Yoga Bananas

Principal:Skip Oliver
Location:Forest Green Village Hall, Horsham Road, Forest Green, Surrey Hills RH5 5RZ


Yoga Bananas® been a children's yoga training school with a strong ethos since 1998. The cornerstone of our training is to empower you to empower the children you know through a creative exploration of the full pantheon of the Hatha yoga tradition.

The Yoga Bananas® Children's Yoga Teacher Training Course offers a comprehensive and innovative system of teaching children’s yoga that certifies you to teach whilst sending you out bursting at the seams with creativity and fully confident to embrace your new career. All the material is unique and constantly evolving and taught by creator and founder, Skip Oliver (Yoga Elder, E-RYT500, YACEP, SYT, Dip. Physical Theatre, BA Hons Eng., MA Creative Writing).
If you would like to make a valuable contribution to the well-being of society, helping children and their mentors live a meaningful life whilst laying down a long-term blueprint of mental and physical health then our course is for you. We can help you achieve this through our unparalleled focus on teaching techniques that reinforce the value of embracing the present moment in a child-friendly way.

Offering over a year's worth of original and creative material, our children’s yoga course comprises 170 elements and uses a distinctive and well-tested structure that makes kids' yoga teaching fun and easy. We open your eyes to the marriage of narrative and movement through Storyos™ and the absorbing effects of rhythm and rhyme through Yoga Bananas® sequencing (plus lots more) and unleash in you an awareness of your gifts, strengths and potentialities and a deep connection with your inner child. Your commitment and willingness to view life through the eyes of a child and foster a nurturing environment full of praise will make you a great triumph with children and parents alike.
Oh, and one other thing, our children's yoga course is backed up by a 50k word illustrated manual of verbatim instructions. So you'll never feel alone. Having said that, you can contact Skip anytime for advice following the course, because your success, is our success.

If all the above resonates with you then see and drop Skip Oliver a line. Hopefully you can join over 1500 graduates of the course  and we can have a great deal of fun together, embracing the energy and soul of children's yoga.

We are based in the Surrey Hills, between Dorking and Cranleigh just outside London.

Recent Testimonials:

Dear Skip, Thank you… and I am thrilled I can now take the next step on my Yoga Bananas journey! I already have local interest from parents and clubs/school so it will be all systems go soon! I can honestly say the course was life-changing. I knew that my calling was working with children but I couldn’t figure out what to do... until Yoga Bananas! It was challenging but so worth it…
I felt so teary (happy) during most of the weekend as I guess it was my heart saying “this is it Jo, this is what you have been waiting for”, so THANK YOU! I think what you have created is truly magical and I can’t wait to share it with the kids. Millie already loves it! You are a true inspiration.
Thank you again for an amazing weekend.  Best wishes, Jo

Jo Lawlor, Yoga Bananas

Well what can I say, Skip's energy and enthusiasm is infectious. She has a way of explaining mindfulness and respect to children subtly utilising the art of yoga and storytelling. I was completely absorbed into it and excited to be able to teach children in my area these techniques. Be ready to work hard and smile as Skip takes you through her content and techniques. Children take part in the class on the third day, it really does work and the children respond so very well, it's beautiful to watch. Tip - if you have to travel far, stay in hotel accommodation close by the night before as they are long days and you need plenty of rest.

Amy Dakin, Yoga Bananas

Hi Skip, a big thank you for the wonderful Yoga Bananas training. I really loved it and have been implementing many aspects of it already in my group of kids with very positive feedback from them. Love Gayle.

Gayle Maguire, Yoga Bananas

Hi Skip!
I have been meaning to drop you a line since the course. I loved the course and am looking forward to taking it to Wiltshire where I hope to be able to set up a few classes after I settle in ??
The weekend was full on (I don’t know where you get your energy!!!). However, on reflection the whole three days were fantastic, a completely immersive experience and the best bit was seeing you teach a couple of kids’ classes on Monday afternoon...suddenly it all clicked into place!  The course is intense but I found this helped build my confidence more quickly and by the end I felt fully prepared.  I would have no hesitation in highly recommending your training to anyone wanting to teach children and hope to come back for the teen training myself!
Thanks again and hope to see you again before long!
Gilly x

Gilly Netherwood, Yoga Bananas

Dear Skip,I’m really looking forward to teaching your wonderful method. Many thanks, for a fun, memorable, valuable and extremely well-delivered course. Sending Love, Janice.

Janice Moorhouse, Yoga Bananas

Dearest Skip,
They say one moment can change your life, well that was true for me the moment I  clicked the submit button to enrol on the Yoga Bananas course.
It is so much more than a course, for me it has led me to follow a new path in life.  Your knowledge, passion and contagious enthusiasm transformed a room of slightly nervous women on the first day to a cohesive group supporting each other and believing in themselves, it was a truly remarkable experience.  I'm not sure a thank you really suffices!
Extra thank you goes to Andy for the much needed tea and delicious lunches (even though he wouldn't give me the recipes!), Ben for his open and friendly nature and interesting session, and Boo for cuddles during relaxation! Namaste, Debbie Bradley. xxx

Debbie Bradley, Yoga Bananas

Dear Skip, I just had to write to you to say one very big, heartfelt thank you. I was so nervous on Friday evening into Saturday morning. I really should not have worried so much! Your lovely, affectionate nature instantly put me at ease, you really do have such a lovely way about you, Skip, I’m going to miss your laugh! It’s so infectious. So I just want to say thank you, thank you, thank you, we need more Skips in the world. Also a very big thank you to Andy, your lunches were delicious. Thank you also for all the tea making. Love to Boo too!
All the best, Bex X

Rebecca Masri, Yoga Bananas

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