Our Founder & Staff

Gail Silver, RCYT, E-RYT, YACEP, JD

Gail Silver is the founder of Philadelphia’s Yoga Child, developer of its curriculum, and author of the award winning Anh’s Anger Children’s book trilogy (Parallax Press) and Mindful Bea and The Worry Tree (Magination Press, 2019). Lauded by Publisher’s weekly as “A Winning Series,” Gail’s work teaches children to navigate their stronger emotions through mindfulness and meditation, and is an integral part of Yoga Child’s curriculum.

Gail has been teaching yoga to children and adults since 1999, providing students with the knowledge and skills to integrate mindfulness and yoga into their lives, both on and off the mat. A contributing writer to Lion’s Roar Magazine and screenwriter of the animated family film, Planting Seeds of Mindfulness, Gail travels nationally and internationally to facilitate yoga and mindfulness based education. Gail is honored to be a thought leader, and together with Yoga Child, a founding sponsor of K-12 yoga.org, a brand-neutral organization bringing yoga and schools together.

Prior to founding Yoga Child, Gail was an attorney, specializing in children’s advocacy law. Through her dual work as a child advocate and yoga instructor, Gail realized the importance of providing children with a forum in which they could express themselves via body movement, breathing and vocalization. Soon after, Yoga Child was born. It would be the second of her four children.

Since Yoga Child’s inception, Gail and Yoga Child have earned a steady stream of accolades and recognition for their work, including Best of Philadelphia awards, a Parents Choice Recommended award, and a Skipping Stones award for Multicultural Awareness. Gail has been featured on local news shows,  appeared on national radio shows, and has contributed to educational magazines. Learn more about Gail at gailsilver.com, on The Yoga Stories Project  and discover some of her tips for teaching mindfulness to children by visiting Lion’s Roar, and reading The Family That Meditates Together and  How to Teach Metta to Children.

Though Gail is busy overseeing the Yoga Child program in the Philadelphia area, she continues to facilitate Yoga Child’s Teacher Training programs, professional development modules and author events in nearby schools. In 2016 Gail founded The School Mindfulness Project Inc., a non-profit organization unrelated to Yoga Child, that seeks to ensure that sustainable school-wide yoga and mindfulness programming becomes an accessible part of the school-day for Philadelphia’s underserved schools. If yoga and mindfulness have had an impact on your life, please visit The School Mindfulness Project and consider making a donation.

Gail Silver founder of Yoga Child Philadelphia PA

Yoga Child Instructors

Yoga Child has a team of skilled instructors that will teach yoga and mindfulness in your school and after school settings. They have completed the 95-hour specialized Yoga Child training, which focuses exclusively on teaching yoga to tots, kids and teens in school settings, enabling them to become Registered Children’s Yoga Instructors (RCYT’s) with the Yoga Alliance.  While Yoga Child teachers will teach from our award-winning yoga and mindfulness curriculum, they bring with them, their own inspiring energy along with their sincere dedication for sharing the joy of yoga and mindfulness with children. Most Yoga Child Instructors have dual careers, dividing their time between teaching yoga to children and working with children in various therapeutic and educational settings. Each instructor come with all necessary state and federal clearances.

Yoga Child Trainers and Professional Development Educators

Maureen Heil, E-RYT 500, RCYT, RALC, CRMT, YACEP

Senior Teacher, Assistant Trainer, Mentor

If you’re not lucky enough to snag Maureen Heil to teach to your students, do not fear! You might meet her in her role as lead teacher for Yoga Child’s teacher training programs and professional development modules. In addition to being a registered children’s yoga teacher and educator, this gifted practitioner is a registered Ayurvedic Lifestyle consultant, Certified Reiki Master, and yoga instructor for CHOP’s integrative health program. Maureen is a regular writer for The Ayurvedic experience, and the co-author of a forthcoming title from Redleaf Press which will provide yoga and mindfulness tools and teachings to early education teachers.  Maureen holds a position as a member of the Board of Directors of Go Give Yoga, an organization providing yoga to impoverished children in America and in Haiti. Prior to teaching yoga, Maureen was the director of a non-profit preschool. She believes in the deep healing benefits the practice can bring. Her teachings are derived from a blend of what she has acquired from her many wonderful teachers and from her own true teacher—the heart.

Heather Marie Miller, E-RYT

Anatomy Instructor For Yoga Child Teacher Training

If you enroll in The Yoga Child Level I Teacher Training, you’ll have an opportunity to meet the lovely and  talented Heather Marie Miller, E-RYT. Heather is a certified vinyasa yoga and yin yoga teacher, a certified Yoga Child Instructor, and a professional bodyworker, with certifications in Yamuna Body Logic and Body Rolling, and Thai massage. The mother of two young sons, Heather Marie keeps a full roster of private sessions with students and clients, and appreciates the opportunity to share and teach yoga and bodywork with a focus on mindfulness and breathing. She continues to learn from her teachers, her sons and husband about breathing, yoga and life, and will provide you with an experiential and improved understanding of developmental anatomy as it relates to children’s yoga.