Like pebbles on a beach, each child is unique and should be encouraged to grow individually – as well become part of a special family of little Pebbles!
At YogaPebbles children’s yoga we aim to nurture little minds and bodies. We want to inspire young people to develop their personal, social, physical and creative qualities.
Each of our Northamptonshire YogaPebbles classes includes physical postures, breathing exercises and fun games – but also mindfulness and relaxation techniques.
We celebrate diversity and welcome all children, regardless of ability and needs.
My passion for yoga began more than 10 years ago, when I was working full time as a Primary and Special Educational Needs teacher in Northamptonshire. Juggling a demanding job for 20 years, two young children plus family life had all started to take its toll on my mental, physical and emotional well-being. I was tired, regularly unwell and didn’t really know how to help myself out of this downward spiral.
How yoga found me
Having dabbled with yoga in my 20s at university, I had forgotten how amazing it had made me feel. A kind colleague suggested that I attend a yoga class with her to help me relax and I was hooked! When I stepped back onto my mat after all that time, I found I had an inner peace and stillness within myself, along with a new confidence to express how I was feeling on the inside. I soon found a regular practice and have since been inspired by many different teachers and teaching styles along the way.
Passing my love of yoga on
Such was the impact on me that I began introducing daily relaxation sessions to my school children in my class. Profound effects materialised! The children were more relaxed and could discuss and manage their own emotions, as well as those of their friends and families. We started to connect on a much deeper level.
As my personal yoga practice grew, I knew I wanted to pass these skills on to other children and their families so in 2017, I attended the prestigious YogaBeez training course in London, and gained my first Foundation Level certificate to teach yoga to children.
YogaPebbles was born
Since then, I have gained my Advanced Teens and children’s training certificate with YogaBeez, and attended Yo’tism yoga training for children with additional needs, ASD and other neuro divergences. I am currently taking a step closer to qualifying as an adult yoga teacher with BarefootBody Yoga School and will be launching YogaPebbles Adults later this year, watch this space! Find out more about YogaPebbles Classes here.
My yoga journey
No matter how much I learn, I still feel I am on a journey of discovery. I am inspired by others, I will always be a student, I am always learning (and constantly reading!). I love to plan and research how I can bring the joy that yoga has bought to my life, to all of my children and families. Yoga has, and continues to support me physically, mentally and emotionally through the very best and worst of times. I hope you find that it can support you too.
With love kindness and peace, Lisa x
To bring a love of yoga to children and their families through classes that incorporate yoga poses, stories, themes, songs, emotional intelligence awareness and creativity.
To provide children and their families with the opportunity to express their own ideas in a safe and nurturing environment.
To help children and their families explore emotions and ways to understand and manage these.
To encourage children and their families to be active.
To help children learn about their bodies and how they work.
To link yoga poses to other school curriculum areas to foster a love of learning.
To increase opportunities for children and their families to co-operate and become more aware of each other needs.
To allow time for communication and reflection.
To recognise achievements in themselves and others.
- To encourage yoga to be practised at home.
Here at YogaPebbles, everyone is welcome and my classes are always energetic, engaging and tailored to meet the needs of all who attend. Along the way, we learn signs, stories, games and songs, and have so much fun exploring our minds and the way our bodies move!
Each class is themed and follows a structure to introduce children to the shapes they can make in their bodies (asanas) , the breathing techniques that can be used when life gets a little too much (pranayama) and the relaxation and meditation tools to tap into both on and off our mats!
Yoga benefits the whole child and supports their emotional, physical, intellectual, spiritual and social development, while helping them to understand themselves and the world around them a little better.
All of my classes are fully inclusive, but I also offer one-to-one or family sessions in the home for those needing that little extra support. This is also a great way to be introduced to yoga in a safe and secure environment, if a child is not quite ready to join one of my weekly classes in the community.
Please do get in touch to find out how I can help you.