Brand New Term

Brand New Term

Good Morning.

Welcome to our first blog post of 2017.

We have some exciting news that we want to share with you about the growth of the team AND we have released our March term times and locations across the North East for Baby Yoga.

We also have some amazing sleepsuits, vests and bibs that you can buy from your local instructor, or from the YogaPupz website – the sleepsuits and vest can be personalised with your babies name:


If you are new to our classes and are unsure about committing to a full 6 week term, please just let us know and we can work with you to try out one session before you pay for the full set of sessions 🐾

THE TEAM

We have an amazing team of instructors who are dying to meet you and your baby to start them on their developmental journey:

  • Bev is our Sunderland instructor, she has 2 sons, Layton & Louie and is from the fitness industry having trained as a PT and fitness instructor she decided to move over to working with babies. Since she started with us in September 2016 she has had some amazing feedback for her classes and continues to inspire and entertain everyone in her sessions:

  • Jill is our Washington, Gateshead and Chester-le-Street instructor. She joined us in November 2016 and has gone from strength to strength with most of her classes now having a waiting list. She has a little boy, Harry, who inspired her to leave a job in sales to work with parents and babies who have been in her situation. The feedback we have receveived from Jill’s classes have been outstanding and we know that they will only get better:

  • Mel is our Durham instructor, she joined us in November 2016 and is from an early years background by working with the local children’s centres – she has 4 children and Noah is her youngest. Mel attended toddler yoga sessions with Noah and quickly found that it helped with his development as he was a premature baby – she then decided that she wanted to help pass on that development to other parents and their babies and joined the team.

Sessions will be starting very soon in Durham so if you are interested please let us know where you are and where you would love to see a baby yoga session:

TODDLER YOGA

At the end of March, Bev and Jill will be completing their toddler yoga training, meaning that they can accepted babies that are actively crawling all the way to pre-school age.

If you are interested in these sessions then please drop us an email and we will ensure that you are kept updated as soon as the bookings open up.

Lastly, we are super excited to announce that we have been nominated for another award. This time it is with the What’s On 4 Kids website and we are thrilled to have been put forward for our baby activities sessions – we will release further information once voting opens.


We will be keeping you updated with news on classes and progress on a fortnightly basis so watch out for our next newsletter but please don’t hesitate to get in touch at any time as we are here for you 🐾

Until next time

The YogaPupz team

info@yogapupz.co.uk

www.YogaPupz.co.uk

Extra baby yoga session

Did you miss out on a space for our award winning baby yoga classes starting next week?

Don’t worry – we’ve managed to secure a third class BUT be quick as it’s already half sold out.

Join us on a Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 for a fun-filled term of developmental sessions which will work through a series of yoga poses, songs and sensory activities all aimed at aiding your babies development as well increasing the bond between you and your little one.

baby yoga

Our sessions are inclusive and relaxed, we welcome mums, dads, grandparents and siblings – we love nothing more than promoting family bonding time.

We following the Early Years Foundation stages (EYFS) when we plan our sessions as well as personally adapting our sessions weekly to suit the needs of the mums/dads and babies currently attending.

Be assured that our instructors are qualified, DBS check, insured and hold full first aid training so you and your little one will be well looked after.

To find out more infortmation click on the Facebook link or to book your space (limited to 10) then click on the following link:

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Namastè

Sarah & Bev xx

Kids Yoga 6 week term

YogaPupz have a brand new 6 week term of kids yoga starting on Tuesday 4th October – each week will see a new adventure using yoga poses and incorporating breathing and mindfulness.

  • Week 1: Squish the fish adventure 
  • Week 2: Star Wars adventure
  • Week 3: Frozen adventure
  • Week 4: Jungle Book adventure
  • Week 5: Lulu the Lion cub adventure
  • Week 6: Adventure made up by kids 

A lot of children can feel stressed or anxious by change or pressures at school or home and of course puberty & hormone changes.

Kids yoga gives them a physical, mental and emotional outlet to release that pent up stress! Without the competition and fear of feeling inferior to anybody else – everything is encouraged to be done to their own abilities and with regular practise they will see improvements and progression.

In our yoga classes we consistently emphasize on the positives in life and good feelings to help bring in a more positive outlook and lasting uplifting impression on the brain – we talk about our yoga adventure and discuss how it can help us in our everyday lives e.g. being brave.

