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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Kids play learn and develop

Those working in the field say that yoga for children continues to grow in popularity, and there are now many more people teaching it.

"Yoga provides kids with a method of self-soothing and relaxation as well as developing healthy body awareness and keeping them fit and flexible which will be invaluable to them forever," says Heidi Haenschke (below), who was one of the first pioneers of teaching yoga to children in Dublin.

She has a yoga studio in Dalkey -- YogaVillage -- and teaches children aged three to 11 and teenagers and adults.

"I have been teaching yoga to children for eight years. Having completed the one year training and advanced qualification with YogaKids in the USA, I started classes at my studio in Dalkey," Heidi explains.

She says that the curriculum under YogaKids sees children invited to play and learn in a style that addresses "the natural interests, needs and rhythms of children and at a pace that is age appropriate".

Heidi teaches regular classes at Yoga-Village on Monday afternoons.

And she says she will be doing a one day YogaKids Hallowe'en camp on Friday October 29, which is open to all children aged between five and 11.

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