Wellbeing Teachers

The Creative Team

Sophie

Sophie lives in South West London and shares yoga with children and adults, as well as working as a music therapist with children with Special Educational Needs and emotional and behavioural difficulties. She brings her therapeutic experience to her yoga teaching, aiming to provide children with simple tools to support their emotional regulation and to appreciate their own unique individuality. She loves using music and creativity in her children’s yoga classes. Sophie sees yoga as an accessible and transformative way to nourish wellbeing on all levels and to help us connect with ourselves and each other in more compassionate ways. 

Sophie completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training with Tanja Mickwitz of Rasa Yoga and later completed the Teen Yoga Foundation’s teen yoga course and Ayala Homossany’s Empowering Children through Yoga and Creativity course. She is currently training with Special Yoga, to teach yoga to children with special needs.

Sophie does not currently have a regular public children’s class as she is focusing on teaching yoga in schools and incorporating yoga into her music therapy sessions. However if you would like to book private yoga sessions with Sophie or discuss options for regular public classes, please email her at
sophie@attuneyoga.co.uk

Lisa

Lisa’s passion for yoga began more than 10 years ago, when she was working full time as a Primary and Special Educational Needs teacher in Northamptonshire, UK. Juggling a demanding job for 20 years and two young children had started to take its toll on her mental, physical and emotional well-being.

How yoga found me: Having dabbled with yoga in her 20s at university, she had forgotten how amazing it had made her feel. A kind colleague suggested she attended a yoga class with her to help relax and she was hooked! Inner peace and stillness , along with a new confidence to express how she was feeling on the inside arrived, and a regular practice has since been inspired by many different teachers and teaching styles along the way.

Passing my love of yoga on: Such was the impact on Lisa that she began introducing daily relaxation sessions to her SEN school children. Profound effects materialised! The children were more relaxed and could discuss and manage their own emotions, as well as those of their friends and families. Relationships started to connect on a much deeper level. These skills were soon to be passed on to other children and their families in 2017, when Lisa attended her YogaBeez training course in London, and gained the Foundation Level and advanced Teens qualifications to teach yoga to ALL children.

YogaPebbles was born: Yo’tism yoga training for children with additional needs, ASD and other neuro divergences quickly followed as well as Adult and Youth mental health first aid qualifications. Lisa launched www.YogaPebbles.co.uk in 2017 to provide an Inclusive yoga experience where all children and adults can practice together regardless of need or obstacles, Inclusion is the driving passion in each and every one of Lisa’s classes. Lisa has also since qualified as an 200 hrs adult yoga teacher with BarefootBody Yoga School and launched YogaPebbles Inclusive children’s yoga training.

My yoga journey~ by Lisa Greenough: No matter how much I learn, I still feel I am on a journey of discovery. I am inspired by others, I will always be a student, I am always learning (and constantly reading!). I love to plan and research how I can bring the joy that yoga has bought to my life, to all of my children, families and adults with my passion for Inclusion at the very heart of all of my teachings. As a qualified Primary school teacher, I believe I can bring an educated understanding of the whole child to each of my classes and through my training program, help fellow teachers to do the same. Yoga has, and continues to support me physically, mentally and emotionally through good and bad times. I hope you find that it can support you too. 
” Like pebbles on a beach, each child is unique”
www.yogapebbles.co.uk

Alison

Teaching Yoga to children in North London since 2012, Alison feels truly blessed to be able to introduce young bodies and minds to the benefits of Yoga in fun, imaginative, and creative sessions.  It’s a positive mindset that infuses Alison’s classes, from challenging children with a tricky balance, to accepting our wobbles.  Children develop healthy bodies through the physical Yoga poses that weave through the sessions, as well as a healthy mind and Alison’s classes give children an opportunity to stop, feel and notice in a nurturing environment.  Having the tools to accept and welcome all thoughts and feelings as they come and go, introduces children to an invaluable skill for life.

