Yoga Bananas™ has taught over 750 students from Holland, Tahiti, Abu Dhabi as well as the rest of the UK and the Channel Islands. Many graduates of the course have taken the time to write kind and generous words about the course. For more general testimonials on Vicky 'Skip' Oliver please see www.whyoga.com
Dear Skip, I just wanted to write and say 'thank you' for a wonderful weekend. You have really inspired me to carry out my dream of teaching yoga to children. I did a trial class yesterday with the Reception class I work with and they really enjoyed it. They have been asking me today when are we going to do it again - testament itself. Thank you again and wishing you every success for the future.
Anita Blaize, Yoga Bananas 2014
Dear Skip, just wanted to say a massive thank you for an amazing three days. It was a real journey and it feels like the start of something new and an exciting for me. It felt emotional to say goodbye to you - I hope this is one of many opportunities I have to be taught by you. Namaste. x
Naomi Thrower, Yoga Bananas 2014
Just wanted to thank you for a wonderful weekend I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the course especially your enthusiasm and obvious enjoyment while you teach.Your teacher's guide book is done amazing, and you demonstrated pretty much all of it with great energy and patience!! I chose this course to attend as your logo on google appealed to me and I am delighted I travelled from Dublin :) to attend... I would wholeheartedly recommend this course to anyone interested in pursuing children's yoga... Really looking forward to getting started Here and maybe doing a refreshers' or teen course in the new year :) Big smile, Jane x
Jane Nolan, Yoga Bananas 2014
A HUGE thank-you for the inspiring weekend you delivered for us all. I was so grateful to you for you sharing the wonderfully creative way you have devised to lead children through yoga. I am aware, much like learning to drive, I will really find my way with this skill once I begin using it.
Holly Heffernan, Yoga Bananas 2014
Hi Skip, thank you for an amazing weekend! You truly are an inspiration! Plus I've never met anyone who can smile for as long as you do! Lol! xx
Manjit Sokhal, Yoga Bananas 2014
Thank you Skip for an intense and absolutely brilliant weekend! I loved every minute and I'm so excited about starting my classes. You are a real inspiration. And a big thank you to your boys for letting us practice on them! Jem made it very real and fun. Also send my thanks to Barb for looking after us.
Maria Anderson, Yoga Bananas 2014
Thank-you for an inspiring weekend and empowering me on my yoga journey. Despite feeling a bit nervous, it was such a breath of fresh air and a welcome boost for me. It was lovely to meet you, the lovely Barb and two of your beautiful children (no offense to Beckett who is more a man now!) Such wonderful resources too, having taught before I truly appreciate the value of them and their clever sequencing, just magical. You are quite a remarkable woman, but please look after your back.
Karen Faulkner, Yoga Bananas 2014
Dear Skip, it was an amazing course. I just loved the time spent with you, though it was information overload but we all have learnt a lot in that time. I am amazed by your energy! It was money well spent :) Thank you! Thanks a million for your direction, support and teaching! I am glad that I came across a person and teacher like you. Your energy, intention and persona is just awesome!! You will surely see me again next year. I would love to have more of your Company again. Thanks again.
Tavishi Kamdar, Yoga Bananas 2013
Hi Skip, I've just finished my homework from the first day of the training and have had a chance to reflect on all I've learned today. The Teen YB course has already exceeded my best hopes and I am really looking forward to tomorrow!.........Ok, it's now Tuesday and I've found two local girls and hope to start asap!! Thanks again for the amazing weekend. I really appreciate your energy, teaching style, and lovely personality. Good luck with the writing and remember that I'm interested to read your work!
Bambi Thompson, Teen YB, 2013
Hi Skippy, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing you again (Yoga Bananas 2012). it was brilliant, you make teen yoga so much fun.
Lorraine Thompson, Teen YB, 2013
Hi Skippy, Firstly, I just wanted to say an enormous thank you for an amazing weekend. Your knowledge, energy, humour and support were exceptional and I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to learn with you. Actually, I also feel a little bit smug because I know I've been trained by the best children's yoga teacher out there - lucky me! Thanks also to Andy for the amazing food and to Jem and Boo Boo for breezing in and being so sweet.
