Happy Little Yogi are now expanding and we have a variety of new franchise opportunities right now in several locations. If you want to join with our expanding family as we continue our expansion across the UK, we would love to hear from you.
Happy Little Yogi has been teaching yoga and meditation to children in the Herts, Beds area for the past 12 years.
The founder of Happy Little yogi and the face very much behind the brand is Myself, Jane Oppegaard. For years I have enjoyed living a healthy, holistic lifestyle, always wanting to be in the best health, both physically and mentally.
When both my parents passed away just 18 months apart, some 22 years ago, I knew that I had to do some major healing on myself. I took their loss badly, as anyone would, and my health did take a downward turn. At the same time I discovered I had scoliosis (a curvature of the spin), which with all the stress on top became unbearable. My life seemed to have been turned upside down.
This was when I considered taking up yoga more seriously, but I didn’t want to hurt myself in the process with my back issues. By chance, one day I came across Kundalini Yoga. It wasn’t very well known in the UK then so the first four years of my practice was from a DVD and a book by Gurmukh Kaur. I loved this practice, it held me, it worked a lot of emotion out of my body, made me stronger physically, helped me mentally and totally started to transform both my back and my mental health.
Two years after my parents passing my husband and I adopted 2 children, half-brothers, and it gave us both a focus. We now had a four and two year old who were dependant on us and we wanted to give them the best life possible after their traumatic start dealing with parents with drug and alcohol abuse. A few years later we went on to adopt a little girl, and then our family was most definitely complete. We had our hands full!
My yoga practice carried on doing its good work, I was totally hooked, and my back health just kept improving. In 2008 I decided to train in Kundalini Yoga, it was such a good time that just carried on working its magic on me. I remember doing my morning practice with my two youngest children hanging on to me. They were little live wires, and it did have a calming effect on them and they began to sing some of the simpler meditations with me. It filled me with pure love and compassion, I felt so lucky to have discovered this practice and that the children were benefiting from just being around me, joining in occasionally and singing the meditations at bedtime.
So, in 2009 I went on to do two separate children’s yoga trainings, one based on storytelling, the other based on creative play. It all made sense, children love stories, they love to play, they love to move, sing, and dance. Both trainings were taught by specialist children’s Kundalini Yoga teachers.
Since my training I have developed my classes, added bits on, taken things away, refined it as I know what works with children and what doesn’t (for example sitting in a yoga pose for more than 30 seconds doesn’t work!).
I developed the classes so that they could be taken into schools and used as part of their PE lessons, giving the children a cardio workout, a challenge, a chance to work out any stresses of the day before bringing the children into some mindful breathing whilst listening to their heart beat, giving gratitude for what we are grateful for, before taking them on a journey into the more focused yoga part of the class. The classes have a theme, the yoga poses are in the form of routines, creating a flow between one yoga pose to another. Moving onto some creative memory games, meditations, and finally into guided relaxations.
The mix works well, one local teacher said “I cannot believe what I am seeing, I did not expect this, the Happy Little Yogi Flow covers everything from the children’s cardio work out, to mindfulness, to yoga and meditation! You can feel the change in the children’s energy, I am absolutely blown away.” This was when I knew that the Happy Little Yogi Flow was exactly what schools need, and what every child needs right now.
With an increase in children’s mental health, obesity, life challenges, difficult relations, anger issues, the Happy Little Yogi Flow provides an escape, a chance to get to know yourself, to focus within, to breathe, to meditate, to move, stretch and flex, to create healthy, happy, fearless children.
Feedback from parents follows the same pattern on how their children go home and teach them their yoga poses, how they hear them singing the meditations at bedtime, and they can see how these techniques calm their bodies, help them to be happy in their skin, and the confidence and self - esteem that it brings.
In 2019 I started to expand my business further by developing the Happy Little Yogi Flow Teacher Training Programme, accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals, to allow me to train students to be Specialist Yoga teachers. The students came from across the UK and locally. A number of local students who qualified in The Happy Little Yogi Flow now work with me allowing for Happy Little Yogi to approach and go into more schools.
Moving forward all new franchisees will be trained in the Happy Little Yogi Flow ( 4-13yrs) and Happy Tots (2-4yrs), and will receive continued training, and development over the years.
The best way to teach is to connect with your inner child to link into the life force energy that you need to keep up with the children and connect to your teacher within to bring forth the teachings.
The formula that is approved by schools and parents is ready to be shared throughout the UK and I hope you decide to be part of this mindful, innovative team and be part of this expansion.
My husband is now on board with the company, he is also a Happy Little Yogi teacher in his own right and will assist in all thing’s technology wise.