Blackwater Tiny Tots love yoga
LAST Wednesday morning 19 little ones from Blackwater Tiny Tots went on a safari, swimming with crocodiles, waving their possum tails in the air and eating eucalyptus leaves with koalas in trees.
And the keen travellers didn't even leave the classroom.
The adventures were part of the new yoga lessons they've been having with instructor Julie Andrew.
Julie teaches yoga classes at the Wellness Centre Living Holistic and, for the last month, has taken on the younger clients.
She visits the Blackwater Tiny Tots twice a week, teaching the kids to stretch, balance and relax with yoga moves.
She incorporates yoga poses into a storyline where the children take part in an adventure which entertains, while exercising their muscles and minds.
Tiny Tots director Yvonne Roberts said yoga was trialled at the end of last year and was now part of the permanent learning program.
"We heard Julie was in town, and we had some staff who followed it up," Yvonne said. "We got quite a good response."
She said the children were right into it, learning different moves which had many calming benefits.
"There are many benefits, such as relaxation (and) flexibility," Yvonne said.
And it's not just the students who are enjoying the yoga - the staff at Tiny Tots are also on board.
"Sometimes we sit there and have a bit of a laugh... sometimes we join in," Yvonne said.
Parents are also providing plenty of feedback, even pulling up the yoga teacher in the street to tell her their kids are practising the moves at home.
"One mum told me her 18-month-old does the moves at home before they go to sleep," Julie said.
She said she enjoyed the sessions with the little people.
"I love it... when you see their smiles and they pick it up so well," she said.
Julie also teaches at Blackwater State School on Tuesday afternoons, where she said there were about 30 kids joining her lesson.
Teaching yoga in kindergartens and schools has spread right across the state, with an increasing number adding the yoga lessons to their daily activities.
"They're doing it down the coast," Julie said.
She said it wouldn't be long before most schools brought it into their curriculum because of its many positive effects.