Our Vision & Intentions:
Deliver annual conference & workshops to network, connect and progress knowledge
Develop research program to explore the benefits of Yoga for Children in various settings
Create and support Children’s Yoga Teachers through mentorship program
Provide useful resources for Schools & Families to help expand the reach of Yoga into our communities
Sam is the founder of Sam B Yoga and has over 20 years of experience of the practice. She has trained 200hr in Hatha and Sivananda yoga and has yoga and mindfulness teacher training in baby, toddler, children and teens. Sam B Yoga was created to help yoga become accessible to all people, specifically children and to help them be responsible for their own mental health. During her primary school teaching career, she witnessed a steep rise in mental illness and recognised a need for teaching children about their wellbeing. Yoga was the answer and had so many parallels to psychology. During her yoga practice, Sam has had the honour of training and learning from Charlotta Martinus, Bryony Duckitt, Yogi Ashokananda, Katy Appleton, Anna Ashby, Cat Alip-Douglas, Kerri Verna, Kino MacGregor, Richard Rosen, Peter Walker and Tara Stiles. She uses all her training and experience to give a rich depth of teaching to her students. Sam’s greatest successes are in getting yoga into the curriculum, teaching classes in schools, creating children’s yoga videos, running presentations, workshops and teacher training courses for schools.
Following a career change in 2015, Vicky created Pink Sky Yoga to follow her passion for yoga to teach Pregnant mums, mums and babies and children 0-20 years. Offering classes that create a warm, safe positive space to have fun, try new things, meet new & likeminded friends, as well as encouraging a more mindful approach to life. Based in Oxford Vicky has also been teaching Yoga in Primary and Secondary schools to promote healthy bodies, clear minds and thriving lives for the whole school community and beyond. Alongside her regular teaching, Vicky also works as Yoga in Schools Manager, which as part of the Teen Yoga Foundation is working as Community Interest Company to provide schools & communities with Yoga Teachers. Working with a growing database of national teachers, Yoga in Schools provides opportunities for Schools & Yoga. The aim to extend the reach across education for pupils and teachers to experience Yoga & mindfulness and all the benefits to body, mind & spirit. Improving physical, mental & emotional health and resilience for all and creating communities which support and connect us all.
Bryony’s journey to children’s yoga started over 2 decades ago when she trained as a Montessori teacher. Starting more as an experiment Bryony started to incorporate some simple yoga techniques and relaxation into her classroom and noticed within a short space of time how profoundly this was benefiting the children and indeed her own teaching. After specialising in children’s yoga, YogaBeez was borne and Bryony started teaching children’s yoga full time. The YogaBeez ethos has always been to empower, educate and exercise the WHOLE child whilst incorporating all aspects of yoga into each class. Bryony has trained with some incredible teaches – Jon Kabat Zinn, Thich Nhat Hanh, Richard Miller, Judith Lasater, Donna Farhi, Rod Stryker but above all these, it’s the children who have taught her the most. After many years of teaching, Bryony went on to write the YogaBeez Foundation and Advanced children’s yoga teacher training – combining traditional yoga, mindfulness and Montessori philosophy and pedagogy. This ever-evolving training has taken Bryony globally, where she has been fortunate enough to train hundreds of teachers, who are now sharing yoga and mindfulness with children of all ages and abilities in all parts of the world.
For thousands of years, millions of people have experienced yoga’s ability to improve their lives… The development of therapeutic, evidence-based yoga is, I believe, an excellent example of how yoga can contribute to health and healing.
I am very excited about teaching yoga at the school where I am a classroom teacher. I can see how enormously beneficial yoga is going to be for the young people in my school, especially in the run up to exams when the pressure is enormous.