Survey proves yoga is best all round form of exercise


Yoga and Pilates top the list as the best all-round exercise for those with conditions such as stress, anxiety or depression, osteoporosis, arthritis, asthma, and high blood pressure.

A new survey from, of nearly 300 GPs and health experts has revealed which forms of exercise doctors recommend if you suffer from any of the seven most common chronic health conditions in the UK. 

Yoga and Pilates most consistently came out as one the most best form of exercise to help reduce the symptoms of some of the UKs most common conditions including, stress, anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, arthritis, Parkinson’s, and also asthma.

Dr. Sarah Jarvis MBE, GP and clinical director of, commented: “Doctors agree that yoga and Pilates can be beneficial for many conditions. Both activities are low-impact and gentle, and can help to reduce blood pressure, ease stress, and strengthen the muscles which support the joints. Our survey showed that GPs and health experts would prescribe Yoga and Pilates as the number one form of exercise for people with a range of different conditions, including Asthma, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, arthritis and Parkinson’s.

“It’s important to let your instructor know of any pre-existing medical conditions that you have, so that they can adapt the movements or poses for your individual needs. You should also check with your doctor or physiotherapist first to find out if there are any particular movements that you should avoid.”

YOGADOO founder, Lucy Aston added: "One of the most attractive parts about yoga for me was its accessibility. Even before I trained as a yoga teacher, I loved the fact that I could roll out my mat at home, in my pyjamas if I liked! and start moving and focusing on my breath. Of course it is important to have a mindful practice and to be aware of how we are feeling in any particular moment, on any particular day. Both in our physical body but also in our mind and not push or compare ourselves to anyone else. It is our practice. But it does mean that even with a fairly serious medical condition, if you have spoke to your GP or specialist who has given you the green light to practice yoga, you can enjoy the gentlest of stretches or simply connecting with your body through your practice."


Lucy added "That is another reason why yoga is so good for us, especially children is its non-competitive nature. You don't need to be against anyone, you are not part of a team, it is all for you. Yoga is a crucial weapon in the armoury of self care and self love."



Yoga is a crucial weapon in the armoury of self care and self love.
— Founder of YOGADOO, Lucy Aston

Introducing our new teacher, Emma!


YOGADOO is delighted to add another fabulous specialist children's yoga teacher to our team.

Bath-based Emma Reynolds has worked with children for thirty years starting her career as a Montessori teacher and nursery nurse, running a small Montessori school before having her own children.

Emma has a vast experience in working with children with special needs having taught in both special needs and mainstream settings and has worked as a SENCO. 

Having practiced yoga most of her adult life Emma has seen the positive impact it has had on her own children's physical and mental well being. Her passion to share her knowledge led Emma to complete the Special Yoga for Special Children course. She is also a qualified children's yoga teacher through Rainbow Kids, where she trained at the world-famous Pineapple dance studios.

YOGADOO will be announcing some special events in the coming months for children who have special needs and specific challenges, so please make sure you are signed up to our newsletter via the bottom of the YOGADOO homepage.

After shadowing for a number of sessions, Emma is running her first YOGADOO Holiday Club this Friday which is celebrating the Chinese New Year.

Emma said: "I absolutely love working with children, and I am passionate about how yoga can help young people with all different abilities, in so many areas of their life. YOGADOO makes yoga accessible to everyone and I can't wait to meet the YOGADOO mini yogis very soon."

YOGADOO is growing! If you are a specialist children's yoga teacher or mindfulness practitioner we would love to hear from you. Our teachers are working in over 50 schools across Bath and Bristol and we have lots of exciting events coming up over the next few months so we are looking to expand our award-winning team. Please get in touch with if you'd like to find out more.

Winter Olympic themed yoga poses


The Winter Olympics start today (Friday 9th February) in PyeongChang in South Korea so we've put together our top twelve Winter Olympic themed yoga poses for children or grown ups, we hope you enjoy! And thank you to YOGADOO founder, Lucy's son Freddie for modelling the poses!

We have put them together in a little flow, but you can do them in any order you like. Try and take three deep breaths in each pose if can. You can do both sides (legs) of the standing poses as you go along - pose by pose, or after you have done all of the standing poses (Eagle, and Snowboarder to Figure skater) you can repeat that part of the flow.

We start in mountain pose, take some lovely deep breaths imagine you are breathing in some ice old mountain air. When you are ready cross one leg over the other (tucking your foot round the back of the leg if you can) cross your arm over the other and gently bend your knees -turning yourself into Eddie the Eagle pose (He was a famous Ski jumper - take a look here). Next bend from your hips into a gentle forward bend for Ice Hockey players, swinging your arms from side to side if that feels good. When you are ready step back into a super-cool snowboarder (Warrior 2) with your front foot facing forward and you back foot out to the side. A few deep breaths here and then bring your back foot to face the front, bend your back knee and lift your arms up to the sky - this is a high lunge or speed skater pose.

When you're ready, put all of your weight onto your front foot and bring your back foot up to your bottom. Get your balance and take your arm out in front and push your foot into your back hand and open up into figure skater (or dancer pose). If you are going to repeat the standing poses to stand on the other foot this time, then do this now.

When you are ready, bring both feet together (slightly apart) gently bend your knees and bring your arms out in front for skier pose - imagine you are speeding down a snowy mountain. Then drop to your knees and spread out on the mat lying on your belly. Taking your arms out behind you, gently lift your belly off the mat for Skeleton bob pose, when you are ready try and grab your feet and lift your body off the mat a little more, (only if it feels ok) for Ski jumper pose. Next roll on to your back and sit up tall, gently breathe in and take your arms above your head, and as you breathe out take your hands towards your feet with a gentle forward bend for Bobsleigh pose. Finally lie on your back with your legs in the air, gently waving your feet like a flickering Olympic flame, maybe try and blow it out with some big, deep breaths.

After all of that Olympic excitement, it is time to lie down for a rest in luge pose. Lie as still as you can and take some nice deep breaths (maybe 10 or 15) as you think about a beautiful wintry, snowy scene. And relax.

If you'd like to share your winter Olympic themed poses, send us a picture and we'll add them to our gallery! Tag your social media post in #YOGADOOpostcard or email

YOGADOO founder runs Bath Half Marathon


At the start of March. YOGADOO founder and yoga teacher, Lucy Aston will be pounding the streets of Bath with thousands of others to run the Bath Half Marathon. This year, she is raising money for a special Bath based charity, Mentoring Plus. They provide mentors to help young people across the Bath area. YOGADOO has been lucky enough to run yoga sessions for some of the young people supported by the charity, and furthermore Lucy is a proud Patron of the charity.