Jessica Edwards, Yoga Bananas 2013
I was amazed at how much could be learnt within 3 days, and I left the course feeling very prepared and confident in being able to deliver a Yoga Bananas class. The experiential style of learning works extremely well, and I was inspired by the enthusiasm and clarity with which Skippy teaches. One of the elements of the course that stands out most clearly for me, was the creativity and expressive nature that is encouraged, both in the trainee teachers and the children. This course is an example of how Yoga is a tool to explore our bodies and our imaginations.
Abi Carter, Yoga Bananas 2012
I just wanted to tell you how amazing i feel. I know I left you looking all tired but 1 hour later, after reflecting on the weekend which whooshed past me, like a madhatter's dream, i feel so refreshed! Even in London! My body and mind is so light and airy! I feel like I've just downed 20 bottles of your laughing juice. Thank you Skippy, it's rays of light like you that restore my faith in the world. Xxxxxx
Laura Middlemiss, Yoga Bananas 2012
Teen YB was both a wonderful review of the original Yoga Bananas course I took one year ago and a great preparation for delivering Yoga instruction to this age group. As a secondary school teacher I often wondered how Yoga could be tailored for teen learners; how not to patronise them with the fun child-like approach but also how not to deter them with the rigour of an adult class. Not surprisingly, physical and emotional care are at the centre of the wonderful practice that Skips has created for teens and I now feel confident I can deliver great yoga classes for the young people I work with. The teens we had the pleasure to lead practice for were completely delightful and I genuinely felt that we were equipping them with tools for life, both on and off the yoga mat. Thank you for your continued inspiration, Skippy!
Danielle Valdar, Yoga Bananas 2011, Teen Yoga 2012
Hi Skippy, just wanted to drop you a line to say thanks again for a fantastic Yoga Bananas experience! I enjoyed every minute and I know all four of us came away feeling able to share what we learned with the children in our area.
Annie Lewis, Devon (yoga teacher) 2012
Sharla Attala, Cantebury (mother) 2012
I worked with Skippy recently, training in Teen YB. It was one on one, which was an incredible experience, though exhausting! I learned so much from Skippy about taking a class and her attention to detail is inspiring. The course is intelligent, creative, imaginative, informative and worth every minute. I am not trained to teach Adults so I was challenged perhaps more than some when it came to incorporating the breath with each move but I think by Sunday night it was ingrained somewhere in my dizzy brain. It is a natural progression after Yoga Bananas and rekindles one's enthusiasm for these classes too. I now wait patiently for the Adult training to be developed.:)
Nicola Corbett, Somerset (Mother, Reflexologist) 2012
Hi Skips, I had so much fun learning your Yoga Bananas Technique and would like to thank you and your family for making me feel so welcome. I felt anxious when you handed us all our teacher training manual and went through our homework, but was taken aback by how much we had covered in just one day. Like others before me I found the weekend to be exhausting but your positive and engaging teaching technique made for a very exciting weekend [if only all courses were as much fun!] I enjoyed attending yoga classes for the positive feeling it gave me but Skip you made me understand the true meaning of yoga and I cant wait to share what I have learned. I recommend all yoga lovers to spend a weekend reinforcing their passion I look forward to attending your Teen Yoga Bananas classes in the future.
Melissa Gray, Ireland (Primary School Teacher, Mother) 2011
Jo Black, Wolverhampton (Primary School Teacher) 2011
I have always wanted to know how to translate yoga to the children but needed somebody to show me the right method. And then Skippy’s well structured Teacher Training came into the picture. I read the course work, had a brief conversation with Skippy and found myself booked on. This proved to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made because I simply loved the whole weekend and keep telling my colleagues, ever since I have finished it, how great the course was. Skippy’s got a fantastic personality which fascinates you and even considering the fact that male yoga teachers are pretty rare, I still enjoyed every bit. I consider myself a very lucky man as I had a wonderful opportunity to observe Skippy and learn from her, not only the activities covered but also to discover and acquire the skills and knowledge that make someone a good teacher and learn what it is that will engage children in ways that will promote both their learning and enjoyment of physical activities. Thank you Skips. You are a miracle!
