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

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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

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YOGADOO HAS TEAMED UP WITH THE WORLD'S LEADING AUTHORITY ON EARLY YEARS EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR A PIONEERING PIECE OF RESEARCH. 

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

APPLY TO TAKE PART
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 lucy@yogadoo.co.uk. Applications close at midday on Wednesday 20th December 2017.                                                                                                   

APPLY TO TAKE PART

Yoga for people with arthritis

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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:

(Physical)

-       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

(Mental)

-       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

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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?

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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.

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YOGADOO backs call in Parliament for Mental Health education in schools

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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?

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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.

Pricing:

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 leisure@combegrove.com

YOGADOO Half Term Holiday Clubs now on sale!

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Bath's most popular yoga and well being holiday club! YOGADOO Half Term Holiday Clubs are back this half term, for children aged 4 years-11 years all held at Weston Methodist Church, Kennington road entrance, Bath. With a mixture of themes (please see below) and guaranteed relaxation, creativity, yoga and fun! Book online here.

Mon 23rd October.  'Autumn Adventure' 9am-4pm. Teacher: Lucy
Tues 24th October. 'Fireworks and Festivals' 9am-4pm. Teacher Ty
SOLD OUT Weds 25th October. 'Famous Artists' SOLD OUT
Thurs 26th October Thurs 27th October 'Harry Potter' 9am-4pm. Teacher Astral
Fri 27th October 'Halloween Party' 9am-4pm Teacher Lucy

£36 Full day, £21 Half day (Sibling discounts available). Limited spaces. Half days are 9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm. 

Children will spend a day on exploring thir theme through yoga, creative play, mindful crafts and all important breathing exercises and relaxation time.

-          Lots of yoga poses and learning how to put poses together into a sequence of flow

-          Group games, creative play and activities

-          Basic Acro yoga and group poses

-          Crafty fun and colouring!

-          Quiet story time

-          Relaxation techniques and fun breathing exercises

For ages 4-11 years. Bring a packed lunch (no nuts please), refillable water bottle and please wear comfortable clothes. No previous experience of Yoga is necessary. The event is organised and run by fully insured, DBS checked, YOGADOO teachers.

BOOKING MORE THAN ONE DAY?

Book 5 full days of October half term - save £20 and get a free YOGADOO t-shirt (worth £8) /Free t-shirts if booking Sibling Discount days. Enter promo code 5DAYS 

Book 4 days - save £15 and get a free YOGADOO t-shirt (worth £8)/Free t-shirt if booking Sibling Discount days. Enter promo code 4DAYS

Book 3 days - save £10 and get a free YOGADOO t-shirt (worth £8)/Free t-shirts if booking Sibling Discount days. Enter promo code 3DAYS

Book 2 days - save £5 Enter promo code 2DAYS

Brand new YOGADOO for pre-schoolers class

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From Friday 15th September for six weeks. 9:30am-10:30am. Weston Methodist Church, Newbridge Hill, Bath. Your first class is £5 and sessions after that are £7 per class, booking is essential. You can also book an additional pre school aged child (sibling) for one - or all six classes, by clicking the drop down menu here.

This YOGADOO class is run by our amazing YOGADOO teacher Alice Denning and is for parents and pre-schoolers aged 18 months-4 years. There are limited places.

The session is focused on the pre-schooler and is a unique bonding experience for parent/carer with the child. Our YOGADOO pre-schooler classes incorporate elements of yoga, massage, movement and music and continue the parent/carer and child bonding process while encouraging little one to express their new found creativity and freedom of expression. The class includes yoga postures and dry massage strokes as well as stories, music, singing songs and rhymes and creative play. These elements together help your child's vital development.

Each week we will theme the class around a classic pre school favourite book.

Week 1: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Week 2: Dear Zoo

Week 3: You Choose

Week 4: Dinosaur Roar

Week 5: Oi Frog

Week 5: Going on a Bear Hunt

No previous yoga experience for adult or child is necessary, all mats are provided. Please wear comfortable clothes. All classes are taught by fully-trained RCYT Yoga teacher, Alice Denning. For more info email lucy@yogadoo.co.uk or call 07960629503.

Book your places here
 

Back to School tips from Norland College

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7 top tips for preparing you and your child for starting school

It's the end of the holidays, and for parents, carers and children there's a mixture of emotion from sadness about the end of the lie-ins, excitement about seeing friends again and returning to a sense of routine, nerves about new teachers and timetables and so many more feelings!

