Private yoga classes are available for children who are looking for a personalised practice in their home environment. These sessions are also a great way to involve a sibling, or a small group of friends.
Classes are available throughout term time and school holidays.
Little Yoga Studio teaches family yoga one Saturday every month, from 10-10.45am. Each session focuses on creative ways to connect with the breath and the body, including games and a mindful story with yoga poses. We’ll wrap up the class giving you and your little one/s time to relax together. Booking essential.
Boreham Village Hall, Main Road, Boreham, Essex, CM3 3JD
Saturday, September 4 Saturday, October 16 Saturday, November 13 Saturday, December 11
Little Yoga Studio is currently teaching little yogis at Howbridge Infants School in Witham, Essex. If your child is a pupil you can enquire through the school to book your child’s place. Classes run term time only.
Howbridge Infants School in Witham
Children’s Yoga Class in Colchester
Unity Primary, Colchester
Little Yoga Studio is currently teaching little yogis at Unity Primary in Colchester, Essex. If your child is a pupil you can enquire through the school to book your child’s place. Classes run term time only.
Unity Primary, Colchester
Every Thursday (term time only)
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‘It only takes a reminder to breathe, a moment to be still, and just like that, something in me settles, softens, makes space for imperfection. The harsh voice of judgement drops to a whisper and I remember again that life isn’t a relay race; that we will all cross the finish line; that waking up to life is what we were born for. As many times as I forget, catch myself charging forward without even knowing where I’m going, that many times I can make the choice to stop, to breathe, and be, and walk slowly into the mystery.’ ~ Danna Faulds ✨
I’ve always found comfort in words and these really landed with me today after a short but fast-paced week. Life isn’t what it was pre-pandemic; I remind myself we’re still in the eye of the storm and to take each day as it comes. A reminder to be in the moment; savour the beautiful and go gently.
(Pic from a silly afternoon with my girls jumping on haystacks and trying to catch the sun with our hands 😍 ☀️)
Leaving this here to remind myself how delicious a little pause can be ✨
It almost feels rebellious (it’s not, it’s essential, but the feeling of rebellion makes it even more tempting); as stepping off the hamster wheel even for the briefest of moments allows us the opportunity to connect with the felt senses.
I find this is followed up nicely by a cup of tea and something really nice to eat 😉.
As this time of year can feel like a new beginning; a chance to tune into what’s needed, what we’re desiring and what would serve us to let go of, it can sometimes feel a little overwhelming (particularly as we edge closer to the Autumn Equinox, 🙋🏼♀️ if you hear me).
So in class we’ve been focusing on grounding ourselves to meet the needs of our individual, present moment experience. Cultivating the practice of Sthira Sukha - which in short, means creating a balance of steadiness, strength and ease.
So it got me thinking about grounding as a term, as a practice and how that can look/feel/be not just on the yoga mat, but in our daily lives too.
I’ve put together an email on my thoughts and experience of what it means to ground; along with some of my favourite practices. These you can do anytime, anywhere, and might help as we feel into the shifts.
If you’d like to have a read and aren’t on my mailing list, then drop me a DM or email to be added. I ll be sending it out a little later today for some potential bedtime reading.
Think of it like a little toolbox that might invite in a greater sense of openness and balance.
It’s been a beautiful few days celebrating a special anniversary and filling up my own cup on a yoga retreat (practicing what I preach!). Looking forward to sharing some delicious grounding practices in classes this week.
Lots of opportunity to take time for you; whether it’s indoors, under the trees or via the Zoom lens:
MONDAY - 7.15 - 8.15pm Mindful Flow Via Yoga at the Mill / Zoom
I’ve said right now, but really, when does pyjama yoga and saying no not feel good? ✨
I’ve been quiet on here as we settle into a new back to school routine. As I watch my little one bravely navigate this transition, I’m reminding myself that doing things that feel good; that support my wellbeing are of benefit to her too.
Here are some of my favourite things I’m leaning into right now. September and that ‘new term’ often feels a good time to find some order in the chaos; feel into a new rhythm and routine, but no one said we couldn’t take our sweet time.
I’m a big believer in simplicity being the key to a more fulfilled life. As someone who works hard to create little pockets of time for herself in amongst all the LIFE happening, it’s honestly done wonders for my mood and sense of self. Present moment awareness has a lot to answer for.
I really recommend next time you’re out in nature just pausing; putting your phone down (after snapping said beautiful flower picture obviously) and spending a few minutes taking in the sheer beauty that’s all around us. Noticing how you feel, preferably with your feet in the earth, and breathing.
Follow the journey, the sound, the feeling of your breath in your nostrils just for a few moments. How are you doing?
Or, when you’re doing the necessary stuff like washing the floor, give it your full attention: notice the parts of your body moving, how you’re breathing, what you’re needing.
