Our Faculty

Stacey Shanks, MSM, E-RYT, RCYT

President & Founder


Stacey started teaching and practicing yoga in 2006 after attending a weekend workshop. She knew there was an internal shift just after attending a few yoga classes. She always left a yoga class feeling better, calm and connected to her inner compass more than before. This, along with her passion for teaching children, prompted her to take yoga into the classroom.

It has now been several years of Stacey teaching in and out of the classrooms, studios and camps. That “inner compass” now directs her to share the love of yoga to today’s youth. Her overall goal is to provide children with the tools to help them navigate through life. “Yoga is one of the best tools available to help manage life’s stresses.”

Stacey’s teaching style highlights yoga as a compassionate, loving, non-judgmental and fun practice. She is, especially, able to utilize her imagination and creativity for children’s yoga, yet continues to enjoy teaching adults, too. Read Stacey’s full bio, or find out more on Stacey’s website: www.staceyshanks.com


Carrie Rice, RYT, RCYT 

Carrie Rice, a mother of 3, taught as a Warrick Co. Educator for 6 years, is an AFPA Certified Children’s Fitness Specialist, RYT, RCYT and has over 10 years of cheerleading and dance team coaching experience. She has a love for yoga and its power to entertain, relax, challenge, and energize youth. She enjoys educating through games, songs, dance, props, and just plain fun! She is looking forward to sharing her love of kids and yoga through the Youth Yoga School.

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Our Memberships

Yoga Alliance

International Association of Yoga Therapists

Kripalu Teacher's Association

We are dedicated to continuing the mission of The Youth Yoga School. Our common vision is to share the positive effects yoga brings to the youth of today. Our youth today are the leaders of tomorrow.

In loving kindness,

Stacey and Carrie 

Youth Yoga School Certified Teachers

Our Certified Kids Yoga Teachers have attended 30 or more hours of training in teaching Kids Yoga, have taught classes under YYS observation, and continue to participate in a group forum and individual mentoring.  Learn more about our paths to certification.

Amanda Tadatada Gamble, RYT, RCYT 

Jasper, IN



Tatiana Jennings

Franklin, TN



Carrie Rice, RYT, RCYT

Newburgh, IN


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