More about: MARSHA WENIG
& YOGA KIDS INTERNATIONAL
Marsha Wenig is a leading teacher of yoga and imaginative play for
children. After more than 20 years of research and practice, her YogaKids
program is recognized as the most successful and widely known yoga education
program for children in the world today.
Marsha helped develop and instructs in several Gaiam videos for
Gaiam Kids Yoga Play Kit (2003 Parents’ Choice “Recommended ” Award
Gaiam Kids Fitness Fun Kit (2003 Parents’ Choice “Silver Honor” Award
Gaiam Kids YogaKids ABC's video
Gaiam Kids YogaKids Silly to Calm video
YogaKids video—(Marsha's first video, made prior to her work with
Gaiam—(1996 Parents' Choice "Approved" winner)
In October 2003, Marsha’s book, Yoga Kids: Educating the Whole Child
through Yoga (Stewart, Tabori & Chang) was released. The Gaiam Kids and
YogaKids products and Marsha's book are based on the Multiple Intelligences
theory developed by Harvard educator Howard Gardner. This theory purports that
children learn through their bodies. Thus, in all of Marsha’s work, she uses
yoga, fitness games and imaginative play to help children learn more about
themselves and the world around them. For example, as she teaches children to
move, she teaches the alphabet, colors, numbers, and other information.
Marsha believes that it is important to entertain children and hold
their attention in order to teach them anything. This is especially true in
today’s society, where there is high entertainment value from TV, movies and
Marsha first became interested in yoga more than 20 years ago, when she
studied under Don Wenig, who she later married. She and Don were asked to
demonstrate yoga at their daughter’s Montessori school and subsequent requests
for classes resulted. Over time, Marsha learned more about teaching yoga to
children and decided to develop a curriculum based on the best education
techniques she could find. She incorporated the Multiple Intelligences theory,
cross brain development theory and other techniques to create the YogaKids
program that exists today.
Marsha was a member of the first female graduating class at Rutgers
University. After she earned her bachelor’s degree in English and Human
Communications, she taught in Los Angeles Public Schools and the LaPorte
Public Schools (in Indiana). She also worked for a publishing company, selling
educational books, produced a radio show and was a publicist before finding
her calling as the creator of YogaKids and Gaiam Kids products.
Marsha Wenig, CYT is the creator of YogaKids and the President of
YogaKids International. The Washington Post recently called her a "yoga
luminary" and her work with YogaKids has been featured in Time Magazine,
Fitness, Child Magazine, Yoga Journal, Family Life, The Chicago Tribune,
NBC News, ABC News, PBS, The Food Network and other publications and
broadcasts around the world.
She is the recipient of the Parents
Choice Award for her top selling YogaKids video, which she wrote,
co-produced and directed. Approximately 150,000 YogaKids videos, YogaKids:
An Easy, Fun-Filled Adventure For Children Ages 3-10, have been sold since
1996. Marsha's first book, YogaKids: Educating the Whole Child Through
Yoga, will be out in Fall 2003, and available on this site and in stores
Marsha is a certified adult yoga instructor as well as a certified
yoga therapist for children with special needs. Through her YogaKids
Facilitator Certification Program hundreds of facilitators are being
trained to teach YogaKids. She travels extensively around the country
presenting this program at schools, yoga centers and other educational
facilities. The interest in this program has grown exponentially since she
started this training program with 4 students in 1996. It is considered
the premier program for yoga education and trainees and facilitators can
be found across the USA as well as in Switzerland, England, Canada, The
Netherlands, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mexico and Italy.
