Hi, my name is Sam Wills, welcome to my website. I began my yoga journey in South Africa in 2007 and have been blessed to study yoga under the tutorage of many talented yoga mentors both in SA and in the UK.
I am a 300-hr certified yoga teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga. I teach both children’s yoga and adult yoga and the style of yoga I teach is predominantly Hatha-based but sprinkled with elements of Ashtanga and Vinyasa teachings, from which I take my inspiration. I am passionate about yoga and its benefits and my greatest motivator is to help others live healthier, more fulfilling lives through the magic of movement and yoga.
I discovered yoga in 2007. I had been diagnosed with endometriosis and was battling to come to terms with the fact that I might never fall pregnant. I was going to gym a lot - it was a good way to vent all the anger that was raging inside of me.
I stumbled across a yoga class and, in one of those classes, I had a beautiful moment of such inner peace and clarity; it was as though I had come home to ME. That sealed the deal. I had been so angry with myself for so long – angry for having a body that didn’t work, angry for failing, and for letting my husband and family down. And in the middle of a yoga class, I stopped hating myself.
Years later and I am a very proud mummy of a bright and spirited 6 year old. I don’t know if I would have discovered yoga, or have fallen as deeply in love with it, had it not been for my struggle to become a mother.
‘Om and Me’ is a play on the word ‘Mom’ and is intrinsically linked to my battle to have a child of my own, a nod to how I found yoga (or it found me) and my subsequent journey to where I am today – a yoga teacher and a mum of a fearless, energetic, completely individual, magical daughter whom I adore. Om and Me is my tribute to all of that – how yoga has helped me become a better mum and a better person.
I hope you will join me on your mat to explore your own love of yoga.
Children derive enormous benefits from yoga. Children love to move their bodies so physically, yoga enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination and body awareness. Mentally, their concentration improves and emotionally it reduces anxiety and helps them to calm down. And it’s great fun too!
A children’s yoga class incorporates music, games, storytelling, singing or chanting, breathing exercises and relaxation. The individual poses teach self-acceptance and body awareness without judgement or competition; everybody is unique and we all do things differently.
No one is better or worse at yoga than anyone else, we’re just exploring our own bodies. Taking children back to the essence of who they are allows them to believe in themselves and trust in their abilities. This empowers them to be the best they can be, regardless of academic achievement or physical prowess.
Children are naturally good breathers anyway and are far more capable of being in the present moment than adults. But, by making them aware of what they do naturally now, we are providing them with healthy habits and invaluable tools that they can call upon to successfully navigate future stressful situations.
Teaching children how to use their own breath to self-regulate and lessen being overwhelmed by emotions will result in an emotionally healthier and more resilient child.
As an adult, imagine how different your life may have been if you’d been taught how to breathe through stress as a youngster, or how to be mindful of your emotions before they spiralled out of control and caused you to behave inappropriately. Yoga gives children the tools to do this.
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