The money she raises will train and support adult volunteers to mentor 7-21 year olds, needing extra support with family, education, emotional needs and employability. We need the help of our community to look after our young and most vulnerable.

You can sponsor Lucy here.

YOGADOO runs Yoga for Runners classes every Wednesday, 6:30pm-7:30pm at Weston Methodist Church, Bath - the class is taken by Lucy.


YOGADOO supports Children's Mental Health Week


This week (from Monday 5th February) is Children's Mental Health Week and YOGADOO is getting involved with the national conversation during the week. This year's theme for  the campaign is #BeingOurselves.

Over the last year, YOGADOO teachers have taught thousands of children in schools, after school clubs, holiday clubs, pop-up yoga classes and other events. We've been asking them what makes you unique? What makes you special? What makes you, you? We've loved noticing how we are all so very different and at YOGADOO we celebrate being ourselves every single day.

Yoga is so amazing for learning more about our bodies and our minds. Sometimes just sitting still, stopping and watching how we are breathing can help us to notice how we are feeling in that particular moment.

It can also give us time to learn more about who we are, and what makes us unique.

So over the past year, we've collected some lovely pictures and thoughts from our YOGADOO yogis about why they love what makes them unique. (Thank you to all the fab grown ups for giving us permission to use the images) We'll be adding more every day and we hope to have over 50 by the end of the week. If you'd like to add yours to our gallery, please email a picture and a sentence about what makes you unique to or share with us on social media with #YOGADOOpostcard.

YOGADOO founder, Lucy Aston will be sharing blogs and thoughts and videos all this week to celebrate Children's Mental Health week, take a look at the blog here, or follow Lucy on instagram here.

Take a look at our amazing YOGADOO yogis gallery here. (sample below)

Why happiness should go to the top of the class in schools


YOGADOO Founder, Lucy Aston believes our children's happiness needs to go to the top of the class in schools.

"We want a happiness revolution in our schools, where schools put happiness and wellbeing of pupils, equal to academic performance." I was eating breakfast watching the news when I heard Professor Richard Layard's words boom from the television. I let out an audible 'Hurrah' as his sentiment is at the very core of what YOGADOO stands for.

We want a happiness revolution in our schools, where schools put happiness and wellbeing of pupils, equal to academic performance.
— Professor Richard Layard

Layard and his colleagues at the Wellbeing research programme at the London School of Economics’ Centre for Economic Performance conclude that a child’s emotional health is equal to, if not more important than grades.

I would actually go further, and suggest that a child's happiness and physical and mental wellbeing at school is so much more important than academic qualifications. Incidentally,  the evidence is there to suggest that happy children perform better academically in the long run.

The London School of Economics and Political Science 'Healthy Minds' project says 'happiness' should be factored into the curriculum. Healthy Minds is a unique and exciting research project that will follow 10,000 secondary school students for 4 years. The research aims to evidence the link between emotionally stable, self-efficacious students and improved behaviour and academic attainment in school.

33 secondary schools will capture the impact of teaching a specific curriculum for one lesson per week from year 7 through to year 10. Teachers from the 33 schools are involved in extensive, specialist training to assist in the delivery of the personal, social and health lessons.

One school in Dartford holds the weekly 'healthy minds' lessons designed to make pupils more aware of their own mental health. Some of the year 7-11 pupils who took part said: 

“I think it’s really important in helping us to build character and helping us develop as children." 

"If you have a problem, it helps you to solve it."

"It’s all good going to maths lessons, science lessons, they build your brain. Healthy minds builds up your character."

The news about the 'Healthy Minds' project hit the headlines on the same day as the 'Time to talk' mental health campaign was active on social media. It seems that there has been a tidal surge recently, in the conversation around children and young people's mental health, which can only be a good thing.

The news about the ‘Healthy Minds’ project hit the news on the same day as the ‘Time to talk’ campaign was active on social media. It seems that there has been a recent tidal surge in the conversation around children and young people’s mental health, which can only be a good thing.
— Founder of YOGADOO, Lucy Aston

YOGADOO teachers work in over 50 schools across Bath, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset and Bristol helping children and young people to learn relaxation, emotional and self-regulation techniques through yoga and mindfulness - all of which are crucial life skills to help improve the mental health and wellbeing of pupils in schools and for the rest of their lives.

As a mother, I am more interested in whether our son is happy at school, than how he did in his spelling test. And although I'd like him to achieve his full potential, that is not at any cost.

Whilst I don't want to wrap him up in cotton wool and completely protect him from the stresses and pressures of school work and eventually, exams - I want to make sure he is happy and able to talk to us about how is feeling, and to have the coping mechanisms to deal with those more difficult times. But ultimately, I want him to be happy. I want him to love learning and to be a well-balanced child who can engage and interact with, and care for others. 

More and more schools are putting the mental health and wellbeing of pupils at the heart of what they do. Many of them have made the link between happy and healthy children and improved achievement. Only this week, I ran yoga taster sessions for over 200 pupils at St Saviours School in Bath as part of their wellbeing week. I also ran an after school yoga and relaxation session for the staff of the school.

Healthy children are happy children, and happy children learn better."

YOGADOO founder Lucy Aston, is a mother, trained children's and adult's yoga teacher and mindfulness practitioner.

YOGADOO Family Yoga day, Saturday 24th February!


We are excited to announce our first YOGADOO Family yoga session of 2018 on Saturday 24th February. There is a morning slot (11:30am-1:15pm and afternoon session 2-3:45pm) 

This event is taking place in the upstairs and downstairs rooms of Weston Methodist Church (Newbridge Hill entrance)

Tickets for the YOGADOO Yoga sessions are £20 which covers one adult and one child (aged 4-12 years) Extra children may be purchased for £8. Spaces are limited.

Tickets include:

  • A 60 minute relaxing and restorative vinyasa flow yoga session for the Grown up
  • (Meanwhile....) Your child/children (aged 4-12 years) will be in a nearby room having a yoga and relaxation craft session, led by a specialist YOGADOO children's yoga teacher.
  • Then grown-up and child(ren) are reunited for a Parent and Child yoga session, working together on partner poses, helping each other to balance and having fun through practicing yoga together! 
  • Parent and child will then enjoy some cosy time, relaxing in Savasana together
  • At the end of our yoga sessions, parent or carer and child(ren) will enjoy a snack and a well-earned cup of tea, coffee or juice.

This YOGADOO Family yoga session is for children aged 4+ years.

Book online here.

We're celebrating...