Claire Burgess, Head of Research, Consultancy & Training and Katie Crouch, Early Years Consultant at Bath-based Norland College, the world-famous Nanny training establishment - have put together some advice on how to get through the tricky first week - particularly if your little one is starting school.

Traditionally, the first day of school tends to start with pictures of the little ones standing proudly, and nervously, in their brand new and immaculately pressed school uniform by the front door. These pictures help to form special memories and also mark a moment of reflection for the parent. For many, this moment can cause a flourish of memories of your past four, or five, years with your child. Recollections flash by from pregnancy scans, first smiles, magical first steps to bumped knees. All of these emotions can be overwhelming and therefore makes it completely understandable that you and your children may be apprehensive about starting school. 


All parents will have sympathy for the task of preparing little ones for their first day. This usually includes shopping trips for clothes and equipment (the dilemma of school dinners or which lunchbox to buy is a mighty job in itself!). Then you have the task of dealing with the emotional aspect of this transition into schooling. The child may feel confusion and possibly sadness at the thought of leaving familiar adults and friends behind at nursery or pre-school.  With all of this in mind, we have compiled seven top tips to help both you and your children through this milestone transition and into their first few weeks at school. .

Tip 1: Keep things familiar

In order to help children through their transition into school there are a few things which we can do to support them. If your child has / have a bag, or something similar and familiar, which they used at nursery it will help them to continue to use this during their first few weeks in school. This object can help to comfort the child when moving to a new environment, helping aspects of school to feel familiar to their experiences at nursery and home. You could also leave something in your child’s bag which smells of you (preferably something small and material based). We all know how poignant smells can be in triggering memories and emotions and this is the same for our little ones. When they can ‘check in’ with something which has your scent it can helps them to feel connected to you even when they are away from you. 

Tip 2: Work together with the teacher

We are sure that your child’s teacher would appreciate it if you could calmly re-introduce your child to the teacher. This shows the child that you trust the teacher and that they are a safe person to go to. This also helps the teacher to be able to connect with your little one(s) straight away. It is not unusual for a parent to jot down a few notes or concerns which they may have about their child starting school. Writing things on paper is an excellent idea, as it allows you to communicate with the teacher without the child hearing any concerns or worries. It also means that the teacher is free to read it after they have safely greeted all of the children into the room. 

Tip 3: Keep it calm

Another great trick is the ‘flight attendants face’. Think about how we feel on flights, whether we are seasoned travellers or a novice, we depend very much on the flight attendants helping us to feel safe. We may feel concerned during a sudden bought of turbulence, but we are reassured with a calming voice and a smiling face. Imagine how our own stress levels would rise if we saw the flight attendants showing concern. This is the same for our little ones. If we show them that we are feeling excited about school, then they, usually, begin to feel excited too. 

Tip 4: Empathise and value the emotions

You know your child better than anyone else, if you sense that your child is / are becoming stressed or upset don’t feel that you have to change or make what might be seen as a negative emotion (worry, upset or scared) into a ‘positive’ emotion. Naming and acknowledging emotions can help children to understand that emotions are designed to help us throughout our lives and how we deal with them in a positive manner. 

For instance, if your child is / are looking a little hesitant before they go to school, talking about this feeling helps them to recognise how emotions feel. For example, “You have gone a little quiet, that can happen if you are feeling worried about something.” When acknowledge that your child is / are looking a little nervous, form a gentle discussion around what helps when you feel nervous.  Such as, “Sometimes I feel worried if I am doing something new. It is a little bit like having butterflies in my tummy. If I am feeling worried I try to think about all the fun things, I will be doing.”

In the case of starting school, try to think about all the things that may be contributing to your child feeling nervous. Could this be due to your child being worried about where the toilets are? Making friends? What will happen at lunchtime? They may be worried about missing you or wondering how you will be when they are busy in school. Exploring these potential worries can help you to pin point what aspect has triggered your child’s feeling.

Forming ideas allows you and your child to share strategies of what may help them. If your child is / are particularly worried about making friends, you could bring ideas into the conversation. Your little ones may then come up with their own ideas. Perhaps playing with the construction will help your little one to meet another child who likes construction. 

