Mini Me Yoga encourages children to delve into their imagination and creativity through yoga poses, mindfulness and so much more. Kate Bertram-Brown, the founder of Mini Me Yoga, wanted children to be able to express themselves in a way that encouraged them to be confident and happy.
This week’s blog is written by one of our lovely Ambassadors: Rachel Savage.
Last night I attended an Improv class. It was not the first time I have improvised in fact I spent most of my 20’s on various stages improvising, doing sketch comedy and generally clowning about to make people laugh.
With that said you would think I was well accustomed to the satisfyingly silly world of improv comedy. But I was nervous, in fact most of the people in the room were. Here we were a group of women and one apprehensive man aged between 30-65 about to enter the realms of the ridiculous and the imagination. No easy thing to do on a cold drizzly Monday evening. As we went around the circle introducing ourselves we were asked to say a word which summed up how we were feeling. I said unsure. Not a very descriptive or creative answer but an honest one. You see it takes a lot of guts, gumption and willingness to stand in a circle of people you don’t know and express yourself. I was not alone in feeling this way. We all shared this hesitancy and we all shared this braveness.
Within 5 minutes the laughter between us was so loud the roof was close to lifting off. We were howling, crying and totally doubled over. After a few warm up exercises we jumped straight into a game called turning up the dial, a simple exercise where you walk across the circle saying something pretty regular to someone like ‘I’m going to take the dog for a walk’ then each person has to slightly turn up the dial, so the walk gets bigger, the voice a little louder until the dial is so high that all words have disappeared and you are literally shrieking gobbledegook while flapping your body in front of a complete stranger. I tell you we didn’t feel like strangers anymore.
The next hour and a half continued with such hilarity. The magic of play completely enveloped us and I witnessed some of the best comedy I’d seen in years. Improv is all about Saying Yes, when we say Yes we are encouraging and helping the scene/moment to continue, we enter the world of possibility and positivity and all sorts of golden nuggets appear. When you say No it is called a block, it stops the flow, it stops the enthusiasm and the scene quickly comes to an end. How similar this is to life. Improvising is the art of being present in the moment. And when things go wrong or you mess up a word, guess what happens? Everyone cheers, they celebrate with you, so then mistakes feel like small achievements and bring everyone together. I just can’t shake the importance of this.
If improv was taught in schools just think how much happier our children would be. They would feel a bonding connection to their classmates, they would learn how to express themselves, be daring, be courageous and just go for it. And when they mess up or get it wrong they would remember that that’s OK in fact it’s more than OK it gets an applaud! This is basically the ethos behind Mini Me Yoga. We are all about joy, and how do we find that joy? through play. Our workshops regularly reach that same level of laughter. We also remind teachers/adults to never correct a child, and to instead encourage and allow whatever they bring to the table. Just like improv. We know and nurture the importance of creative expression. Genius comes from the untamed imagination. So Yes to improv, Yes to play and my goodness what a happier world it would be if we all remembered to keep ‘Saying Yes!’
Rachel Savage is the MMY Ambassador for the South West UK. She is also a performer, a writer, a teacher and a very playful human being!
Mini Me Yoga is an open platform for guest bloggers to share their voice.
It is a well known fact that humans are hardwired for connection. Feeling connected to others and having a sense of community, helps us to feel happier and healthier, both physically and emotionally.
Mini Me Yoga founder Dr Kate Bartram-Brown, recognises the importance of teaching our children about connection. Through the use of kids yoga, meditation and mindfulness, we can help our children understand that we are all living on this planet together, and that we all need to look after one another, as part of our bigger family here on Earth.
This week, we send love to those communities across the globe, who are in need of our love and support. Our guest blogger Ani Manukyan talks to us about Hopeana, and the work they do to support children and families in need.
Hi, I’m Ani, and I’m the founder of Hopeana.
Hopeana is a platform that supports families in need and causes that are close to our hearts. All our listed projects are handpicked by us and veriﬁed. We help the orphanages and the charitable organisations to set up their campaign, to reach more people with their cause and to raise the funding necessary. We don’t charge this causes for any of the services, and we only take 3% once we have raised the funding in order to make the platform sustainable. So your donation will also support our cause in helping these orphanages and families in need.
Once we have raised the funding, we ensure the funds are allocated to the right source and that the donors receive updates concerning videos and pictures of how the funds have been allocated. We also have a member of our team together with me on the location to manage the process.
We aim to increase transparency and create a platform that creates an experience and bond between the donor and the families in need, orphanages or where the funding is most needed, to bring hope and smiles.
We also have a section on our page where anyone who is interested in participating can personally come with us to this countries to see and experience the giving process. For now, we have Armenia and India as possible volunteering experiences.
Having visited the orphanages, we witnessed how much a child’s life can change; by giving them the right support, education and a safe place to grow is life changing. What these kids have in their eyes is Hope.
Please have a look at some of the current projects that we are supporting. We greatly appreciate any support to make it possible for us to help and support these causes, and special thanks to everyone at Mini Me Yoga for their support and Love.
Ani has always been incredibly empathetic towards the feelings of others, naturally feeling their emotions and experiences. Ever since she was young, she questioned why the people around her were unhappy and was driven by a force to help them. Her passion for growth and greater self-awareness led her to spirituality because it helped her to connect deeper to herself and her inner truth. Even through challenging times in her life, it was her connection to spirituality which pushed her forward into brighter days.