Csaba Vinkler, Hungary (PE teacher) 2011
Thank you Skippy! It was really GREAT to work with the other students and children and to meet you too. You are amazing and inspired by whatever you do and I feel proud to have met you. I enjoyed the course and I have it in my mind as one of the best experiences of my life. Your method can work in Greece too and I am impatient to teach to Greek children also. I hope we will manage a course here in Greece when you find time to do so.....
Maria Gkigcoudi, Thessalonika (yoga therapist) 2011
Thank you Skip so much for your superb teaching on the Yoga Bananas course. I really built so much confidence from learning your solid lesson plans and seeing how to structure a well rounded kids yoga class. I loved how your lesson plans were able to introduce all aspects of yoga from breathing, mindfulness, yoga ethos and asanas to kids so young. It was a fun, friendly but very grounded approach that I'm confident I can introduce into any school or kids yoga party. I feel totally inspired to go out there teach kids yoga! Thank you so much.
Antonia Wise, Sussex (yoga teacher) 2011
I'd just like to say how much I enjoyed Skip's course. The manual is wonderfully presented and very informative. I loved the village atmosphere and the quiet places that Skippy has chosen to run the course. It had an earthy style and the lunches were delicious home cooked meals! Skip obviously has a big passion for children and this shows itself through her special and creative work. I would recommend this course for anyone who loves yoga and children. Thanks Skip, for your friendly and open approach.
Sophia Jones, Southampton (yoga teacher) 2011
Thank you Skippy for your lovely and kind words towards us all. We could not have done this without your support and love towards us. You have a very calm and caring approach, that no matter what, whoever is by your side adapts to that atmosphere. You are a fantastic mentor.
Rahkee Desoura, Birmingham (pre-school teacher, mother) 2011
What a superb weekend. A course that actually gives you energy! Completely refreshing and straightforward yet challenging and interesting at the same time! I can't wait to start using the Yoga Bananas Technique as it really works the children's imagination and body in unison and it is so much fun. It will be hard to keep it out of my adult classes : ) Skippy is a wonderful teacher who has obviously spent a lot of time getting this just right, she passes on her knowledge in such a way that it inspires confidence to teach children from day 1. The kids absolutely love it and I have had a great response so far from potential clients. Keep up the great work......
Kerry Lacey, Surrey (yoga teacher) 2011
I cannot recommend Skippy highly enough, and within hours of finishing my training I had suggested Yoga Bananas to 2 friends! The structure of the training and the classes themselves are exemplary. Skip is a wonderfully supportive and encouraging teacher, and her enthusiasm and love for yoga and children is infectious. I had a wonderful 3 days, and although exhausted (as rightly, we had a lot of work to do!) I came away buzzing and excited about starting my own classes. Thank you Skippy. You're an inspiration!
Anna Cronin, Brighton (baby massage/yoga/Montessori teacher) 2011
As my children are in their 20s now, I wasn't sure that I would still have an inner child, but Skippy's style and her belief in the teaching made it so easy to awaken that child within me. It really was exhausting, but one of the most beneficial weekends I have ever spent. I would not have believed that I would have been ready to teach by the third day, but, again, with Skippy's guidance that is exactly what we did. Instead of waiting until my 40s to start Yoga, I really wished I had been introduced to it earlier, and I really believe that children could be more considerate towards each other if they had Yoga in their lives from an early age.
Marie Price, Sunderland (yoga teacher) 2010
Skip, thank you so much. I left the Yoga Bananas Teacher Training knowing that I could teach yoga to children. You were so wonderfully warm and welcoming, I felt at ease immediately. You teach with knowledge and passion, and because of the commitment and hard work you put into the course I know I walked away with a new confidence. I now look forward to introducing children to the fantastic benefits of practicing yoga.
Penny Love, Dubai (yoga practitioner) 2010
Skippy has an infectious, playful spirit which immediately inspires you. I discovered in the 3 days of training with her that Yoga can be made accessible to children through the vast potential we all hold as big kids to explore the imagination. As yoga poses are inspired by animals and nature - Skip guides you with her stories and spontaneity to help you find your own creative ideas about how to teach kids yoga. You are also left with a really helpful manual to remind you of all the tricks you learn and also get to teach on the third dayl. On that third day when you go and teach in the school setting you get to see how Skippy engages the children with her love of children and yoga which reminded me of some important things - how well children respond to love, praise, straightforwardness the kind of things that come directly from just being yourself. You'll find your true potential nurtured by this course. I loved it! Thank you Skippy!
