Student of Life
Yoga for Children & Families • Meditation • Artist • Designer • Permaculture • Connector • Humanitarian
Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth,
"You owe Me."
Look what happens with a love like that,
It lights the Whole Sky.
Hollie first discovered Yoga in her last semester at the University of Texas. Growing up as a competitive swimmer, health and wellness was always front & center in her life. After retiring as a member of the UT Women's Swim Team, she was able to slow down and explore courses within philosophy and how religion shapes culture. The Philosophy of Yoga opened her eyes to a holistic view of what life can be. Rediscovering swimming as a moving meditation, creating a depth of both body awareness and breathwork, the transition to the practice of Yoga was a natural one.
In 2006, she began working in the marketing department of Yoga Yoga in Austin, where she also completed her 200-hour training in 2009. After growing her family to include two sweet boys, her focus evolved to researching child development. Wishing she had tools of mindfulness as a child, and wanting more tools as a parent, Hollie completed her 97-hour Children's Yoga Training in 2016. Since that time, she has taught children of all ages, developed workshops focused on families building connections, and currently teaches a variety of Family Yoga classes throughout Austin. Her hope is to build self-awareness and confidence with the children in her classes – helping them feel seen, heard & empowered to express themselves – while also creating a safe, supportive community for all families whose paths she crosses.
Hollie has a degree in Photojournalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She has worked as a graphic designer since 2002, ranging from small design firms, in-house tech, and currently takes on clients as a freelancer (apodiformdesign.com). In 2016 she completed her 75-hr Permaculture Design Course and happily experiments with those lessons in her backyard. She is constantly working to find balance in life, and to stay in the flow of how that shifts throughout the cycles that come and go.
Additional trainings: 87-hour Trauma-Informed Yoga (2019), 2-hour Introduction to Somatics (2019), 12-hour Walk Your True Path, Methodology and Practice (2019)
Online & Outdoor Schedule
(updated January 18, 2021)
Storytime Yoga, 9:00 - 9:45am
Virtual Yoga Preschool: Stories from Around the World
Appropriate for ages 3 and up. Stories, songs, movement, and breathing. We are reading through The Grateful Giraffe, exploring emotions, moving our bodies, using our imaginations, and spending time sharing.
Donation-based, $10-15 suggestion
(Venmo @holliebyoga or Paypal.me/holliebyoga)
Children's Yoga Online, 3:30 - 4:30pm
For ages 5+ (though younger can certainly test it out!), we spend time moving, breathing, playing games, relaxing and connecting. We will be considering ways to balance the body physically as well as doing our best to find balance in our emotions through breathing techniques and mindfulness exercises.
Donation-based, $10-15 suggestion
(Venmo @holliebyoga or Paypal.me/holliebyoga)
Kids Yoga, OUTDOOR, 12-1:00pm
North Austin Optimist Fields, 1105 Morrow
For ages 5-11, an outdoor yoga class for kids. This is a chance to connect socially (safely), be active, and learn different breathing techniques & mindfulness exercises that can help with stress and anxiety.
There is an adult Slow Flow offered at the same time, all via Studio Satya. In case of bad weather or other unsafe conditions, classes are canceled (vs moving to online) all donation-based. Social distancing practices are in place. Masks are worn until on the mat, then it is the student's choice if they want to remove it or keep it on. Restrooms available on-site.
BEGINNING IN FEBRUARY!
Mommy & Me Yoga, OUTDOOR, Fridays, 1:30-2:30pm
North Austin Optimist Fields, 1105 Morrow
This is an opportunity to create a community among moms with young ones. Each day we will gather with the intention to share, move, breathe, or just be in the presence of others sharing your life experience. Social distancing practices are in place. Masks are worn until on the mat, then it is the student's choice if they want to remove it or keep it on. Restrooms available on-site.
Currently, I'm working on the complete schedule for February 2021 and beyond. Connect with me at any time to suggest adding a class time that might work for you and your family.
(updated January 18, 2021)
LUNAR NEW YEAR PRACTICE
21-Day Series, beginning January 22nd
These details are currently in development but will begin on January 22nd, looking toward the Lunar New Year on February 12th as a time likely charged with a sense of renewal.
The effort during this practice is reflecting on lessons from 2020, and using the growth experienced over the last year as a teacher for moving forward. You can take this further back to look for possible upcoming patterns and plan accordingly. Consider what you were up to 12 years ago (Jupiter was last in Aquarius in 2009 and 1997 before that, etc), and even 30 years ago (Saturn was last in Aquarius from 1991-1994). Were there any big themes that could describe those periods of your life?
Each day an email will arrive that includes an astrological update and potential reflection point, along with a guided physical practice. This will differ from the Great Conjunction Preparation with the type of information presented. The intention is to build on what worked during the Great Conjunction preparation – turning it into less of a sampling of practices and more of a dedicated one.