We are so bowled over to be a finalist in the Bath Life Awards for best Health business. We were lucky enough to WIN last year, and this year we're thrilled to be a finalist against some amazing local Bath businesses. See the others here

We'd like to thank our incredible teachers Astral, Ty, Alice, Bex, Trish, Marina, Jade and Emma R. And our brilliant event assistants Ruby, Millie, Lucy, Katie, Ellie, Beth, Freya and Molly. And amazing support from Vicki, Nick and Tim. But most of all thank YOU all mini yogis and grown up yogis for supporting us and joining us on the mat.

The winners are announced on Thursday 1st March at an awards ceremony at The Bath Assembly rooms, wish us luck!

YOGADOO announces half term holiday clubs



This half term we are running our ever-popular half term YOGADOO Holiday Clubs on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday in the half term week, from Monday 12th February, the themes include Harry Potter, African Safari and celebrating the Chinese New Year. You can find all the details here but children will enjoy yoga, relaxation, mindful and creative play, games, arts and crafts. A full day is 9am-4pm and is £36 per child aged 4-11 years. There are half day and sibling discounts available. 

All events take place at the Weston Methodist Church off Kennington road in Bath.

YOGADOO launches sister events company, zendoo


YOGADOO is delighted to welcome a sister company to the family, a brand new events company - zendoo.

zendoo specialises in putting together tailor-made packages for groups and hen dos in the Bath & Bristol area. For a memorable experience, with added zen, you've come to the right place.

The old image of strapping L plates on the bride and heading to bar after bar for a heavy night are long gone. Similarly, a school reunion where you all head to a night club with no peace and time to properly catch up. These days, more and more groups of friends are looking for something a little more chilled, and that's where zendoo comes in.

zendoo has curated a collection of wellbeing focused, but fun activities.

You can choose one activity or a collection of sessions from our range of experiences, to make your perfect zendoo.  For example, you might want a guided walk or run around Bath to kickstart your weekend, with a Laughter yoga session to get your evening underway and a relaxing yoga and meditation session on Sunday morning. Or maybe you'd prefer to start the weekend with a life drawing session, with a relaxing mindful eating feast in the afternoon followed by a boot camp on the Sunday morning. It's completely up to you.

So why not get in touch with those special people in your life and start to plan your zendoo experience.

Then Get in touch with our team and let us know which of our zendoo sessions are of interest, where you are staying - or if you already live in the Bath and Bristol area, the dates you are thinking of and then let us help you to put your package together. If you would love to try an activity which isn't on our list, let us know and we'll see if we can arrange it for you. 

We'd also love to hear from you if you run an activity you'd like us to consider for zendoo packages.

zendoo's big sister is established award-winning yoga events company,  YOGADOO, based in the beautiful city of Bath. YOGADOO was launched in 2015 by yoga teacher and former PR and Events Manager, Lucy Aston and since then YOGADOO has run classes and events for children and adults across Bath, Bristol and the surrounding area for thousands of attendees. Lucy is supported by Vicki and Alice who will respond to your enquiries.

zendoo uses only the very best teachers in the area who fit with our ethos of fun and accessible sessions - without taking life too seriously and will ensure your group has the very best experience.

One of YOGADOO's real success stories is the popular Hygge Yoga mini retreats at Combe Grove Manor Hotel, just outside of Bath. Hygge Yoga uniquely combine aspects of yoga and the Scandinavian concept of Hygge - or cosiness, and the appreciation of the simple things in life. An afternoon of candlelit yoga, dreamy-long savasana with a gift of luxury Hygge Yoga leg warmers, fireside meditation and a delicious meal of warming soup, cake and hot chocolate. So far, YOGADOO has run 15 mini retreats which have all sold out, and you find out more details here. You can contact us to create a bespoke Hygge Yoga session for your group.

YOGADOO already runs yoga sessions for corporate groups, groups of friends for special occasions, hen dos and even stag dos! Take a look at our photo album below for pictures and testimonials from some of the fabulous group sessions and hen dos we have run over the last two years.

Now you can use our wealth of contacts and local knowledge in the Bath and Bristol area to curate your perfect zendoo

Our zendoo teachers can come to you at your chosen accommodation or we can find a suitable indoor or outdoor venue. It doesn't have to be a hen party, we have created zendoos for everything from a school reunion, a 30th or 40th birthday party and even a 'Sten' zendoo (a combined Stag and Hen do!).

Founder of zendoo, Lucy Aston said: "We've noticed a growing trend of people wanting a more chilled or wellbeing focused gathering of friends or family, where they can enjoy memory-making experiences which they'll treasure for a lifetime. Because all of the zendoo team all live in the Bath and Bristol area we are incredibly well-placed to help you make the most of your zendoo experience."

Get in touch with us to start to put your zendoo together. Also get in touch if you run an activity you'd like us to consider for zendoo events. Follow us across Instagram / Twitter and Facebook at @hellozendoo.

“We’ve noticed a growing trend of people wanting a more chilled or wellbeing focused gathering of friends or family, where they can enjoy memory-making experiences which they’ll treasure for a lifetime.”

— Founder of zendoo, Lucy Aston

welcome to zendoo. 

How yoga can help our children to become digitally resilient


Founder of YOGADOO, specialist children's yoga and mindfulness teacher - (and former Social Media Director) Lucy Aston responds to today's Children's Commissioners report on the social media 'Cliff edge' our children are facing.

As a yoga teacher who specialises in teaching children, when I talk with the young people in my sessions about what stresses them out, or causes them anxiety, without a doubt one of the main reasons they give is the effects of social media. It is those children aged 11 years plus - many of whom have their own phone, or access to online devices such as iPads or laptops - who feel the most pressure to be connected and to conform to having a certain online presence.

That’s why I am not surprised by today’s news that the Children’s Commissioner for England says many year 7 children feel under pressure to be constantly connected online. Anne Longfield, is calling on parents and teachers to do more to prepare children for the emotional impact of social media as they get older, describing social media as a ‘Cliff Edge’ as they go from Primary to Secondary school.

When I launched YOGADOO almost two years ago, I could see there was already a mental health epidemic brewing amongst our young people. What’s more, as parents – and I talk as an almost 40 year old mum of a nine year old boy, we are in effect – parenting blind. We didn’t grow up with access to the internet, 24-hour rolling broadcast channels, mobile phones, social media and online game consoles. We are supporting and advising our children as best we can, but the rollercoaster of information is escaping away from us, almost as fast as we can keep up.

we are in effect – parenting blind.
— Lucy Aston, Founder of YOGADOO

In my previous life as a PR and Social Media Director in an award-winning ad agency, I was part of the problem. It was my job to create engaging campaigns, it was my job to chase the likes and comments on social media, it was my job to target the right audience for the brand I was working on. And sometimes that audience was children (albeit targeting them indirectly through their parents).

