Yoga Play Program and Empowered Mind Ed Professional Development

Applications are open for term 4, 2023. Embed a culture of wellbeing in your early childhood education and care setting today.

Hi, I'm Nic.
I'm a children's early childhood yoga and wellbeing consultant who's on a mission!

South East Yoga and Wellbeing are ready to help you change the way you think about wellbeing in fun, simple & meaningful ways.

We aim to build early childhood educators wellbeing capacity through professional development opportunities.
We use yoga principles and practices as a tool to support children's and educators mental health for ongoing positive wellbeing.

To read more about how we support the early childhood education and care sector visit: 

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South East Yoga and Wellbeing's vision is "To influence children's mental health wellbeing in early childhood so they grow into happy & peaceful adults who impact the world with positivity".

What do we offer?


Your Yoga Toolkit Course, The Magic of Yoga and The Magic of Storytelling enable you to learn all about yoga principles and practices in early childhood so that you can facilitate and embed meaningful and engaging yoga programs expertly!

Implement what you learn immediately!

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Download your own yoga resources so you can facilitate yoga with confidence.

The hard work is done for you!

Check out the Yoga Play Yoga Cards and Your Yoga Toolkit Program for instant access to embed daily yoga today.

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A perfect way to kickstart your own early childhood yoga program as well as embedding a whole service wellbeing culture.

These workshops give you the foundations required to understand yoga and your own wellbeing.

Professional Development includes:
-Yoga Play Program
-Empowered Mind Ed
-Holistic Approaches to Wellbeing

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2, 4 and 6 session packages available. Includes children's sessions, access to online courses, professional development & mentoring.

Learn child centred yoga principles and  practices that you embed into your daily program.

We use The 5 Elements of Yoga to simplify your program:

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Our Yoga Play Program aligns with frameworks

The Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework
The Early Years Learning Framework

Practice Principles which are supported by the Yoga Play Program include:

Reflective Practice
Partnerships with Families
High Expectations for Every Child
Respectful Relationships and Responsive Engagement
Assessment for Learning and Development
Integrated Teaching and Learning Approaches:

The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) SEL Framework  

We follow CASEL's 4 elements of SEL instruction:

1. Sequenced - Yoga Play Program structure
2. Active - active forms of learning to master skills
3. Focused - intentional implementation of SEL competencies  
4. Explicit - targeting specific skills, attitudes and knowledge

Each Yoga Play Program session includes the 5 areas of the Classroom Framework:
1. Self Awareness
2. Self Management
3. Responsible Decision Making
4.Relationships Skills
5. Social Awareness

Did you know that our blog has loads of current, research backed information?

Deepen your understanding of wellbeing by reading our blogs.

We promote new ways to think about wellbeing as well as provide you with actionable ideas that you can implement in your early childhood education and care setting.

A Professional Development for all workplaces

Holistic Approaches to Wellbeing

✔ Gain a greater understanding of holistic wellbeing
  ✔ Increase your understanding of your relationship with stress & anxiety  
✔ Take away strategies that will support you in alleviating symptoms of stress & anxiety  
✔ Work towards a greater feeling of empowerment over your wellbeing 

South East Yoga and Wellbeing are passionate about establishing strong mental health foundations for educators, students & children through creative wellbeing programs that are meaningful & holistic.

With over 30 years working and collaborating in the early childhood education and sector and over 20 years of yoga knowledge and training, I decided it was time to integrate my passions.

I knew this integration of knowledge would make a considerable difference to everyone's wellbeing within the sector.  

Hi, I'm Nic Russell and I am an early childhood wellbeing consultant.

I created my business South East Yoga and Wellbeing in 2016 to promote wellbeing after I witnessed first hand young people who were disengaged from school due to mental health issues.

After just a couple of sessions of playing with yoga, I saw how they started to feel more comfortable in their bodies and how they actually were having fun.  

These defining moments initially lead me on a journey through primary and secondary schools, then full circle back to early childhood education.  

I want to show you how yoga can impact children's lives so that they grow into positive and happy adults.

It all starts in early childhood.  

I am here to simplify a wellbeing program for you that is fun and engages everyone in the room...

The Yoga Play Program is aligned with the Victoria Early Years Learning and Development Framework, the CASEL Framework and takes into consideration the National Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2021.

Yoga Play Programs are holistic and meaningful and aim to build educators capacity to extend on their existing wellbeing programs through using the practices and principles of yoga.

We do this through The 5 Elements of Yoga.
These elements include:

In this professional development, educators learn what The 5 Elements look like, how to facilitate yoga and how to embed these practices into their early childhood setting.

Also on offer are more professional development opportunities and online content that will further enhance a wellbeing culture in your workplace.

I want to share yoga with you and promote positive wellbeing for everyone within the early childhood sector. 

Come and say hello over on Facebook. Drop by my business page 'South East Yoga and Wellbeing'.

Interested in workshops, professional development or a Yoga Play Program for your early childhood service or even lower primary school years?  

Visit my website South East Yoga and Wellbeing or email me.
I'd love to discuss how I can support you.

Contact: Nic Russell

In the spirit of reconciliation I acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their connections to sky, land, water and community. I pay my respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.