Meet the Spark Ups: Yoga Bears

October 08

Estelle Cartlidge introduces her business providing yoga classes for children.

Estelle created Yoga Bears - an interactive, innovative yoga movement for kids - in order to combine her two passions in life, practising yoga and working with children.

She first started the children’s classes at her Shakti studios on Lace Street, three years ago in order to allow parents to take their adult classes alongside without having to worry about childcare. The classes proved to be popular with the children who loved the interactive storytelling element and Yoga Bears was created.

Estelle and her team of four yogi teachers, take around three children’s classes a week at the Shakti studio. They also run classes at Streatham House school in Crosby and at Total Fitness Gyms around the city.

Estelle said: “My dream is to get children of all ages and needs to practice yoga and for it to become a tool to empower themselves and build strong holistic foundations from an early age, which will hopefully help them as they grow and progress in life.

“I want to create a yoga template for children, which can be used nationally and beyond and I am hoping that by being a part of the Spark Up programme, I can develop the relationships and garner the support needed to help Yoga Bears grow.

“This year we have already seen a significant increase in the number of classes we are taking and I am also in the process of training new teachers at other locations in Liverpool. Since we launched three years ago Yoga Bears has worked with more than one hundred happy, healthy, connected children.”

Yoga Bears was recently shortlisted for an award for ‘Best class for 2-4 year olds’ in the Liverpool and Knowsley by popular parenting website Mums in the Know, thanks to nominations from Yoga Bears’ parents.

You can follow Estelle and Yoga Bears on twitter @loveyogabears
 




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