Hello! Here's number 2 in my business blog series...
What’s your name? Joanna Hunt
What do you do?
I’m a family yoga and mindfulness teacher – offering yoga for the whole family, from toddlers to adults. I wanted to create a space where people of all ages could practise yoga, no matter what their previous experience is. Yoga can be quite intimidating and I wanted to make it more accessible and open for anyone. I am also currently training to offer pre- and post-natal yoga classes.
Why did you start your venture?
I’ve worked with children for 10 years in a marketing context, and I did a degree in psychology. I’ve always enjoyed working with children, young people and families, but I wanted to work with them in a more positive way, that’s giving them something back. I got into yoga, loved it and saw all the benefits. It was so transformative for me, and I wanted to share that. The more I study yoga and mindfulness the more I understand how it can help with all sorts of things within family, school and work life.
What do you want people to know about you?
I work with children a lot, and I feel that I bring that sense of enthusiasm and optimism for life into those classes. I’m a big kid really! Because of my background in marketing and psychology, I try to make everything age-appropriate and tailor the classes around people’s specific needs. With the pre-school children, I try to make it very magical and fantasy based, with a lot of giggles and story telling. With slightly older children, it’s more role-play and game playing, with slightly more of a real-world element. For teens, it’s about empowering and building their confidence, making friends but being yourself. For adults, it’s non-intimidating, anyone can join whatever your past experience or fitness level. It’s not only about the yoga, but also the relaxation – I call it restorative yoga. I also offer family workshops where families can learn together, and yoga parties for any ages (from superhero theme, friendship theme, Frozen theme, etc).
What are your aims?
Just to get the word out there. I would love to partner up with schools and for more people to understand and experience the benefits surrounding yoga. The more people know about it the better. I’d love for more people to get into it as a family, as there currently aren’t many opportunities to partake in an activity as a family where you both get so much out of it. It’s nice for parents to be part of the learning journey. I’m also writing a yoga and mindfulness book for parents to read with their children, which teaches the asanas through story. I hope to get that published at some point.
If you could only give one piece of advice to my audience, who would it be to, and what would it be?
I would give advice to families – I would invite more families to try yoga. It can work for all different ages, but it will benefit you all individually and as a whole. It has potential to bond you as a family and offers new techniques that can be used in your daily routine, whether that be to give you confidence boost, to calm you, tools to de-stress or for anger management, or just to help you sleep. It teaches you a way to be mindful. It also helps with breaking down barriers and allowing you to open up your emotions in a way that is comfortable and fun.
My Personal Review
I'm so lucky to have been able to experience Joanna's toddler classes first hand with my 2.5 year old son, Zac. Zac loves the class, and so do I. I'm impressed how Joanna manages to successfully combine yoga movements with an educational aspect and makes this really engaging for the children in the class. I have also had the pleasure of watching part of Joanna's summer parent and child yoga class - I love the idea of involving mindfulness and it was great to witness how the children and parents bonded through this process. I can easily see the long-term benefits that these classes will have on my son, and we will definitely be continuing classes into the new term!
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