Ellie Gompert Burke M.Ed., E-RYT 200, RYT 500
Co-Founder & Associate Director
Ellie has spent the last 12 years working with youth in a variety of settings: nonprofit programs and organizations for at-risk youth, group homes for kids in crisis, and public and private schools. She received her M.Ed. from George Washington University with a concentration in Special Education and Secondary English.
In an attempt to take care of herself, physically and mentally, Ellie began practicing yoga, which she found to be an extraordinary compliment to her work. With regular practice, she realized that the benefits that she experienced, including increased overall health, a profound sense of mental and emotional balance, a general sense of well being, and greater patience would, undoubtedly, benefit the children whom she served.
Ellie is registered with Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 200-hour level. She completed the Holistic Teacher Training at Pure Prana Yoga Studio, an Ashtanga Teacher Training with David Swenson, continues to study with a variety of teachers in the Ashtanga and Vinyasa traditions, and is currently enrolled in the YogaWorks 300-hour Professional Program. Ellie currently lives in Richmond, VA with her husband and teaches at Yoga Source (www.yogarichmond.com).
By partnering with Michelle to develop YoKid…Stretch Your Limits, Ellie believes that their collective experience, knowledge, and compassion, can bring the countless benefits of kids yoga to a wider audience within the community.
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Michelle has spent ten years working in the public school systems of Northern Virginia and Buffalo, New York. Her work with students has made her aware of the deep need for early cultivation of self-awareness in our society. “It is my belief that yoga can help children, as well as adults, reach their fullest potential.”
A desire to learn how to teach this practice compelled her to complete her 200-hour (www.yogaalliance.org) Holistic Teacher Training at Pure Prana (www.pureprana.com) in Alexandria, VA, Manju Jois’ Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training (www.manjujois.com) and the Radiant Child Yoga Program with Shakta Kaur Khalsa (www.childrensyoga.com), and most recently, her 500-hour Teacher Training in Annapolis, MD.
Her eclectic training helps her appreciate yoga in both its traditional and modern forms for practitioners of all ages. Personally, her yoga practice has taught her to fully experience patience, love, joy, and appreciation of life’s journey. She has a Master’s in Counseling & Human services, and an undergraduate degree in Sports Medicine with a minor in Sports Psychology.
She hopes that YoKid…Stretch Your Limits will allow everyone in the community to benefit from this unique practice. Michelle believes in the power of kids yoga, and also believes that others can give back to the community with YoKid’s kids yoga teacher certification. Literally, changing our society from the inside out!