Sophie Bolton, Bristol (yoga and drama teacher) 2010
My training with Skippy was an incredible experience and everything I had hoped for. I came away from the course feeling excited and inspired. I am now eager to share the knowledge I learnt from Skippy with my own children and hopefully many others. The course was intelligently composed, creative and inspiring. There is no doubt that Skippy's knowledge and wisdom comes through in all her teaching. One walks away from three intensive days feeling a great sense of achievement and enthusiastic to teach the next generation the benefits of Yoga. Thank you Skippy for your encouragement and for helping me move along my journey.
Nicola Corbett, London (reflexologist) 2010
Skippy's Yoga Bananas course was inspiring, it was one of the most exhausting but enjoyable weekends that I can remember. Skip managed to cover an enormous amount in the three days, but the course was great fun and presented with such enthusiasm that it did not seem like hard work at all. Skippy managed to lead us all gently out of our comfort zones and tackle things bit by bit, I am sure that none of us really believed that we had it in us to take a group of children for a yoga class. However, there we all were on the Monday, doing exactly that! Well done Skippy, I left buzzing with ideas, plans and most importantly for me, the confidence to get out there and teach something very close to my heart.
Helen Smith, Somerset (Montessor teacher) 2010
The Yoga Bananas course was a fantastic experience. It was wonderful to learn so much over the three days and was taught in a wonderfully structured, intense but fun format. Skippy is superb and her creativity and experience means that her way of teaching is incredibly inspiring for both us as trainees and the children! It was nerve-wracking on the third day having to teach our own classes in a school we'd never been to and children we had never met but because of the preparation done over the previous two days, it helped enormously to focus me for this moment. It was one of the most touching experiences of my life. I'm so grateful to have had that opportunity as it really builds one's confidence. I now feel absolutely ready to teach yoga to groups of children and can't wait to get going. I highly recommend the YogaBananas teacher training course. Thank you Skippy!
Emma Sykes, London (drama teacher) 2010
Skippy is such a refreshing, open and honest teacher who has a genuine understanding and passion for teaching children yoga. I have learnt so much from her and, as a primary school teacher, I feel she has opened up my connection with children and myself even more. Her teaching style is fantastic and the three days we spent together were a lot of fun. A truly fantastic course- I would highly recommend this course to anyone with an interest in yoga and children.
Alexa Aitken, Edinburgh (school teacher) 2010
Yoga Bananas Teacher Course gives you a steady, informative, playful, ground to stand on as a children's yoga teacher. With a personal and kind touch, Skippy shares her wide knowledge of material, ideas, experience and most of all encourages creativity and puts belief in all her students. It's lovely to be a part of such a small group of people, which gives you plenty of attention, care and new friendship. It's also amazing how much you can learn during 3 days, (at the time hard work, but so exciting) and it all comes together on the third day when you are privileged to teach your first yoga class for children! It gives you a fun and challenging taster of how it will be to teach children. It definitely boosted my confidence, which is a great and an amazing, valuable feeling to finish off a course with! I feel ready for the challenge and I am excited to give the children the opportunity to experience these fun, relaxing creative yoga classes! Thank you Skippy, for all your belief in me!
Johanna Andersson, Surrey (actress) 2010
Coming to Yoga Bananas was definitely one of the best things I have ever done. I found it challenging, but so much fun. Before the course I was wondering how can I possibly learn enough to be a children's yoga teacher over a weekend, but Vicky somehow managed to give me so much knowldge and confidence. Having a chance to teach an actual class on the last day of the course was a fantastic experience and it brought everything I had learnt together. Skippy is everything you would look for in a teacher and so much more. Her energy, enthusiasm passon and kindness are simply addictive. She is one of those people who doesn't just pass through your life, they stay with you in your heart and become a part of it. She is truly inspiring! Thank you so much Skippy for everything, it has been a privilege to have met you.
