One day, while running my former suburban Boston yoga studio, I got a call from a school looking for a kids yoga teacher. So, I sent one of my 200-hour trained yoga teachers to teach the class. It was a freakin’ disaster.
Why? She was the best-darned vinyasa yoga teacher in town BUT she had no idea how to teach a kids yoga class for 10 first-graders. Instead of throwing my hands up, I decided to do something about this: I teamed up with two school teachers (who are also yoga instructors) to write and create a curriculum on how to teach kids yoga. The three of us spent the next year plus creating a structured teaching method that works!
Pretzel Kids Yoga was born and we began training others to teach yoga to kids. Before we knew it, we couldn’t keep up with the demand for Pretzel Kids yoga teachers and classes in the Boston area.
Years later, we had another ‘aha’ moment. We needed to find a way to train teachers faster, from the convenience of their own homes. This way moms, yogis, fitness enthusiasts, retirees, educators and YOU can start teaching Pretzel Kids yoga classes and bring this proven curriculum into schools and communities across the globe.
From there, the Pretzel Kids Method and Pretzel Kids Teacher Association (PkTA) was launched!
Flash forward to right now: We know we are onto something, something BIG. Our kids yoga classes are in high demand and Pretzel Kids yoga is growing like veggies on steroids. Our instructors and classes are now all over the United States and world, and schools and organizations can’t wait to implement Pretzel Kids classes and programs.
We hope you’ll join us as we continue ‘Spreading Joy from Head to Toes, It All Begins in Pretzel Pose.’
Robyn, Founder of Pretzel Kids
Meet Our Team
Robyn Parets, CEO and founder
Along with my yoga ventures, I am also a business writer and speaker in the wellness and start-up community. I believe everyone should have at least 3 careers – and always follow their passion. For me that meant that – once upon a time – I was a newspaper reporter. From there, I discovered a love of business and found my niche as a financial journalist with Investor’s Business Daily (IBD). I went on to write for several business publications and knew that entrepreneurship was my calling.
Today, I spend my free time pretending I know how to cook, renovating my house with flea market finds, teaching yoga and meditation, kayaking in New Hampshire, taking photos of faraway lands, and hanging out with my 3 sons, 2 dogs and 1 husband. You can learn more about my long and windy road here. Also check out my Pretzel Kids teacher profile.
Joel Lehrer, Head of legal affairs
I’m the one who keeps the brand humming along at Pretzel Kids. In addition to handling contracts, intellectual property, trademarks, and other fun stuff, I’m a Boston-based patent attorney at a large international law firm, specializing in helping tech startups.
I graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in engineering (go Bears!) and Suffolk University Law School. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and dogs, hanging out at the beach and playing golf.
Abigail Mackenzie, Social media manager
After a decade at an events agency in London working with some of the city’s most elite brands and individuals, I began a new path and founded digital marketing agency You & Me Collective. The goal: To help beauty, fashion, lifestyle and wellness brands expand their online presence. Based in London, I pride myself on delivering results and a creative touch for all my clients. With Pretzel Kids, I want people to fall in love with the brand and kids yoga in general!
Amanda Klein, Online Business Manager and Assistant to the CEO
Hi, I’m Amanda and I’m the Online Business Manager at Pretzel Kids as well as Robyn’s assistant. I’m a former executive assistant with a passion for helping business owners reclaim their freedom and get back to doing what they love most: being a CEO. I’ve worn many hats in the corporate world and I’m also a single mom to three young men. Through my personal development journey, I’ve learned to appreciate every moment of life and live it to the fullest. With a love for the outdoors, travel, and adventure, I’m always on the move, seeking out the next challenge. Most recently I became a flight attendant and when I’m not assisting with Pretzel Kids, you can find me 35,000 feet in the sky off on my next adventure!
Kate Gilbert, Website Manager
Website developer by day, yoga teacher by night – I find much-needed balance both on and off the screen! I joined Pretzel Kids in 2023 to support the launch of the new pretzelkids.com, and bring 15+ years of WordPress expertise to the Pretzel Kids website. I became a Vinyasa yoga teacher in 2021 and a Pretzel Kids yoga teacher in 2023. I live in Jupiter, FL with my husband and two kids, who sometimes let me lead them in yoga, too. When I’m not at the keyboard or on the yoga mat, you can find me hiking, paddle boarding, and traveling to far-flung locales for yoga retreats.
Hi, I’m Liza and I’ve been in love with yoga since 2012. In fact, yoga has helped me navigate my professional life. I have a diverse background in sales, corporate training, marketing, operations, and social media. I am an E-RYT 200-Hour yoga teacher and I believe that every body has a yoga body and everyone deserves the connection of mind and body! With a love for world traveling, concerts, Philadelphia sports, reading, and spending time with loved ones, I am always living life to the fullest. I am a graduate of Ithaca College and have a B.S. in Sport and Exercise Sciences.
Hello hello! My name is Danny, and I’m thrilled to be joining Pretzel Kids as an intern. I’ll be helping out in PR/advertising, sales, and in any way I can. Growing up in Mexico, my mom always wanted me to get into yoga, but I guess I needed the stress and chaos of college to appreciate how much goodness can come from some simple stretching and breathing. I am currently a student at Suffolk University in Boston.
Tvisha Patel, Content writer
Hello there, my name is Tvisha! I am a blog writer for Pretzel Kids and can’t wait to grow with the community. I share new content about all things yoga and Pretzel Kids! I enjoy doing yoga in my free time as it’s a great stress reliever for me. Currently, I am pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at the Schulich School of Business – York University, in Ontario, Canada. A few of my interests consist of music, exploring nature and photography.
Risheek Priyadarshi, Content writer
Hi everyone! I’m Risheek and I’m a contributing writer for Pretzel Kids. I’m so excited to be here and share information that can help you on your yoga and mindfulness journey! I just graduated from Santa Clara University where I studied Economics, Math, and Computer Science (way different from what I’m doing now, I know). I recently restarted my yoga journey after briefly practicing as a kid, which was perfect for me when I joined the Pretzel Kids team! I hope to go to law school soon but when I’m not preparing for that, you can find me running, boxing, or reading some Agatha Christie.
Meet Our Teachers
How can we help you?
I REPRESENT A SCHOOL OR ORGANIZATION
The Pretzel Kids yoga program was developed by educators. It’s fun, engaging and most importantly, it works! With Pretzel Kids, you can bring kids yoga into your school, studio, camp, gym, organization or recreation center.
I WANT TO TEACH YOGA TO KIDS
The Pretzel Kids Method prepares you to plan, structure, sequence and lead creative yoga classes for toddlers to teens. Plus, Pretzel Kids gives you marketing, branded licensing, and teaching support long after your training ends!
You may have already heard about the benefits of yoga for kids. Now you want your child to experience a little bit of this zen, right? Well, no need to do a Google search to ‘find a kids yoga class near me.’ Just get in touch with us or find a Pretzel Kids teacher near you!