But what do we do? We have created this wonderful world of information, communication and entertainment, seemingly almost without limitation. And now our young people are tip-toeing into its shadows with only us parents, and schools to hold their hand, to guide them and most importantly, keep them safe. What’s more, many of these young people are quick learners, so more often than not, they are ‘ahead’ of us in knowing how the technology works.

Primary schools are teaching about online safety effectively, but the children’s commissioner for England says pupils are not being adequately prepared for the emotional challenges that social media presents as they move to senior school. Commissioner, Anne Longfield, is calling on parents and teachers to do more to prepare children for the emotional impact of social media as they get older. She wants to see the introduction of compulsory digital literacy and online resilience lessons for pupils in year 6 and 7.

Her report, found that, although most social media sites have an official age limit of 13, an estimated 75% of 10-to-12 year olds will have a social media account.

Longfield said parents needed to be more engaged with what their children are doing online.

“Just because a child has learnt the safety messages at primary school does not mean they are prepared for all the challenges that social media will present. It means a bigger role for schools in making sure children are prepared for the emotional demands of social media. And it means social media companies need to take more responsibility. Failing to do so risks leaving a generation of children growing up chasing ‘likes’ to make them feel happy, worried about their appearance and image as a result of the unrealistic lifestyles they follow on platforms like Instagram and Snapchat, and increasingly anxious about switching off due to the constant demands of social media.”

The transition that children make from primary to secondary school is one of the biggest periods of change they will face in their young life. But they are ill-equipped to deal with the onslaught of social media which takes on an increasingly important role in their lives, exposing them to significant emotional risk.

As a specialist young people’s yoga teacher, I’ve personally worked with pupils in over 50 schools aged 4-16 across Bath and the surrounding area. YOGADOO also runs events, holiday clubs, after school clubs for teenagers and as patron of Mentoring Plus, I run yoga and mindfulness sessions for some of the young people the charity supports in the Bath and Somerset area. We teach children yoga, mindfulness and crucial relaxation techniques to equip them for life’s challenges.  But how could these skills help them combat the affects of the social media and digital revolution?

I actually believe these skills are life changers, potentially life savers.

The amount of access a child has to social media and the online world will depend on the decision of each individual parent, family and child, but here are eight ways, I think practicing yoga and mindfulness might help children and young people to have more resilience in an online world. Maybe an ancient practice such as yoga and mindfulness can help our children to deal with the very modern challenges they face today.

I actually believe these skills are life changers, potentially life savers.
— Lucy Aston, Founder of YOGADOO

Eight ways, practicing yoga and mindfulness might help children and young people to have more resilience in an online world.

R E L A X : Yoga and mindfulness techniques can help children to relax, deal with stress, feel calmer and regulate their emotions. If they are feeling anxious or under pressure to be connected to friends online, just spending some time practicing yoga or simple breathing techniques can help to feel calmer and more in control of how they feel.

A W A R E N E S S : Yoga can help children and young people to train their mind and body to listen to their bodies, and to have more awareness of their feelings and thoughts. It can also help children to be more aware of their own body image, their uniqueness and individuality as a person, which might help to combat the feelings of needing to conform to some of the images they are faced with online.

W E L L B E I N G : Yoga is not only a great way to exercise and relax, it can also help to improve sleep, and generally encourage a more healthy and balanced lifestyle so it might help youngsters to be more aware of other lifestyle choices for example; how much time they are spending indoors, and how much sugar they are consuming.

C O N C E N T R A T I O N : Practicing yoga regularly can improve focus and concentration, which can increase attention spans, reduce procrastination and help with academic performance. Because of the 24-hour nature of social media and online channels, the constant appetite to be entertained and ‘liked’ can mean that attentions spans are reduced. Allowing the mind to be as clear as possible and focussing simply on breathing (!) for a few moments can, over time, improve focus.

W O R T H W H I L E : Young people can often spend hours at a time on their phones and devices at the detriment of real-life engagement with family and friends, academic work and other hobbies. As children enter secondary school there is often a reduction in the amount of extra-curricular sports and clubs they attend, which may also correlate with the amount of physical activity they do on a weekly basis. Yoga is a non-competitive form of exercise, all you need is a little bit of space and possibly a yoga mat (but blankets would do) and you can do it anywhere and anytime.  It can help improve strength and balance as well as all of the mental health benefits.

C E N T R E D: During our yoga practice, we are encouraged to look inwards, to focus on ourselves, on our body and our breath.  These can be useful tools for children and young people to remain centred so they may cope with the stress and challenges they experience in their everyday lives.  If children and young people close their eyes, or soften their gaze on a nice view for a few moments, this can help them to regain focus and feel grounded.

S E L F - L O V E : By its nature, yoga is a non-competitive practice or form of exercise. It’s also about unapologetically giving yourself some time just to be who you are, to love yourself and not ‘beat yourself up’ over ‘mistakes’ or ‘failings’. The constant pressure to be or look a certain way, to be friends with a certain group of people, to be online when others are, is exhausting. By practicing yoga or mindfulness you are giving yourself some time, just to be you.

K I N D N E S S : Following on from self-love, another fundamental building block of yoga is kindness to others. Having gratitude for those people in your life and the opportunities you have in this very moment. By practicing yoga, it can help children and young people to have appreciation of what is important in their life. Who their ‘real’ friends are and to feel part of a community which is not a virtual world.

Lucy Aston is mum to nine year old Freddie and founder of YOGADOO. 




Our top ten Christmas themed yoga poses

Pic: Astral Blanchard via Instagram

Pic: Astral Blanchard via Instagram

It's a busy, busy time of year and over 100 children have come along to YOGADOO Christmas chill out events and Holiday Clubs in Bath. We've rounded up some of our mini yogis to choose our favourite ten Christmas themed yoga poses which help us to stretch our body and calm our minds. so, Grown ups and children - why not take some deep breaths, have a go at some of these poses and if you want to, send us a photo on social media, tagged with #YOGADOOChristmas - one lucky winner who shares a picture will receive a YOGADOO Eye Pillow (RRP £12)! [All images and text copyright: YOGADOO]

So ho ho ho, here we go! And Happy Christmas to you all!

1. Mountain Pose


2. Flying Snowman (Warrior 3)


3. Santa in his Sleigh (Bow)


4. Christmas Tree  


5. Husky (Downward Facing dog - on tiptoes)


6. Northern Star


7. Snowball (rock and roll or happy baby)


8. Snowboarding elf (Warrior 2)


9. Ice Skater (Dancer)


10. Reindeer (Low lunge with Goddess arms)


And just a reminder, why not have a go at some or all of these poses and send us a photo on social media, tagged with #YOGADOOChristmas - one lucky winner will receive a YOGADOO hoodie! (Worth £30 for adults or £20 for children).