Jana Mulholland, Cardiff (yoga teacher) 2010
I had such a fantastic time on the course - thank you Skippy. Skippy is truly a very gifted and inspirational teacher and so obviously has a genuine passion for teaching. The content and delivery was, I think, just about perfect and the culmination and experience of being able to teach to an actual class was amazing. An experience which left me excited and at the same time feeling extremely lucky. I came away so enthused and excited abouth teaching children and hope to have a letter sent to the first schools on my list, in the next 48hours. Thank you, too, to Andy and Jem for making us all so welcome in your home and for feeding us so grandly.
Andrew Dunn, Wiltshire (yoga teacher) 2010
Skippy's business is more of a 'gift' to people as opposed to just a profit making machine. Skippy so clearly has a love and appreciation of people and wants to share everything she knows to enable others to experience a certain level of calm and relaxation in their lives. If more businesses were like Skippy's - where people work for the benefit others, the world would be a much kinder and more content place to be in.
Juliette Oliver, Dorset (school teacher) 2010
Vicky 'Skip' Oliver, founder and heart of whYoga and Yoga Bananas, is absolutely fantastic! She embodies all that yoga should be with an understanding heart and generous spirit. She's professional, inclusive, dedicated to her business and the local community, and marvellously warm-hearted. I had the pleasure of participating in a children's yoga teacher training with Vicky and it was hands-down the most enjoyable, informative, and thorough three day workshop I could have ever imagined.
Barb Turk, London (professional) 2010
I thoroughly enjoyed the Yoga Bananas Children's Teacher Training Course. The course is well structured and you benefit immediately from participation in endless teaching activities. There is also plenty of individual attention and opportunities to ask questions being taught in a small group. The course is very intense with Skippy's abundance of imaginative ideas for teaching yoga to children, but incredibly rewarding. It was an invaluable experience spending a day in a school, as it encapsulated all our learning and I left feeling confident to approach schools in my own area. Thank you Skippy for a wonderful experience.
Sarah Fishman, Buckinghamshire (yoga teacher) 2010
The yoga training weekend was intense and loaded with information but fun as well. From the moment we (the students) met Skippy we were instantly made to feel at ease. With Skippy's helpful teaching techniques and fun stories the weekend flew by. What I really liked about the course was Skippy's way of teaching, and how she prepared us to deal with situations that may arise in a yoga session, be it with the very active children or the somewhat less active ones. Her teaching techniques and the helpful suggestions are remarkably valuable to anyone who deals with children on a regular basis. I couldn’t believe the amount of information packed into the manuals. But most importantly, Skippy's knowledge, creativity and attitude are what make this course a brilliant course to join. Oh yes, and the meals were yummy! Thank you Skippy and family.
Grace Collins, Reading (professional) 2009
Having taught yoga to children over the last two years I felt I needed further training and to glean a new perspective on my classes. In search of these things I not only found them in heaps but was truly inspired by Skippy who seemed to be able to ‘unfog’ and made straight forward the route to teaching children in a boundless and informed way. I found her training to be inspirational yet at the same time clear and professional and of course with a good deal of wit and humour. With the tools Skippy provides within her training it unlocks infinitesimal ways in which to deliver yoga to children of all ages. I gained so much from the course despite already being an established yoga teacher myself, her course lifted my spirits and I felt its basis was strongly rooted in the true nature of Yoga with no hint of commercial bias being at the fore. I can’t thank her enough and would urge anyone interested in teaching children or indeed as myself already in the field to experience the course for themselves. Truly, an uplifting experience.
Tess Foster, Manchester (yoga teacher) 2009
After training with Skippy, on the Yoga Bananas course, I quite simply feel like I have amassed a fortune. Skip's training provides you with oceans of material and infinite possibilities for teaching yoga to children. In its breadth and depth this course is exciting and extraordinary. The course itself is intense, fun, exploratory and quietly strenuous (don’t be put off by the latter aspect, it is worth it!) Skippy is an incredibly dynamic, warm, lovely and inspiring teacher who doesn’t tire of answering questions and striving to help at every turn. Everthing you need to remember is documented in two detailed manuals- one with clever illustrations of all the asanas. I have found them to be a great reference for the teaching and carry them around with me. We (my school) have also purchased 10 lavender eye pillows, made by Skippy's friend Naomi Purkiss (http:www.//whyoga.com/shop ) They are amazing and beautifully made. I can’t recommend them highly enough. As a primary art teacher I am now using these pillows for relaxation at the end of my art classes and yoga classes. Children know what they need and that is relaxation! Infants and juniors are really enjoying using these pillows. My teacher colleagues also want to follow suit and use the pillows in their regular classes so I can see we are going to be ordering more! Thank you so much Skippy and Naomi for your inspiration. I am enjoying a teaching renaissance!
