Ethos & Concept
'I had very high hopes from Yoga Bananas and I can honestly say that Skip's course both met my expectations and went beyond them.'
Yoga Bananas Graduate
We’ve been a practising children's yoga training school since 1998. The foundation of our practice combines the physical with an inner emotional and spiritual journey. By integrating body, breath, movement, rhythm, rhyme and meditative awareness, we strive to promote an understanding of the interdependency of all these aspects in children's health and wellbeing.
The Yoga Bananas® Children's Yoga Teacher Training Courses aim to open in you an awareness of your gifts, strengths and potentialities, guiding you to develop a deep connection with your inner child and the children that you come into contact with. With their focus on embracing the present moment, the Techniques enhance children's self-worth and boost their confidence. A well-rooted confidence in childhood stands much less chance of being lost later in life.
Yoga Bananas® encourages its graduates to praise children whenever they can. Children who are made to feel secure within themsleves whatever is going on around them can more fully enjoy a positive existence despite the competitive nature of human beings and despite children's limited influence in the world.
The Yoga Bananas®s 3-11 and Teen YB manuals have been formatted to cover all aspects of teaching children’s yoga including breathing, meditation and story-telling, relaxation, visualisation and discipline. But a manual can only ever offer you a foundational knowledge. Your own experience of teaching children will guide you to a deeper understanding of children’s needs and an understanding of the equality and respect that children and their mentors/parents should exercise towards each other. Your commitment and willingness to view life through the eyes of a child and foster a nurturing environment will secure you this understanding. It will make parents and mentors aware of the wonderful benefits of yoga irrespective of age and experience.
Ethos of Yoga Before the Business of Yoga
The concept and trainings are the invention of yoga specialist, Skip Oliver - Yoga Elder, E-RYT500, SYT, Dip. Physical Theatre, BA Hons. Eng, MA Creative Writing, mother of three boys, natural birth advocate and author.
Yoga Bananas® is a children's yoga and mindfulness training provider with a creative approach that incorporates all the elements of Hatha Yoga in a form that appeals to children, opening their eyes to the marriage of narrative and movement and the absorbing effects of rhythm and rhyme. We provide original techniques and unique class structures to those who would like to gain an insight into their own inner child whilst playfully working with children to help them live a meaningful and spiritual life. The exercises aim to promote in children and their mentors a healthy awareness of the body and the mind that will be instilled within their lives for many years to come.
The Yoga Bananas® Technique and Teen YB Technique™ can be taught in schools and yoga studios by anyone who would like to make a valuable contribution to the well-being and future of society, laying down a long-term blueprint of mental and physical health. The techniques can also be used at home by the whole family.
Yoga Bananas®' founder, Skip Oliver, has been analysing the connection between the mind and body since she was a teenager and competitive athlete.. Through her twenty-one-year yoga teaching experience, she has discovered that the layers of the mind always speak through the body. Out of this understanding she has devised an exciting and inspirational approach to working with children to help them fulfil their unique potential and develop into caring, sharing individuals.