All I want for Christmas is yoga!!!

Following a parent survey we carried out in the summer, this term has seen us start a new yoga class on a Tuesday for children and teens aged between 8 and 13 years. It has been popular with already 10 members attending and we have enjoyed learning some challenging poses and sequences. Spaces are still available for this class so send us an email if you would like to book on.

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Emily from our older class brilliantly demonstrating camel pose…

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Not only have the older students been working hard, the younger students have been practising some incredibly challenging poses too. Here is Shreya (who has only recently started yoga with us) confidently having a go at plough pose…

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And Keira and Lexi demonstrating bow pose…

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We were thrilled to reach over 500 followers on one of our social media channels in October. Our aim is to reach out and help as many children as possible to learn yoga and mindfulness tools to support their physical and emotional well-being.

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In addition to our 8 weekly classes we have enjoyed some new projects this term. In September we ran 3 yoga and mindfulness sessions for Herons Lodge Girl Guide Group and we are now available for other Guides, Brownies, Cubs and Scout group session…

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We also ran the first of 3 Yoga and Mindfulness sessions for year 2 children and parents at Glastonbury Thorn Primary School and had some great feedback. The children at the school have been doing yoga every Friday, so it was really worthwhile for parents to attend and to see what we do in our sessions and learn ideas they can practise at home…

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We have been lucky enough to have many new additions to our yoga classes this term. Georgie is now volunteering at our Oxley Park Community Centre class on a Tuesday…

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And Max the worry monster has been visiting all of our classes. The children discuss or write down anything that is worrying them and we talk about the worries and possible solutions as a group. Then we feed them into Max, zip him up and he eats them up so that we no longer need to worry about those issues!

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With so much in the media about the importance of cutting down our plastic usage, we have been keen at Starshine Yoga to make an effort to do this too. We used to use plastic straws to play our air soccer breathing game but we have got rid of the straws and challenged ourselves to do it without…

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A new term always brings new ideas. The children have especially loved our feather breath at the beginning of sessions where they challenge themselves to see how high they can blow a feather using one deep yoga breath…

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They have also been excited to use our powerful relaxation gems at the end of sessions to help relax our bodies and minds…

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And our solo massage where we learned to massage our own hands and feet has been a big hit too!

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We always love to see and hear how much our students love the classes. Thank you to Flynn who designed this brilliant poster for us! :-)

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This term’s festivities started with our Halloween themed yoga sessions. The children (and adults) always enjoy dressing up…

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But Christmas will always be a special time of year at Starshine Yoga. This year we made Gratitude Yoga Mat decorations for the Christmas tree…

Step 1: Write down something you are grateful for on your mini yoga mat.

Step 2: Decorate the other side of the mat.

Step 3: Roll up the mat and fasten with sellotape.

Step 4: Wrap a pipe cleaner around either end of the mat and hang on your Christmas tree.

With a focus on mindfulness we had some amazing discussions about what children were grateful for (particularly important at this time of year) and we were humbled by so many of the children’s ideas…

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Not only did these prove such a big hit in our classes but a yoga company based in Chicago even decided to make them too…!

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We know that many of our students have an elf on the shelf visit their home in December and Maya even brought hers along to a yoga class for it to participate in! If you also have an elf at home, here are some ideas of some yoga moves they could do…

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Cobra pose

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Dog pose

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We would like to wish all of our students and parents a very merry Christmas and a happy new year and we look forward to seeing you in January. We have exciting news coming in 2019 so keep watching this space…

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