Lucy Hennings, London (special needs teacher) 2009
I attended Vicky's whYoga for Pregnancy and Yoga Bananas yoga teacher training courses. They were both great weekends, surrounded by interesting and like-minded people in beautiful surroundings. I learnt alot from Vicky and the courses are full of information, making you feel ready to move ahead with your new training afterwards. Vicky and her family are very welcoming and it was a refreshing break at the same time as gaining new knowledge.
Sasha Ezzi, Glasgow (yoga teacher) 2009
I am so pleased I came to do the Yoga Bananas training course. Thank you so much for all your help and understanding Vicky. You are a very special person and I have benefited immensely through meeting you. Thanks again for sharing your knowledge and expertise and most of all putting me at ease! I have gained new skills and confidence to go on to teach yoga to children in an exciting and fun way. I feel I have made a good friend for life!
Mandy Tumilty, Sunderland (special needs teacher) 2009
Vicky you are an amazing teacher and I am so glad that I came to do my training with you!! Thanks so much for your loving, caring approach...... the energy, enthusiasm and vibrance that you have is inspiring!!
Sandra Vallender (yoga teacher) 2009
I am thrilled to have just passed the Yoga Bananas Course. As I had qualified as an Iyengar Yoga Teacher in 2003, I wanted a children's yoga training to very thorough and intense and I wasn't disappointed. Vicky Oliver's course is fantastic - I would recommend it to anyone. I especially wanted to learn how to write and teach children's yoga stories but got a whole lot more. Her class plans are superb and you are given a great structure to work from, which the children love but also gives you tons of confidence. We learnt how to write yoga songs, rhyming sequences and stories, and how to combine them with everything else! Her breathing exercises are lovely and imaginative. I feel that the class structures, manuals and all the ideas put together will give everything anyone could want from a children's yoga class plus more. I can't wait to get started and bring lots of light and love to these little ones! I'm sure this is going to be a truly rewarding career. Thank you Vicky.
Angie Beadle, Woking (yoga teacher) 2009
This course was fantastic. I am really looking forward to teaching children. I am currently practicing on my daughter and her friends. Vicky is a very inspirational person who gives you all the information and the confidence to go out and teach children. I cannot wait to start in September, I highly recommend this course if you are thinking of teaching children. Thank you very much Vicky and I will be in touch for the other courses you run.
Louise Overthrow, Buckinghamshire (yoga teacher) 2009
I had very high hopes from Yoga Bananas and I can honestly say that Vicky's course both met my expectations and went beyond them. The course is very well organised and you'll be amazed by the amount of information received in just a weekend. Some teachers can be very protective of their own work and not want to give everything away, however I found that Vicky truely wanted to share every last bit of knowledge and experience with her students (and there is a lot of it!!), nothing was held back. I found the course very intense but also a lot of fun due to Vicky's natural fun way of teaching and my two fellow students, Gill and Debbie.Two days after the course, I am thinking and dreaming Yoga Banana poses. I don't think I'll ever look at animals and children in the same way again:-) Thank you for such an empowering experience!
Julie Nolan, Milan (former PA) 2009
The training Vicky gives is more like spending a couple of days with a good mate. You truly don't realise how much you are learning until you are actually in front of a class. As a primary school teacher I was more concerned about my knowledge of yoga, but Vicky somehow manages to accentuate your strengths so that confidence grows in other areas. My own yoga practice has been enhanced beyond measure. Her course materials relate perfectly to the practical work, are presented beautifully, and provide enough ideas for lessons for years to come. Most of all though, the small groups she teaches, and the fact she is keen to stay in touch after the training is finished, ensure the integrity of her course; it is a very professional grounding for teaching yoga to children.
