The brainchild of founder and director Jenny Smith, Gecko Yoga hosts internationally and professionally accredited teacher trainings as well as Gecko Yoga classes, workshops and seminars relating to every aspect of children’s yoga. These include prenatal yoga classes; postnatal yoga classes for mums and babies; baby yoga classes; yoga classes tailored for children from toddlers to teens; workshops on child anatomy, physiology and motor development; nutrition seminars; and workshops on adaptive yoga for children with special needs.
Jenny is Hong Kong's only children's yoga teacher registered with the Yoga Alliance. Having trained directly with Shakta Kaur Khalsa and Sonia Sumar, the ‘grandmothers’ of children’s yoga, she is also a certified facilitator of the Radiant Child Yoga Program® and Basic Yoga Therapy "Yoga for the Special Child". Additionally, Jenny is a certified kids and teens yoga teacher by Next Generation Yoga, since hosting Jodi Komitor in Hong Kong. A registered 250-hour hatha yoga teacher, pre/postnatal and baby yoga teacher. Jenny is a member of the Yoga Alliance, the International Association of Yoga Therapists, & Birthlight - a world pioneer in the research and development of Pregnancy and Baby Yoga. Currently completing her studies to become a Birthlight Tutor in Perinatal and Baby Yoga. Jenny is also an advanced practitioner of TTYMA (Traditional Thai Yoga Massage).
Founded in 2009, Gecko Yoga came about when Jenny decided to combine her passion for yoga with her love of children. Described by Shakta Kaur Khalsa as “a creative and dynamic woman who is deeply dedicated to the heart and soul of children and to the practice of yoga for personal transformation”, Jenny herself says simply: “I want children to reap the benefits of yoga whilst having fun”.
As a result, Gecko Yoga classes incorporate lessons in creativity, self-acceptance, interpersonal skills, environmental awareness and positive thinking, amongst others. These lessons offer children, their parents and yoga teachers alike helpful tools for everyday life and the skills to share them.
“Children are super-sensitive, full-fledged people, with high potency antennae which record every vibration within their vicinity, completely and very deeply."
"In Kundalini Yoga the most important thing is experience. It goes right into your heart. You can radiate creativity and infinity in all aspects of your daily life."