10 reasons why you should bring your kids to Sunday morning yoga by Charlotte.

Dear grownup, child carer, blog reader, and curious human,


Here’s a little list of things that I hope will convince you to set that alarm on a sunday morning, get the kids dressed, ready and out the door in time for yoga at 9:30.
Hear me out.

1- Let’s start with you.
How often do you find yourself craving that moment of quiet time? During kids yoga, this hour now, is for you. Once your children feel settled, you have the freedom to do whatever your heart desires. Grab a coffee in one of the many coffee shops nearby, take a walk in the park across the road or read a book. If you want, of course, you can bring your own coffee and sit in the waiting room of the studio. The hour is yours… enjoy it!

2- Improvement to children’s wellbeing and mental health.

Classes aim to help children understand and improve their mental health and wellbeing. Through weekly practices, conversations, activities, games and breath work, we learn to recognise how we are feeling, and further bring our mind into a quieter, softer, more gentle place.

We spend time learning what it means to be kind to yourself and to others, practice listening to yourself and those around you, and learn how to channel energy in the body positively.

3- Improvement to a child’s physical health

As well as improving mindfulness, wellbeing and awareness of others, yoga also of course holds many physical benefits for children. We work and play through asana’s (postures) that build strength, stamina, flexibility, coordination and posture.

4 – Harnessing your child’s creativity and imagination.

Class is a creative and playful space for children. We work through imagination, story telling, games and activities. Through the power of play, I create space for their confidence and imagination to thrive.

5- Discussion and exploration around health and wellbeing topics.

Each week, the class focuses on different themes. Sometimes we spend time thinking and talking about how to be kind. Other weeks we create the most gorgeous posters, talking about self love or generosity to others. In the past we’ve explored relaxation techniques, and what to do when you’re feeling angry, nervous or worried. Learning how to cope with such emotions young is great practice leading up to adolescent and adult life.

6- Channelling that Sunday morning energy.

Kids have a lot of energy, because let’s face it, they’re kids. What better way of using, channelling and burning some of that energy than in a yoga class. Yoga brings time for quiet, focus, and personal reflection- but don’t be fooled. We run around, smile, laugh and have all the fun too. Maybe your Sunday afternoon will feel that little less energetic because of it.

7- Bringing focus and intention for the week ahead.

Sunday marks the start of the new week. Each week, likewise in adult classes, children have the opportunity to reflect on the previous week and set intentions for the week ahead.

(Side note, four year olds set the cutest little intentions. Your heart would melt hearing them.)

8- Starting good habits young.

I think we could all aspire in one way or another to being a kind human, setting intentions and practising yoga.

9- Fun!

This point is pretty self explanatory. Whether the child comes through the door pouring bundles of energy or feeling a little nervous, after ten minutes (max, honestly!) I can assure that they will be sharing their smiles, laughs, and giggles with myself and the rest of the group.

10- The Leeds Yoga family.

I think the most rewarding thing for me personally, is seeing the joy that each and every child has towards their self and everybody around them in class. The group of children at Leeds Yoga are the most welcoming, caring, understanding and playful young humans. Whether your child is four years or twelve, the group will welcome your child in with wide arms and open hearts. We have a community of kind, compassionate and loving children growing at Leeds yoga, and we would love for you to join.

Hope to see you there,
Love,

Charlotte xx

Join Charlotte each Sunday at 9.30am for Kids Yoga Club!!!

Beginner’s Yoga Workshop Saturday 2nd March 2-4pm

Join us for our beginner’s yoga workshop.
Ideal if you’re starting your yoga journey; in the 2hr programme you will:

  • Learn foundational postures (asanas) and posture groups;
  • Examine the sun salutations and variations;
  • Develop an awareness of alignment and how to safely practice;
  • Delve into the history of yoga;
  • Explore the impact of breath and it’s importance in your yoga practice;
  • Discover basic meditation techniques.
The workshop will help you to develop the confidence to join our weekly drop in classes.
On completion of the workshop you will receive a 20% discount off your first class pass.
£20 for the workshop.
For more details email info@leedsyoga.com

Inversions & Arm Balances Fridays 8th & 22nd February 7.30pm

A fortnightly class dedicated to developing the gymnastic based movements of Asana. Whether you are starting out on the journey or have a regular practice, this class will provide you with a mixed mobility approach to strength and flexibility; allowing you to make quality progress towards and feel comfortable within a large variety of hand balance postures.

£10 drop-in or use your class pass.

BOOK HERE

Yoga:Focus chatauranga Saturday 23rd February 12.30pm

Join Michelle once a month to develop specific postures, such as back bends and inversions, that you don’t always have time to flesh out in regular classes.

If you don’t know where to start, lack confidence, find restrictions or difficulty with this pose, Michelle will lead you through an alignment focused class aimed at developing and improving the focus pose.
There will be ways to access and improve whatever your starting point.

This month we will look at chatauranga dandasana or four limbed staff pose. Used so often in vinyasa yoga but often done rushed or with poor alignment.

We’ll take time to look at :
*the actions of the pose
*ways to start practicing it
*alignment
*building strength to keep shoulders happy and healthy.

“Any amount of the pose is still the pose” Jason Crandell

£10 drop-in or use your class pass.

BOOK HERE

Hyde Park Clean Up – Saturday 8th December – 10am-12pm

A cleanup of Hyde Park and the surrounding streets. This is a beautiful area that is in need of some love and attention. We will be meeting at a local cafe to start the day off right and then heading out for some quality community action. Join us at Big Depot after for a spot of climbing and a hearty get together.

Keep an eye on our social media / facebook for meeting place!

 

Winter Yin / Yang Mini Retreat – Sunday 23rd December – 2-4.30pm.

Join us on Sunday 23rd December 2 – 4.15pm for a special Winter Yin / Yang Mini Retreat.
Press pause for a couple of hours before the busyness of Christmas begins with a wonderfully warming and energising heart opening vinyasa based practice with Michelle* and then savour an hour of candlelit Yin with Natalie** to moderate worry & stress (so prevalent at this time of year!) by working on the Stomach & Spleen meridians.
Open and warm the body with the support of two teachers to then move into stillness.
The session ends with a delicious and restorative guided relaxation with 4 spaces available for reiki to enhance the nourishing experience.
Includes tasty cake, winter treats and brews after the session ends.

Limited spots at £30 each and 4 spaces at £35 to include reiki during savasana.  BOOK HERE

Join Michelle and Natalie for a renewing and reviving retreat to ensure you’re grounded and prepared for the Christmas festivities ahead.
About the teachers:

*Michelle discovered yoga when travelling in New Zealand, journeyed to India to continue her studies and now teaches alignment focused Vinyasa Flow & Ashtanga Fusion in Leeds. Her teaching draws on her advanced Vinyasa training with Jason Crandell and her own Ashtanga practice with Joey Miles. She is one of the directors at Leeds Yoga. Her aim is to facilitate her students personal enquiry while encouraging practice for longevity, mindfulness and self acceptance.

**Nat came to yoga through her time in law and above all understands the importance of self care. Nat promotes sustainable yoga so that it can be used in the everyday, on and off the mat and throughout a long and full life. Nat’s style has a strong focus on meditation and mindfulness, which complements her Yin Intensive training with Norman Blair.