Sünje O’Clancy, MA, E-RYT, RCYT, RPYT, Director of TT
Yoga Rascals founder, Sünje O'Clancy, has been teaching yoga to students of all ages since 1998. Certified in Indra Devi style of classiscal Hatha yoga, Sünje combined her experience working with children in a variety of settings with insights she gained in graduate school studying child development and psychology to develop a yoga program for children. From the onset, Yoga Rascals’ program was taught successfully in preschools, elementary schools, libraries, as well as through the YMCA community outreach.
Since Yoga Rascals’ establishment in 2007, the rising demand for children’s yoga made it clear that more instructors were needed. Sünje began training children yoga teachers in 2009, and when Yoga Alliance® established a children’s yoga specialty designation in 2012, Yoga Rascals became the first Registered Children’s Yoga School (RCYS) in California.
Sünje holds a Masters of Arts degree in German Literature with a double minor in Dramatic Arts and Pedagogy from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Germany. Sünje was featured on the cover of San Diego Magazine. She is the happy mother of two boys.
Hannah Lei Prunty, RYT
Hannah Lei's educational background includes a B.A. in Visual Arts and K-8 multi-subject /art teaching credentials from UCSD. After 14 years of teaching in public schools, she received her 200-hour yoga certification and made the leap from elementary school teacher to yoga teacher. She now teaches yoga to adults and children. Hannah Lei is a certified Positive Discipline classroom teacher. She loves being in nature and often hikes with her two young children, husband and dog.
Gretchen Mallios, LCSW, RYT
Gretchen Mallios graduated from UCLA in 2001 with a Masters in Social Work and a Masters in Public Policy. Since then, she has been working in various capacities with and on behalf of children and families. Currently, she has a small private practice where she focuses on maternal mental health and well being and provides treatment for trauma, she serves on the board of a local non profit, and advocates for early childhood services, among other things. Gretchen has been practicing yoga since 1998 and formally studied Hatha Yoga at YogaWell in San Diego. Gretchen enjoys blending yoga philosophy and contemporary psychotherapy as complementary schools of thought. She relies on these principles to strive for balance in her own life and enjoys helping others strive to do the same.
Karin Davies, MD
Pediatrician Karin Davies, MD teaches the anatomy section of the teacher training.
Melissa Martin, BA, SLPA, RYT, RCYT
A licensed Speech Language Pathology Assistant, Melissa Martin worked in public schools with children of all ages and abilities before specializing in working with children with autism and special needs in private practice.
Rose Polak Walters, E-RYT, RCYT
Yoga Rascals instructor Rose Polak Walters assists during the practice teaching portion of the training.