Marsha began the process of introducing yoga and movement to schools
when she taught creative writing as part of the California Poets in the
Schools program in the Los Angeles Unified School District in 1986. She is
also a poet and her work appears in a handful of poetry anthologies. She
believes that poetry is a very integral part of the YogaKids program. In
1991, she began teaching the YogaKids at the Montessori School in Michigan
City, Indiana. There she served for several years as the President of the
Marsha is the co-founder and director, along with her yogi husband
Don Wenig, of Dancing Feet Yoga Center in Michigan City, Indiana. Over the
years, they have developed their children and family programs. In the
early nineties they conducted YogaKids Family Fun weekends on their
property, where families came together to share nature, cooking, honesty
and yoga. The Wenig family now teaches international retreats in Mexico,
Costa Rica, Bali and retreat centers around the country including Kripalu,
the oldest and largest residential yoga retreat center in the world.
Marsha Wenig graduated from Rutgers College with a Bachelor's degree
in Human Communications. She continued her studies at UCLA and Purdue
University in Indiana. She also holds a certification with Project WILD,
an Indiana Environmental Education Program and an Herb Certificate from a
year long study with Master Herbalist, Louise Gruenberg.
Her joy is to bring forth YogaKids in children of all ages.
From the Notbook of MARSHA WENIG
Almost 20 years ago, I was
introduced to the life transforming practice of yoga. I began to use it in
my teaching of creative writing with children. When I had my own children,
I played yoga with them at home and in their classrooms.
that yoga can be intrinsically interwoven into a child's daily life to
insure healthy growth, development and education. Each child naturally
uses their body, their mind and their spirit in their journey of
cognitive, emotional, intuitive and spiritual exploration. I created
YogaKids to embody and manifest these truths and to teach children to love
themselves and the amazing feats they can accomplish.
Since the creation of YogaKids, we have witnessed thousands of
parents, teachers, healthcare professionals and children from around the
world coming together to embrace our teachings, philosophy, trainings and
classes. From London to Singapore, from Vancouver to Sidney, YogaKids
International spreads the YogaKids message of peace, understanding and
At YKI, we pass this gift on with our every breath. We live our
passion as we build a community of service and enlightenment across
I invite you to join us on this path. Share your light and joy with
our light and love as we grow and transform together.
Visit us frequently. Let your children enjoy our YKids Only pages,
created just for them to explore themselves and discover yoga in fun and
playful ways. Let's learn with joy the YogaKids Way.
We look forward to connecting with you and your family real soon.
Teaching the Future...Now!
President and Founder
YogaKids is a unique approach to integrative learning using yoga as
a pathway. Reading, storytelling, music, creative arts and earthcare blend
seamlessly with yoga movement to educate the "whole" child. The YogaKids
curriculum provides children with an exciting new way to explore and
appreciate their academic and creative potential. Children learn
invaluable skills that set the groundwork for meeting challenges and
growing strong physically, mentally and emotionally, cultivating
self-esteem for a lifetime of successful achievement.
In YogaKids classes, traditional yoga techniques have been recreated
in playful, simple and fun ways. Using the Multiple Intelligences Theory
of Harvard educator Howard Gardner as a foundation, each pose becomes a
springboard for activities that open the doorway to fully integrated
learning. 14 YogaKids elements enhance the learning experience and tap all
of the senses.
The Parent's Choice Award Winning YogaKids has been featured in TIME
Magazine, NBC News, CHILD Magazine, Inside Edition, PBS, Yoga Journal and
many other publications and broadcasts worldwide. Drs. Deepak Chopra and
Andrew Weil have endorsed YogaKids .
Children today are under a tremendous amount of stress from school,
their environment, peer competition and expectations from the media.
Stress affects the way children learn and interact with their
surroundings. It affects their health, well-being and confidence. YogaKids
creates the ultimate learning adventure while helping youths de-stress and
Children Who Practice YogaKids...
Develop strong, limber and healthy bodies
Set a lifelong foundation for well-being
Foster creative expression, imagination
Increase focus, concentration and attention span
Cultivate self-esteem, setting patterns of success and
Relax and sleep better
Cope with life stressors more effectively
Learn about anatomy and physiology
Discover a sense of awareness and respect for themselves, for
others and the world around them