Rebecca Luckham, Teddington (school teacher) 2009
Yoga Bananas filled me with excitement and the need to get into schools to begin teaching Yoga straight away. Before the weekend I would have thought that yes I know quite a bit of yoga having practiced it for over 4 years but getting it over to kids is another thing entirely. Vicky put me at ease straight away, her organization of the course and its materials were fantastic. The way in which she had answers to my questions and put these across showed me how much she understood about yoga. I would recommend this course to anyone it was money well spent. The most daunting bit was the practical which was actually so much fun and confirmed and clarified everything we had done over the weekend.
Michelle Payne, Liverpool (school teacher, mother) 2009
Thank you, Vicky for saving my life. After 12 months off sick with depression (2 young children and a career is not work-life balance), a friend sent me the link to Vicky's Yoga Bananas site. Something clicked, and a week later I found myself on the Teacher Training Course. For someone who had not managed to have any relationship with her own children as she struggled to manage her illness, a course to teach other children was rather a leap of faith. Vicky supported me and held my hand every step of the way. Her teaching methods and empathy were inspirational. I learned more in 2 days about myself, my abilities, and dealing with my illness than 12 months of medication and therapy. I rediscovered my love of Yoga, and more importantly, my love of myself, and my children. I learned to laugh as a child, and think as a child. I could never have believed I'd be standing teaching a class after 3 days, but the response of the children was truly humbling. I'm now back in the corporate rat race, but the skills Vicky shared have a place here too - laughing juice is a regular refreshment during day long meetings, and lions and butterflies often make an appearance.
Liz Cooke, London (professional and mother) 2009
On arrival at Yoga Bananas teacher training day I was immediatly made to feel at ease and welcomed by Vicky and her whole family, the youngest boy, proudly showing me the Yoga Bananas DVD! I was priviledged to have Vicky all to myself! and received one on one tuition over the weekend. Vicky has a wonderful enthusiasm for children's yoga and inspires a creative and thorough approach to yoga for children. The different stories and names to frame the yoga teaching really inspired me and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Vicky doing her Lions, Whales and Frogs! The day in the school was great and I loved watching Vicky teach a class before I taught my own, it helped me to see how this style of teaching can really work!. The whole training weekend was highly rewarding and the personal attention I received from Vicky during and following the course has been immensely valuable. I am very grateful for the training I received and have reccomended the course to two people already!
Daisy Dugmore, Bristol (yoga teacher, drama school teacher) 2009
As a P.E. teacher but non yoga teacher I was a little concerned about how I would cope with the teaching of yoga. I knew I would be fine teaching children as that is what I do for a living, but teaching yoga is different. However, I needn't have worried, Vicky is an excellent teacher who gently guides you through the training and fills you with confidence. The course is intensive, physically and mentally demanding, but fun, interesting and inspirational. As well as learning about teaching yoga to children I have improved and perfected my own yoga practice so that the classes I attend now make much more sense. The course is essentially practical and you are thrown in at the deep end so to speak! There is homework to do and it is tiring. But at the end of the weekend you feel ready to teach yoga to children, which is the aim of the course. Vicky herself is a warm, caring lady who puts you at ease, nurtures you and inspires you with her own knowledge, energy and enthusiasm. If you are lucky enough to meet her family, as I was, they too are delightful. I recommend the course, go for it and enjoy!
Sandra Stenhouse, Manchester (school teacher) 2008
How can the course be improved? Vicky asked me of the Yoga Bananas™ Teacher Training Course. Well, nothing springs to mind to be honest except to say that, from my point of view, (being a yoga teacher but not having much contact with children) I feel that the course covered the teaching children aspect perfectly and I think Vicky's training manual is excellent, informative and well presented. I feel that Vicky inspired me to make the step towards working with children and to show how fun and rewarding it can be. Attending the Wormholt school was invaluable - I think I'd be feeling a bit lost if we hadn't had that opportunity. Oh yes, and the Nepalese lunch was just great.