 

Tip 5: Rest and relax

This can be the ideal time to then discuss the things which you may be doing when your child is / are at school. This helps your child to understand where you are and that you are safe when they are in school. You could always discuss other things which you may do together after school, so the child has / have additional things to look forward to. Walking through a park together during your walk home can be a good way to help your little one to transition to the slower pace outside of school. If you are driving then think about the music that you might play and allow time for your child to just sit, avoid asking lots of questions as this can be overwhelming and can mean that your child will not want to talk at all.  However, when walking or driving it can also be a great time for you to start a conversation about their day, if they are willing. Sitting together and sharing a story or a snack can also be a good way to help your child to feel secure and relax after a school day. Your child may be incredibly tired at the end of their first few days, so try to plan for calmer afternoons and possibly earlier bedtimes.

Tip 6: Keeping it short and sweet

When the time comes to hand over your child, and you have carried out your introduction to the teacher, ensure you say goodbye to your child. It is important that you do not ‘disappear’ in their eyes. Your child’s teacher will understand that you may want to give a hug and a kiss, but keeping it short is key. Long drawn out goodbyes can become distressing for children. There is nothing more confusing for an upset child than seeing their parent looking through a window or door, your child will be naturally drawn towards you. Even if your child is / are upset it is important that you hand them over to the teacher and trust them to keep them safe. In my experience, your child will usually have stopped their tears by the time you have walked around the corner and the teacher will discuss any issues with you by phone if your child is / are distressed. In this case continuity is key, so carrying out the same routines each day is essential. It may take your children several days to get used to this process. 

 

Tip 7: Caring for the carers

If you are experiencing sadness or fear when saying goodbye to your child remember your ‘flight attendants face’ as you walk away (even if you burst into tears around the corner). This will help the child to feel safe and confident. It can be more emotionally challenging for the parents than the child when starting school, so my suggestion is to meet up with friends for a coffee to discuss your morning and to keep your mind busy. It is change for everyone and it can take time for you all to adjust to this new way of life!

See the original piece and other articles here:

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YOGADOO launches kid's lavender eye pillows

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There is nothing better when you've had a long day or yoga class to lie down with a Lavender eye pillow resting on your eyes to gently soothe you into a world of relaxation and calm. YOGADOO teachers use our eye pillows at the end of sessions for Savasana or quiet time and now you can buy your own.

We have just launched child's sized YOGADOO eye pillows which are perfect for little ones, with a little cotton sack of fresh Somerset lavender mixed with rice. The eye pillows can be frozen or aches and pains or gently warmed in the microwave for hot soothing pillow or simply used at room temperature for relaxation.

The aroma of the Lavender is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties which can be used to help aches and pains. Research has revealed that the essential oil of lavender may be useful for treating anxiety, insomnia, and restlessness. 

The gentle pressure on the eyes helps children to unwind and relax and can also act as a black out blind on these brighter summer nights.

The outer eye pillow case is fully machine washable on a cool wash and measures 9cm by 20cm, perfect for little faces with the YOGADOO label detail. The aroma of the eye pillows should last up to a year if stored in an air tight container, a gentle 'bashing' of the pillow will bring a fading fragrance back to life!

The children's eye pillows are £11 and come with a variety of star colour combinations including red/blue, orange/red, green/blue and orange/blue. You can buy our YOGADOO Lavender eye pillows from the YOGADOO shop here. There's also an adult's version which is slightly bigger and without the stars :-) - you can buy those here. Happy relaxing!

Book Review: Fearne Cotton 'Yoga Babies'

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Review by YOGADOO Founder, Lucy Aston
TV and Radio Presenter, Fearne Cotton is well-known for being an avid yogi and the same seems to be the case for her children; 4 year old Rex and 1 year old Honey. Fearne's just launched her brand new book 'Yoga Babies' and we were lucky enough to be sent a review copy ahead of its release on 7th September.

The hardback-covered book, written by Fearne and beautifully illustrated by Sheena Dempsey is a little picture story of a group of pre-schoolers who love yoga.

Fearne says she wrote the book to help promote “family relaxation” by giving toddlers the chance to try the poses, too - ideas we at YOGADOO are completely on board with.

“One of my favourite times of day is cuddling up with my kids at bedtime for a snuggle and a read,” Cotton said about the release of her book. “’Yoga Babies’ combines the joy of reading with my love for yoga, which I like to practise with my children at home.” 

