Not only to give them a sense of peace.
Not only to create an environment where they get to make some choices.
But most importantly to give them a sense of hope and for them to know that somebody's listening and fighting their corner.
After a chaotic year Simeon started attending Yoga classes in 2019 at his local gym in search of some peace and calm. Whilst there he quickly discovered not only did he love having 1 hour a week to destress, get fitter and stronger, he discovered the power of meditation again.
He then realised if something like this can restore his confidence and make him feel less stressed then why aren't these techniques being taught to children.
He then vowed to start teaching breathing techniques to the children he was working with at his school in order to give them a sense of control and self regulation.
It was here that the idea for the "Yoga Man" was born and Simeon realised he needed to be the change he wanted to see and that if something was going to shift and children's mental health was going to improve then he needed to take his love of Yoga and spread it to as many children as possible.
Simeon has been working passionately with children for over 10 years. Mainly as a teaching assistant, sports coach and working as a family liaison officer. Over the past decade, he has also been a play worker, a kids club assistant in Cyprus, an au pair in Valencia, a barman, and worked at an international summer school in the beautiful countryside of Sussex.
Simeon also loves to volunteer and has not only volunteered with adults with learning disabilities in Romania but also helped out at his local church at both the winter night shelter and the food bank during the coronavirus pandemic.
His proudest achievements to date are gaining a foundation degree in professional studies in early years from Canterbury Christchurch University in 2016 and creating a dad's club at his school in 2018.
When not hanging out with friends, he can usually be found eating his way around the Kent food scene, at a live gig or in the gym.
Simeon is also a fan of Krav Maga and obsessed with travelling to weird and wonderful corners of the globe. His dreams include:
• Teaching Yoga to as many children as possible.
• Visiting every continent on the planet.
• Setting down and having some crazy kids of his own.
"Children are not only innocent and curious but optimistic and joyful and essentially happy. They are in short everything adults wish they could be." - Carolyn Haywood