ABOUT THE FOUNDER

Sabrina’s Katha

Internationally Certified Yoga Teacher. Creative. Mompreneur. Professional. Kids Yoga Expert. Fitness Enthusiast. Trailblazer. Certified Happiness Coach.
Mom.

Namaste. I’m Sabrina Merchant...

This is the story of my transformation from a Chartered Accountant into a full-fledged yogapreneur. I came to the mat at an early age myself; yoga was introduced to me at school. But the concepts were quite dense and hard to grasp. However, through the years and other fitness activities, something kept bringing me back to yoga. When I was juggling work responsibilities as a young mom, I began to look for an activity for my daughter that was both a stress buster and a learning experience. However I couldn't find anything similar in Mumbai ! I decided to seize the day and pioneer kids’ yoga classes in December 2018, in Mumbai. My goal was simple: transform the yoga teaching experience and thus, transform the students.

My quest was becoming apparent...

My quest was becoming apparent.. Could I help kids connect with yoga even though it had been hard for me to grasp as a child? Fortunately, a wonderful yoga guru helped me find some answers. She deftly and gently illuminated how much a mind-body connect can transform one’s life. My way of paying it forward is helping kids, and by extension their parents, the way my guru helped me. Now, qualified with a 200-hour yoga teacher training certification, I am working to help kids begin their yoga journeys. The classes I’ve designed aim to fire up young minds and calm little hearts. They are based on kids’ needs and boundless energy, helping them express and dissipate the same. I’ve seen amazing results with my own child and then every single one of my students.

The journey with Li'l Yogis...

The journey with Li'l Yogis has not been long but it’s already been extremely rewarding. For one, I’ve been honoured to be curriculum head for yoga at DIY X Kyt Academy. Another vote of confidence for Li’l Yogis was being featured on Mother’s Menu for the Living Foodz TV channel. I even helped Radio One’s RJ Annie and her listeners celebrate International Yoga Day. Most humbling of all, I realised I had organically passed on my knowledge to over three thousand little ones within one short year! Before the pandemic, our lessons were in the invigorating sea air. With the onset of Covid-19, we went online; now kids as far away as Singapore and Europe join us! We look forward to making a difference to hundreds of parents and kids nationally and internationally, propagating this deep cultural knowledge.

Our Teachers

Our teachers have spent hours upon hours honing their skills. You can be sure they know how to really make yoga classes interesting and engaging for your kids.

Nelofer Fernandes

A teacher first connects with the child and then teaching just follows. A certified Montessori teacher, Nelofer is brilliant with children. She has been conducting story telling sessions across the globe for 2 years now.


 
Minu Shah

Yoga is a journey of the self, through the self, to the self.. Being a mother and yoga enthusiast, i wish to bring this light to every child, thus helping them experience the magix and power of the divine form of art, Yoga!


 
Anjali Pherwani

My love for yoga and kids drew me towards kids yoga. Firstly, Strong Mental Foundation is what our kids need today and Yoga gives us the power to make ourselves strong physically, mentally and emotionally. Secondly, I teach yoga to kids as it keeps the happy child inside me alive aas well.


 
Dhvani Kothi

Being a children's yoga teacher truly is the work of the heart. Kids are naturally spontaneous and filled with joy. As a mother and a teacher, nurturing the kids brings happiness, making my practice more joyous and fulfilling.


 
Paaneri Shah

I am passionate about teaching yoga to kids as I can connect to kids and help them with emotional regulation and strengthening themselves inside and out.


 
Radhika Ahuja

Being a mom, I feel teaching yoga at young age builts a healthy habit life long. Yoga for kids is playful ,enjoyable and a fun activity that captures kids interest and they become self aware which helps in developing their confidence, focus and discipline.


 
Anusha Nagaraja

Embarking on the journey of becoming a kids' yoga teacher is a profound choice with far-reaching benefits. It allows me to wield the power of yoga to shape young minds positively. By imparting essential life skills such as physical fitness, stress resilience, and self-confidence at an early age, nurturing a generation with strong foundations for the future. Beyond its altruistic rewards, this career promises personal fulfillment as I get to engage with the boundless energy of children and contribute to their holistic well-being.


 

OUR VALUES

Manyata

Empathy
Curiosity
Creativity
Fun
Gamification
Spontaneity

The Background

Li’l Yogis began as a way for me to bring the life-changing power of yoga to the community in Mumbai. I wanted to help parents, as well as kids, with an activity that had transformed me and then my daughter. However, through experience, I saw that without a good guru, it could be vast and difficult to grasp. There is a lot of physical work alongside dense concepts; so the agility of the mind and the body had to be equally addressed. Finding a way to teach all this to children and keeping them engaged all the way through, was a challenge, although it was a fun one.

Our Solution

It always felt right to create Li’l Yogis as a forum to help kids imbibe yoga in an enjoyable, sustainable way, rather than emphasising certification too much. Taking cues from my yoga journey and teaching my daughter, I was able to create a comprehensive blueprint for working with other kids. I was also lucky enough to be able to bring together a team of trustworthy, patient and experienced teachers who share the load with me.

Together, we carefully design our classes to address kids’ needs. We constantly try to make concepts and poses as easy to understand as possible. And this means making them as fun as possible. We have found that teaching through storytelling works best. We can convey everything from asanas to philosophy by wrapping it all up in stories and games, songs and themes. These are curated, based on the ages and thus the developmental phases of the kids.

Yoga also has deep roots in nature and natural imagery, which most kids love; so we found it important to deepen this connect. Kids can imbibe the majesty of a lion through the lion pose or the grace of a bird through the pigeon pose. Finally, breathwork, meditation and asanas better kids’ mind-body connection, keeping students on their toes, sometimes literally! In our classes, learning is continuous, spontaneous and free flowing. It’s holistic development, tailored to each child. We’re happy to see that boys and girls as young as three and as old as fifteen stay engaged in our classes.

The Future

Making yoga a way of life for many more kids and helping parents with the task of raising well-rounded, stable children gives us a lot of joy. In order to achieve this, as well as move with the times, we’ve become more digital this year. So, while our offline classes continue, we can take our tried and tested methods far and wide through the power of the world wide web. In this way we can be safe and reach more kids across the world; win-win!

We’ve even gathered all our learning into a comprehensive online course for anyone who wishes to be a yoga teacher for kids. You can learn at your own pace and you get practical advice and lessons to supplement the theory, too. Our goal is to continue spreading the yogic way of life from Europe to Australia, one little yogi at a time!

My certificates

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENT FOR TEACHING CHILDREN’S YOGA
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CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENT FOR TEACHING TEEN’S YOGA
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CERTIFICATION FOR TRAUMA-INFORMED YOGA
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LEVEL - 1
YOGA INSTRUCTOR
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CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENT FOR TRAIN THE TRAINER
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CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENT TEACHERS' TRAINING COURSE
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