About Sydney Solis
Since 2000, Sydney Solis has been spreading the joy and wisdom of kids yoga and story with classes, performances, trainings and workshops internationally. (View a complete list of her past performances here.) From her children's show on PBS to The National Association for the Education of Young Children to Kids Yoga Camps at Kripalu, Sydney enchants audiences of all ages with Storytime Yoga™.
As a little girl growing up in Boulder, Colorado Sydney frequently perused her fathers huge collection of books on yoga, myths, stories and religions of all cultures.
Her father was born in Indonesia and is a child survivor of the Ambarawa Japanese concentration camp on Java during World War II. Her childhood was influenced by his story and interest in Eastern religions and yoga. At age 12 she started meditating and joined Astara and later The Self-Realization Fellowship. When Sydney entered the eighth grade, her sister, Nancy (Narada), became a Hare Krsna devotee. Sydney learned the stories and philosophies of India.
She studied theater and dance at the University of Colorado, Boulder and did work study with the Nancy Spanier Dance Theatre. She studied photography at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California and earned a B.A. in Journalism and Spanish from Metropolitan State College of Denver. She worked in the United States, Mexico and Ecuador as a reporter and award-winning photographer and was a religion reporter for the Bakersfield Californian. Sydney has worked as an English as a Second Language tutor in public elementary and high schools and worked in her children's Montessori classrooms for seven years.
It was after settling down with married life and raising two children that she discovered her love of storytelling in 2000. She spent three years as a Spellbinder, volunteering to tell stories to public school children. After her husband's suicide in 2003, she became a professional storyteller and yoga teacher. She studied storytelling with Laura Simms, Rebecca Armstrong, Susan Marie-Frontczak and Kate Lutz.
She began practicing hatha yoga in 1993 after a hit-and-run car injury. Sydney has more than 375 hours of training in the Anusara yoga tradition. She completed a 200-hour Anusara training with her teacher Bhakti and Level I teacher training with Anusara founder John Friend. She studied yoga therapy with senior Anusara teachers Jeanie Manchester and Anthony Bogart, Ashtanga yoga with Richard Freeman, and Yoga Nidra with SreeDevi Bringi. She also has studied meditation at the Boulder Shambhala Center. If she ever got around to turning in the paperwork, she would have something like a Yoga Alliance 500-level standing or more.
She publishes her books through The Mythic Yoga™ Studio, LLC in Boulder, Colorado. She is the author of numerous books and albums, including:
- The storytelling CD The Golden Cucumber: Stories of Indonesia, 2003, Talking Dragonfly Productions
- Chili Today, Hot Tamale and other Tummy Tales, 2004, Jems Press
- Storytime Yoga: Teaching Yoga to Children Through Story, 2006 - Nominated for the Anne Izard Storyteller's Choice Award
- The Treasure in Your Heart: Yoga and Stories for Peaceful Children, 2008
- Yoga Con Cuentos: Como Enseñar yoga a los niños mediante el uso de Cuentos (2010)
- The children's yoga DVD The Peddler's Dream, 2007 - Winner of the Parents Choice Foundarion Recommended Award
Sydney is an associate of the Joseph Campbell Foundation and has produced four World Peace Interfaith Storytelling Gatherings at the Boulder Public Library.
Sydney also writes poetry and creates photographic art. After living in Boulder, Colorado for most of her life, she now lives with her two children and little dog, Sergeant Pepe, in Frederiksted, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. She is very glad that she followed her bliss, because as in fairy tales, she got what she wanted, just not the way she expected it.
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