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About YogaBeez Children’s Yoga School

Bryony Duckitt, Founder of YogaBeez Children’s Yoga School, has been teaching children for over 20 years.

The YogaBeez mission is to enable more children to benefit from the teachings of yoga and mindfulness. Bryony has had the privilege of training over 500 teachers, who are now actively teaching yoga to children of all ages. So many wonderful children, young people, parents and teachers and have joined the YogaBeez Hive – a unique community of like minded people.

YogaBeez offers foundation and advanced level courses in teaching yoga to children of all ages. Details of these course can be found here

A note from Bryony:

“My journey to YogaBeez started in 1996 when I moved to the UK from South Africa. At the time, my passion and driving force was the longing to discover the world.

Listening to my calling to work with children encouraged me to train as a Montessori teacher and at about the same time I started practicing yoga at the Sivananda Centre in Putney. About five years into my Montessori teaching I started incorporating little bits of my own yoga practice into the classroom and noticed what a profound affect it was having on the children. The Montessori philosophy and traditional yoga merged so naturally into each other. I knew I wanted to explore this further so that I could teach yoga to more children.

I travelled to the USA and trained as a children’s yoga teacher and trainer with the wonderful Marsha Wennig. Whilst setting up YogaBeez I completed a 250hr Hatha Yoga training under Rishi Dharmajyoti at Yoga Vidya Gurukul in Nasik, India.

My explorations over the years have led me to Reiki 1 and 2 diplomas and Vipassana meditation retreats. I’ve also been very fortunate to train with incredible teachers, Judith Lasater for restorative yoga, Rod Styker in Para Yoga and Nidra and Shiva Rea sharing her teachings on Soma Prana Vinyasa. Joe Barnett gifting his inspirational knowledge of anatomy whilst we explored Yin Yoga foundation and advanced trainings and recently I spent a wonderful week with Donna Farhi and Melissa Spammer exploring women’s yoga and Ayurveda.

My true mindfulness practice started in 2013 on a 5-day educator’s retreat with Zen Maser Thich Naht Hahn and in 2015 I got to spend seven intense but life-changing days with Jon Kabat-Zinn exploring the MBSR programme. This led me to follow the Paws training with MISP in 2016. As yoga nidra has always been very much a part of my own practice, I have enjoyed exploring this deeper through workshops, retreats and trainings with Rod Stryker, Uma Dinsmore-Thuli and iRest Founder Richard Miller.

I believe we are forever students on this path. I love to gather new knowledge, read, practice, enquire and then share these wonderful discoveries with the children and teachers I works with. My own teacher trainings and practice are constantly evolving.” In gratitude and love, namaste, Bryony

Honey Beez

At the heart of our program are the children themselves! They have indeed been my greatest teachers!

They are the makers of man… the ones that can truly change our future. We can give them seeds and even try our best to provide fertile soil but it is them who will ultimately sow these and grow their own gardens.

So, through the teaching of yoga to children, we try to provide an environment which offers them the tools and equips them to head out into the big wide world.

We don’t only focus on the physical postures in our yoga teaching but largely we focus on breath. In sharing yoga with children we allow them space to recognise and honour all the emotions they are feeling and give them tools to deal with them. Including difficult emotions such as anger, anxiety or depression. As part of our ethos of teaching yoga and mindfulness we focus on community and freedom to express your thoughts and differences.

Our classes are inter-curricular and stimulate all areas of child development. We also include all the limbs of yoga: the philosophy, the poses, the breath, mindfulness, meditation, concentration, learning and relaxation.

