About South East Yoga and Wellbeing

Holistic Wellbeing Programs for the Early Childhood Education & School Environments


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South East Yoga and Wellbeing impacts the holistic wellbeing of children, students & educators in the early childhood education sector & schools with Yoga Play, Wellbeing Warrior & Wayapa Wuurrk Programs. 

Through yoga & wellbeing incursions, professional development & mentoring we help you to embed programs that will enhance the wellbeing of the children & students in your care.

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

Our vision is to influence children’s & students mental health wellbeing so they grow into happy & peaceful adults who impact the world with positivity.


We aim to:

1. Inspire early childhood educators to use yoga as a tool in their early childhood service to support children’s mental health wellbeing so they thrive. 

2. Promote positive mental health wellbeing in schools so that students feel empowered to take control of their own wellbeing so they embrace their lives.

3. Connect more deeply with Mother Earth, indigenous ways of thinking & sustainability through Wayapa Wuurrk Programs.


About Yoga Play 

As an educator of 30 years, I always believed sound social & emotional skills in children were a crucial aspect of early childhood development. 

If children feel good about themselves, they are more likely to thrive, try new things, become resilient & interact positively with others. Ultimately they grow into 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 Program 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.

The Yoga Play Program has been in yoga studios, early primary years and early childhood education services since February 2017.
One of my favourite aspects of facilitating yoga is helping to guide children learn how to connect their mind & body. 

Yoga has so many benefits for children such as developing stronger emotional literacy, calmer minds, quieter bodies, greater physical ability, self regulation & enhanced focus.

By establishing safe, supportive communities during a Yoga Play session, educators learn to assist children to develop life skills, for example, listening, concentration, respect & turn taking which helps them cope better in group situations, such as the kindergarten and school environments. The child’s transition to school is eased through the development of these skills.

South East Yoga and Wellbeing equips the early childhood educator with actionable techniques and a solid framework so that they can confidently incorporate yoga and wellbeing into early childhood curriculum. By empowering educators with the knowledge of Yoga Play we help improve their facilitation skills through increasing confidence & the capability to embed these practices.  We aim to assist you in embedding yoga programs that remain sustainable. This ensures that children have every chance of thriving in life from kindergarten and beyond.


About Wellbeing Warriors

Coming soon


About Wayapa Wuurrk

Coming soon




About Nic

  • parent to 2 adult children & 1 teenager
  • early childhood educator 
  • Director & Area Manager of early childhood education services
  • TAFE early childhood education & care educator
  • TAFE early childhood education Placement Co-ordinator
  • VCAL educator
  • yoga studio based children & youth yoga classes
  • yoga & mindfulness school based programs
  • office yoga programs
  • playgroup yoga sessions
  • meditation facilitator
  • Wayapa practitioner
  • pre/ post natal yoga sessions

Nic has 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
  • Chisholm Institute – Certificate IV TAE



New online courses available! 

Online courses for the early childhood education & care sector.


Contact Nic: 0428578009

for more information on Yoga Play, Wellbeing Warrior or Wayapa Wuurrk Programs.


Nic Russell

Guest Speaking 

At conferences and seminars, including:

MindBe Preschool Mindfulness Summit Feb 2022

Yarra Ranges Early Childhood Education Network, August 2018, 2019, Feb 2022

Campference – Nurture by Nature November 2021

Playgroup Victoria, 2020/ 2021 postponed indefinitely

Windermere, Family Day Care, October 2018

Early Learning Association Australia (ELAA), May 2018

Yoga Australia, March 2018

Guest Writing

The Sector -Early education news, views & reviews


Yoga Australia Children’s Yoga Committee member – 2018, 2019, 2020, Secretary – 2021

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


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.