Ginny Haswell, Brighton (yoga teacher) 2008
Thank you so much for all your time over the weekend. It was a wonderful experience and I have been greatly inspired by your Yoga Bananas™ Teacher Training Course. It was a priviledge to have you all to myself! I learnt a great deal and there is so much that I can take forward into specific yoga sessions and also into the daily classroom environment. I hope your business continues to thrive.
Sara Thompson, London (school teacher) 2008
Initially I was wondering how on earth I would learn to teach yoga to children in a weekend but I need not have concerned myself, Vicky is a star and she gets you involved right from the start so you are not even aware you are learning because you are so focused in the moment and having lots of fun in the process. Furthermore it was an absolute joy to have the opportunity to actually go into a school and see Vicky teaching children as well as teaching real children myself, so that I came away from the course thoroughly exhausted but totally inspired, there is nothing more empowering than putting into practise what you have learned. I can’t wait to start teaching my own children’s yoga classes.
Emma Depres, Guernsey (yoga teacher) 2008
A brilliant and inspiring teacher training weekend with Yoga Bananas and Vicky Oliver As Albert Schweizer once said, "In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
Florence Petrequin, London (mother, yoga student) 2008
Vicky thank you so much for the fantastic training you gave to me over the 3 days. Your course fulfilled everything that it promised and more. I was drawn to this particular training because it is practical, undertaken during the week end, intensive and because it culminates in a day practicing and teaching at a school with pupils. I liked all the exercises and tasks you gave me - particularly requesting that I start to write my own lessons from day 1 of the training. Had I not been given this and not been given the push to teach my own lessons by the end of training, I probably would not have had the confidence to do it. Hence I found the training enabling. I found the second day very difficult as there were so many postures to learn. However as I continue to write my own lesson plans and come up with new material I am finding the teaching from that day inspiring and integral to ensuring my own teaching is varied and comprehensive. Further to teaching about postures, you also taught me about the spirit of yoga in the way you treated me as a guest at your home. Again I incorporate this respect and courtesy and friendship to the children and their parents. Finally thank you so much for your ongoing support since I completed my training. I do not feel so isolated while setting up my own business as a result of your advice.
Ann-Marie Brook, Sussex (yoga student and mother) 2008
I have just completed a ‘Yoga Banana’s’ teacher training course run by Vicky,
Also known as the fantastic Skippy!
This accredited professionally run course, kept me on my feet,
Vicky’s poetic and creative talents are a magnificent treat.
We arrived and were put at ease from the beginning, until we did depart,
And sat down on our Yoga Mats ready to start.
Vicky’s energy was relentless and teaching was heartfelt and dear,
She put so much effort into her training, and treated each of us and child sincere.
On Day One we learnt a structure of our lesson and mastered each pose,
From beginning to end, we were kept on our toes.
We ate deliciously home prepared freshly cooked cuisine,
Brought to us by her partner and Jem a magical team!
That night was spent studying and preparing for teaching to the class,
And we returned in the morning to teach each other our craft.
Vicky taught us her beautiful philosophical yoga stories in between,
The stories were magical with an underlying theme that was environmentally green.
The structure and sequence gave room for you to explore,
And the reading material provided was an opening to a door!
A dissertation in a folder, I believe, I feel very lucky to hold this information,
So thoughtfully laid out with excellent detailed presentation.
On Monday, we headed to perform our class with real life children in School,
Fifteen little faces peered up at us all…
It was a pleasure to reinact what we had been taught to the class,
And adapt it to suit our personalities and cast.
The children were enthralled and the sentiment shone through,
The class was not just about Yoga but mindfulness practice too…
The course allows each and everyone that participates,
To develop their awareness of morality and the human state…
It assists developing children’s confidence, self-worth, flexibility, quietening the mind,
All done in a place where they feel comfortable and held in kind.
The Yoga Bananas Technique incorporates all the elements of Hatha Yoga and Asanas,
I could not be more grateful to Vicky at Yoga Bananas!
Thank you, when I looked into the children’s eyes and saw them say,
That they respect each other and themselves it made my day!
I pray that this course becomes available to all,
Taught to all teachers that train the small…
Benefiting not only the students but teachers alike,
A benefit to the community a pure delight!
Eleanor Newton, Yoga Bananas 2012