We've got Christmas wrapped up... our top 10 favourite YOGADOO gifts


As we skip into December, Christmas is on the horizon, and we are all looking for those special presents to give to our loved ones. We have pulled together a capsule YOGADOO range of beautiful, ethically made gifts which anyone - not just yogis - would love to receive. Whether its a pair of cosy Hygge-inspired leg warmers, a fragrant Lavender eye pillow (made here in Bath), one of our stylish slogan hoodies or tees, or even a child's first yoga mat. We've got the gifts sorted.

Use promo code CLICK&COLLECT to avoid postage costs to pick up from YOGADOO classes.

So ho ho here we go, with our top ten YOGADOO Christmas gift ideas.

1) YOGADOO hygge-inspired leg warmers : Everyone loves our Scandi-inspired knitted leg warmers from YOGADOO. They're perfect for yoga or keeping cosy this winter. We have a number of different styles, designs and colours and each pair comes in a presentation YOGADOO gift box. Perfect for older children (9 years+) - Grown ups £15 Buy here. (Click the image to see different designs)

2) Lavender filled YOGADOO children's and adults eye pillows : Handmade in Bath: Use these eye pillows to relax during savasana or at home, to block out light, and to also put a little pressure on to the front of the eyes to send messages to the brain to relax body and mind at the end of the day. You can use fresh from the fridge to rest tired eyes and reduce puffiness or warm from the radiator to get that melting feeling. The children's eye pillows have been specially designed for smaller faces and have a YOGADOO label detail and coloured star design. The adult's eye pillows are plain black and slightly larger. YOGADOO Eye pillows have removable 100% cotton covers. Hand-filled with Somerset lavender and rice.

We have a number of different coloured stars for the children's eye pillows and each eye pillow comes in a presentation YOGADOO gift box. £12 Buy here. (Click the image to see different designs)

3) Gift vouchers for YOGADOO classes: Whether your loved one is already a yogi, or fancies trying yoga - why not give them the gift of a YOGADOO class pass this Christmas. £20 for three classes or £57 for ten classes, we can email you the certificate to print out at home, or send you a physical gift certificate in the post. YOGADOO gift vouchers can be used as credit against any YOGADOO classes or events. Buy here.

4) Noctu x YOGADOO children's organic cotton yoga sets: A special set for all aspiring mini yogis. YOGADOO is very excited to announce a very special collaboration with Scandinavian-inspired design label, noctu. Together we have designed a gorgeous yoga set for children that is practical and comfortable. 

The noctu x YOGAOO yoga set is made from GOTS + Fairtrade® certified organic jersey cotton making it super cosy and soft to wear. Each set comes in its own adorable little drawstring cloth bag, perfect to carry to yoga practice.  The set comes in sizes: 4-12 years - Unisex colours quartz & dusk grey. £28.00. Buy here

5) Hygge Yoga Mini retreat gift voucher: the YOGADOO Hygge Yoga mini retreats are incredibly popular, we have already sold out four of our dates, but the good news is we have added four more from December to March. It's easy to see why people love them. The principles of Hygge (meaning cosy and togetherness) and yoga (self love and being kind to yourself) come together for this half day retreat at Combe Grove Hotel, just outside of Bath. A perfectly blended afternoon of candlelit yoga, fireside mediation, comfort food and a gift of Hygge Yoga leg warmers. And you get to make a day of it, by having access to the hotels spa and pool facilities as part of the retreat price. £62 for the Hygge Yoga mini retreat, but you can also add a gift certificate option so you have something to give to your loved one on Christmas Day, Book here.

6) BROGADOO tee: our YOGADOO bros come each Friday to their very own Men's only class every Friday, BROGADOO - and now they've got their own t-shirt! If you have a BRO in your life, then this is the gift for them. Honourary BROS are welcome! £16 available in black, white and grey. Buy here

7) Little Hygge Gift set: For lovers of all things Hygge and cosy out there, this is the perfect gift. The best-selling Little Book of Hygge, by Meik Wiking alongside a pair of our YOGADOO Scandi-inspired knitted leg warmers* from YOGADOO are perfect for yoga or wearing over jeans to keep cosy this winter. Presented in a YOGADOO gift box. £21 Buy here.

8) Cosy YOGADOO hoodie: Our super-soft and cosy hoodies are perfect for lazy days and snuggling in front of a Christmas film. With a waffle lined hood, cosy fleece lining and Kangaroo pockets each hoodie features a statement yoga slogan in on-trend college print. £30 (adults) £20 (Children) - Available in Black, Grey or Navy. Available in Men's, Women's and Children's sizes. Buy here.

9) My first Yoga mat: YOGADOO is passionate about getting the little yogis onto the mat as early as possible - and now here's a mat just for them! Smaller and much, much lighter than a full-size grown ups mat, the YOGAOO 'my first yoga mat' is lightweight but comfy to rest on at the same time. The mat comes in a handy organic cotton YOGADOO tote bag. £10 Buy here

10) My first Yoga mat and eye pillow bundle: The perfect beginners set for any budding yogi, the YOGADOO lightweight 'my first yoga mat' and a handmade in Bath YOGADOO Lavender-filled eye pillow. Perfect for savasana or bedtime alike. The yoga mat and eye pillow comes in a handy organic cotton YOGADOO tote bag. £19 Buy here.

YOGADOO announces research project with world-famous Norland College



A parenting programme which combines parenting support with yoga to improve family life and wellbeing

Do you have a child aged 2-3 years? Are you: Tired of tantrums? Frustrated with meal times? Do you dread going to the shops? Then this 8-week training programme is for you.

The world-leading childcare and nanny training establishment, Norland College has teamed up with fellow award-winning Bath business, YOGADOO, to run a pilot training and research project.  In this innovative piece of research, Early years specialists from Norland College will work closely with specialist pre-school and early years yoga teachers to support and train ten sets of parents and carers with parenting skills and basic yoga and relaxation techniques. The aim of this training, through the combination of support and training, will aim to relieve some of the pressures and stresses of parenting young children. The six 2-hour sessions (1 hour of parenting support followed by an hour of yoga with your child) will focus on different aspects of everyday family life such as mealtimes, self-care and sleep times.

The research aspect of the programme will be looking at parental wellbeing and your belief in your ability to apply these skills with effective outcomes for your family as well as family wellbeing. A variety of measures will be taken at the beginning, during and at the end of the course. These will consist of face-to-face interviews and online-standardised parenting measures at the beginning and end of the programme with an online behaviour checklist at the end of each week, focused on the particular theme for that week.

