Courtney Loughney, M.Ed, E-RYT, YACEP
Founder of Petite Yogi
Courtney’s personal philosophy is to stay grounded, and never stop evolving. Her teaching intention is to challenge mentally + physically, while offering gentle guidance. By combining asana, a focused mind, and the conscious breath, we will achieve greater understanding of the self.
“Yoga to me is my therapy. It works out the yucky, stagnant feelings that are creating energetic blocks within my body. It forces me to move through these feelings and acknowledge them without judgement or force to change. Getting my body + mind prepared for Savasana, where I can honor my whole self, just as I am.”
After teaching adults for 10 years and the birth of her first child, Courtney struggled to find yoga classes for her and her daughter. In 2013 Petite Yogi was born, offering yoga to brand new moms + infants through teenagers.
Ashley B. Cloud, B.A.
Director of Social Media + Marketing
As Director of Social Media and Marketing, Ashley joins the Le Petit Yogi team having enjoyed a career in the financial sector before becoming a stay at home mother.
I discovered yoga years ago when looking for healthy activities that could help with my life long back issues. Yoga helped me manage stress, increase flexibility, improve balance and build strength. My daughter has enjoyed and benefited from Petite Yogi since she was 2 years old. We can breathe through anything together!
I am proud to be part of such a positive and supportive team and thrilled to use my talents to bring the Le Petit Yogi experience to more amazing mothers and children.
Courtnie Kriss, RYT
Petite Yogi Instructor
To nurture, educate and make children smile has always been something I am connected to. From being a Pre-Kindergarten teacher, Brandywine School District substitute teacher, owner of Learning Days Inc., Director of Education at the Bellevue Community Center’s child care program and my greatest challenge – mother of two young boys, I have made it my life’s work to educate and inspire the youth.
Yoga found me after the birth of my second son. I took one class and knew instantly this was for me. I completed my RYT200 – Hours from Tulaa Yoga Studio and quickly went on to complete Radiant Child’s Yoga Levels 1-3 and am receiving a 95 – Hour Radiant Child Yoga certification.
I began teaching yoga in schools in 2013, offering it where my children were attending. Aside from school settings, I taught children’s yoga at a local studio from 2014-2015. Through the practice of yoga, children become more aware of their bodies, minds and feelings – giving them “centering” tools for relaxation and focus. A child’s yoga practice is a rare opportunity to experience play and focus without worrying about being wrong. Yoga introduces children to values such as non-harming, truthfulness, moderation, cleanliness, gratitude, and self-discipline.
I look forward to continually enriching my personal yoga practice, unlocking the vast potential which rests within me and sharing those experiences with my community.
Jill Margherita, RYT
Petite Yogi Instructor
I began practicing yoga outside of my home 14 years ago. I realized very quickly that yoga helped me to quiet my mind, sharpen my mental focus and reduce stress. Practicing yoga has also bolstered my confidence, taught me to trust myself and encouraged me to be open to new things.
My desire to learn more and deepen my practice led me to One-Yoga’s 200 hour yoga teacher training, where I earned my certification in May, 2016. I soon realized then that I wanted to share my love for yoga with kids.
I recently completed a yoga for kids workshop and am looking forward to learning more from my students and the Petite Yogi team. As a teacher, I intend to assist with love and care, encourage playfulness and listen with an open heart. I believe it is never too early to find a brave spirit, a kind heart and a strong mind!
I have been married for 25 precious years and 3 beautiful girls, ages 22, 19 and 16, have me as their mother!
Faith Miller, RYT
Petite Yogi Instructor
When Faith decided to embark on her Yoga teacher training, she did so with a deep love of the human anatomy as an art student, and more intimately she had found yoga walked her through some difficult challenges with greater resilience. Later on she found her practice to be a way inward most especially during pregnancy. Her practice kept her breathing and aware, as well as guided her through a beautiful delivery and postnatal recovery. She felt strongly her decision to teach yoga would manifest in prenatal form, only to find that her true calling would be working with mother well beyond that point.
“I hold a special place for Moms on the mat. I know how much juggling goes on first hand. I am so grateful for every breath I take when I get that time for self-care and I truly feel compelled to share that gift with Mothers.”
Little did she realize shortly after completing her training she would find herself worlds away, teaching and growing in strange countries. She found herself working mostly with mothers, like herself who were living abroad and trying to balance caring for a family without the support of family close by.
In 2014, Faith was offered the opportunity to run a Yoga in English program in Madrid, Spain for ages 5-8 in a private school. This was where Faith feels she did her most growing and learning as a teacher and mother. “There is no room for rigidity when you work with children, you learn right away that they are truly open and able to absorb, and work with these precious tools more naturally than most adults. The perspective and light that children bring into the classroom is something I feel very strongly all teachers should embrace and experience.”
Soon after, Faith expanded the program to younger ages, and also created Mommy and Me Yoga groups to work on bonding in a mindful and present way. Before leaving Spain, Faith headed the summer Yoga camp for ages 9 -13 for English Escape in central Madrid. “Being able to work with multi-lingual families was one of the most eye-opening experiences in my lifetime. There are walls that are instantly taken down when you connect with people that live in dual-cultures, there is an openness and ease there that I hope to adopt more naturally within myself.”
Melissa Stanley, RYT
Petite Yogi Instructor
My philosophy is that yoga is for everyone no matter what age, size or experience! I have always wanted to teach children but the traditional classroom setting was not right for me. After becoming certified and trying it once I was hooked! I love seeing a child’s face while doing yoga…they are so unconcerned with doing it “right”.
“We live in a world of constant chatter in which the loudest voice should be your own. So take a few minutes every day to listen to and reflect upon what you’re silently telling yourself. Make sure that it’s positive, maintains perspective and propels you toward happiness.” (Janet Taylor) I think yoga quiets the mind and shows us all that we are good enough and strong enough.
I am married with a 19 year old daughter. I am also a registered yoga instructor for adults. I look forward to teaching kids and adults for many years. I am eager to continue my education through Courtney and Petite Yogi, workshops and of course the kids…children have so much to teach us!