Yoga Beings has been developed for children aged 4 to 13 years old and can be used in both schools and outside of a school setting. Through storytelling, play and fantasy your child will learn traditional yoga postures, sequences, breathing, relaxation and meditation techniques. From feedback gathered from parents and children you may begin to see your child using yoga as part of their play.
Saturday Morning Children's Class
10am to 11:30am, Hagglers Corner, 586 Queens Road, S2 4DU MAP
It's £7.50 and £7 for a further sibling per class and the classes run termly, payment for the term is due in advance but you can join halfway through a term. £9 drop-in rate.
What to Wear?
Your child should wear clothing that does not inhibit movement and that covers them appropriately for when they are doing inverted postures. Ideally they should avoid wearing tights.
What to Bring?
Please bring a healthy snack, a bottle of water and your child can also bring a toy but it is important to note that they cannot use the toy during the class if it disrupts their practice or other children’s practice.
Classes in Schools
In a school setting Jo has used Yoga Beings as part of Healthy Schools Week, delivering Literacy programmes, Citizenship, History, Creative Writing, P.E. and raising Cultural Awareness. As you can see Yoga Beings can be used in a wide variety of settings and Jo is more than happy to work in partnership with Head Teachers, Teachers and schools generally to implement yoga within schools in a fun and interactive way. Jo currently runs a number of morning and after school yoga clubs in these schools:
Hunters Bar Junior School
Carterknowle Junior School
Sharrow Primary School
What to Wear?
Your child should follow the school's policy and wear their P.E. kit. We do yoga barefoot but they will need their pumps for toilet breaks. Bring a bottle of water and healthy snack for after the class.
To Parents and Schools
If you are a parent and would like your child to attend the Saturday morning class or perhaps you would like to see yoga in the school your child attends please Contact Jo to discuss options.
Equally if you are a school and you would like Jo to implement yoga throughout your school please get in touch with her to discuss options.
Benefits of Yoga for Children
There has been a lot of press about the benefits of yoga for children. Please Contact Jo if you would like further info about this research. Briefly however, it has been shown to have the following benefits:
- Improves emotional and social skills;
- Increases ability to identify and locate body parts;
- Improves co-ordination and balance;
- Improves concentration and calmness;
- Increases flexibility;
- Improves general health.
Jo's Experience and Qualifications
- I have a YogiYou certificate to teach yoga to kids & teens;
- I have been teaching yoga to children since 2006;
- I have an up to date enhanced CRB check;
- I have an up to date First Aid certificate;
- I have an up to date Children’s Protection Policy;
- I have a certificate in Child Protection Awareness training.
Jo has taught yoga to children from a variety of different backgrounds, including children with special educational needs and children who have English as a second language. If you would like to view copies of any of the above please do not hesitate to ask.
Some Photos of Yoga Beings
Watch a Video of Yoga Beings in Schools
A Caterpillar Singing Loudly
A Caterpillar Singing Loudly is a children's yoga book written by Yoga Nature's own Joanna Bertzeletos. It is a yoga book inspired by the Twelve Days of Christmas but which can be used all year round. Anyone can use this book from as young as three years of age right up to adulthood. You can use this book on your own, with your family, or in your school. If you are a teacher in a school you can use this book as part of PE, Citizenship, play, creative writing, literacy or other areas of the curriculum. If you are a yoga teacher you can use this book in your classes. In the book you will go on a yogic adventure, become a Grand Master Yogini or Yogi, learn a new language and new words. You will also find projects to do and tips on how to self-empower yourself. The book is fun, interactive and filled with wonderful yoga wisdom. It also includes a poster to help you with your practice. Jammed full with over 200 photographs and over 50 illustrations.
The book costs £13.99, please get in touch if you would like to order a copy.
Here is a little video that we made about the book...