“I have worked as a nanny for over 20 years supporting many families through the challenges that can come from raising young children. We want to give the practical hints and tips to help reduce these possible areas of stress such as mealtimes, nap and bedtimes, being out and about and self-care such as toileting, cleaning teeth etc.  The research aspect of the programme will look at parental wellbeing as well as reviewing any new skills you have acquired that support positive outcomes for your family, including improved wellbeing.

— Claire Burgess, Norland College

“Yoga is a 5,000 year old practice, but it has never had more relevance for our children. They lead busy lives; have more distractions – including screens – than ever before and sometimes everyday situations can become a little bit overwhelming. Practicing yoga, relaxation and breathing exercises can become ‘life skills’ which, the earlier we teach to our children, the more ‘normal’ it becomes for them, and the sooner they can start adopting them in their lives. I’ve practiced yoga with my own son since he was two, and now YOGADOO teaches hundreds of children every week in 50 schools across Bath and Bristol.

— Lucy Aston, Founder of YOGADOO

If you wish to take part in the six week programme, you must meet the following criteria:

* Agree to attend eight 2 hour sessions from 10am to 12 noon at Norland College, York Place, London Road, Bath on the following dates: 

- Friday 19 January - Introductory Session

- Friday 26 January - Play

- Friday 2 February - Meal times

- Friday 9 February - Self care

- Half term week - no session

- Friday 23 February - Sleep

- Friday 2 March- Outings

- Friday 9 March - Transitions

1 week break - no session

-Friday 23 March - Final round-up session and social get together

A place on the research and training programme costs £48.00 for the 8-week programme including a celebration at the end of the programme. Payment is taken upon confirmation that your application has been successful. If you would like to apply to take part, please fill in the form below.  If you have any questions, please email Applications close at midday on Wednesday 20th December 2017.                                                                                                   


Yoga for people with arthritis


Founder of YOGADOO Lucy Aston was asked to go to the world-famous Royal Mineral Water Hospital in Bath to speak with doctors about the benefits of yoga for patients with arthritis and to run a relaxed yoga session for the Registrars. 

But what are the benefits for people with arthritis? Yoga is proven to help people with arthritis improve many physical and psychological symptoms. Moving medicine: Ankylosing spondylitis exercise that includes yoga can be extremely helpful when you're living with symptoms like back pain, stiffness and inflammation. 

Practicing yoga regularly can:


-       Reduce pain

-       Increase joint and muscle flexibility (stretching)

-       Improve physical function

-       Build muscle strength

-       Improve balance

-       Potentially improve pain management

-       Reduce inflammation

-       Increase range of motion

-       Lower blood pressure

-       Improve muscle tone

-       Maintain weight levels

-       Improve posture

-       The deep breathing of yoga also offers benefits including improving chest expansion


-       Lower stress.

-       Enable a form of regular exercise

-       Mindful practice

-       Promotion of self love and self care

-       Promote a great connection between body and mind

-       Yoga’s emphasis on introspective thought can help pinpoint sources of pain or anxiety and learn to relax those areas

-       Relaxation techniques may improve anxiety spells and poor sleep

-       Examining lifestyle patterns.

-       Energises to combat fatigue

-       Brings clarity of mind

"Yoga not only safely exercises the muscles, ligaments, and bones in and around the joints, but also triggers a relaxation response that can help reduce pain and improve functioning.”

-        Sharon Kolasinski, rheumatologist Univ. of Pennsylvania's School of Medicine


Can Yoga Fight Inflammation?

Many forms of arthritis, involve inflammation, a process that causes joint swelling, redness, and pain and eventually destroys the joint components. Yoga may be a gentle, soothing form of physical activity for someone with RA or a similar disease.

An osteoarthritic joint is one in which the cartilage cushioning the ends of the bones has lost elasticity and deteriorated. Cartilage, unlike most of the body's other tissue, doesn't have its own blood supply. Instead, it relies on the joint's natural lubricant (called synovial fluid) to shuttle nutrients and waste in and out of the area. The more they bend, the more fluid circulates through them, increasing the ability for even greater movement. As you age, you tend to move less, and the joints don't get the same fluid circulation. In addition, over time your joints suffer more wear and tear, including that from minor misalignments, possibly a genetic propensity for the disease, and the result can often be osteoarthritis

"Yoga's extreme range of motion sends fluid into the obscure corners and crevices of each joint,"   Loren Fishman, a physician at Columbia University and the co-author of Yoga for Arthritis.


To be aware of?

Yoga is gentle enough for most people to do every day, says Dr. Kolasinski. Yoga classes or private sessions can be expensive, but you can practice a yoga routine on their own at home, using a videos or printed yoga instructions, once you’ve learned from an instructor.

Finding the right instructor is key, who not only understands arthritis and shows you how to modify poses, but should help create an overall program that fits with your goals. Some teachers focus more or less on the mind-body connection or meditation aspects of yoga than the physical poses and flexibility benefits, it is important to find an instructor or class that focuses on what you need.

Just be careful not to overdo it, and be mindful if you experience any pain or discomfort. Never overtax a joint that’s flaring.

Some yoga poses may need to be modified for people with arthritis, you may also need to use a chair, a block, a strap or other aids to help maintain balance during some poses

Before starting a yoga programme, speak to your rheumatologist or GP to ensure that yoga is right for you and discuss what modifications might be appropriate for your condition.


Seven poses which can help those with arthritis, obviously being mindful of any painful areas and modifying accordingly

**Cow - Get on all fours with your hands shoulder width apart, your wrists right under the shoulders, and fingers spread wide. Your knees should be hips' width and right under your hips. Now bring your chest forward, up toward the ceiling, as your shoulder blades press down toward your waist, and tip your pelvis up and back so that your sitting bones are reaching up. 

AS Benefit: Improved flexibility and stretching of the spine.

Modification: Do the poses on elbows or wrists on blocks


***Cat - Reverse the Cow Pose to do Cat. From all fours, pull your navel in and up to round out your spine, arching away from the ground. Reach your hips back toward your ankles to increase the space between each vertebra. 

AS Benefit: This may help stretch and lengthen the spine, improving flexibility and posture


*** Forward bend – hands on blocks – breathe out from pelvis to legs straighten – engage toes pull them up.

AS Benefit: Lengthens the spine


*** Bound Angle pose – four corners of feet press together – hands by hips gently lift up, then lie down on back. Bones heavy inside light.

AS Benefit: Calming/cooling pose, restoratively opens hips.