Yoga Babies is a great little introduction to yoga for pre-schoolers and there are ten yoga poses included in the story. This isn't so much a 'how to do yoga' book, more 'how yoga is fun' book. In fact the text and illustrations in ‘Yoga Babies’ have been approved by a qualified yoga instructor for children.

“Yoga is such a wonderful activity for all the family and has a hugely calming impact all round,” Cotton added.

We read 'Yoga Babies' to the children at the end of one of our pre school sessions at the YOGADOO Yoga Barn and the children (all aged under 4) copied the poses in the book. Similarly, one of our mini yogis Immy, 5, loved reading the story to her little brother Felix who tried out Downward dog and some of the other poses. (See pics below)

It's a really sweet little book, and one that little ones will love to pick up and read themselves or for parents and children to enjoy together.

‘Yoga Babies’ will be published by Andersen Press as hardback on 7 September 2017 - RRP £9.99

YOGADOO returns to the FMLY store

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YOGADOO was BACK at the FMLY store this week running FREE kid's yoga workshops at the FMLY store's physical shop in Bruton, Somerset.

If you're not aware of the work of the FMLY store which was set up by blogger and writer, Molly Gunn (aka Selfish Mother), it's a super-cool place selling lovely products - in particular #GoodTees which are t-shirts (and sweaters) with simple slogans which raise money for great causes. Take a look at their range here. The Good Tees have raised over £612,136 since 2013 for a wide range of charities including Save The Children, mothers2mothers, Women for Women, Kid's Charity UK, The Refugee Council, Stand Up to Cancer and Prostate Cancer UK which is absolutely incredible. YOGADOO founder, Lucy Aston is wearing one of the #GoodTees PEACE tees, which raises money for charity, War Child.

This week YOGADOO ran a story-based yoga session where we we went on a journey to OUTER SPACE, exploring the cosmos through yoga and creative play. The session was completely SOLD OUT and it was so lovely to see so many mini yogis and their families.

The FMLY store was open as normal as we entertained the little ones so parents enjoyed a little browse while the kids were occupied.

Here a few snaps from the day and if you'd like YOGADOO to come and run kid's yoga workshops at your event, then please get in touch with Lucy.

Review: Hape Teepee - the perfect toy for our typically British summer

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Review: YOGADOO founder, Lucy Aston

Summer hasn't really got into gear this year has it? With only the occasional gorgeous day, sandwiched with grey skies (I am sure we had endless sunny days growing up!) So when we were asked to review the Hape Teepee tent we struggled to get a day when we could go outside and play with it! But the truth is, it looks at home inside in any nursery, playroom or bedroom so really is the perfect toy for our typically British summer!

the perfect toy for our typically British summer!

I love toys which inspire a child's imagination and creativity, and needless to say give them time away from the screen and the Hape Teepee tent does just that. I told the children (my son, Freddie, 9 and my friend's children Immy, 5 and Felix, 3) we were going to play with a new Teepee and they immediately decided they wanted to have a little impromptu outdoor yoga class.

So, what's it like to put up? With just a few wooden poles and one main piece of canvas it was up in 5-10 minutes and was really easy to assemble. All the parts come in a really handy carry case too, so it all stashes away neatly if you don't want to leave it up. 

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You could also easily take it to the beach as a little shade, but I don't know how well it would withstand a breezy day.

I also like the fact that there were no cheap plastic parts, and have since found out that Hape is the largest producers of wooden toys, using water based paints and they also avoid harsh glues in their products.

My little Teepee gang played for hours running yoga classes, reading books and having their afternoon snack inside their new home. Kids love a den don't they? The windows on the Teepee have little velcro fastenings so they can really hide away. 

It looks cute, and the material is wipe clean which is always handy, it's also pretty good value for money as its the kind of toy you could play with all year round, with endless hours of imaginative and creative play. I'd say it's probably best for ages 3-6 or 7, as Freddie who was 9 had a bit of a squeeze to get inside - but saying that, still enjoyed having a little den which wasn't made of sofa cushions and blankets!

The Teepee Tent Red is suitable for ages 3Y+ available to buy online from Argos for £54.99.

