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Meet Happy Warriors Yoga

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.

They started small, teaching in just one school and one yoga studio. Little by little, they visited more schools in Miami, bringing awareness about Happy Warriors Yoga’s science-based methodology while presenting the benefits of mindfulness and consistent yoga practice for children/teens. Today, Happy Warriors Yoga is present in several schools, studios, and clubs working with over 600 kids and teens every week! They have recruited and trained an amazing group of 17 teachers who share the same passion. For Andrea and Monika, the number one requirement to hiring a teacher is that they model their mindfulness practice and have the passion to teach children, thus creating a wonderful family committed to guiding and supporting every child and teen to grow kind, wise, strong and happy. Happy Warriors Yoga is a nationally accredited and Registered Children’s Yoga School with Yoga Alliance, offering Teacher Trainings and certifications to teach children and teens.
You can watch Happy Warriors Yoga videos on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWKzMbDP2KhBZMaHQ5OPr3g/videos

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.

Happy Warriors Yoga educates schools and people that yoga is a self-practice of mindfulness, breathing exercises and body movement. In addition to all the physical and physiological benefits, yoga can activate the parasympathetic nervous system that leads to mental relaxation. Providing credible scientific evidence of the benefits of yoga and mindfulness helps reduce the misconception with religious association. Happy Warriors Yoga’s methodology has been based on data collected from several well respected and renowned universities and research centers all over the world.
Explaining the differences between teaching adult yoga classes and kid’s yoga classes is important to Happy Warriors Yoga’s program as well. They use the traditional yoga class as a guide and then playfully create fun ways to make it interesting and engaging for the kids while supporting the development of self-regulation and self-awareness skills.
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.

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.

Success for us is to know that we are doing something meaningful and we are positively impacting the lives of children and teenagers. It means that little by little, we are bringing our vision into reality, helping children and adolescents to become resilient, healthy, truthful and respectful human beings. We feel successful because we are contributing to creating a more conscious generation in the future.
Our definition of success is witnessing that all Happy Warriors Yoga’s students can implement the mindfulness practices into their daily lives. For a child to learn how to lead with kind, loving, and thoughtful intentions towards one’s self and others have brought the most satisfaction into our lives. Happy Warriors Yoga is constantly receiving feedback from parents and schools of many success stories; they try to share them through our website and social media.

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!

Contact Info:

  • Phone: (305) 927-7686 / (305) 903-9018
  • Email: info@happywarriorsyoga.com
  • Instagram: @happywarriorsyoga
  • Facebook: @happywarriorsyogamiami
  • YouTube: Happy Warriors Yoga

Image Credit:
Stephan Gressier and Roberto Fodde

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1 Comment

  1. Katia speck

    October 10, 2019 at 1:52 am

    Happy warriors is marvelous !! Love !! They are a state of equilibrium!! The body and soul❤️❤️❤️

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