Today we’d like to introduce you to Andrea Correia and Monika Gressier.
Andrea and Monika, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Monika and Andrea both worked in the corporate world during most of their careers. Over time they realized that they wanted to do something more meaningful in life. They met in 2016 at a local yoga studio while Monika was announcing and recruiting students for a yoga teachers’ training targeted to children and teenagers. After getting all the required certifications to teach children and adults through Yoga Alliance, (Yoga Alliance® is the largest nonprofit association representing the yoga community and responsible for setting the standards for implementing conscious and effective business practices) Monika and Andrea formally created Happy Warriors Yoga in November 2017.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The greatest challenge is educating their audience, who are parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, educators, coaches and society in general about the methodology and the importance of a lifelong practice of mindfulness for the children and people that surrounds them. Besides the classes for kids, they have created workshops that bring awareness to parents and educators about the importance of cultivating balanced and harmonious environments for the children and teens. Everyone lives under many pressures nowadays, it is easy to be triggered by situations at home or in the classroom and lose one’s temper. Therefore, Happy Warriors Yoga also aims to support parents and educators to understand that the techniques they use in class can be applied both at home or in the classroom to achieve a more peaceful environment. The approach of Happy Warriors Yoga’s school: to ultimately have the parents, educators, and kids in the same calm and peaceful mode. Happy Warriors Yoga is grateful for the educators and parents who have welcomed them with an open mind.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
Happy Warriors Yoga is a nationally accredited Registered Yoga School for Children with Yoga Alliance and is specialized in teaching ages two through 18. We have developed a methodology based on scientific data which demonstrates how yoga and mindfulness can be used as a tool for self-awareness, self-regulation and self-control, and all the while helping children and teens to better understand their emotions.
Monika and Andrea are extremely proud of their teachers and how they are continuously finding imaginative ways to teach how our brain, body, breath and emotions are interconnected.
What makes Happy Warriors Yoga different from most of the yoga programs for kids is the way yoga and mindfulness are taught – using passion and of course lots and lots of love. Teachers at HWY explain how the brain works and what happens to our brain and our entire body when we experience certain emotions. They help children identify their emotions with techniques to deal with their feelings and how to return to a calm and happy state of mind.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
The definition of success for Monika and Andrea is relative and has changed significantly over time, especially because they both abandoned dependable careers in the corporate world to embrace a simpler, but more rewarding path.
We received a lovely message from the mother of a 5-year old, who has been practicing yoga with us for two years now. She told us that one morning the entire family- mom, dad, and three kids- were running late for school and everybody was going crazy in the car. The 5-year old asked for their attention. The child told them that they were all out of control and that they all needed to take a couple of breaths to calm down. So they did. Guided by the little one, the whole family took a few breaths and they all calmed down. This is a success!
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