OUR STORY

Founded by Christina, we are a small team of dedicated adult, teen and children's yoga teachers delivering classes in London and Sussex to adults, and in nurseries and preschools, and primary and secondary schools.  We love nothing more than to bring the benefits of the practise of yoga to our local communities.

 

At the heart of what we do, is a passion to nurture mental health and wellbeing for everyone we teach.  Our adult classes focus on the flow of movement and breath to create a mind-body connection, using somatic embodied movement (see adult section below).  In preschools and schools, we offer weekly classes and a complete wellbeing programme offering classes that connect young people and the staff that work with them, with themselves, with their minds and bodies and with each other. (see education section below). 

We also offer support and training to qualified kids yoga teachers.

At CK Yoga, we have a wealth of collective experience in teaching adults and children alongside experience in working in the field of child counselling and child psychotherapy and with children with additional needs. 

CK Yoga teachers are all qualified yoga alliance accredited adult, teen and advanced children's yoga teachers.  We also hold full liability insurance, updated enhanced CRB checks, up to date paediatric first aid and safeguarding training.

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MEET THE TEAM

 

 

Christina

I'm Christina, founder and owner of CK Yoga and I am a qualified adult, teen and children's yoga teacher (accredited with yoga alliance).  My yoga journey began over twenty years ago when I first started practising, and I have been delivering classes to adults, children and young people for several years.   For me, yoga is a way of life that has travelled alongside me and within me through the ups and downs of life.  Yoga has transformed my relationship with myself, my body, my mind and with those around me and I love nothing more than to share what I know and love of the practise of yoga. 

I have a background in child development, counselling and child psychotherapy training and bring this expertise to my lesson planning (especially for children) to enhance the benefits of yoga for wellbeing and mental health.  When you practise with me I hope to bring you  to a place where you can find connections in mind and body, tools for self regulation and a little bit of your own inner peace. 

Yoga qualifications: 

200hr YTT (Live Love Yoga) 

Yoga as Somatic Movement (YogaCampus)

100hr Teen Yoga TT (Teen Yoga Foundation)

80hr Advanced Children's Yoga 

20hrs Yoga for Children with Autism and ADHD (Special Yoga)

Therapy qualifications: 

MA in Integrated Child Psychotherapy (2yrs completed)

Diploma in the Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts

Certificate in Psychosynthesis Foundations

Children's Emotional Wellbeing and Volunteer Counselling Training (Place2Be)

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Zakiya

Zakiya is a fully qualified adult and children’s yoga teacher with additional yin and trauma informed training qualifications.   Zakiya teaches children and young people in the local community particularly in local schools and youth groups.  She is extremely adept at engaging young children and taking them on a playful yoga journey and her passion and dedication in working with children is evident in all that she does.  She is a thoughtful and energetic yoga teacher and we are delighted to have her as part of our team

200hrs Adult Yoga Teacher Training

Trauma Informed Yoga Level 1

Children's Yoga Training with Cosmic Kids

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Becks

Becks is a fully qualified adult, teen, children and additional needs and baby yoga teacher.  Becks brings a wonderful sense of warmth and charm to her classes which always flow beautifully and are full of fun and laughter.  Being a local mum she is a natural with the little ones and builds a wonderful rapport with our little yogis and their carers.   Becks is also our social media guru!

80hrs Advanced Children's and Baby Yoga

10hrs Yoga for children with Additional Needs

100hrs Teen Yoga (Teen Yoga Foundation)

200hrs Adult YTT (The House of Yoga)

65hrs Pregnancy Yoga (YogaMama)

48hrs Restorative, Yin and Mindfulness (Erika Shapiro YogiYoga)

12hrs Well Woman Yoga Therapy (Uma Dinsmore Tuli, Sivani Mata Francis)

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Alice

Alice is a fully qualified adult, children and baby yoga teacher with additional perinatal yoga training.  With over 800 hours of training, Alice is an extremely experienced adult and children’s yoga teacher with a strong knowledge of anatomy, physiology and yoga ethics.  Alice has a lot of valuable experience teaching toddlers and children and brings a lovely intuitive warmth and creativity to her classes with children.

 

500hr Adult YTT (British Wheel of Yoga)

200hr Pre and Postnatal yoga (Birthlight)

30hr Baby and Toddler yoga (Birthlight)

35hr Childrens’ yoga (YogaBeez)

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ADULT CLASSES with Christina

"Come to the yoga mat to feel, not to accomplish.."

