from an Anusara-focused teacher training in Montclair, NJ with Hillary Cohen. Janet is Co-Director of the Yoga Mountain Teacher Training Programs.
YOUNG MOUNTAIN YOGA was founded by Gail Walsh and is co-directed by Gabriela Chinnock and Gail Walsh. All of our main teachers are certified 200/300 hour yoga teachers, yoga therapists, have obtained specialty credentials and are experienced in working with young people ages pre-k and k-12 in multiple venues. We believe profoundly in the immense value of practicing yoga with children and teens.
Abigail has practiced yoga for many years, however it did not became an influential part of her life until a few years ago. At the time she was working with children who had suffered from trauma and her work environment was very stressful and draining. She began a regular yoga practice for herself, which gave her more energy, allowed her to self-regulate, manage her stress and become a more centered and mindful person. She realized she couldn't keep these benefits to herself and decided she to share yoga’s benefits with those around her!
She began her training by taking a 95 hr Children and Teen certification program through Young Mountain in 2014. Afterwards she began to teach many children's classes. She went on to receive her 200 and 500 HR through Yoga Mountain under the guidance of Gail Walsh, Janet Vignola and Ronda Lam. Currently. While Abigail specializes in teaching yoga to children, she also has experience teaching adult vinyasa and restorative classes.
Young Mountain Yoga
95 Hour Yoga Certification to Teach Children and Teens
....Igniting the teacher in us all to support young people through yoga, meditation and mindfulness
Finding Your Path
The mission of Young Mountain Yoga is to provide education and training for those interested in working with kids and teens – whether at home or in the school environment – in an effort to further enable our young people’s sense of well being.
Students learn how yoga techniques (postures, breath work, and meditation) provide skills to develop a sense of relaxation, emotional balance, and self-confidence.
Our hands-on approach, along with our 16 years of experience working with children and teens, enable us to support participants to explore finding their unique voice in passing on the benefits of yoga to our youth.
Tenley is a RYT-200 registered Yoga Alliance teacher. Her yoga practice began as a compliment to her experience as a K-12 Arts
Educator/Administrator. The design of her classes are mindfully organized to incorporate a seamless mixture of physical, mental, and spiritual elements of the yoga practice. Training includes 200 hour program with Gail Bentley Walsh of Yoga Mountain and recently completed her 500 hour program with Raji Thron of Yoga Synthesis.
Amy has been practicing yoga for several years and earned her certification to teach yoga to Children and Teens in January 2013. With two young daughters, she has witnessed first-hand how yoga can benefit children in today's stressful and over-stimulated world...and how much they truly enjoy it. Amy began teaching classes from her home studio and quickly realized that many parents shared her desire to expose yoga and its many benefits to their children. From there, SHINE Yoga Kids was born.
Amy brings a playful and creative approach to each one of her classes. Each class is thoughtfully prepared in advance, but her flexibility (pun intended!) is key to a successful yoga class experience.
In addition to being a Certified Children's Yoga Instructor, Amy is the owner of SHINE Yoga Kids. She has a business background which includes an MBA, as well as a Bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. Amy is also CPR and First Aid Certified.