Her passion for spirituality and growth encouraged her to delve further into life transforming concepts such as self-empowerment, self-love and the soul. She completed many mentoring and self-mastery courses and created her own program for spiritual guidance and coaching, sharing her skills through mentoring, speaking sessions, group meditation classes, and retreats.
Ani is always concentrated on how she can develop and serve, and one of the ways has been through philanthropical work, which brings great joy and fulﬁlment to life. Ani is very passionate about social enterprise and has started two companies that are social benefit orientated.
Happy Birthday to Mini Me Yoga, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday Mini Me Yoga … I love you !
Mini Me Yoga has it’s 4th birthday this week and it’s all thanks to the founder Kate Bartram-Brown. Not only are we celebrating the past 4 years of bringing kids yoga, mindfulness and meditation to children, parents and educators but also all the hard work, dedication and the journey so far with so much more yet to come.
This week’s blog has come from the amazing and magickal lady and founder, Dr Kate Bartram-Brown.
Mini Me Yoga saved my adult life in so many ways, I had lost the joy and the love that children experience many years previously. I lived in a world where fun was something that was created on the outside, from things or other people. As life went on I found those things weren’t fun and in fact stressful to keep up the pretence that i was having fun.
One day after attending a class of what I call magick I had the idea that I wanted to write a kids self help book, something to help children have tools from an early age. I had no idea what would be in store but I knew this was a life mission; something that didn’t matter whether I would get paid or not, more like i had to do it for the children of the world. For me that little girl still locked away inside that wanted to be happy.
By ‘chance’ or what i call magick, I found what i was looking for, I would train as a kids yoga teacher to get some experience working with children. I loved yoga and wanted a new direction in my life so why not?
I was nervous and felt sick the first time I shared kids yoga with other grownups in the class, what if they didn’t like what i did ? What if they thought I wasn’t any good? All my adult fears started to come up, but some how I pushed through. (I actually think I was sick by the way and taught two other ladies, yes just 2 for a whole 5 minutes!) Looking back, I can’t believe that was me, but suffering from anxiety and depression from my early teenage years, now in my 30’s my self esteem was at an all time low.
After my training I decided to teach right away, my two friends owned pre schools which both had children with special needs in them. The morning of my first class was here, I was probably sick again, but something washed over me, a huge wave of emotion that made me feel so happy, this continued for hours after like a natural high, yes I had found JOY.
It was so new to me, I thought it was the excitement of teaching and getting through the class, but day by day, each class I taught, the children got to know me and I them and we bonded. We worked on having fun, helping each other, exploring emotions, being in our body, using our voices and being silly. Things started to change, not only of the children but also for me, I was growing and so were they.
I taught 25 hours of kids yoga a week, I was exhausted but loved every minute of it. The highs and the lows, the special cases of children who need help, and I was armed and ready to help them. It became my mission that no child should be without simple tools to help them beat anxiety, stress or sadness.
I ended up creating, with my many children, a self help program that would do just that, not just using the yoga poses but also positive thinking techniques, meditation and water science. We worked many hours over a good few years to get the receipe exactly right and the little ones showed me every step of the way. They showed me how to prevent children having mental illness from such a young age, how to find joy and in doing so, they saved me 100 times over.
You see Mini Me Yoga isn’t just for kids, its for us all, we all need that fun time, to find our joy, the little children inside each one of us needs it.
It was 3 years after my first yoga class that we launched globally, helping parents and teachers share that program with the children in their life.
Fast forward 4 years later and we are in 29 countries around the world and our materials have been translated into Spanish. French, Welsh, Irish and in the process is Japanese, Hebrew and Chinese.
And now as we celebrate 4 years of being global, we enter into a new era of working with schools on a much larger scale here in the UK, leading the way of improving mental and emotional well being in young children by training teachers and staff members to take the journey that I once did.
In this celebration, i want to thank all the grownups that have answered the call to their inner child, their own children or those that care for children. You are the real life heroes in this story, the celebrities that children look up to each day. I know its not always easy but being willing to do something different and be that child, we together, can make a difference in children’s life’s.
Such as the little boy of 8 that had anxiety and uses dragon breathe or the boy that had a violent father who learned to care for his friends in a loving way when showing emotions or the child that is on the spectrum and couldn’t stop screaming. I remember all of you, each one of you showed me how to be a better grownup and how to help other children. I want to thank you, all of you and let you know we did it, we are doing it, and will continue to do this for all those to come.
Happy Birthday to all of us and lets celebrate by practicing the magick of having fun together!
Kate Bartram-Brown is well known for creating her global company Mini Me Yoga using her spiritual gifts and classes. which is currently in over 20 countries around the world. Mini Me Yoga empowers parents and educators to bring 15 minutes of Yoga and Positive Thinking into a child’s daily life via a 2hr workshop, e learning or book entitled 15 minutes to happy, healthy kids.
Kate is also a Guide & Teacher in the Mystery School in the Linage of King Salomon. She has a unique ability to take ancient magick practices, that were and are used by the royals and powerful, to help solve modern day problems has created a global demand for her classes, sessions and speaking engagements. Helping those that are ready to live the life they desire through the use of these ancient methods. Her own business success was created when she understood that Successful business is about addressing every aspect of us and not just the mind. She is often asked to speak about her journey in business and spiritualism which are hugely linked.
Happiness = Success
Her background as an entrepreneur has been recognised in the business world. Being nominated for Grazia business woman of the year, as well as featured in TV shows in the UK on how to run successful businesses. She has been featured in many magazines, newspapers and on the front page of the Financial Times for her business achievements at just 27 years old.