I feel that kids yoga is much about the emotional development not just the physical development, that is why we always try to talk about and explore our feelings during and at the end of our sessions.

plane pose
Kids yoga can provide benefits for:

  • The Skeleton
  • Developing Joints
  • Flexibility and Balance
  • Respiratory System
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Nervous System
  • Hormone Regulations
  • Immune System

As well as stories, adventures and yoga we also like to include some form of mindful activity into the sessions, these help focus the kids and encourage them to concentrate and be creative.

If you would like to join us on our yoga journey then just click the booking link below:

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We hope to see you in a class soon

Namastè

Sarah & The YogaPupz team x

Award winning kids yoga

YogaPupz were nominated for an award under the New Business category at the Amazing Wearside Awards 2016.

On Thursday 29th September we were officially named the winners and we received this amazing trophy along with the title of “Best New Business 2016”


We would like to thank everyone that attends any of our kids yoga classes and we are so grateful for the level of support that we get from everyone.

We work so hard to bring yoga to the children of the North East and we hope that one day our dream of providing accessible yoga & mindfulness sessions to everyone in the region will become reality.

We are always striving to be the best and to provide the best classes we can to children of all ages – from babies, toddlers, kids and teens. We will continue to work hard and keep growing stronger and stronger.

If you would like to find out more on any of our classes then please feel free to visit our website or click the following links HERE for links to book on our current/next courses.

We also come your nursery, school or group so just Contact Us for more information.

If you have experience with children and are interested in joining our team then please get in touch for an informal chat with Sarah, our founder and director.

Thank you again for all of your lovely congratulation comments and support – we are truly grateful ❤️

Sarah & Bev 

Baby Yoga course

Our brand new term of baby yoga starts tomorrow, we have 6 weeks of fun planned for the mum & babies.

If you’ve never been to a baby yoga class then why not come along to a session and try for only £5 – if you love it then you can pay £25 for the remaining 5 weeks.

Class benefits include:

• Health and physical development

• Fitness and mental agility

• Family bonding and personal skills

• Illness prevention

• Developed in line with Early Years Foundation Stages

• Communication and language skills

• Social and emotional development

• Illness prevention

• develop confidence

• Health benefits can aid illness prevention and recovery for colic conditions, digestive problems, low muscle tone and general exercise conditioning.

At the end of the 6 weeks you will made new mummy friends and your baby will have increased in confidence as well as developed mentally, socially and physically. You will want to return term after term until your baby is crawling 


If you would like to join us please use the following link to secure your space as there are only 3 left in both sessions:

– Monday’s 10am

– Wednesday’s 12:15pm

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See you in a class soon

Sarah & Bev xx

What is Yoga?

What is Yoga? Yoga is derived from Sanskrit, which is the ancient language of India. The term itself means Union, Integration and Wholeness – it is used to promote the harmonious collaboration of your mind, body and spirit.

What is yoga
Benefits of Yoga

Yoga’s stretching, strengthening and meditative exercises are beneficial because they require your full attention and focus on the movements, this then discourages your mind from wandering and thinking about unrelated worries.

Using yoga to concentrate the mind and directing it away from distracting matters will have a soothing, settling effect – energy is therefore conserved rather than squandered.

However, yoga cannot be seen as a quick fix. You cannot assume to see immediate results, these will be proportionate to the effort you make when integrating yoga into your weekly (or daily) routine. Through regular practise you will come to know your body which in turn allows you to get in touch with your inner feelings more – this is then a form of mindfulness.

This mindfulness is excellent for promoting calm and control in your busy and stressful life, making it invaluable in keeping your mind, body and spirit happy and glowing.

“When the breath wanders, the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still… Therefore, one should learn to control the breath”

Hathaway Yoga Pradipika

Practising yoga as a group can have extra benefits, it can help to build up your self-confidence.

If you are looking for a yoga class then group sizes of 10-12 are usually perfect, this ensures your paractise is safe and monitored but you still get the benefits of the class all working together in harmony – many times in Teen classes partner work is encouraged, this builds self-confidence, friendships and trust of other people.

