Emma and Siobhan, Founders of
Children's Yoga Tree
A Senior Yoga teacher, Trainer and Thai Massage therapist with ten years experience teaching in schools, Emma is a passionate advocate of yoga and massage as a therapeutic tool for child development. When not teaching or training she can be found immersing herself in nature on the South Downs and juggling single parenthood with her love of climbing and sea swimming. Her classes blend traditional yoga, breathing exercises and mindful meditation with a lifelong love of nature, sports, storytelling and games.
Emma teaches dynamic Vinyasa Flow classes for adults and therapeutic yoga for children and Teens. She works with Inclusion Managers in schools to provide Yoga Therapy Programmes for children with special needs, developing yoga routines to calm the nervous system and stimulate physical development.
After ten years in the voluntary sector, working in the fields of children and health, Emma was inspired to train in Children's Yoga after the birth of her second child. Her Trainers and Mentors include Clare Missingham, Jo Manuel at the Special Yoga Centre and Uma Dinsmore-Tuli of Womb Yoga.
As a teacher and parent Emma believes that now more than ever, children need yoga in order to navigate the busy, information-heavy world they are growing up in. She believes that having a generation exposed to yoga from primary school age will create a force for positive change.
Siobhan is a yoga Instructor for children, teens and adults with ten years’ experience in childcare and coaching. After practicing yoga for 5 years she realised there was a need for yoga to be taught to children, and strongly believes that by teaching mindfulness and yoga at schools, we are providing children the tools to successfully face the challenges of everyday life.
Siobhan is passionate about bringing yoga into schools and decided to further her studies. She studied in India, where she received classical training through Ganga Devi of the Himalayan Yoga Institute. In South Africa she was fortunate enough to be a part of Yoga Stars International, a social enterprise which sends teachers into schools and previously disadvantaged communities not exposed to yoga. She held classes for 250 children a week aged 8 months to 12 years. She completed her teacher training for children, and children with special needs through Yoga4Kids. She went on to complete a Yoga Teacher training for Teens with Charlotta Martinus of Teen Yoga. On her return to London in 2015 she created Calmer Kids Yoga, a company which provides inner city schools in South London with yoga classes, and was fortunate enough to work for Emma at a few of her schools in North London. Their similar approach, skills, passion and teaching styles lead to the creation of Children's Yoga Tree.
Siobhan is truly passionate about the benefits of yoga and mindfulness within schools and within the family unit. She hopes to pass on all that she has learnt to ensure a brighter and more compassionate future for all.