About Us

Little Buddhas Yoga

Little Buddhas Yoga is a coast to coast partnership of Courtney Schroeder and Diane Hamilton.

Our History

In 2000, Courtney Schroeder and Diane Hamilton each began their own personal yoga journey.  The practice of yoga for each of them quickly became a daily practice offering transformation, empowerment and clarity.  Diane and Courtney traveled independent paths of yoga and motherhood until 2013, when these parallel souls found one another through teaching at a common location, Jillian’s Drawers, in Ithaca, New York.  

The two found an immediate connection in the passion of their vision for children and their commitment to traditional yoga philosophy. They immediately began collaborating yoga initiatives and learned from one another’s teaching methods. As impassioned storytellers, they thrived in learning new stories from one another.  

Diane Hamilton

Diane Hamilton has been teaching yoga to children since 2003. After taking a leave of absence from her veterinary career in 2005 to heal from Stage 3 cancer, it became evident that teaching yoga to children would be her life’s work. From babies to high school, Indiana to India, Diane has taught thousands of classes in hundreds of classroom and community locations, working with children and families both individually and in groups.  Diane has trained with Yoga Center for Columbia, Tai Sophia Institute, Sanskrit Institute, Radiant Child, YoKid, Yoga4Classrooms, Little Buddhas and Go Grounded. Diane’s work with children encourages consciousness and connection with self, society, and nature.  In the corporate world, Diane trains adults in Mindful, Inclusive and Collaborative Culture focused on the development of inner potential.

Courtney Schroeder

Courtney Schroeder, mother of four  (from toddler to teen), has 17 years of experience working with children in a variety of secular, spiritual and therapeutic settings, including public school classrooms, Buddhist Centers, and her own private preschool and yoga business.  With more than 400 hours of certified training in yoga and mindfulness, Courtney has studied with the Kaivalya Yoga Acadamy, Still Quiet Place, Mindfulness Education for Children and Yoga 4 Classrooms.

Ithaca, New York

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Arcata, California

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