 

 

Our essential checklist if you're taking your family to a Festival this summer

YOGADOO's Lucy Aston and her family love festivals and make their annual pilgrimage to a muddy field or two every summer. But what are her top tips of essentials to pack for a fun and melt-down free festival experience?

Our family loves festivals, and my husband Tim and son Freddie (now 9) have tried lots of different ones over the years. This summer we've been lucky enough to have been invited as guest bloggers to Camp Bestival near Lulworth Cove which kicks off this weekend (27-30 July).

We've been before and it's completely set up with families in mind, DJ Rob Da Bank and his wife Josie programme the festival with a weird and wonderful mix of great music, comedy and absolute heroes for the kids (Dick and Dom, Mr Tumble, Tom Gates author Liz Pichon to name a few!). It has an almost pantomime atmosphere about it with dressing up fancy dress positively encouraged and the humour of some of the acts, definitely working on two levels.

So, in final preparation for this weekend we have given our son Freddie an education in the music of Leftfield, Brian Wilson, Mark Ronson and Madness (the headliners), selected our fancy dress (it's a Rock or Pop star theme this year) and dusted off the wellies (if we take them hopefully we won't need them!). But what are our absolute family essentials which, if you're heading to a Festival (or even camping), you might want to pack:

Here's our 14 family Festival must-haves:
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1) Ear Defenders - whether the music is too loud, or they are having trouble sleeping, these are a must have! £13.99 Peltor Ear Defenders
2) Books/Sticker Books/Card Games - for those quiet moments between acts, or when they wake up just a little too early, books like these are perfect. Our favourites are these sticker books by Really Decent Books - you can find them in Sainsburys and Morrisons rrp £8.99 or Amazon - the red book is on promo for £6.99 and the blue one is £8.99
3) A large carrier bag. Ikea ones are great! If muddy welly boots are heading into the tent, use a large carrier bag just inside the door for the mucky little darlings to step into to take off their boots before stepping into your nice clean tent. Genius!
4) An eye pillow - We always take a little Lavender enfused eye pillow with us camping or to festivals which also acts as a little black out blind. It just helps children to relax and wind down after all that excitement. YOGADOO Eye Pillows £11 filled with fresh Somerset Lavender and Flaxseed.
5) Anti Bac gel - because you never know just how well they've washed their hands!
6) As many Healthy Snacks as you can carry! From fruit, to nuts, to cereal to granola and biscuits. Go prepared and your wallet will thank you for it. It's not always easy to get Healthy snacks which don't cost the earth and it might just keep them going another half an hour!
7) Glitter! I cannot count the number of times a tub of glitter has got me out of potential meltdown situation. I remember a particularly wet festival where my glitter collection entertained 3 children who set up a 'Glitter Beard' stall in one tent for all the dads in our group. Win! We found glitter on husband's pillow for weeks!
8) Trolley This might be a controversial one, but I LOVE a good trolley. By day, it carries all our shizzle and by night, it turns into a cosimobile with blankets and fairy lights and is somewhere for Freddie to bunk down. Ours was this model from Homebase, but it seems to have been discontinued.
9) Glow Sticks Brighten up any dull moment. £6.95 for 100 from Amazon
10) Wet wipes (for everything!)
11) A crowd marker/a flag or kite To find your group again in a crowd, we love this 'Design your own' kite which is £6.99 from John Lewis (it gives them something to do whilst you put up the tent, and their design will make it truly unique!)
12) Picnic Blanket to sit on and to line the trolley with! Clas Ohlsen £7.99 (in the sale)
13) Sharpie To write your mobile number on their hand/arm - in case they get separated from you!
14) Refillable drinks bottle So easily forgotten! And will save you a pretty penny! We love this BPA free bottle from Mountain Warehouse £4.49 (in the sale)

Here are a few images (below) from Camp Bestival over the years, we can't wait now and will report back soon! Camp Bestival Tickets are still available here

You can follow Lucy and her family on social media over the #CampBestival Festival weekend on Twitter @iamlucyaston and Instagram /lucy_yogadoo

YOGADOO Yoga Barn returns at Newton Farm

YOGADOO is taking yoga and mindfulness into the great outdoors, inspired by nature, and with the freshest of air to breathe. After the success of the first sessions in the Yoga Barn in June we are throwing open the doors to the YOGADOO Yoga Barn again for the summer.

