FAMILIES

Join us in the family area - a truly magical opportunity for children and young people to learn about ‘Our World’ through yoga. 

 

We’re thrilled this year to be able to offer special yoga and mindfulness sessions for children, teens and families all led by our talented and creative yoga teachers.

 

Of course we must have glitter! There are Glitter Fairies on duty each morning, so pop by to get sparkled up!

 

We can’t wait to inspire and inform, educate and enchant you and your families. It’s never too early to introduce children to the wonderful world of yoga!

 

Drum Happy Workshop: Join us for a joyous and invigorating drum session, playing drums and percussion in an awesome rhythm jam. No prior knowledge or experience necessary!

The family area will be open until 5/6pm depending on demand. Extra activities run until 8pm on Saturday night.

Family Area Terms & Conditions

 

On entry to the children or teen area, an adult parent/guardian will be asked to sign a disclaimer and to leave emergency details.

The Children’s Tent is suitable from birth until end of primary school age.

The Teen Tent is suitable for secondary school-age children.

We cannot accept responsibility for children participating without parental supervision.

We cannot accept responsibility for belongings (although we usually have a lost property box at end of day).

We cannot accompany children to the toilets so please bear this in and when leaving children over 8.

No food or drink is to be consumed in the workshop space.

Teachers and workshop leaders

 

Ellen Clinch

Ellen Clinch is a qualified Primary School teacher with specialist training in child, special needs and teen and adult yoga. After teaching yoga at a children's refugee camp in Dunkirk, Ellen went on to complete Special Yoga training for children with ADHD and Autism.She is trained in Teen Yoga and works in a secondary school Autistic Unit, teaching pupils in one-to-one sessions and is now enjoying teaching adults having completed her training with Universal Yoga. Having been there from the very beginning, The World Yoga Festival has been instrumental for Ellen’s growth and passion for yoga. 

 

Claire Hutchins

 

Claire Hutchins has been practising yoga from the age of 16. She is a qualified Mini Me Yoga Ambassador sharing the benefits of doing kids yoga and mindfulness. She is a trained Cosmic Kids Yoga Teacher and completed the 27 hour Rainbow Kids Yoga training at pineapple studios in London. She is also a Story Massage Practitioner and uses this technique in her classes. She now runs weekly yoga classes at 

Addington Special Needs school in Reading. Combining music & yoga, she set up Chillax Kids in 2016.

 

 

Sarah Salmon

Sarah offers light hearted and playful mindfulness sessions, intuitively weaving together movement, breath, sensory and self awareness games and practices. The emphasis is on embodiment, grounding and relaxation for wellbeing. Having felt the benefits of yoga and meditation since her teens, Sarah has been facilitating sessions for others since 2013 after observing how these practices helped her own children through some challenging years. She is currently enjoying facilitating in a primary school Autism unit and privately one-to-one through Brilliant Beings.

 

Charlotta Martinus

Charlotta Martinus is founder and director of the Teen Yoga charity (since 2004) that brings yoga to teens worldwide. Her book “Teenyoga for yoga therapists” was published in 2018 and she was awarded the prestigious Master pf Yoga award (yoga international) as a result of her work with 100 of thousands of young people across the world. Her courses are recognised by the Duke of Edinburgh Award and also the College of Medicine. She is a regular contributor at education conferences, the BBC and for yoga magazines worldwide. The charity also conducted the largest research programme on yoga for young people in the West, showing improvement in wellbeing, social cohesion and sleep.


 

Sue Davies

Sue Davies is a yoga teacher, children's mental health practitioner, and author of the Believe-in childrens books. Believe-in is a full holistic mind-body approach which brings the fantastic therapeutic benefits of yoga, breath, along with cognitive strategies, psychoeducation and other holistic therapies. This full bodied approach uses proven evidence based tools to help reduce children's anxiety, worry, whilst building a child's emotional literacy & regulation and building their resilience to adversity. Children’s yoga classes with Sue include an ‘Inner Warriors’ class for emotional regulation, anxiety, worry and resilience a Winds of Change class which works on building resilience, and a Special Gifts class which allows us to explore and build upon self esteem.

 

 

Lisa Harwood

Lisa Harwood is a registered nurse with over 30 years experience working in clinical and senior leadership nursing roles. She has also worked as an expedition nurse with Raleigh International and British school exploring society (BSES). Lisa qualified as a yoga teacher in 2018, Teenyoga teacher 2020 and 500hr training with Debbie Farrar in 2022. These have influenced her development of the 'Yoga For Me' Approach making yoga fun, accessible and  inclusive to teenagers and adults with learning disabilities. This is Lisa's first visit at World Yoga Festival and she's looking forward to sharing her passion for teaching yoga to this amazing group of teenagers and adults. 

