About Us

Erica Held - Combining her passions for yoga and kids, Erica Held founded Lil' Yogis NYC in 2008. With a daily practice dating back more than 15 years, Erica has developed a deep understanding of the benefits that the practice of yoga can have on children. She holds an MBA from NYUís Stern School of Business and is about to receive a Masters in Early Child Education from Bank Streetís Graduate School of Education. Drawing from this robust educational background and her experiences as the mother of four, Erica has designed the classes to be imaginative, playful, and full of positivity. And by cultivating a progressive atmosphere that focuses on instilling children with energy, confidence, and self-esteem, Erica has created a one-of-a-kind experience for kids of all ages.

Allie Paddock - Alexandra Paddock - who also goes by Alex, Ham but mostly Allie - has been teaching with Lilí Yogis as a lead instructor since 2015. With a background in music, dance and theater performance as well as an active yogi practitioner herself, she can often be found bringing a slew of characters to animate her imaginative and playful classes. Allie recognizes yoga as an invaluable asset to children growing up in the accelerated, busy world of today. Her classes impart self-regulatory practices that cultivate a mind-body-heart connection in a nurturing and creative environment. Outside of Lilí Yogis you can also find Allie balancing upside down (with grown-ups!) as a RYT 200-hour certified yoga teacher. She is grateful to her students for bringing so much laughter, joy and curiosity to her life.

Janice - Janice Acevedo is a New York based Vinyasa yoga teacher. When she isn't working with Lil' Yogis as a yoga teacher she is working with theaters as a Teaching Artist. She loves working with kids and seeing their personalities develop and pop!

Samantha - Samantha Zimerman started teaching yoga a few years ago and has been fortunate enough to teach at some of the cities greatest gyms including NYSC, Crunch, & the Y. She works at the school at Park Avenue Synagogue and loves that she gets to work with kids everyday as she likes to say she is a kid at heart. Off the mat, Samantha loves going to the beach and spending time with family and friends.



Lil' Yogis NYC is a children's yoga and fitness company designed to help children develop better physical awareness...

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School Programs

School Programs

Lil' Yogis NYC offers yoga in the classroom for grades pre-K -12 in schools throughout New York City. We will also come to any Special Needs School to host a yoga class in the classroom or during the Physical Education period.

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210 West 77th Street
New York, NY 10024
(914) 401-4249

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