During our 21 days together, you will pick one goal and one practice to establish a foundation for that goal. With 5 planets lined up in Aquarius on February 12th, the theme for evolution of humanity is at an all-time high. If you see any emergent themes from the reflection above, and something speaks to you about the next evolution for your path, use that information as a guide.
Perhaps the goal is to speak kindly when triggered and the continuous practice is repeating one affirmation, such as "I accept my emotions and communicate with ease" each day. Maybe the goal is to create more structure, so making a practice of rising at the same time every day and incorporating a small daily ritual (5 minutes of meditation, 5 minutes of journaling, drink water, go outside) to reinforce that concept.
The intention here will hopefully be more clear, though there is always space to allow answers to unfold without pressure. As we practiced, trusting the process and knowing the right next step will present itself in perfect timing is part of what showing up is all about. Here the intention can be to become the observer.
Feel free to reach out with any questions. If you would like to sign up to receive daily messages, find the form here
GREAT CONJUNCTION PREPARATION
21-Day Series, beginning December 1st
This time together is meant to be a container for your growth, and for our growth together. Though the idea is driven by upcoming astrological events – namely the Jupiter/Saturn conjunction as they shift to Aquarius on December 21st – you don't have to be a believer of astrology to participate.
21 days is said to be the amount of time necessary to create a new habit, and is symbolic of new beginnings and the fulfillment of what is willed. As we move into Aquarius, energy is changing forms to one that calls for the balance between both the individual and the collective. I see it as a call to follow the passion in our individual, unique hearts, in order to contribute to the good of the whole. This begins with children growing up with the understanding their potential as co-creators of their lives. It takes self-reflection to know what lights each of us up inside, then the proper environment for that light to be held and encouraged to thrive. It's nurturing the nature – finding the balance between the two.
So much in our culture is ripe for change and reinventing – we have an opportunity to have our hands and hearts involved in what is created next. Aquarius is often seen as the rebel, but I believe it is all with a cause. This is a bit idealistic, however I’m okay with envisioning the best in as many things as possible, while recognizing the work that lies ahead.
The purpose of this offering is to create space for YOU to discover what works best right now. It might be simply reading the affirmation and doing your own morning ritual. It might look like trying every suggestion to see what fits best moving in to the future. There is no right or wrong; instead it’s about simply observing how you feel throughout the process.
Each day you will receive an email in the morning.
There are three elements to the 21-days:
1) Inner Child Affirmations: Most of us were not parented with attunement to emotional awareness. Each day will include a positive affirmation to consider, repeating it to yourself, and extending outward to your children or someone else you care for. Change begins within, then extends to the reality within our homes (now more evident than ever), which expands further to our extended families, our neighborhoods, our cities, and out into the world.
2) Movement & Meditation: This is a small offering that will not take a great deal of time. It will take into consideration the overall potential energy for the day, to act as a balancing practice.
3) Astrological Aspects: Over the 21 days, there are many big energies at play. I’ll go into some detail, to help build awareness. If nothing else, looking at the moon each night (or day!), holds potential to build connection to the cycles of nature and how we flow within them.
Each email will also include bonus tool such as self-care practices or deeper study of astrology. Currently, there are no online meetings to show up for at a certain day/time. Potentially we will include this as a check-in.
During the 21-days, I hope there is space and opportunity to birth new potentials. I see this as a time where we focus our attention on the world we want our children to thrive in. It is as if we are cultivating the soil for our kids to take root and rise up to all they can be.
I’ll also say that your intention for this practice does not need to be clear at this time. Often it is suggested to create an intention at the very beginning of class, but there might be too much blocking your view to have clarity on exactly where you’re going. No worries. Sometimes we have to sift through the space before our path becomes clear. Where I used to feel pressure at having an answer right when it's "supposed" to be there, I instead offer space for it to arise. Perhaps the intention becomes the promise of holding one's attention with love – not with expectation but with patience and acceptance, knowing it will come when timing is right. Trust the process.
This offering is totally free. Although the group is already underway, if you are interested in either catching up or joining where we are, please fill out this quick form.
Any questions you might have are also welcome!
As we continue this transformative journey through 2020 and into 2021, I will continue creating online offerings for children and families. When quarantine first began in March, I responded by converting offerings online right away, and continued through the summer by providing camps and series for children to retain a sense of normalcy and connection.
Now that we are transitioning to a wide variety of school configurations, I'm finding a need to evolve my offerings again. What I found over the last six months is a need for connection – one that is deeper than previously experienced. While I don't have it all figured out, and don't want to make it seem like yoga can solve everything, I do believe that there are great benefits to moving the body, connecting with the breath, and finding even just a moment of stillness.
I am open to private virtual lessons, group virtual classes, supportive chat groups (growing that now), and any other way I can serve you and your family. Feel free to read more about offerings below, connect via email, or Instagram. Sending love to you all.
