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. 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 2015 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.
Online Teaching Schedule
(updated October 25, 2020)
Storytime Yoga, 9:00 - 9:45am
Virtual Yoga Preschool: Stories from Around the World
Each week we will explore a different location around the world, learning lessons of compassion through folktales, festivals, yoga poses, and sharing.
October 28th: Travel to Mexico
Children's Yoga, 3:00 - 4:00
Donation-based, $10-15 suggestion
(Venmo @holliebyoga or Paypal.me/holliebyoga)
Family Yoga, 9:00 - 9:45am
Donation-based, $10-15 suggestion
(Venmo @holliebyoga or Paypal.me/holliebyoga)
Kids Yoga, 10:30 - 11:45am
Instructions for registration found at the above link
Donation drop-in price: $8, $10, $12, or $15
Parents: Practice Vinyasa with Mary at the same time
SAVE THE DATE: OCTOBER 25TH
Outdoor Class, Parents pay for Vinyasa, Kids take class with me for Free!
North Austin Optimist Fields (1105 Morrow)
Registration Required: StudioSatya.com
(view Octboer 25th on the schedule for link)
Donation drop-in rates of $8, $10, $12, or $15
Please observe the following protocols:
* wear a mask until you are settled on your mat
* stagger mats 8-10 feet apart (or more if you like)
* BYO props (a blanket and 1 or 2 yoga blocks are great but not mandatory)
* stay home if you are experiencing fever, cough, sore throat, or fatigue
(updated October 25, 2020)
VIRTUAL YOGA PRESCHOOL
STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Lessons of Compassion
Join us for Virtual Yoga Preschool! Each Wednesday we will explore “Stories from Around the World”. Through age-appropriate seasonal stories, folktales, and legends we will explore different cultures, do yoga poses related to the place and story, and practice the concept of compassion as we explore perspectives outside of our own. This week will will journey to Mexico, and learn about the colorful celebration of Dia de los Muertos.
Each class will include songs, movement, stories, exploration of compassion, relaxation, and time for sharing. There will be additional activity ideas for you and your child to experiment with together throughout the week. These activities are intended to offer further ways to choose compassion at home, such as helping to write a thank you note, thinking of a way to help someone, or even taking it easy on ourselves.
We hope to build community, and a space where each child feels seen and heard.
As we continue this transformative journey through 2020, 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.
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 30 minute class reading through a special story together while incorporating movements and songs along the way.
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 in their daily lives. Location determined individually.
60-minute sessions (50 minutes of yoga, 10 minutes of caretaker integration), $65 each session
*alternate time break-downs available (ie 45-minute sessions)
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, $100 each session
*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 14 children, divided appropriately by age.
45-minute sessions, $80 each session; package deals available
* 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 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.
20-30 minute session, $60