About Us

Together We Rise.

KidsRISE Yoga + Mindfulness offers free and donation-based classes to children who have experienced trauma, abuse and neglect so that they may become:

 

Resilient,

Inspired,

Self-confident, and

Empowered.

 

Meet Our Team

We can't change the past but we can do our part to offer these incredibly deserving children the tools they need to overcome their obstacles and thrive. 

 

Bonnie Young Banke

Co-Founder

 

Bonnie completed her 200 hour teacher training through Yoga Assets and has worked extensively with youth that have experienced poverty, trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault. She graduated from the University of San Diego with an Honors Business Degree and holds certificates in Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Advocacy.

 

After losing her mom Bonnie found incredible comfort in her yoga and meditation practice and saw that she was able to decrease stress and relieve her symptoms of depression and anxiety. Her aim is to bring these practices to deserving populations everywhere so that they may thrive regardless of their circumstances.

 

Bonnie's goal is to become a certified Yoga Therapist and provide services at a free and reduced cost to all who may benefit. She hopes to bring KidsRISE Yoga + Mindfulness programs into schools, shelters and residential facilities all across the beautiful state of Colorado.

Bonnie would like to honor her mother,

Marilynn Louise Young, who made the world a better and more loving place.

Kayla Pohlabel

Co-Founder

 

Kayla is a passionate Elementary school teacher working for Denver Public Schools, serving low income communities in the far Northeast. She has completed two yoga teacher training programs and received her Masters degree in Early Childhood Education with a focus in Special Education. She has also done extensive research on trauma informed yoga practices and the effects of trauma and stress on the brain.

Kayla has experienced anxiety and depression and has witnessed firsthand the calming and empowering effects of yoga and mindfulness on her body and mind. She has observed and felt the stress of her fellow teachers and students, and aims to help teach skills that will empower them to regulate their bodies. She believes strongly in the need for social and emotional support in our education system and has seen positive growth in her students’ emotion regulation skills and empathy through yoga and mindfulness techniques. 

Kayla taught kids yoga for Kindness Yoga and implements yoga and mindfulness into her classroom and Elementary school for the students and teachers. She has seen many positive effects of yoga and mindfulness in her classroom, in her after school kids yoga club, and with students with affective needs. She hopes to share these benefits with students and teachers on a broader scale and aspires to get yoga and mindfulness strategies into every classroom.

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