Little Meadow Family Yoga Founder
Shelley Russell first picked up yoga in her teens, back in England, and knew she loved how it made her feel, but didn’t know why it made her feel good. Fast forward 17 years, then a mother of a two year old, Shelley was looking for fun classes to share yoga with her first daughter, Gabriella. At the time there were very few options, and the options that existed were not good. So Shelley decided to embark on the journey of becoming a children’s yoga teacher!
Shelley gained her 200 hr yoga certification with Global Family Yoga, a school that specializes in children’s yoga. This level of training specifically for children no longer exists, as the Yoga Alliance now only requires children’s yoga teachers to have 90 hours of training. Now completely addicted to learning about the field of children’s yoga, Shelley continued her education in this area. Please see below some of her trainings and certifications that she has completed.
Shelley has taught all over the Fox Valley area. From Earth Day to Girl Scout troop meetings, Shelley seeks out ways to introduce the world of yoga to children. In 2015 Shelley taught therapeutic yoga at My Recess Occupation Therapy in St Charles, where she worked with children within the autism spectrum, children with ADD and other conditions. Teaching yoga and art to these children was a joy and inspired her to incorporate this into her new studio. Late in 2015, Shelley moved from Millcreek into her current home where she has her yoga studio. The beautiful, scenic location of the studio inspired her to rename Karma Child Yoga, to Little Meadow Family Yoga.
Due to an increasing demand for private yoga therapy for anxiety and depression, in the spring of 2017 Shelley studied with world renown Amy Weintraub at the Sivananda Ashram in the Bahamas, where she earned her Level 1 Life Force Practitioner certification. This certification prepared Shelley to work with children and adults dealing with anxiety and depression.
Shelley is also a second degree Reiki practitioner. This intuitive form of healing appealed to her as she was already aware of how energy can both flow through the body and also become stuck. Having an understanding of the chakra system complements Hatha yoga and is another tool in her belt, for helping her clients.
Shelley is passionate about creating a space for people to feel welcome, nurtured and peaceful. The new studio on La Fox Rd is a little hidden gem, within an historic old farm house (original Keslinger Family Home 1890’s). This intimate space allows the beginner of all shapes, sizes and abilities to feel successful and happy with their yoga practice. It does not matter if this is your first time on the yoga mat - you belong here.
One of the main goals of this studio is to make yoga accessible for all. Come in your sweats, come in your LuLu, what ever makes you comfortable, no make up? Me neither!
Trainings & Certifications
200hr Children’s Yoga Certification – Global Family Yoga.
50hr Therapeutic Yoga – Global Family Yoga
25hr PreNatal Yoga – SweetFeet Yoga
25 Hr Post Natal Yoga for Mom and Baby – Sweet Feet Yoga
3 Day Immersion Training – Yoga Nidra for Children, Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center
25 Hr Karma Kids Yoga Teacher Training – Karma Kids Yoga
80 Hr Sundari Intensive – Yoga for 8-15 yr olds, family yoga, philosophy, history and ethics – Global Family Yoga. (Part of 200hr cert)
80Hr Madura Intensive – Yoga for 5-7 yr olds, older teens, young adults, anatomy and living yoga – Global Family Yoga. (Part of 200 hr cert).
50 hr Yoga for Mood Management, Level One Life Force Practitioner- Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center
5 day training- Essential for Sivananda Yoga Level 1. Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center Bahamas.
25hr Addressing Children’s Attention Disorders through yoga and visualization. Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center.