Yoga Services

Childrens Yoga and Mindfulness

Why is yoga and mindfulness important for children?
Kids these days are very busy. They go to school all day, have extracurricular activities, homework in the evenings, family time and for some also a busy schedule on the weekends too.
Yoga helps with relaxation to relieve stress and anxiety, aids sleep, improves emotional regulation, increases empathy and improves mood.
Yoga also teaches children how to be more mindful, which is instrumental in the balance of good mental and emotional health. Teaching mindfulness to kids is a very important function in our modern, stress filled society.
Modern life is very stressful, however, stress is something children are only just learning about, and they often don’t understand what it is or how to handle it. It’s up to us to provide them with effective and appropriate tools to help them manage their emotions.Yoga produces more improving endorphins. Those same endorphins also reduce stress and anxiety.
When young people practice yoga, they are essentially practicing their ability to focus on the task at hand. In their day-to-day lives, this translates to better focus and cognitive functioning at school, ultimately leading to greatly improved academic achievement.
Self-regulation is the ability to recognise and change your behaviour, thoughts, and emotions based on the situation at hand. Self-regulation skills help children to solve problems and adjust to new challenges, as well as help to set and achieve both short- and long-term goals.
By paying attention to our minds and bodies, we look inward to better understand our thoughts and feelings. Practicing yoga helps children to understand and manage their emotions based on the situation.
For example, if a child is frustrated and anxious at school, they are less likely to be paying attention to any information taught, therefore not retaining any of that information, which can lead to them falling behind, creating further anxiety and stress. Yoga and Mindfulness helps to improve memory and cognitive function by creating focus and calm within. Practicing yoga requires concentration of both the mind and the body.
By learning to reflect inward and recognise what they need in certain situations, children can learn to manage their emotions and handle the situation effectively and appropriately.
All of these benefits make it clear that yoga is an important tool in our children’s physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. The benefits of yoga and mindfulness as part of the school day/children’s lives are now well recognised.
Arts & Hearts Education offer a fully comprehensive programme of pre school/lunchtime/after school and school day Yoga and Mindfulness Classes and workshops for children aged 2-21.
All of our teachers are experts in their fields, have enhanced DBS checks and a wealth of experience teaching children’s yoga classes and workshops. We also offer Chair Yoga for children with physical limitations who may benefit from the aid of a seat throughout the class.
Contact us for more information.

Corporate Yoga and Mindfulness

Sitting for such long periods of time and the sedentary lifestyle that is part of modern corporate life can really take its toll. Corporate/work based yoga classes offer an easy, low-cost and innovative solution for companies wanting to reduce the health complaints of employees, reduce time off, relieve workplace stress, build camaraderie, and promote healthy lifestyles and well-being for employees. Arts & Hearts Education offers a comprehensive programme, teaching yoga and mindfulness sessions at your company before the working day starts, during lunch time, or after work, or even full day workshops. Invite yoga into your workplace and see for yourself its many benefits!
As more and more organisations understand the impact of employees’ wellbeing on the companies’ performance, employers are increasingly integrating different physical activities into their corporate wellness programmes. Practices that promote healthy lifestyles and behaviours before, during and after office hours will enable your staff to produce their best work and to be their best selves. Helping your employees stay happy and healthy will lead to a more engaged and productive workforce, as well as reduced absenteeism and better overall performance.
A study done by University of Bristol researchers found that employees who practiced yoga before or during working hours were better equipped to handle whatever challenges they had to face that day. Having long been proven to provide many mental and physical benefits, yoga is increasingly finding its way into the workplace. Leading companies such as Apple and Google have introduced yoga into their corporate wellness programmes and have reaped benefits including improved productivity and employee motivation.
Yoga can reduce stress and tension and can improve concentration and ability to focus. A 2012 study published in Occupational Medicine Journal (Oxford Academic) looked into these benefits. The 8-week study involved local government employees in the UK. One group of workers practiced yoga for 60 minutes once a week; a control group was instructed to avoid exercise altogether. The yoga group experienced much less back pain, lower stress, greater self-confidence, more peace of mind, and better concentration and more quality sleep. By comparison, the sedentary group said they experienced more hostility, stress, fatigue and back pain. There is a huge misconception that in order to practice yoga effectively you have to be super flexible. That’s simply an untruth. Everyone can benefit from the positive effects of yoga. Regardless of fitness levels, flexibility or age.
Reduction In Stress: It’s no secret that work can be stressful, and yoga is the perfect antidote. Stress alone leads to changes in mood, poor performance, and anxiety. Looking for ways to reduce employee stress so they can be more productive, have more positive interactions with co-workers and stay focused pays off for organisations.
Increased Focus: By combining movement and breath and learning to be present ‘in the moment’ you’ll learn to control your mind so you can focus on the task at hand. A vital skill to have in a fast-paced workplace where multitasking is a way of life.
Boosts Immunity: Yoga activates the immune system, promotes healthy blood circulation and stimulates the lymphatic system, resulting in fewer sick days and higher performance amongst employees.
Improved Posture: Sitting all day can wreak havoc on your posture and the natural curves of the spine slowly start to reverse as you hunch over your desk. A huge benefit of yoga is restoring the natural curves of the spine by lengthening the sides of the waist, tilting the pelvis and broadening the back. Yoga also stretches major muscles groups and increases joint mobility to prevent joint aches and stiffness.
Improved Digestion: Stress and anxiety, sitting all day, not moving around enough, mindlessly eating at your desk or on the go can cause digestive distress, but many yoga postures can reverse this damage by reducing acidity, heartburn, and indigestion. Many yoga poses aid in detoxification and eliminate any toxins stored in the intestines helping digestion to get back on track.
Confidence: When you are confident in your body, it extends to other areas of your life. Yoga poses are designed to increase flexibility while building muscle strength and cardiovascular health. Small changes lead to major results and soon your employees’ confidence is skyrocketing, helping with targets, sales and productivity.
Not enough space to roll out a yoga mat? No problem, try Chair Yoga instead. Arts & Hearts Chair Yoga classes will allow you to get your yoga and mindfulness fix, even if you’re short on space. You’ll practice postures sitting on or standing by your chair that will be specifically tailored to alleviate the aches and pains of desk work – such as tension aches and knotty necks. You’ll also practice stress relieving breathing and mindfulness practices that can be used during challenging times at work or home. All Chair Yoga postures are designed for the office, are suitable for absolutely everyone at any fitness level and can easily be practiced at your desk, whilst wearing your work clothes. How it works: Classes can be taken for up to 30 people. Classes last 40 minutes. All that’s required is a chair for each participant. The room can be set out however is convenient for you. We offer all of our yoga/mindfulness classes and workshops to suit your company’s needs. All of our teachers have a wealth of experience and are experts in their fields. Contact us for more information.