We have a programme of activity planned starting on Monday 24th July with a 90 min session of Kid’s Yoga and Crafting where after 45 minutes of farm-themed yoga youngsters will get to paint their very own ceramic farm welly and pick a pot plant. And a second Kid’s Yoga and Crafting on Monday 7th August where children will make Farmyard pom pom animals.

Every Friday there will be Pre School yoga and story time from 10am-11am and there are two Parent and child one hour yoga and relaxations sessions on the mornings of Monday 31st July and Monday 14th August.

The YOGADOO Yoga Barn is in the stable block on the left hand side as you come into Newton Farm, with padded floor, yoga mats, bunting and hay bales to sit on. Parents are welcome to leave children and enjoy delicious food and drink in the award winning Newton Farm cafe or bring it across to the Yoga Barn where there will be hay bale-style seating for parents to relax while children are taking part in the workshops. 

Founder of YOGADOO, Lucy Aston said: "There is something special about practicing yoga in the fresh air, hearing the sounds of nature all around you. The YOGADOO Yoga Barn is a very special place. Our workshops will give children the chance to practice yoga, relax, enjoy mindful craft and learn more about farm life.."

For more information please email lucy@yogadoo.co.uk and to book please visit yogadoo.co.uk/yogabarn

YOGADOO runs kid's yoga workshops at the FMLY store in bruton

YOGADOO's Lucy Aston (L) with Jess Parkhouse from the FMLY store.

YOGADOO's Lucy Aston (L) with Jess Parkhouse from the FMLY store.

The YOGADOO team has been a fan of the work of Selfish Mother and the FMLY store in Bruton for some time, their famous #GoodTees slogan t-shirts have raised well over half a million pounds for charity and are super-cool t'boot.

That's why we are so excited to announce that YOGADOO will be running FREE  children's yoga workshops this half term at the FMLY store in Bruton, Somerset.

Please RSVP here.

It’s perfect timing as it's Half Term, and you’re probably looking for ways to entertain the kids – right? YOGADOO founder, Lucy Aston will be running not one, but TWO kid's yoga workshops on Wednesday 31st May, which will be story-based sessions aimed at children aged 4-11, lasting around 45 minutes each.

The FMLY store will be open as usual, so you can enjoy browsing while the kids are occupied… Drinks, snacks and fresh fruit will be available from the Honesty Café in the store so you can sit back with a coffee and watch them having fun!

11am – Amazon Adventure: A journey through the rainforest.

2pm – We Are All Superheroes: Unleash your inner super powers.

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 omm-ing here – just an active, engaging session that’s accessible for all. Beginners are welcome, mats will be provided, so just show up on the day and get involved.

Please RSVP so that we can put your name down on the list. Drop-ins are also welcome on the day, though we may not be able to guarantee a place if spaces are full.

And in case you want to make a day of it, and you definitely could, check out what else there is to do in Bruton aside from the FMLY store.

The FMLY store is found at THE FMLY STORE, West End, Bruton BA10 0BQ

Review: Ogi Yogi yoga collectioN

Review by YOGADOO's Lucy Aston

After leaving the corporate world of PR behind over a year ago now, my wardrobe has gradually evolved from Smart/Caszh to 'Athleisure' which can only be a good thing, right? Well yes, and no. Because finding comfy, 'nice', ethical and actually practical fitness gear is tricky. So often the 'fit' of the leggings might not be quite right (do you know what I mean ladies?) so inevitably we stick to our old faithfuls. But that's why I was intrigued and a-little-bit-excited to be asked to review some of the Ogi Yogi yoga gear. Ogi Yogi are a UK based online retailer and have a yoga collection made from organic cotton.

They sent me the Ogi Yogi OY Merino and Bamboo zip hoodie (in navy blue) to try, which is super-soft to touch and so comfy to wear. It's perfect for this 'can't decide what it's doing weather' to slip on after a yoga class, but it's also nice enough to wear out and about. It's made from merino wool so it feels really luxurious and I love the little thumb holes to keep your hands warm. I regularly use it in class when we're warming up, and it's super cosy for resting in Savasana. I like the fact it's a zip-up too, so no mucking up the hair by having to pull it over your head. RRP is £69,99, but it's on sale at the moment at £48, which I reckon is a bargain!