**Child's Pose and Extended Child's Pose



This is a really gentle and easy way to stretch the lower back. Get into the pose by dropping down onto your knees, spread your knees wide and bring your big toes together. Sit your hips back onto your feet or heels and reach your arms forward onto the ground. 

Extended Child’s pose-  Drop down onto your knees, spread your knees wide and bring your big toes together. Sit your hips back onto your feet or heels and reach your arms forward onto the ground. 

AS Benefit: Improved flexibility and stretching of the spine and hip flexors.

***Supine Twisting

“Gentle twisting should be beneficial, but as with any other pose, if the twist causes any pain, come out of it immediately,” Harris said. Lie on your back, draw your knees toward your chest, and wrap your arms around your legs, giving yourself a little hug. Rock a bit side to side or back and forth.

Now, take your arms out into a T, scoot your hips to the right, and move your bent knees up and over toward your left elbow, taking your gaze to the right. Hold and breathe into the twist. Then gently bring your knees back to center, scoot your hips a bit to the left and take your bent knees up and over to the right, gaze to the left, to switch to the other side. 

AS Benefit: A massage for the spine


***Bridge Pose Lie in a supine position on the floor, bend your knees, and set your feet on the floor. Exhale and press the insides of your feet and your arms into the floor. Push your tailbone up, firm your buttocks, and lift them off the floor until your thighs are about parallel to the floor. Keep your knees directly over your heels and lift the upper part of your hips toward your belly button.

AS Benefit: This can help with posture

noctu x YOGADOO collaboration to design children's yoga set


YOGADOO is very excited to announce a very special collaboration with Scandinavian-inspired design label, noctu Together we have designed a gorgeous noctu x YOGADOO yoga set for children that is practical and comfortable. 

noctu is a family business founded by sisters Zoë and Milly Gale with roots in Bath + Oslo, Norway. Inspired by Scandinavian simplicity and minimalist design, noctu’s ethos is to make beautiful and comfortable fashion using the highest quality organic fabrics to the highest Fair Trade standards.

noctu's ethos has always been to celebrate a love of comfort and rest with the very finest ethical materials produced in a fair way for all. YOGADOO was born from a desire to offer children the opportunity to play and learn through mindful yoga practice. 

The noctu x YOGAOO yoga set is made from GOTS + Fairtrade® certified organic jersey cotton making it super cosy and soft to wear. Each set comes in its own adorable little drawstring cloth bag, perfect to carry to yoga practice.

We were so happy to collaborate with noctu on the design and incredibly proud of our very first children's yoga set, and we hope you'll love it too. 

Tune into our Facebook page before Thursday 23rd November, where we will have an amazing competition to win a set.

The sets come in sizes: 4-6 years / 6-8 years / 8-10 years / 10-12 years. Unisex colours quartz & dusk grey. noctu x YOGADOO set of top and bottoms: £28.00. Order yours here.

Can we talk about Christmas yet?


We're sorry for mentioning the 'C' word, but *those* ads have started so our thoughts have naturally turned to the festive period which is just around the corner.

It's a busy, busy time for grown ups and little ones a like so we thought some nice, chilled out events in the middle of all the excitement might go down a treat.

So let's start with the children......

YOGADOO Christmas Holiday Clubs - Whether you need childcare, or just some time to yourself to get.things.done. This could be your answer! Our Christmas Chill out Holiday Clubs are back with yoga, festive fun, games, craft and some all-important relaxation time at a very busy and exciting time of the year. Full day (9am-4pm) and Half day options are available as well as Sibling discount. Each child will bring a quality Christmas decoration or gift home to adorn your home, or gift away! Takes place at Weston Methodist Church, Newbridge Hill. Bath. 
More info and book online here.

And at weekends.... each Saturday before Christmas we are running Christmas Chill out and craft days at Weston Parish Hall in Weston village, Bath. All levels of yoga welcome - ages 4-11 years. Full and Half day options available and Sibling discount is available. More info/book online here.

And now for the Grown ups....

BRAND NEW! Christmas Ho Ho Flow - Time to Breathe sessions the four Fridays before Christmas from Friday 24th November - Friday 15th December.

Christmas is a BUSY BUSY time of year, so we're running four Friday morning 90 minute Christmas Ho Ho Flow - Time to Breathe sessions. 9:15am-10:45am at Weston Methodist Church, Newbridge Hill in Bath. 

These collection of four classes are designed to help you in the Countdown to Christmas. To gently ease any tensions from your body, give you time to breathe and clear your mind and allow your body to restore. With a short relaxation meditation at the start and a dreamy longer-than-normal Savasana at the end of the session, this could be just the tonic you are looking for to ease you into the festive period. Book here.

YOGADOO Christmas Flow Yoga party - Wednesday 20th December Join us for the last YOGADOO session of the year and our annual Christmas Party 90 MINUTE Flow on Wednesday 20th December, 6:30pm-8pm at Weston Methodist Church, Newbridge Hill in Bath. 

With less than a week until the big day, we'll encourage you to wear your Christmas woolies and knitwear to generate that inner body heat. (real Hot yoga!!) We've put together a wonderful candelit festive flow, to a tasteful festive-inspired soundtrack, this session will gently ease any tensions from your body, give you time to breathe and clear your mind and allow your body to restore. With a dreamy longer-than-normal Savasana at the end of the session, this could be just the tonic you are looking for to ease you into the festive period. Book here.

FOUR ADDITIONAL dates added to our Hygge Yoga Winter Half Day retreat series. Due to the popularity of these half day retreats we have added four additional dates to the series. But these will be the last dates to be added.  New dates: Thursday 28th December, Sunday 28th January, Sunday 18th February, Sunday 4th March.

During your mini retreat you will be treated to a candlelit Hygge Yoga™ Vinyasa Flow yoga session which takes place in a beautiful glass-fronted studio, looking out on to trees and greenery. After our 90 minute practice, you’ll be gifted a pair of beautiful knitted, woollen socks to wear for your Savasana. Then we’ll head to a beautiful, cosy room with a crackling log fire for our candlelit meditation, wrapped in a beautiful woollen blanket. Following our meditation we will enjoy a delicious, warming soup and bread, a hot drink and a piece of homemade cake.

Before or after your Hygge Yoga™ session, you are welcome to enjoy the sauna, steam room and use the Scandinavian-inspired, indoor pool which overlooks beautiful countryside. The Hygge Yoga™ mini retreat, will leave you feel inspired by nature, energised, calm and relaxed and ready to face the Festivities with a more ‘Hygge’ outlook. If you are giving this incredible experience as a Gift, you can add a 'Gift certificate' option where you will be posted a glossy printed gift certificate in a  blank special envelope for you to gift to your loved one . Simply add 'Gift certificate' to your basket and checkout with your other Retreat places. Spaces on the new dates are filling up fast! More info/Book here.

