Happy New Year to everyone, and welcome to January’s Newsletter…
Dates for your Diary
Tuesday’s during Term Time:
Before school yoga club at Wilberlee Primary School (closed group) – Sessions begin again on Tuesday 10th January.
Wednesday’s during Term Time:
YogaTots preschool class suitable for children from about 18mth/2 years old. The class includes yoga postures and movements to music, games and an introduction to mindful breathing and relaxation. The class runs from 9:45 til 10:45, at Active Bodies in Milnsbridge, and costs just £4 per child (£2 for additional children in the group) and includes a snack and drink for the children afterwards. And if you are planning to come regularly you can get your 6th class free with our loyalty card.
Classes start back on Wednesday 11th January.
Sunday 8th January:
Kids yoga class for HDSSG (closed group)
Saturday 21st January:
Kids yoga at Colne Valley Garden Centre 1:30-3:30pm, as part of the weekly DanzStarz class. This is a free class suitable for children aged approx 3+, and you can drop in and stay as long as you want. The class will include yoga postures and movements to music, games, a story, craft activity, plus an introduction to breathing and relaxation.
Sunday 22nd January:
Mindfulness workshop for members of Huddersfield Natural Parenting group, their friends and family (closed group).
Save the date:
On Sunday February 12th (9:30-11:30)I am launching a new family mindfulness workshop. This will be aimed at school aged children (5yrs +) and their parents/carers. I have lots of fun ideas for introducing mindfulness to kids, and the plan is to run the workshops alternate months.
Some interesting recent stories from the world of yoga and mindfulness…
At last some advice around happiness that makes sense! I often find myself getting frustrated with our culture and the way that it portrays an ideal of perfect happiness, leaving anyone who falls short of this as somehow inadequate or failing, rather than human! This article blows that out of the water stating that perfect happiness does not exist, and much of the advice for how to achieve happiness is hogwash!
Ireland has identified that it has a big problem with teen suicides (the forth highest rates in Europe according to the research cited in the article). To address this problem they have decided to address this in schools, by introducing more education around mental health.
So for those of you thinking of a crash diet as one of your New Year Resolutions to lose weight and be more healthy, maybe it’s time to consider the wider implications of what we eat! This article summaries some of the research linking nutrition to mental health.
Practical Tip: A mindful strategy for a resilient New Year
The new year is a great cue for ‘beginning again’ which is the essence of all mindfulness practice. This article from Mindful Magazine offers three steps to a resilient New Year, making the year itself a mindfulness practice, rather than falling into the setting and failing of traditional New Year’s resolutions.
If you are interested in a free taster session of either children’s yoga or adult mindfulness, for your community group or business, then please get in touch as I have some availability.