Emma and Siobhan, Founders of
Children's Yoga Tree
Emma's classes blend traditional yoga, breathing exercises and meditation with a lifelong love of nature, storytelling and games.
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. She completed her Yoga Teacher Training in Yoga for Children and Yoga Therapy for Special Needs in 2011 with Jo Manuel at the Special Yoga Centre and in Mum and Baby Yoga with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli. She trained in Vinyasa Flow with Claire Missingham in 2010 and for six years has taught yoga to all ages from babies to seniors.
Emma's specialism is Yoga Therapy for Autism. She teaches one to one sessions with children in mainstream and special schools, developing yoga routines to calm the nervous system and stimulate physical development. She has been teaching Breakfast, Lunchtime and After School Clubs in London schools for six years and is excited by the opportunity to work with Siobhan to ensure a high standard of yoga and mindfulness is available to children in schools across London.
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 hopes 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.
Rose has been practicing yoga regularly since she was 16 years old and did her Yoga Teacher Training with Nicole Aarons, focusing on Ashtanga, Kundalini and Yoga Nidra. Having completed a Masters degree in Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Society at Brunel University, she worked in schools as a Learning Support Assistant, supporting children with special needs and behavioural difficulites. Trained in Speech and Language Therapy she has also volunteered with Teenage drama charity Harringey Shed and OurMala, a London based charity which teaches yoga to refugees escaping gender violence.
Her yoga journey has also involved training at the Sivananda Ashram in India and completing a Vipassana Silent meditation retreat.
After six years in the media industry and an extended trip around South East Asia including volunteer work with children, Catherine was inspired to find a more meaningful career and “change the world, one child at a time." This led to a career in early childhood education and care and her goal to bring yoga and mindfulness to children
Catherine became a certified kids yoga teacher in February 2016 with Rainbow Kids Yoga in Sydney, and then went onto complete a 200hr Rainbow Yoga Specialisation Teacher Training in Italy in August 2016. Since relocating from Sydney, Australia Catherine has been teaching children and families in schools, nurseries and local community groups across London. She teaches classes that energise, empower, relax and nurture the holistic development of children.
Rosie and Holly started practicing yoga with Mum before they could walk and now bring their friends to their school's yoga club.
Holly loves to climb anything she can from trees and mountains to climbing walls and is a fearless assistant and demonstrator of acrobatic yoga at Family Yoga events.
Having received a digital camera for her 10th birthday, Rosie takes photographs everywhere she goes. She wants to be a wildlife photographer when she grows up but for now she is happy to be the Children's Yoga Tree official photographer.