Welcome to October’s Newsletter. As the weather gets colder it seems that summer has now definitely come to an end. I think the changing seasons are a great reminder of the fact that things are always constantly changing around us – which provides the perfect opportunity to practice acceptance (rather than trying to resist the inevitable change!)
Dates for your Diary
Tuesday’s during Term Time: Before school yoga club at Wilberlee Primary School (closed group)
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. No class on 26th October as it’s half term.
Sunday 9th October: Kids yoga class for HDSSG (closed group)
Saturday 15th October & 5th November: 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 16th October: October also sees the return of my monthly mindfulness workshop for HNP (closed group)
Some interesting recent stories from the world of yoga and mindfulness…
This isn’t a new article, but I recently stumbled across it – so it’s new to me!. It is quite a good (and brief) summary of the scientific research showing the benefits of yoga and mindfulness for children.
The news about the Balitmore school which has replaced detention with yoga and mindfulness has popped up on my FaceBook newsfeed several times over the last few weeks, so I thought it was worth including here. I have to admit I did have concerns about how this was being implemented, as the last thing we want is for kids to equate mindfulness with punishment or for teachers to use it as a more ‘acceptable’ way of implementing time out (‘you’ve done something so you have to go to another room and meditate’), but from what I’ve read it seems to be part of a wider mindfulness program being implemented across the school. And most importantly it seems to be working to help kids develop emotional resilience.
Practical Tip: Settling the Mind
Ever feel like your mind is going to explode from all the thoughts buzzing around inside? I know I do! Developing the ability to settling the mind requires practice and patience, but is definitely worth it. This article from Mindful Magazine gives three simple tips for settling the mind.
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.