Instagram is great for inspiration but it sometimes make us feel like we should be achieving some lofty ideals before breakfast… Here’s to connecting regularly with ourselves throughout our busy day, without having to place unrealistic expectations on our shoulders ✌🏻
I always feel there’s a sense of order that rolls in around September (hello Virgo season) and I for one am ready for it 🙋🏼♀️
In classes over the last few weeks we’ve had a focus on boosting the body’s natural detoxification process. Side bends and stretches along with some Yin to bring gentle acupressure to the liver/gallbladder meridians to cleanse and release. I like to think of it as a clearing of the decks so our individual paths feel clearer ☀️
Do you have a place you can go to create a little space in your mind? ✨
To breathe more consciously, to feel more ‘in’ your body and take stock of what you’re holding onto? What you need to let go of? Swipe right to see mine >>>
It might be somewhere you like to walk the dog, a secluded part of your garden; perhaps even your local park. You might even have one without really realising - perhaps a space you find yourself drawn to when things feel tense or out of control.
After the last 18 months, it feels more important than ever to have that happy place. To be by yourself, or with a loved one, to find some connection and space; if only for a few minutes. So I’m really looking forward to sharing some gentle practices in mine.
Starting August 15 at the @markshallestate, you can join me in a secluded area of the woodland - surrounded by the amazing smell of eucalyptus trees - for some practices. All you need is a mat and a blanket, and to wear some light layers to stay comfortable.
Sessions are suitable for all and you can find out more and book via the link in the bio. I’m so excited for these - time to create space for you, in among the trees.
It’s been a funny old week, a mixture of serious weather highs and lows, the juggle of work life and #mumlife but getting back to Family Yoga after a lengthy COVID-induced pause has been a real highlight.
This week I’ve been teaching sessions at @rhshydehall as part of a summer series. I’m back again August 11 & 13, with my own Family Yoga classes resuming in Chelmsford from September (details in bio). And it has to be said, I’ve really missed them!
We were forced indoors today due to the weather (but just 👀 at this space!), but that didn’t mean we couldn’t explore a nature inspired mindful story, or talk about the importance of looking after ourselves and the natural world around us.
After so many months not teaching children, it’s made me realise how joyful it is when children share their energy and thoughts with you. Such a pleasure.
If you joined us today I’d love to hear what your little one/s enjoyed most. Feel free to pop a comment below! 👇🏻
It’s been a hot minute since Family Yoga happened, so I couldn’t be more excited to be back to it this week! 👩👦
This coming Wednesday and Friday, I ll be hosting a series of family yoga classes at @rhshydehall. Nestled under the trees in the Millennium Avenue, I’m running a few sessions each day for families to enjoy. Each class will feature a mindful story with yoga poses, breathing practices, games and time for you to relax with your little one/s. It’s a lovely way to experience the wonderful benefits of yoga in a creative, fun and inspiring way.
There’s no need to pre-book, simply visit Hyde Hall on the day and get a wristband for either the 10.30am, 11.45am or 1pm session. Mats are provided so just make sure you come in something comfy!
A teacher of mine recently reminded me of the importance of “letting yoga light you up all the way to your face.” And it got me thinking about how we can so easily hold tension in the jaw, in the muscles of the face and neck in so many asanas; whether we’re balancing; when our strength and endurance is being tested and also when we’re maybe overstepping the boundaries of what truly feels good in our bodies.
But it also served as a reminder to be more joyful in our practice. I think I’ve managed a little smirk in this picture but really it should be a full on beam given that I’ve just filled up my cup in a room full of yogis. If we’re enjoying something, why not let it show?
And did you know that smiling actually releases endorphins? It’s like sending little love notes to your brain. A natural mood booster. Give it a go, it’s good - I promise 😉
‘Then there is the breeze - someone once said to go there for secrets and peace…’
A scene from my happy place this evening that offered some space around my thoughts. While the practices of yoga teach us of non-attachment, ‘Aparigraha,’ it certainly doesn’t mean it has to come easily. And navigating change, particularly when we want to hold tight to what we’re losing, can feel like the hardest thing to do.
Of course the only constant we all have, is change itself. And while we might not be in touch with the every minutiae of change that’s happening in every moment, life is constant flux.
It’s hard to let go of what we dearly don’t want to lose isn’t it? And often that change means a step into the unknown, new territory. Tonight I reminded myself that without embracing the darker side - of loss, grief, anger, sadness - we’re not being open to all that life is. We’re not expected to welcome in the difficult times with open arms, but perhaps even a softening or an invitation to let go into the moment feels a step in the right direction. As without the hard stuff, can we ever really know the beauty of the good stuff?
There’s certainly a lot of change happening for all of us right now. For those among us who want to cling on for dear life - I hear you. Im not there yet either. Here’s to finding spaces, moments, a greater sense of awareness to help us navigate it all as best we can 🙏🏻
There are no classes this week as I take a break with my little fam. Wishing you all a gentle week ❤️