our founder tonia Crosby

Tonia is the founder of this outside-the-box yoga concept called bhavanaKIDS. Combined with a lifetime of advocacy and activism, Tonia spent many years researching, teaching and writing the bKIDS base curriculum and specialty classes. Her loyalty and passion for supporting people is combined with her commitment to the integration of yoga and mindfulness practices in modern education and youth programs. Her vision is rooted in the belief that holistically supported young people will lead to more compassionate, regulated and successful adults.

Tonia grew up a small town farm girl with a heart for adventure.  She has always been an athlete, a social justice advocate and a risk taker. She has a BA in gender studies and political science, and did her masters studies in Peace & Justice, emphasizing the intersection of marginalized communities and development. She has been in a range of leadership roles throughout her career and is an entrepreneur and visionary by nature. 

Tonia's dream of accessible and non-intimidating yoga spaces speaks to many and she continues her work developing bhavanaKIDS alongside a number of other projects. You can learn more about Tonia at www.toniacrosby.com or review her resume here.


LEAD EDUCATOR AUSTIN DEMPERS

Austin is the Lead Educator of Yoga and Mindfulness organization, bhavanaKIDS and a yoga, dog and outdoor enthusiast with a passion for working with young people. When Austin discovered bhavanaKIDS, everything fell into place. While navigating the ups and downs of her younger years she was hopeful that someday she would show up for the young people in the world from a compassionate, relatable, honest and educated place. And bhavanaKIDS has provided the perfect outlet to do so. She is a committed bhavanaKIDS Leader and continues to educate herself and others in the field of all things Yoga, with a focus on empowerment and post-traumatic growth tools and resources.  Eight years ago Austin made the decision to leave her hometown of Flint, MI and head west to Colorado. Yoga played a large role in adjusting to her new life and overcoming her past. In 2015, Austin decided it was time to dive deeper into her yoga practice and received her 200 hr teaching certification from Whole Yoga in Denver; And has completed a number of continuing education workshops and trainings emboldening her personal practice and teaching style.    Austin assists with bhavanaKIDS Curriculum Trainings, creating thoughtful youth development programs, supports other bhavanaKIDS educators and spends impactful time with over a 100 young people in bKIDS classrooms each week. She continues to turn her dreams, of providing humans with Yoga and Mindfulness tools, into a reality and is convinced it can save the world.

Austin is the Lead Educator of Yoga and Mindfulness organization, bhavanaKIDS and a yoga, dog and outdoor enthusiast with a passion for working with young people. When Austin discovered bhavanaKIDS, everything fell into place. While navigating the ups and downs of her younger years she was hopeful that someday she would show up for the young people in the world from a compassionate, relatable, honest and educated place. And bhavanaKIDS has provided the perfect outlet to do so. She is a committed bhavanaKIDS Leader and continues to educate herself and others in the field of all things Yoga, with a focus on empowerment and post-traumatic growth tools and resources.

Eight years ago Austin made the decision to leave her hometown of Flint, MI and head west to Colorado. Yoga played a large role in adjusting to her new life and overcoming her past. In 2015, Austin decided it was time to dive deeper into her yoga practice and received her 200 hr teaching certification from Whole Yoga in Denver; And has completed a number of continuing education workshops and trainings emboldening her personal practice and teaching style.

Austin assists with bhavanaKIDS Curriculum Trainings, creating thoughtful youth development programs, supports other bhavanaKIDS educators and spends impactful time with over a 100 young people in bKIDS classrooms each week. She continues to turn her dreams, of providing humans with Yoga and Mindfulness tools, into a reality and is convinced it can save the world.