The last 'regular' class will be Monday 18th December, with the YOGADOO Christmas Party flow on Wednesday 20th December. The first class back will be Runner's Yoga on Wednesday 3rd January 2018.




YOGADOO backs call in Parliament for Mental Health education in schools


Earlier this week there was a debate in Parliament about making Mental Health education compulsory on the school curriculum. The debate was triggered by mental health charity, The Shaw Mind Foundation who collected a 103k signature petition and YOGADOO founder Lucy Aston joined the team from the charity in the debate hall in Westminster to show support for the cause.

The petition, which triggered the debate forms part of the HeaducationUK campaign, which is spearheaded by mental health charity The Shaw Mind Foundation. This is the first time in British history that a mental health charity has reached 100,000 signatures on the Government Petition website.

Last week Lucy Aston met Bath MP, Wera Hobhouse to raise awareness of the debate. As a former teacher, Ms Hobhouse was interested in the work of YOGADOO and agreed on the importance of introducing children to the subject of mental health as part of everyday conversation. She also attended the debate and spoke passionately on the subject.

The issues which rose from the proposal won cross-party support from politicians who sit on the education select committee.

Labour MP for Newcastle North Catherine McKinnell told the meeting: "I would like to see a really bold message coming from the Government in the green paper that this issue has parity of esteem, and that we do not only talk about supporting better mental health within our education system but that the Government will take the steps to ensure that it is a priority and is delivered.

"The earlier that children and young people are educated about these issues, the better. We must properly support them throughout their childhood, help them to develop resilience so they can deal with any issues they face, prepare them for adult life, help them to develop coping mechanisms for the many challenges that life will bring."

MPs heard statistics from HeaducationUK which found 850, 000 UK children aged five to 16 have mental health problems, which equates to around three in every classroom.

Wera Hobhouse, MP for Bath said: "It's encouraging that slowly but surely, stigma is being reduced, and people are starting to open up. It's vital that kids are not brought up with this stigma in schools. But schools need resources to put this into practice."

Ms McKinnell agreed: "Teachers and schools must be adequately resourced and trained for that. "School budget cuts, which are resulting in vital services being axed, must stop, and the Government must seriously look again at those issues that are causing young people’s mental health to be so adversely affected."

Father-of-five Adam Shaw, founder of the Shaw Mind Foundation, who has battled extreme obsessive compulsive disorder, said: "Mental health education is still not part of the UK curriculum despite consistently high rates of child and adolescent mental health issues. "By educating young people about mental health in schools, we can increase awareness and hope to encourage open and honest discussion among young people.”

He added: “Suicide is the biggest killer of young people under 35, with on average 126 suicides a week. Data also shows that three pupils in every classroom suffer from a diagnosable mental health condition. It is essential that we improve mental health education in schools to reduce the taboo around conditions such as OCD, anxiety, depression, eating disorders and others."

He added: "Teachers and schools deserve the support and investment necessary to tackle mental health properly. This can only be achieved if mental health education is compulsory and the government commits to funding it properly. Responsibility should not lie solely with teachers and schools. They should be supported. So far, mental health education as a small part of personal, social, health and economic education  (PSHE) lessons has failed to give adequate weight to the subject, and it is not taught uniformly across the country.

Founder of YOGADOO, Lucy Aston added: "It feels like we are in a period of real change where mental health issues are being talked about more openly, without stigma and with real focus on what we can do to help those who are suffering. YOGADOO works in schools with children aged 4-16 and it is refreshing that schools are looking to yoga and mindfulness to help pupils to learn more about their emotions and increase their own resilience to stresses and worries. It was also great to witness the debate 'in action' and we have to hope that the words which were spoken so passionately are turned into meaningful strategic actions for our young people."

The Government is now preparing a green paper on the issue - a document that will advise on how to turn the plan into a reality - which is due to be published later this year.

Gallery pictures: Bath MP, Were Hobhouse speaks at the debate on Monday, Founder of YOGADOO, Lucy Aston with the Shaw Mind Foundation team in the debate gallery in Parliament and outside Westminster.

The Shaw Mind Foundation has now commissioned an independent report into the long-term impact that compulsory mental health education will have on the workplace, the NHS, UK economy, family mental health and wellbeing. The report will also make recommendations on how compulsory mental health education can be efficiently and cost effectively implemented into the curriculum.

A YouGov poll commissioned by the campaign found that 80% of British parents believe protecting their children’s mental health is a top concern and 79% of British parents believe that children should be taught more about mental health in schools.

A Censuswide poll commissioned by the campaign found that 92% of teenagers aged 14 to 18 think mental health should be discussed in lessons at school, and 65% said they wouldn’t be able to identify if they were experiencing mental health problem because they don’t know enough about it.

Fancy some 'ME TIME' over Half Term?


Half Term is just around the corner, and whilst we love the quality time with the little ones, sometimes it's good to book in some 'Me Time' too! That's why YOGADOO has teamed up with the Country Club team at the Combe Grove Hotel to offer a Kids Yoga and Spa package. 

On Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 24th October, YOGADOO founder, Lucy Aston will be running 2 hour kid's yoga and craft workshops at the hotel and what is even better, is that you can enjoy some relaxation time yourself while the little ones are entertained!  You could book yourself a treatment, enjoy our new Deli style lunch which is served from 12 – 2.30pm or use our spa facilities – even if you are not a member.

The two two-hour sessions will run from 2pm-4pm and will have different themes each day. On Tuesday 24th October, the mini yogis will be heading off on an Amazon Jungle adventure and on Wednesday 25th, we’ll be donning our space suits and going on a journey to outer space. The sessions will be story-based and children will learn yoga poses based on the theme as well as mini yoga flows, fun games and learn some ways to use our bodies to help us to relax. After a little break, children will have some quiet craft time when on Wednesday they will make jungle-creature hand puppets and a jungle animal sun catcher, and on Thursday pom-pom aliens and a wooden rocket.

In case your little ones have never been to a YOGADOO session before, we focus on positivity rather than spirituality, so there’ll be no ohm-ing – just an active, engaging session that’s accessible for all. Beginners are welcome, mats will be provided, so just show up on the day wearing comfortable clothes and have fun!

Activities are suitable for 5-12-year olds.


Members: £18 per child    Non-members: £21 per child

Non-members plus one adult to use the spa facilities: £36

Book a place now by calling 01225 838 680 or emailing