Alison has been practicing Yoga for 25 years, even stepping onto the path to teaching with British Wheel of Yoga Foundation, but never took the plunge to leave her office job… Until she became a mother and began looking for ways to share her passion with her two children.  Initially training with YogaBugs, she continues to explore new ways to make Yoga fun and engaging for children with qualifications from many wonderful specialist children’s Yoga schools including Calm for Kids and Children’s Yoga Tree. 
Alison teaches all children from walking age to 12 years within school, nursery or childminder settings.  Please contact her to find out more how her classes can benefit your pupils, yogabugslondonnorth@gmail.com

Darren

Darren Chin-Yue is a passionate Photographer/Videographer with a difference.  This Chinese/Jamacian/British citizen was born and bred in Hampshire, but has found his home in London.  He loved the nature of the country, but, in his own words “There’s a lot more to photograph in the City.  There’s always something happening”. 

This 46 year old loves positive, inspiring people who work hard at getting their dreams, just like himself.  As well as the joy and happiness that ‘capturing a moment’ can give behind his lense, he is a lover of all forms of sport.  He even studied the subject for 5 years, and came away with multiple industry accolades. 

This self taught cameraman never forgets the first time he used his dad’s Kodak 8mm film camera to take pictures.  Having got the photos back from the chemists, every photo was blurry.  From that day, he promised himself never to take another bad photo again.  And that’s what he promised his clients.

To get in touch with Darren to talk business, or just for a coffee, email him at:  
brothersnare.photography@gmail.com 

Gareth

Gareth is an audio engineer with a long and varied CV. He produces records, writes
songs, composes music and sound design, plays the drums and really enjoys what he
does. This year, despite an appalling web presence, celebrates 20 years working out of
his own Coconut Lodge Studio in Tooting.

He is always looking for interesting things to get involved with. 
garethashtonmusic@gmail.com

Sorcha

Sorcha is an illustrator and animator currently living in South East London. She grew up surrounded by the magic of art, books, music and film – going on to graduate from the Edinburgh College of Art in 2006. Sorcha has since worked on a variety of commissions ranging across numerous medias including documentaries for the BBC, logo design, book covers, graphic novels and film concept art – as well as backdrops and props for theatrical productions. Her work is usually composed from a mix of traditional drawing techniques and digital 2D and 3D elements that combine to create richly imaginative and mysterious worlds. Everything she makes is infused with a passion to look beyond convention, always striving to create something original.  

https://www.instagram.com/sorchaedward/ 

Sammy

Sammy McWilliams is the founder and chief designer at Shuga Designs. Shuga Designs started in South Africa in 2010 after Sammy completed her graphic & website design qualifications in 2009 at Concept Interactive in Cape Town. She moved to the United Kingdom to be with her husband in 2015.

Shuga Designs is a graphic & website design company located in Edinburgh, Scotland, working with clients throughout the United Kingdom and Internationally.

She has worked with a large range of industries such as guesthouses, an essential luxury candle business, interior designers, carpenters, landscapers, renewable energy solutions, clothing designers, beauticians, personal trainers, wellbeing and corporate gifting.

Her world outside of design sees her enjoying time with her amazing husband, beautiful daughter, and loving dog.

www.shugadesigns.co.uk

Janet

Janet lives in the North East of England surrounded by the beauty of the North Yorkshire
moors. She is the author of our Seedlings Stories.

She has been a primary school teacher for over 40 years including 21 years as a
headteacher. She passionately believes that in order for children to thrive and learn they need to be happy and healthy in both body and mind.

To that end, she has used her extensive knowledge of children’s literature, her knowledge of
child development and her understanding of the day-to-day problems that cause children to
be upset, to write the thought-provoking stories for our Seedlings App. The stories,
featuring the Seedlings forest children, provide opportunities for children and adults to
listen to, enjoy and then discuss the issues in a safe, stimulating and magical context.

Janet’s specialisms are in English and Assessment and in 2018 she left headship to set up her
own consultancy – JL Educational Consultancy – helping and supporting schools and school
leaders with many aspects of school improvement and development. She can be contacted
by email at jleducational@btinternet.com or via her website www.jleducationalconsultancy.co.uk

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