Our Founder & Staff

Gail Silver, RCYT, E-RYT, 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. Lauded by Publisher’s weekly as “A Winning Series,” the trilogy 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 Shambala Sun 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-12yoga.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, been interviewed by local news outlets, appeared on national radio shows, and has contributed to educational magazines. Learn more about Gail on The Yoga Stories Project, through her recent article  for Lion’s Roar, How to Teach Metta to Children, and  at gailsilverbooks.com.

Gail Silver founder of Yoga Child Philadelphia PA

Our Staff

All of our instructors have completed the 95-hour specialized Yoga Child training, which focuses exclusively on teaching yoga to tots, kids and teens in school settings. 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.

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

Senior Teacher, Assistant Trainer, Mentor

In addition to being a registered children’s yoga teacher and educator, Maureen 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.

Kate Canino, RYT, MS Ed.

Certified Yoga Child Instructor, Assistant editor of Curriculum

With her natural teaching abilities, energy, and big smile Kate brings yoga into the classroom with a deep understanding of how it can heal and change lives. Wishing yoga had been accessible to her as a child drives her passion to teach kids, as well as her infant son who has been practicing yoga with her since he was in the womb.  Kate combines her classroom teaching experience and kids yoga certification through Yoga Child to be an advocate of change within local schools and communities.

Heather Marie Miller, E-RYT

Anatomy Instructor For Yoga Child Teacher Training

Heather Marie Miller, E-RYT, 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.