ABOUT US

We are passionate about sharing the tools of yoga, mindfulness, and social emotional learning to children, young adults, and families. We foster and support the development of skills that cultivate healthy children with an empathetic sense, emotional intelligence, a tender accepting heart, and the ability to build relationships and live wholeheartedly.  

Yoga enhances strength, balance, and flexibility, on and off the mat. Becoming self aware of one’s mind, body and breath, offers infinite potential and possibilities for joy, health and well-being. 

Through our classes and activities we promote peace in our schools and community settings.  We value diversity and strive for compassionate kinship in peaceful communities by making the benefits of yoga and mindfulness accessible to all children and families. 

OUR BOARD

LENORA DEGEN

Lenora has practiced yoga off and on for half her life. Her interest in teaching yoga began with a desire to bring yoga to older people. It was important for her to share some of the ways that a yoga practice had helped her through difficult times and that is was “never too late” to start. While working with adults, she heard numerous times how students wished they had learned yoga (or breath work or mediation) sooner, and how it would have been useful years before if only they had known about it then. It dawned on her that the concepts and lessons of yoga should be introduced sooner, rather than later, and that it was “never too early” to teach mindfulness, compassion, calming and positive body image to children. She loves teaching all ages, from preschoolers to seniors.

Justin is a clinical psychologist who’s been practicing yoga for several years and finding lots of overlap between the two systems of thought. He was drawn to the mission of Peaceful Warriors for many reasons. He strongly believes, for example, that adults have an obligation to help our children experience ways of being that involve taking care of their bodies and minds, as well as compassion for self and others. As a psychologist, he encounters many people who benefit from these practices now, and may well have been able to cultivate happier lives had those resources been available to them sooner. In addition to yoga and psychology, Justin enjoys hiking, reading, spending time with his family, and pursuing his passion for Dad jokes.

JUSTIN LINCOLN

AUTUMN R MORRISON

Autumn has been a  practitioner of yoga from a very young age. She is a certified Kids YogaInstructor and recently earned her 230 hour yoga teacher certification at Root Center for Yoga and Sacred Studies in Colorado Springs. Autumn is a Montessori teacher awho has enjoyed incorporating yoga in her classroom for over 9 years, and is an original founder of Peaceful Warriors. Autumn shares her passion for yoga with her two daughters, who are the lights of her world. She is dedicated to making a difference in this world by teaching compassion and self-love while encouraging a sense of wonder and awe in children and adults. Autumn is also a dedicated student of Aikido. 
Jan has been a “yogi in training” for the past 30 years. Early on, she found yoga to be the perfect complement to gymnastics, dance and hiking – and that a yoga mat could travel anywhere! A lover of travel, Jan trained at ashrams in Austria and Germany, earning many certifications, including Children’s Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapy. Jan has been passionate about children for most of her life. With 4 children of her own, she has owned and run a preschool, been a children’s librarian and worked for Colorado Springs Public Schools. Jan believes children are natural yogis, ready to explore their world with their mind, body and spirit!

JAN PRATT

DAWN MASKILL HELMAN

With a BA in Education, and a BS in Nursing, Dawn has worked as an educator and nurse clinician for over 40 years. Her lifetime passion for healing and movement arts led her to obtain a 200 hour yoga teacher certification from both the Chopra Center in Carlsbad, California and Pranava Yoga Center in Colorado Springs. She absolutely delights in being a certified Children’s Yoga Instructor, and is passionate about nurturing the growth of the whole child through the benefits of yoga and mindfulness.

 

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