Mayuri is regularly asked to lead teacher trainings and continuing education seminars across US, including at renowned retreat centers such as The Omega Institute and IONS Earthrise Center.
Mayuri has a genuine heart for children and giving them tools to support them to navigate a world that is moving so fast and asking so much from them. She has seen first hand the tremendous impact that yoga and mindfulness can have to help children to connect more deeply to themselves and the world around them and have a fuller and more enjoyable experience of life.
She has more than 25 years of experience practicing yoga and mindfulness, including 17 years as an instructor and trainer. Mayuri has taught more than 1,000 children’s yoga and mindfulness classes in schools and community settings. She has completed extensive trainings and certifications in a variety of yoga styles (yin, anusara, vinyasa), meditation, mindfulness and children’s yoga. She provides therapeutic yoga classes to children and families and continuing education sessions to mental health and education professionals interested in bringing yoga and mindfulness tools into their private, clinical, and institutions.
Most recently, Mayuri created and facilitates the teacher training “Chair Yoga Basics: A Sustainable Approach,” a program designed to bring the simplicity and effectiveness of chair yoga into schools and clinical settings.
Mayuri also currently serves as director of the School Yoga Project, managing weekly school-based yoga and mindfulness classes for more than 1,500 children in New York City and the metro area. Mayuri hires, mentors and supports a teaching staff of 20. She works side-by-side with Little Flower Yoga founder, Jennifer Cohen Harper, to create new programs, trainings, and curriculum. Mayuri has built SYP to include creative, sustainable and relevant professional development opportunity for educators, clinicians, parents, and administrators who interested in bringing the tools of yoga and mindfulness to the youth they serve.
She also serves as an expert and guest speaker at professional development trainings for organizations supporting the wellbeing and education of children and young adults including: Washington Association for the Education of Young Children (WAENYC) , Special Education PTA (SEPTA), Sanctuary for Families and Union Settlement. Mayuri has also presented on yoga and mindfulness for children and adolescents at multiple conferences, including the Bridging Hearts and Minds of Youth Conference in San Diego, National Kids Yoga Conference in Washington, DC, and the Women of Tomorrow Conference in NYC.
Mayuri is an active member of the Yoga Service Council (YSC), Yoga Alliance, and International Association for Yoga Therapists (IAYT). A contributing author to “Transforming Education: Best Practices for Yoga in Schools White Book” published by the Yoga Service Council and Omega Institute White Book Series, scheduled for release in 2015, Mayuri is also author of the forthcoming book “Little Flower Chair Yoga Basics: A Sustainable Approach” scheduled for release in 2017.
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"Mayuri Gonzales has a lot to offer trainees. In addition to presenting Little Flower Yoga Teacher Training Curriculum in an engaging and interesting way, Mayuri Gonzales also taps into the needs of each trainee in her class, and the group as a whole. She consciously address those needs using elements of LFY as well as drawing from the depth of her own personal practice. She presents customized information and experiences within the Little Flower Yoga Teacher training that help participants move forward on their own professional journeys. The experience is empowering and challenging at the same time. The outcome - great. Taking a Little Flower Yoga Teacher Training was like a breath of fresh air. The entire concept of Little Flower Yoga is so needed in schools today and the mindfulness component to the class curriculum is genius! Its wonderful to be a part of such a great evolutionary step in education. The children will benefit so much from this program and they deserve it!." - Elizabeth Macisco