Children enjoying yoga

Customer Testimonials

The possibilities and ideas were endless!
"As I reflect back to the beginning of my journey with YogaBeez, I can definitely highlight the continuous understanding and support that I have received from Bryony, right from the very first time we spoke over the phone. Her passion and ambition to make a difference in today's modern society was such an inspiration for me that I wanted to be part of this hive. Taking everything into account from the Foundation Stage, I can only re-affirm my strong believe and strongly commit myself into continuing the YogaBeez unique journey. The knowledge and open approach of the tutors was a truly magnificent experience and I can hardly wait to see what the next modules unfold into! I think we all have brought together a really special gift to the course and hopefully we can all keep that special seed growing and look forward to celebrate together being part of the YogaBeez Family. The possibilities and ideas were endless! I honestly can't thank you enough for all the tools and inspiration that the training have given me to improve my current classes,"
Lorena Luque,
A gift really which keeps on giving
"What a wonderful experience, a gift really which keeps on giving... reconnecting with one's inner child felt warm and comfortable, seeing how simple things can make yoga accessible for children, making it FUN and joyous, and being surrounded with fellow students to embark on a path which is exciting and thrilling. A couple of months later I can say it has already entirely changed my perspective on things, life, friends, family and perhaps most of all, the way I look and interact with my own children."
Cindy Maas
Founder of Relax in de Klas, Brussels, Belgium
Encouraging, empowering and inspiring
"YogaBeez training with Bryony is outstanding. I signed up for the Foundation and Advanced training, not really knowing what to expect, except that I wanted to understand how to teach yoga to children and teenagers. What I gained from this experience was significantly more. Bryony takes you on a journey not just into the mind and body of a child and teenager, but also on an experience that is so enriching and special on a personal level. Bryony is very generous with sharing her knowledge and experience and she’s constantly encouraging, empowering and inspiring, and her feedback is always constructive and positive. The YogaBeez approach blends traditional yoga with the Montessori principles of hands on learning and giving children creative choices which works incredibly well together - this not only makes it a more engaging experience for the child, but it also adds another fascinating dimension to teaching yoga to children. I would not hesitate for a second to recommend YogaBeez training to anyone thinking of becoming a children or teen yoga teacher."
Heena Patel
Energising, hands-on, creative and informative
"Thank you for your wisdom, passion, energy and warmth. You have given me the confidence to continue on this path of truth and light. May we all share the miracles of yoga with the same open heartedness that you gave it to us. This training was energising, hands-on, creative and informative."
Amy Friedman
Copenhagen, Denmark
Exceeded my expectations
"Bryony is the real deal when it comes to being both a yogi and a teacher. She comes from a wealth of experience and shares her knowledge in a genuine way. Her lessons and resources for teaching yoga to kids are thorough and effective, they exceeded my expectations. I feel really confident in starting my children's yoga classes."
Kim Buikema
I am literally buzzing! Is that why you called it YogaBeez?!
"I am literally buzzing! Is that why you called it YogaBeez?! I can't stop smiling! Filled with gratitude for all that I have learnt so far and for all the opportunities that are presenting themselves... cannot thank you enough! You know, as a teacher, you tell yourself that if you can make a difference to just one student, then it’s all worth it? Well, I am that student! I’m telling you now, you can give yourself a great big hug and congratulate yourself! You have opened a door for me and given me the courage to leap through it and not be afraid of what’s on the other side! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Namaste”
Kylie Barker
Berkshire, UK
It was a great therapeutic experience for me
"I realised during this course that a children's yoga class is really a laboratory and a microcosm, and that we have unlimited possibilities to bring nature, sciences, arts, colours, psychomotor activities and languages to it. I have never thought of how a yoga class, apart from passing on yoga which is already a treasure for us all, it can also be so rich pedagogically. Finally, after this training I realised how serious and buttoned up we all behave and that this is a big mistake. We slowly and gradually distance ourselves from the source of laughter and lightness that lies inside us. It was a great therapeutic experience for me to learn and also play and laugh with everyone else and touch and dance and move freely as a child. I felt safe in the hands of this great educator who works with respect and love for children and I took back home so much out of this training."
Despina Christadoni
Thank you for sharing such a special gift
"I laughed, I cried, I laughed, I played, I helped and was helped, I sang, I danced, I tasted, I created and daydreamed about this time and not that time, in time and with time, I painted the universe with colour and felt your colour and found my voice, I heard my quiet, I was found and I discovered my lost… in me, in we and them and in us. I am I am I am I am… my breath! You are good… I am good… we are good. The you in me recognises the me in you. Thank you for you. Thank you for sharing such a special gift. I will always remember your voice when I hear a chime. Thank you."
Vicky Botes
mum and nursery school teacher
The best thing I’ve done in years
"The YogaBeez training was really special. Just fabulous, the best thing I’ve done in years!"
Sara Spencer
Kent, UK

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