What is yoga - Partner Yoga Pose

Yoga for Bedtime

Nowadays it isn’t just the adults who have very busy and stressful schedules, a lot of the time kids and teens feel the pressures of school, extra curricular clubs and demanding friendships/relationships – that’s why yoga is so important in managing those stress levels and promoting a good, long rest during the night.

Sleep fulfills two important functions:

  1. The restoration of energy
  2. The resynchronisation of the body

Sleep deprivation can cause serious consequences when it is left over long periods of time, this could include:

  • Low energy levels
  • Low motivation
  • Poor concentration
  • Poor performance
  • Depression
  • Psychosis (in more extreme cases)

Practising 5-10 minutes of yoga before bedtime can promote good quality sleep. This includes gentle movements, breathing exercises and possibly burning some aromatic oils which can also have calming properties.

It is also said that a warm bath followed by a herbal tea can also promote good quality sleep.

Watch out for our new Kids & Teen yoga classes coming to The Yoga Project in June.

www.yogaproject.co.uk

Namastè 🙏🏻

Sarah x

Yoga poses for kids & parents

Yoga poses for kids & parents

Yoga poses for Kids and Parents – Yoga is great for kids, but it’s even better when parents get involved with them too – make it a daily or weekly thing and turn it into special time with your child.

These are 24 really simple (not all easy) yoga poses for kids and parents that you can do at home, all you need is enough space to lie down on a mat for 15 minutes – I guarantee you will both love it & it will really increase your bonding as kids love to be involved in what you are doing.

If you find that your child really enjoys yoga why not bring them along to one of our yoga adventures, where we use yoga poses to work through a story and then have a short relaxation period at the end. As yoga is non-competitive you can practise without the fear of doing something wrong or not being better than somebody else, we always focus on what you can and how we can progress your ability further.

If you chose to practise yoga with your child then you will find that their concentration levels will increase with regular practise and they will get physically stronger too – but yoga isn’t just about the physical benefits, you may notice other benefits in your child too – here are list of some of the benefits that you may notice in your child:

  • Calmer and more relaxed
  • Deeper bonding with your child – working together and being involved in each others practise will deepen the bond between you, once you have both mastered a pose you will feel empowered together
  • Ability to cope with stressful situations easier – mindfulness and relaxation which is built into the foundations of every yoga practice
  • Increased focus and concentration – yoga encourages you to clear your mind and focus on the effort of the positions and poses
  • A boost in their confidence and self-esteem – when a child masters a pose it give them confidence and self-esteem
  • Increased flexibility – making your child aware of their body and how it functions

NOTE: Yoga also provides tools for practicing compassion, mindfulness, generosity, focus, strength, and flexibility.

You may notice how yoga benefits your child but you should also encourage your child to notice too, all of the children who have been to my class absolutely loved it, they also enjoyed showing their parents the new yoga moves they’ve learnt in class once they get home 🙌🏻

Kids Yoga Classes - Yoga poses for kids and parents

Get your kids active in a non competitive way and they will thank you for it in the long term.

Namastè 🙏🏻

Sarah x

Sensory during Baby Yoga

Sensory during Baby Yoga

We love sensory during baby yoga session we include some form of sensory, whether we are using the Pom Poms or lying on the foil blankets – the babies are getting something from it.

Sensory during baby yoga - foil blanket

 

Sensory play is so important for babies as they’re limited by their mobility and dexterity, but not their ability to interact with the world. Babies can enjoy feeling things, looking at things and smelling things – all of these things that they’re exploring help them to develop mentally.

In our classes we always play relaxing music at the start of the sessions, this lets baby know that they’re in baby yoga and it stimulates their senses ready to relax.

We also blow lots of bubbles during our final relaxation of the session, this is a great way to get babies eyes developing as they follow the falling bubbles.

We also include lovely sensory toys like this monster called Gilly, he is so soft but also smells like candy, as well as having crinkled ears and a hood that you can pull down:

Sensory during baby yoga - monster Gilly
Sensory bags are available to buy in your child’s very own YogaPupz bag, personalised with their name for only £10.

Baby classes this week are:

Monday 10-11am @ The Yoga Project, Castletown

Wednesday 10-11am @ The Millers Inn, Fulwell (includes free tea/coffee)

Namastè

Sarah (YogaPupz)

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