We have been working hard on our balance this term, in particular, our core strength and balance. One game we have loved playing to help strengthen and tone our core area is ball pass. This is a timed challenge game where we have to pass the ball around the circle to each other using only our feet! It’s harder than it looks and requires a lot of concentration!
It is always great to see well known faces and children’s role models taking some time to engage in some yoga. Mo Salah clearly knows the positive impact yoga, mindfulness and meditation can have on his physical and mental performance as a professional football player.
At the end of April we ran Miraya’s 6th birthday party and this was definitely one of our biggest parties to date…!
The biggest hit was our parachute yoga games!
In May, our yoga teacher Alison proved that yoga hugely helps you to perform as a runner. She completed the Milton Keynes half marathon for the Winter Night Shelter charity. Well done Alison, what an inspiration!!!
Look at that smile and that medal!!!
At Loughton Manor First School we teach yoga on a weekly basis as part of the school’s core curriculum. The Year 1 children absolutely love the Umbrella Game…”Umbrella, Umbrella, please choose me…”!!
The summer time sees us take as many of our classes as possible (children’s and adults) outside, closer to nature.
At Clarity brand agency where we run yoga sessions, Betsy the dog proved to be a natural at Downward Dog pose - obviously!!!
In May we reached a whopping 900 followers on social media!!! Spread the word and help us to get to 1000!
At Starshine Yoga we are always keen to challenge and inspire the children, encouraging them to work hard and believe in themselves.
When we first started looking at the very tricky Crow pose, Flynn was disheartened as he struggled to create the pose. With encouragement he persevered, kept working on it each week in our sessions and at home and he developed the self belief and confidence that he would eventually be able to do it, and he did! Great work and determination Flynn!
In our new yoga dice game you roll the dice and attempt whatever pose the dice lands on. Some of them are extremely challenging…
The summer term saw 7 of our little yogis achieving their complimentary Starshine Yoga t shirts because they have been practising yoga for over a year with us, what brilliant dedication. Congratulations to Lexi, Sienna, Kacie, Mari, Emily, Belle and Halle!!
We took some time this term to create our own relaxation sticks which we can use at home as well as in our yoga classes, to create a calm and relaxed atmosphere and to refocus our mind and thoughts if they start to wander in our relaxation and mindfulness sessions.
‘Balancing Ducks’ has been one of our most popular games in all of our 9 yoga classes this term and continues our work on maintaining good balance and posture. Could you hold a pose while balancing a toy duck on a body part at the same time?!
Maintaining balance through our breath (not just our movement) is also an incredibly important part of our classes as we know what an important role our breath has in our yoga practice. We have been using gems on different parts of our bodies and challenging ourselves to balance them on these body parts while breathing deeply.
At Starshine Yoga, the most important element to us is enjoyment and that the children have fun and leave the classes with a positive and high well being. Wheel barrow balance racing has definitely been lots of fun and something the children might like to carry on doing through their summer holidays when out in the garden or park…!
From all of the Starshine Yoga team we wish you a happy and healthy summer break and thank you for your continued support. Keep cool, keep practising your yoga and we look forward to seeing you in September!
Melissa, Victoria and Alison xxx