I have been creating stories and working with little kids since I was just a kid myself. In 2005, I graduated from Yoga Teacher Training and I immediately began teaching adults & children. I am also a Theatre Arts teacher who often writes scripts for my students. So I began writing what I thought would be a comic book. "Swami Cat to the rescue!"
Knowing that children learn best through story, I began performing a workshop with the stories I created using Yoga poses to help children stretch into cat/cow, down dog, etc.
I started using Swami Cat the puppet because I knew there was a need in children's entertainment for a wise, helpful character that would help children navigate this really tough world that we're living in. (Swami Cat = The Yogic Mr. Rogers!) More & more I find that what kids needs most is to find compassion for others but also for themselves.
Soon we created not only performances, but workshops, YouTube videos, books and a music/story CD, Meow Is The Time For Yoga that was # 1 Kids Music on CDBaby April 2017 (Produced & Co-Created with my husband the singer/songwriter/musician, Anker.) (See Dad, I knew I would use my musical theatre degree some day!)
We are not done creating & sharing! Not until every child feels loved, supported & finds their own ability to cultivate love & peace for themselves.
Karuna Lynne Elson is a theatre teacher and Yoga Instructor. She is also a children's author, playwright and one of the founding members of Yoga Life Society. She has been teaching Yoga to young and old since 2005. Her first Yoga teacher was Mr. Rogers who didn't even know he was teaching and living the teachings of Yoga. As an adult she holds Yoga certificates Sivananda Yoga, Integral Yoga Meditation, Yoga Life Society Meditation and Healing Hands. She is also a senior disciple of Sri Guruji Rev. Jaganath Carrera, Founder and Spiritual Head of the Yoga Life Society.
Swami Cat & I are dedicated to honoring our teachers & their teachings. Therefore 10% of all of the Swami Cat merchandise is donated to non-profit organizations such as: The Yoga Life Society, The Honeybee Conservatory & Save Our Children.