 

 

Elk Burland

Elk Burland leads the Drum Happy drum circle workshops which are a big hit with all ages! Elk has been a keen musician since the eighties, when he began playing the saxophone in groups and as a street musician. Since then, he has worked on all manner of projects and currently spends much of his time working as a sound engineer and producer. He also has a passion for personal development and the positive psychology movement, he trained as a councillor in 2007. Elk now runs Drum Happy where these two worlds meet and the therapeutic benefits of music are made accessible to all. Join us in a joyous, rhythmic romp, playing hand drums and percussion in an awesome rhythm jam! No prior knowledge or experience is necessary as we will briefly instruct you on how to hold and play the instruments, and empower you to channel your inner musician. Experience the buzz of creative collaboration in this relaxed, fun and invigorating session. There are few guarantees in this life, but we feel confident that you will leave happier than when you arrived. Instruments are provided.
 


Gemma Kirby

Gemma Kirby is an experienced Art Facilitator working with all ages and abilities. With a background in Public Art & Design, she has worked in a variety of community arts settings as well as undertaking mural commissions. Gemma currently works as an Education & Community Practitioner at the Corn Exchange in Newbury, where she delivers arts workshops on a regular basis for early years, primary, secondary school aged children and adults. In addition to this, Gemma runs an after school art club and supports home educated young people with their art practise. Gemma’s main aim in her work is to support people in building confidence in their artistic abilities, to have fun being creative and using art for wellbeing. This is her first time at the World Yoga Festival and she is really looking forward to it. 
 


Katie Arscott

Since qualifying as a Children’s Yoga Teacher, a Teen Yoga Teacher and an Adult (Sivananda) Yoga Teacher, Katie has continued to study and gain further qualifications in Yoga Therapy for PTSD, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Awareness of Mental Health, Yoga for Cancer and Menopause Yoga. After 20 years in the Corporate World, Katie has also studied as a Nutritional Therapist, Lifestyle Coach and Massage Therapist and these teachings are weaved into all of her classes, courses and workshops as Katie strongly believes in a healthy, holistic approach to life. Katie lives in Devon and runs various Yoga, Health & Wellbeing Workshops & Courses. Katie also teaches privately, in studios, in gyms, primary and secondary schools and with various Charities and Corporates. 
 

Viera Labatova

Originally from Croatia, Viera is a qualified pre-school teacher and school club educator. She has trained as a Specialist Yoga and movement therapy teacher for children with Autism and other developmental and learning challenges with Yotism, who she is currently representing. She is also extensively trained as a Yoga teacher for children and families with Rainbow Kids Yoga. Her newest skills and qualifications with Yotism are in Reflex Yoga therapy. This is a neuro-developmental style of Yoga/ Movement Therapy that includes a set of reflex integration movements targeting and resetting the nervous system. With this combination, full brain activation occurs, and the door to learning and integration opens naturally. Viera has been teaching Movement and Mindfulness/ Yoga in many schools across London in a group setting, as well as on one to one basis for the last 5 years. She is fun, vibrant and children are drawn to her calm energy.


Samantha Bernice

Samantha Bernice is the founder of Sam B Yoga and has over 20 years experience of the practice. Sam has specialised and advanced training in Baby, Toddler, Children & Teen Yoga and Mindfulness as well completing 2 X 200hr TTC, in Hatha and in Sivananda.  She is grateful to have had training from so many inspirational teachers like Charlotta Martinus, Rebekah Saraswati Abhaya, Richard Rosen, Peter Walker, Michele Burton, Yogi Ashokanada, Kino MacGregor, Kerri Verna. Combining her yoga practice and primary teaching experience, she realised 10 years ago that her dharma was to pass on this gift to as many children as possible by teaching yoga as part of the curriculum. Sam B now offers Children’s Yoga Training to Schools to help teachers integrate it into the curriculum to a professional level whilst empowering them to become authentic in their own practice. She also teaches adult classes, specialised 1-2-1’s and runs Reiki and Yoga retreats.


Mark De'Lisser
Mark De’Lisser is a youth mentor, play worker, nature facilitator and poet with many years of experience working 1:1 and in groups with vulnerable young people. He is also a fully licensed Thrive practitioner. After developing a dedicated meditation and yoga practice, Mark took part in the Teen Yoga course and now embeds his training in his work with young people. Mark uses his love for creativity and play to inform all of his work and is passionate about empowering young people to feel valued and to find their voice.’

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