Ogi Yogi have asked me to become their first UK ambassador, so you might spot me wearing their clothes in future classes. I particularly love their leggings - their fit is really spot on for yoga (although you could wear them for whatever 'physical' activity might be your bag) Your foot grips the fabric in tree pose (which is always my test of a good pair of leggings!) and they don't ride down in child's pose or forward bends (RESULT!) so that's another big tick in my book.

And the really good news is there's a super duper up to 60% off sale over the Bank Holiday weekend, so if you're looking for some lovely new yoga gear then head their way. My particular favourites are the OgiYogi long leggings, they are (and I'm not just saying this) the best leggings I have worn for yoga. They have a nice high waist band and are long enough to come down over your heels if you like that (and I do). Even better, they're reduced from £29.99 to £12 in the sale. 

Lucy Aston, Founder of YOGADOO was given Ogi Yogi clothing in return for a fair and reasoned review.

Lucy wears:

Orange and purple Lalini hoodie

Barnali Pink Leggings

Purple Zephyr Cap sleeve top

Black Long Leggings

Navy OY Merino and Bamboo hoodie

YOGADOO to open pop up studio - The Yoga Barn at Newton Farm

YOGADOO is taking yoga and mindfulness into the great outdoors, inspired by nature, and with the freshest of air to breathe and we want you to come too. We are opening the doors to the YOGADOO Yoga Barn, our first pop-up yoga studio at Newton Farm in Newton St Loe on Saturday 27th May. We have a programme of activity planned through May and June. (We hope to keep the Yoga Barn open throughout the summer too!)

There are 1 hour and 1.5 hour sessions for children and some parent and child sessions too.
We also hope to add some adult classes and workshops to the Yoga Barn very soon, so stay tuned! You can book online by clicking the link below. For more information email lucy@yogadoo.co.uk

There workshops include one hour children's yoga and relaxation sessions, and extended one and a half hour yoga and mindful craft workshops. There are also 1.5 hour Mindful Movement and craft sessions on Sunday 4th June which feature drama and creative mindfulness. There are also parent and child yoga sessions and even classes for parents and pre-schoolers (18 months-4 years) on a Friday morning,The full programme is listed here and more workshops might be added, so watch this space.

The YOGADOO Yoga Barn will be taking over the stable block on the left hand side as you come into Newton Farm, with padded floor, yoga mats, bunting and hay bales to sit on. Parents are welcome to leave children and enjoy delicious food and drink in the award winning Newton Farm cafe or bring it across to the Yoga Barn where there will be hay bale-style seating for parents to relax while children are taking part in the workshops. 

Founder of YOGADOO, Lucy Aston (pictured below left with Celia Gay from Newton Farm) said: "There is something special about practicing yoga in the fresh air, hearing the sounds of nature all around you. The YOGADOO Yoga Barn will be a very special place. Our workshops will give children the chance to practice yoga, relax, enjoy mindful craft and learn more about farm life. We can't wait to open our doors on the Bank Holiday weekend."

For more information visit the yogadoo.co.uk/yogabarn

YOGADOO announces kid's yoga and mindfulness Holiday Clubs in Bath

YOGADOO is running our very popular, fun and wonderful children's holiday clubs this half term. Two packed days of yoga and mini mindfulness, arts and crafts, fun and games on two different themes.

On Tuesday 30th May the theme is 'Our Amazon Adventure' and Wednesday 31st May we'll be finding out how 'We are all Super Heroes'. Our fully trained and experienced kid's yoga teachers will bring the themes to life through yoga poses and 'dances', as well as creative activities to get the imagination juices flowing, as well as games and some all important calming and relaxation time.

To book Tuesday's Holiday Club 'Our Amazon Adventure' 

To book Wednesday's Holiday Club 'We are all Super Heroes'

The days run from 9am-4pm, with half days, sibling discounts and early/late drop off available.

Half days are 9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm. Weston Methodist Church, Kennington road entrance, Bath.

£35 Full day, £20 Half day

Activities include:

- Lots of yoga poses and learning how to put poses together into a sequence of flow

- Group games, creative play and activities

- Basic Acro yoga and group poses

- Crafty fun and colouring!

- Quiet story time

- Relaxation techniques and fun breathing exercises

For ages 4-11 years. Bring a packed lunch, refillable water bottle and please wear comfortable clothes. No previous experience of Yoga is necessary. The event is organised and run by fully insured, DBS checked, first aid trained staff; YOGADOO teachers.