Yoga for Creativity in the Face of Trauma + Stress


Yoga, movement, and creative expression can be powerful tools for youth to change narratives and see past adversity. Learn how to use a trauma-informed art model which incorporates mindfulness and yoga to teach self-regulation to your students in a classroom or private setting.

Facilitators: Mandy Noa and Laura Shaw with Paint Love 

When?  Saturday, August 7 from 1:00 – 2:30 pm EDT

Tiered Pricing: $25, $35, $45 + scholarships available 



The imagination is critical in healing and resilience. Through yoga, movement, and creative expression, kids learn to change narratives and see past adversity. These elements are even more powerful when combined. In this session, learn to implement a Trauma-Informed Art Model, incorporating mindfulness and regulation, through yoga. 

Learn several art and creative activities that empower conversations through a social-emotional learning lens. Paint Love is a non-profit that has brought extraordinary art programming to over 14,000 youth since 2014.

In this workshop you’ll: 

  • Learn the basics of using art + yoga in the classroom, studio, home, or clinical setting, for emotional regulation and to engage the creative brain (especially for children and teens who have experienced stress or trauma)
  • Learn the role of creativity and imagination in addressing issues of social change
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the many ways experiencing stress and trauma can impact kids, their behavior, development, and even creativity and imagination and how art and yoga can help!
  • Learn and apply several art + movement/yoga activities 
  • Learn to apply the Trauma-Informed Art Model created by Paint Love

Workshop Facilitators: Mandy Noa + Laura Shaw with Paint Love

Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EDT

Basic Art Supplies Needed: Paper + Coloring Tools

Who should take this workshop? Any interested adult who loves creating and moving with kids — especially those working with kids who have experienced trauma.

Not able to attend live? We recommend attending the LIVE panel discussion but registered participants will have access to the replay link for 30 days after the event. Break-out-sessions will not be recorded. 

Cost for Participants: 

Tiered pricing is available to ensure that this event is accessible to all. 

Regular = $35

Supporter = $45

Community = $25

No one will be turned away for lack of funds. If our community registration is a hardship, please reach out about full scholarship opportunities by emailing

Circle Members Attend for Free: Are you a member of the Kids Yoga Conference Circle? For $12 a month, you receive free registration to our monthly workshop (10 per year) + other benefits. Learn more + apply for membership.  

Check out the replay of our Q+A with Mandy from Paint Love

Recently, we had a conversation on Facebook LIVE with Mandy Noa about creativity, trauma, and stress.

Watch to hear how Paint Love is empowering youth who are facing trauma and poverty through art. Plus Mandy shares tips and resources to use in classroom or private settings along with important reminders for adults too!


About the Facilitators 

Mandy Noa is the Program Director of Paint Love. Full Time, Mandy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and School Social Worker for Cobb County Schools in Atlanta, Georgia. Mandy is a Certified Children’s Yoga Teacher and Play Therapist in-training. She is passionate about the intersection of the arts and social work–especially through play and movement–and has spoken on the topic both nationally and globally. 



Laura Shaw is the Executive Director of Paint Love. Growing up as a ballet dancer, and later teaching dance in inner-city schools, Laura fell in love with the transformative power of art and movement and sought to find innovative ways to incorporate imaginative and creative opportunities into the lives of young people.

Laura earned her master’s degree at Boston University, and after working in a variety of nonprofits, she joined the Paint Love team in 2016 and became Executive Director in 2019. She is a 200-hour certified yoga instructor and also trained in trauma informed and children’s yoga.


Additional information

Tiered Pricing

Regular $35, Supporter $45, Community $25

Event Details

Date: August 07, 2021

Start time: 01:00 EDT

End time: 02:30 EDT

Venue: Zoom