Children enjoying yoga in Sheffield

A yoga group designed for children up to the age of seven has started in Sheffield.

The sessions derive their name and focus from the character of Tatty Bumpkin, a doll that lives in the fictional ‘Wobble Farm’, according to the Sheffield Star.

Liz Swann, who runs the sessions, says that she fell “in love with the concept” of Tatty Bumpkin, which has been running since 2004. The sessions currently take place at Dore and Totley United Reformed Church in Sheffield, but Ms Swann is planning to expand the group across the city in the near future, as well as going into nurseries to pilot the scheme.

Ms Swann said: “Each lesson is a magical adventure – they’re fun, yoga-inspired stories.

“The classes encourage confidence, balance and coordination that are such important foundations for other activities like dance, tennis, football and learning in general,” she added.

Ms Swann also extols yoga for children as it enables them to explore the different shapes their body can make, which strengthens joints and muscles.

The classes are fully linked to the government’s foundation stage education framework, and after each session the children are given worksheets to discuss and practise the techniques at home with their parents.

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