Yogi Rascals was founded by Ladan Sattaripour, who has been teaching yoga to children since 2006 after being a Montessori nursery teacher for many years working in schools both here and in Madrid. In 2007 she co-founded Bouncing Buddhas – the first yoga and play company in the UK. She holds teaching certificates through ‘June’s Yoga,’ which is registered with the Wheel of Yoga, Karma Kids Yoga and Little Flower Yoga.
Ladan’s yoga training is influenced by both American and European methods, resulting in a unique form of different exercises specially adapted for young bodies. Her enthusiasm and energy is evident in her teaching, bringing a new twist to a classic discipline.
Yogi Rascals fits in well with the Montessori ethos; whereby one should ‘follow each child’s individual needs.’ According to Maria Montessori, children should not be rewarded or punished. At Yogi Rascals success is not measured on a grading system but on achievement resulting in happy, healthy children!
Participation in Yoga has been linked to the improvement in conditions of asthma, diabetes, ADD, ADHD, insomnia, anxiety and many other health problems. Yoga promotes strength, flexibility, co-ordination and body awareness. Breathing techniques teach children how to focus, relax and develop self control.