Betsy Stephens, a mother of two living in West Orange, has been practicing yoga since 1994. She received her teacher training from Om Yoga in NYC 2001. In 2011, Betsy began training to become a children’s yoga teacher. She has studied with Karma Kids, Ashram for Autism and Go Grounded. In 2013, Betsy opened Yoga Playhouse where kids can learn to connect to their breath, minds and bodies through yoga concepts and poses. Aside from health and brain development benefits, Betsy feels yoga can cultivate a child’s appreciation for themselves and the world around them. When she’s not teaching at Yoga Playhouse, Betsy teaches inner city children in Newark with the Newark Yoga Movement. She also worked as the Artist-in-Residence, blending yoga and children’s literature at South Mountain Elementary in South Orange.
Betsy is also the founder and director of Moore Love, a non-profit organization that promotes kindness in schools. She is co-founder of Little Philanthropist at the Gregory School in West Orange. The class raises student’s awareness of needs in our society then empowers them to make a difference. Through all these endeavors, Betsy’s hope is to encourage kids to lead with their heart.