For our current schedule of Zen Kids Yoga & Mindfulness after-school clubs, click here.

If you’re interested in finding out more for your children’s school,

In today’s busy and connected world, we all need to learn skills to remain calm under pressure. Yoga, as part of a belief or a lifestyle choice, offers several ways in which we can learn about ourselves, our bodies, our reactions to stress and discover new ways to deal with them.

Children are no different, and in many ways are luckier, in that their brains and bodies are in a more ‘elastic’ state. Reports from CAMHS services up and down the country point to a sharply-increased need for mental health services for children and young people. Whilst yoga and mindfulness is not a cure for serious mental illness, mindfulness and exercise are now recognised as effective treatments for stress, anxiety and depression. They both offer ways that the brain can learn to ‘switch off’ from mental chatter – and mindfulness is basically a way of exercising our ability to pay attention.

Don’t worry, these classes are aimed squarely at children and aren’t full of mumbo-jumbo! The most effective way for children to learn new techniques is via storytelling, song and movement and we make this as fun as possible. Class plans include: We’re Going on a Bee Hunt, Kids in Space!, Jungle Mayhem and Pirates in an Adventure with Animals.

Annabel qualified to teach yoga and mindfulness to children aged 3-8 in October 2017.