Planting seed for the future is often the way I approach Children's Yoga classes. Learning is not linear, and its evidence is not always immediately visible. Often observation is one child's "yoga" while another does every movement and breath – I believe they are both getting exactly what they need. Basically, it's all good. Getting children familiar with concepts of being embodied, finding confidence in their voice, and gaining tools to help build resilience are goals for each class. This is accomplished through working together in a safe, fun environment where I strive to help each child feel seen, heard, and cared for.
For ages 18-months through 5-years-old, these classes offer fun integration of body awareness and breathing exercises through light-hearted play and songs. Ideally, grouped into specific age groups such as 18mo–2yo, 3yo, and Pre-K, each session will include a predictable beginning passing a singing bowl, working with breath, and a similar movement routine (such as Sun Salutations), with additional time for imagination-based play. Adjustments to this process are made for online sessions.
20-minute sessions per age group, $20 each session
Children's Yoga Classes
Kids ages 5-11 years old are encouraged to start their yoga journey through learning about yoga poses, working with their breath, playing with opposites to find balance (such as loud/quiet, rigid/soft), and explore some basic yogic philosophies along the way. I value respecting and honoring ones self, while also respecting and honoring the group, and strive to help each child feel seen, heard, and valued.
Tweens & Teens Yoga Classes
For kids ages 11-14(ish) years old, these classes are more foundational with attention to alignment in postures and discussion of yoga philosophy... but not as serious as an adult class might be. We begin working with getting more attuned to the inner world, creating time and space for self-reflection.
Family Yoga Classes
These classes range from caretakers with crawlers & toddlers, to yoga for every member of the family. No matter which class or age, we will always move our bodies, work with our breath, and find time for connection. I make an effort to always create a safe space so there is a chance for caretakers to tend to themselves, and for children to feel confident expressing who they are.
Storytime Yoga: Storytime Yoga is a 45-minute class reading through a special story together while incorporating movements and songs along the way.
Mommy & Me: For new moms and babies as young as 6-weeks old, until beginning to crawl or walk. This is a time for sharing, movement, breathing, or simply stillness. The biggest intention is connecting to others and creating a sense of community through the shared experience of this time.
Crawlers & Toddlers: Parent or caretaker with 9-month-olds through 2-year-olds. These classes focus on time for the caretakers while their children are welcome to explore or participate as they would like. We focus on gentle, grounding movements, and connection within.
Parent & Child: Parent or caretaker with children 2-5 years old. These classes begin with songs and movements, include connecting partner poses, and end with imaginative play that is never the same twice.
Family Yoga: Fun for the whole family! During these classes, we will hold space for families to learn more about themselves individually, each other, and together as a unit. Classes will begin with a sharing circle, will always include body movement, breathing exercises, and will lean on the use of our imaginations, connection games, and will always end with relaxation.
Special one-on-one guidance, to address physical or emotional goals. I will work with the child individually, then we can spend time with the child's caretaker to discuss what we covered during our session, any goals that were set to work on, and any tools or exercises everyone can try to incorporate into their daily lives. Location determined individually.
60-minute sessions (50 minutes of yoga, 10 minutes of caretaker integration), $40 each session (online)
Private Group Classes
More focused than a public class and a smaller group, this is ideal for 6-8 children at a time. We will go through specific themes such as Positive Mindset, Connection, Finding Balance, or Building Confidence and will include movement, breathwork, games, stories, and creative exploration.
60-minute sessions, *special pricing available for bundled sessions
Often children are faced with a long day sitting and not much time moving. With so much static holding of a seated position, curled shoulders, backs, and necks from bending over computers & phones, they need time to find full movement & mobility of their bodies. These classes are focused more on physical movement and breathwork as a way to re-connect with the body while also releasing stress that may have built up through the day. Sessions to include no more than 8 children.
45-minute sessions, $200 per 12-week session
* sliding-scale pricing available for under-funded schools
Growing up as a competitive swimmer, I found the idea of stretching to be quite boring. I was already spending 5 hours a day training, and though I knew the benefits I didn't see the point in spending more time doing physical activity. It wasn't until after retiring from the UT Women's Swim Team that I discovered Yoga. The dynamic nature of yoga, which stretches not only the physical body but the mental and emotional bodies, made me quickly realize it would have been an amazing tool – especially in setting a stronger foundation through my younger days.
These sessions can be done before practice as a warm-up or afterward as a time for recovery, and intensity can be adjusted depending on timing within the sport's season. We will spend time moving the body in appropriate ways for each sport, focus on breathwork, include a short savasana, as well as time for a guided meditation or visualization.
Pricing customized per group, depending on size, frequency, ect.
Yoga themed party or not, yoga can always add something to the celebration! This specialized session can be adjusted to suit the theme of the party, or can be the highlight of a Yoga-Themed party. These sessions can be done socially distanced, or online.
30-45 minute session,
In-person (socially distanced): $60