About South East Yoga and Wellbeing

Holistic Wellbeing Programs for the Early Childhood Education & Care Environment

(*Note – new online courses available https://south-east-yoga-and-wellbeing.newzenler.com/ – check them out here!)


Hi, I’m Nic Russell, the founder of South East Yoga & Wellbeing.

Welcome to my website!

I impact the early childhood education & care environment with Yoga Play Programs & Wayapa Wuurrk. 

My aim is to empower early childhood educators on how to use yoga holistically to address the wellbeing of the whole child & to connect more deeply with Mother Earth through Wayapa Wuurrk programs. 

By providing educators with knowledge allows you to become the facilitator of your own wellbeing programs, promoting not only children’s wellbeing but your own too. This happens naturally through becoming a conscientious facilitator. When you create holistic wellbeing programs you will succeed in providing a happier, calmer and more peaceful early childhood environment for everyone.

Giving children the opportunity to learn yoga in their early years, develops holistic wellbeing, so they thrive in kindergarten, primary school and beyond.

Let’s share the vision that by giving children the gift of yoga in their early years, they will grow into confident and connected adults who impact the world with peace and kindness.

About Yoga Play 

*Yoga Play is currently in the process of applying to be on the School Readiness Funding Menu for 2022. Although not currently on the Menu, Yoga Play was funded by SRF (flexible funding) & implemented in kindergartens during 2019, 2020 & 2021. Please contact Nic 0428 578 009 for more details*

As an educator of 30 years, I always believed sound social & emotional skills in children were a crucial aspect of early childhood development. We now refer to this area of development as mental health. 

If children feel good about themselves, they are more likely to thrive, try new things, become resilient & interact positively with others. Ultimately they become happier young people and adults. This was the driving force behind why I was passionate about creating yoga programs for early childhood.

I’d been practising yoga for awhile when one of my yoga instructors suggested I do a children’s yoga training. So I completed a 3 day Rainbow Kids yoga course which reminded me not to take life so seriously & to have fun! Fun is a big component of of the Yoga Play programs because fun engages children! Completing my level 1 teacher training with Byron Yoga & Bliss Baby Yoga, allowed me to further my knowledge on all things yoga.

Yoga Play programs have been in yoga studios, schools and early childhood education services since February 2017.
One of my favourite aspects of facilitating yoga, is helping to guide children to be the ‘master of their minds and bodies’ or in other words, empowering them to be their own superhero so they take charge of their own minds and bodies.

From 2020, Yoga Play Programs are only facilitated in funded 4 year old kindergarten programs. 

Yoga has so many benefits for children (just search, it’s all over the internet!). By establishing safe, supportive communities during a Yoga Play session, educators learn to assist children to develop life skills, for example, listening, respect & turn taking, helping them cope better in group situations, such as the kindergarten and school environments.

My vision is to see a yoga program in every kindergarten within the next 5 years.

About Wayapa Wuurrk


Who am I & what’s my experience?

  • parent to two daughters and one son
  • room educator in early childhood education services
  • director & area manager of early childhood education services
  • TAFE early childhood education & care educator
  • VCAL educator
  • yoga studio based children & youth yoga classes
  • yoga & mindfulness school based programs
  • office yoga programs
  • playgroup yoga sessions
  • meditation facilitator
  • Wayapa practioner
  • pre/ post natal yoga 

I have also trained with –

  • Rainbow Kids Yoga
  • Zenergy Yoga
  • Bryon Yoga
  • Trauma Sensitive Yoga Melbourne
  • Bliss Baby Yoga
  • Melbourne Meditation Centre
  • Mental Health First Aid Australia
  • Wayapa Wuurrk
  • Bliss Baby Yoga


New online courses available! 

Online courses for the early childhood education & care sector.



Contact Nic on 0428578009

for more information on Yoga Play Programs or Wayapa Wuurrk Programs.

Nic Russell

Nic Russell

Guest Speaking 

At conferences and seminars, including:

Yoga Australia, March 2018
Early Learning Association Australia (ELAA), May 2018
Yarra Ranges Early Childhood Education Network, August 2018, 2019
Windermere, Family Day Care, October 2018

Playgroup Victoria, 2020 postponed to 2021

Guest Writing

The Sector -Early education news, views & reviews


Yoga Australia Committee Member, Children’s Yoga Committee, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

Nic Russell is a Registered Level 1 Teacher with Yoga Australia
Nic Russell is covered by Insurance House