I have over 400 hours of adult, teen and children's yoga teacher training, and I teach adult yoga classes in Sussex and surrounding areas. The main styles of yoga that I teach are vinyasa flow, gentle/restorative flow and hatha.  My classes are aimed at all levels and follow a flow of sequences with a focus on movement, breath,  mind/body connection and somatic movement - embracing how movement feels rather than looks.  I teach with reverence to the roots of yoga and aim to enable and empower you to be the driver of your own physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, to help you find strength and flexibility internally and externally and to bring a pocket of calm to your life both on and off the yoga mat.   My classes are accessible and encourage you to listen to, and follow the rhythms of your own body.   

Please contact me to find out more about my local classes including in studio, online and on demand classes.

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TRAINING

Having run my own kids yoga business for nearly ten years now and trained, mentored and worked with several children's yoga teachers, I know very well the rewards and challenges that come with this work.  My training school aims to support and mentor kids yoga teachers in order to take some of the  stress and strain out of the more difficult and time-consuming aspects of the job.

Do you find it difficult to come up with lesson plan ideas week after week?

Would you like more consistency in your lesson plans?

Would you like to be able to offer a developmental cohesive programme in schools? 

Is it challenging for you to bring in new business?

Do you struggle with your marketing and/or pricing strategy?

Do you have some classes where you don't know how to manage children's behaviour? 

Are you unsure how to adapt your classes for younger children

My training courses answer these common questions and much more.  

My courses will help you to streamline your business, making many aspects of it seamless and easy for you, so that you can  focus on and enjoy your teaching.

Courses include: 

Confident lesson planning

The Business Toolkit

Teaching in preschools and schools

Behaviour management

Adapting classes for younger children

Our unique lesson plans and whole-school programmes for early years and schools will also be available to purchase soon.

 
 
WELLBEING IN EDUCATION

CK Yoga offer yoga classes in all education settings from early years to late teens.  

Within schools, we offer a complete wellbeing programme that is specifically designed to look at themes relevant to young people today and to be developmental - supporting the physical and emotional wellbeing of pupils and staff.  The programme is sustainable offering staff training so that the benefits of the yoga practise can be far reaching. 

Preschool yoga (Nurseries and Preschools) 

We provide yoga sessions in EYFS settings and these classes are playful offering accessible and fun yoga with the helping hand of our friend Meddy Teddy.  Our early years classes are carefully planned to be developmental as well as fun, following relevant preschool topics such as everyday living, fantasy and adventure, science and nature, weather and seasons. Children will be developing physical strength and flexibility as well as fine and gross motor skills, body awareness, communication skills, self confidence and tools to alleviate anxiety.  These classes engage young children with music, movement and sensory activities incorporating poses and fun games and providing a variety of stimulating and calming movement alongside relaxation and mindfulness.  

Children's yoga (Primary schools) 

We provide yoga classes within primary schools and offer a set school programme that is progressive and developmental and tailored to children at this stage.  The programme can run for anything from one term to a year/three terms. We can also offer one-off wellbeing workshops and SEN/nurture sessions. Our primary school classes incorporate breathing and calming mindful exercises with yoga postures and sequences, yoga games and the all important relaxation - we give children space to move, breathe and relax.  

Teen Yoga (Secondary schools) 

We provide yoga classes within secondary education settings and offer a well developed and researched programme covering topics, themes and physical and breathing/mindful activities specific to this age group. The programme can run for one term up to a year (three terms)  and is progressive and extremely relevant to young people today.  We can also offer one-off workshops and classes tailored to specific needs. Our teen classes create space for young people to just be, giving them time out from daily stresses and a space to tune in and move with sequencing, postures, partner postures, breathing and relaxation techniques.  We aim to empower teens to be the drivers of their own wellbeing.

Yoga for staff in education

We offer yoga and mindfulness to staff who work in education, providing space to unwind, relax and really focus on personal wellbeing. We also deliver workshops for staff on how to deliver yoga breaks in the classroom. 

Our small team of expert teachers are all adult, teen and children's yoga (yoga alliance certified) teachers with extensive experience.  CK yoga teachers all hold enhanced updated CRB checks, full liability insurance and relevant first aid and safeguarding training. 

Research shows that yoga can enable young people to: 

better connect with their feelings

clear, focus and strengthen their mind

sleep better

cope with stress, anxiety and trauma

be part of a community

build physical strength and flexibility

Research into school-based yoga shows unique benefits including: 

preventing negative and behavioural problems

improving social participation

enabling strong engagement in classroom learning

promoting healthy behaviours

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TESTIMONIALS

"Christina's classes are what I think yoga should be about: physically the classes challenge and are strong but not to the extent that the all important connection between mind and body is lost.  I find the focus on breath throughout compliments the steady flow of postures and nothing feels overwhelming or hurried.  There is a thoughtfulness to the classes which elevates them to another level.  It feels afterwards that I have not only had a full and nurturing body workout but a lesson in mindfulness.  As a result I feel lighter in body and mind."  Customer, Adult classes

 
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