Shona's passion for bringing mindful movement to all children is what helped create Twist Kids Foundation. She brings over a decade of teaching experience. Her compassion, kindness and dedication to this work are the driving force behind our vision.
Mary Beth Bender
Mary Beth’s passion for yoga began in 1997. She’s been dedicated to teaching since the early 2000’s and founded Twist Kids Yoga in 2014. She brings creativity, an abundance of real life experiences and empathy to her classes.
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A former finance attorney, Shaileen became a yoga instructor in 2017. In 2022 she became a functional breathing coach in the Buteyko Breathing Method, helping her clients achieve relief from symptoms related to asthma and anxiety, among other ailments. Shaileen joined the teaching staff at Twist Kids Yoga in 2023 and joined the Board at Twist Kids Foundation shortly thereafter. After experiencing the life-changing effects of yoga in her own life, she believes strongly in the mission of Twist Kids Foundation and the importance of introducing healthy movement and breathing habits to children.
ML believes that all children, regardless of situation or circumstance, should have access to yoga and mindfulness tools to help them become strong, confident and resilient in the face of life’s stressors and adversity. She is excited to utilize her business, volunteer, and kids yoga experience expand access to kids yoga throughout Charlotte.
Radha brings over 20 years of experience in finance/banking sector. During these years, she has been an active member in the Charlotte community and has built several key long term relationships. An avid sportswoman and a former national level basketball player, Radha is passionate about mental health and fitness awareness , with a focus on spreading this knowledge to the youngsters in Charlotte.
Kinsey brings over a decade of experience in the education and nonprofit sector. A trained clarinetist, she also performs in the Charlotte area, including the Charlotte Symphony. As an educator and musician, Kinsey understands the power and benefits practicing yoga and mindfulness have had in her own life and hopes to find avenues in which she can continue to share these practices with students in the classroom and her community.