Sherry began studying with Sonia Sumar in 2003 and was so inspired by Sonia’s work that she completed the curriculum as quickly as possible and graduated in 2005. Since then Sherry has followed Sonia all over the world to study at least once a year, always learning something new and striving to distill the essence of Sonia’s teachings. She continues to be inspired by the subtle and sometimes profound transformations that occur with children and adults with additional needs who take Yoga for All Abilities classes regularly and by participants in the Part One Programs that she teaches.
Sherry is a former modern dancer who has been teaching movement awareness and a comprehensive method of stretching, strengthening and aligning the body for 35 years. She studied kundalini yoga with Sat Dharam Kaur, ND and became a certified kundalini yoga teacher in 1999.
In 2000 Sherry founded Yoga 4 Kids/yogi dreams™ and began to specialize in teaching yoga to children and teens of all ages. She also teaches professional development workshops designed for adults on how to teach yoga & meditation to children that qualify as Yoga Alliance certificate courses. She is an E-RYT 500 and RCYT with Yoga Alliance and a certified Intermediate Integral Hatha Yoga & Integral Hatha Meditation Teacher. She received her intermediate training at the Satchidananda Ashram in Virginia. Sherry has a HBSc. in Physical Anthropology from the University of Toronto, Canada and studied one year of Eurhythmics at the Toronto Conservatory of Music.
Sherry’s passion for movement lead her to create an instructional DVD in 2010 that demonstrates the actions to the rhymes, songs and mantras that are an integral part of her yoga classes for children. Singing and chanting encourage language development, develop a child’s rhythm and melody, enhance concentration and memory. A recent Stanford University study(1) found that hand and expressive arm movements influence cognitive processing, fluid thinking and increase creativity.
1. Journal of Experimental Psychology, 2012 American Psychological Assn. Fluid Movement & Creativity by Michael L. Slepian & Nalani Ambady