Where it all began…

Greetings! I’m Elisabeth McAllister, founder of Shine Your Light Yoga. I have a background in Montessori education, child development, and child advocacy. I’ve worked with children of all ages for over 20 years, and I truly love my work. Yoga has affected my own life in so many meaningful ways, and the journey has inspired me to share those gifts with as many children as possible. As much as I enjoy being in the classroom, nothing fills my heart with more joy than helping children learn to connect to themselves and become more mindful and peaceful in their daily lives.  I am now working full-time to expand Shine Your Light Yoga into a larger community of educators, administrators, parents, yoga instructors, and supporters of this mission. I believe that the stronger our team is, the brighter (and larger) we can grow. We can truly change the world by sharing these valuable tools with our children and the people leading them.

Shine Your Light Yoga has humble beginnings. It started simply: me, a small group of children, and some big dreams. The children and parents loved the after-school yoga sessions I held, and semester by semester our class size grew. We began with one small group of students, and by the second year we were filling five classes per week. We also offered yoga camps for winter, spring, and summer break. In the classroom, I could see the children utilizing the mindfulness techniques they had practiced in yoga (which contributed to a more peaceful and focused environment). Parents often reported that their children had begun practicing yoga at home — even teaching poses, meditation, and songs to their siblings.