Deven Sisler founded the Yoga and Mindfulness Institute (YAMI) in 2015 with the hope of making fitness, fun and relaxation accessible for children and families through yoga, AcroYoga & meditation. She has been teaching children and families for over two decades, and continues to offer classes, workshops and empowering teacher trainings.
Deven Sisler will empower your practice on and off your mat. A senior certified AcroYoga teacher she is known for her joyful, playful approach to partnership and collaboration, and her articulate teaching. An E-RYT 200 and CRYT yoga teacher, she has trained with international master teachers for a decade and a half in yoga, circus, thai massage, and acrobatics. An outdoor enthusiast, she weaves her experience and on and off the mat into creative, relaxing and inspiring classes for adults, children and families. Her perspective through the lens of yoga and acrobatics heightens kinesthetic and proprioceptive awareness; it cultivates trust, communication, life skills and community building; and provides a creatively interactive forum to deepen experiential understanding of yoga and meditation through basic foundational concepts that make the practices more accessible to everyone and every body type. She offers a holistic approach to exploring biomechanics and the subtle body through movement, sound and her training in Body-Mind Centering.
Shortly after receiving her BA for her self-designed major in “Theatre, Creative Writing & Fine Art” from Connecticut College, she ran away to become at clown at Dell’Arte School of Physical Theater and the London International School of Performing Arts through Naropa University. She has performed, written new work and managed theater productions internationally with a range of production companies, including Boxtales Theater Company, Clowns Without Borders, chashama, The Faux-Real Theatre Company, Dell'Arte, Theatre Amoeba & The Wow Cafe. Inspired by positive effects of social circus, she coached and managed Cirque du Soleil's outreach program Cirque du Monde at The Point in the South Bronx.
Her clown and circus work, led her to study with CircusYoga Founders Kevin & Erin Maile O’Keefe, as well as Jason Nemer & Jenny Sauer-Klein founders of AcroYoga International. She is particularly inspired by the overlap of european clown technique, meditation and Buddhism. Deven offers classes, workshops, teacher trainings and intensives. Find her at Wanderlust and Beloved Festivals this summer. She writes for Yoganonymous, Yoga Journal, Wanderlust and Elephant Journal. Learn more on her personal blog DevenSislerYoga.com
Guest Teacher & Content Creator
Laura Zeigler is a delight filled, passionate teacher who loves spending quality time with her family and upside down-- either on her hands or someone else's feet. She has taught yoga to adults and kids since 2010 in classrooms, yoga and music festivals and yoga studios. As a graduate of Naropa University, she studied yoga, meditation, contemplative education, aikido and Sanskrit. Before yoga, Laura taught preschool and has worked professionally with children for over 15 years. By practicing and teaching yoga, Laura has seen what a potent, life-changing tool it is and her desire to help others discover this continues to fuel her passion to teach. She believes in employing multiple forms, allowing students to discover their own inner teacher.
In 2014 she was certified to teach AcroYoga and is particularly excited by it because she loves practicing in community. Through AcroYoga she discovered Thai massage, which continues to deepen her understanding of both physical and spiritual anatomy as well as her practice of conscious, healing touch. She is grateful for the opportunity to enrich her community by teaching mindful Yoga and AcroYoga classes for kids and teens, adults, and families.
Kelli Mae Willis
Facilitator Module #1 & Content Creator
Kelli Mae Willis is a dynamic leader who offers a diverse depth of information in a clear, relevant, and engaging format. She creates exciting learning environments for children and adults. She has over 20 years experience with children, and holds certifications as a Waldorf teacher, Children’s Yoga Teacher, in Prenatal Yoga, CircusYoga and AcroYoga, and has been teaching teachers since 2013. Her students find JOY, wisdom, comfort in their own skin and empowerment through the work that Kelli Mae offers, as she is fun and full of heart. She recognizes the beauty and brilliance in each student, and supports them to listen to their inner wisdom. Kelli Mae lives with her husband and their growing family in Olympia, WA.
Certified Children’s Yoga Teacher
Certified Children’s Yoga Teacher
Certified Children’s Yoga & AcroYoga Family Teacher
Certified AcroYoga Family Teacher in the Columbia River Gorge/Hood River, Oregon
Shannon has been working with kids for over 5 years in a gymnastics environment and a variety of different themed children's camps. She is a 200 HR RYT trauma informed yoga teacher through the DAYA foundation in Portland Oregon. Shannon fell in love with the practice of Acro Yoga because of her background in Gymnastics, Cheer and Yoga. She felt it was a supportive blend of practices that encouraged people to explore the abilities of their bodies while honoring and respecting their bodies in a holistic way. She has attended training's in child CPR and first aid, developmental milestones for children, interactive games and preschool training courses through USA Gymnastics. She has a background in Psychology in which she studied developmental psychology, learning and motivation and behavior analysis to increase positive behavior. Shannon is passionate about teaching kids to be empowered and confident in their abilities to move their bodies. She takes pride in building a safe environment for her class where children feel successful and engaged in all activities. In her spare time you can find Shannon hanging out with her partner and two dogs Koda and Gertrude, moving her body in some capacity, or studying social work theories and frameworks. Please reach out to Shannon if you would like more information on her availability or background. She is interested in offering group classes in school environments, private lessons, summer camps, birthday parties and any other ideas you can imagine that are within reason.
I participated in the spring 2016 Child and Family Yoga program and my mind was completely blown away! The presentation and content was outstanding! I am in awe of the abundance of knowledge and the balance that YAMI offers for both fundamental and practical base. Deven provides developmental appropriate understanding of all ages. This training enhanced all of my previous trainings. I highly recommend this program to all yogi types; parents and grandparents, teachers (of all ages), yoga instructors and counsellors/therapist.
- Tami Rae