Introducing Happy Clouds, yoga and music for children
I’ve teamed up with the brilliant Emily of Instrumazing to create a yoga and music class for children. Most suited for walkers up to school age, this class is a magical exploration of yoga, breathwork and music through stories, rhymes, sounds and laughter!
Wednesday mornings: 9.30-10.15am in Abington park (outdoor class) and 11.15am-12pm at Foxfields Pavilion, NN4 (indoor class).
See below for a little taster of what our online classes were like. We have even more fun with little ones in person!
What is Happy Clouds all about?
Happy clouds is a unique yoga and music class for young children, run by Lizzie, an experienced yoga teacher, and Emily, an early years music specialist.
Happy Clouds is equal parts music and yoga and features imaginative original songs, storytelling, breathing exercises and movement in a joyful way. Music education is a key part of Happy Clouds, and Emily uses a wide range of different instruments which the children love to discover. Lizzie’s passion is using yoga to help students form positive relationships with their bodies and this starts at a young age with Happy Clouds, where movement and exploration is encouraged. The class introduces musical concepts while telling stories, weaving in yoga postures and having a lot of fun!
Who is it suitable for?
The class is most suited to walkers onwards, right up to school age. However, we have had younger children come and join in with the help of their grown up, and we often have siblings of different ages join (discounts are available).
But isn’t my child too young to start yoga?
They’re never too young to start yoga! But…you might be concerned that they could come to class and not want to join in. Don’t worry – this happens! And most often we’ll find that even the shyest children who don’t want to do any of the poses during the class will go away and show them to Granny/Auntie/the dog at home. It’s amazing how much little ones take in.
Children can often take a while to process new things before they try them out and you’ll be surprised how much they’ll get from the class. It’s a perfect opportunity for them to safely explore using their bodies in new ways, and classes are small to allow for us to develop a connection with your child as they come on their yoga and music journey.
What do I need to bring?
Nothing much, and you don’t even need to bring snacks as we serve them afterwards! If you have a yoga mat it’s a great idea to bring your own due to Covid. We have limited mats available to borrow. We provide everything else you’ll need for the class – such as scarves for peekaboo, instruments to discover or pose cards to look at.
If you’re coming to an outdoor class or if you want to have a picnic after, bring your suncream and dress for the weather. Park classes will be cancelled if it’s raining but if it’s a bit chilly we’ll just do some yoga with our jumpers on to get nice and warm.
What about the venue, what facilities are there?
Abington Park is easily accessible from Northampton and further afield. There’s plenty of parking available on the streets around (free) and there are toilets in the park. We will let you know the exact spot that we meet when you book – but it’s nice and easy to find within reach of other places you might need (cafe, play area, ice cream van!).
Foxfields Pavilion has loads of parking, and is super accessible from Northampton and beyond – it’s about 5 minutes away from the M1 junction 15. Toilets and baby change are available, and the access to the building and room is step-free. The venue is in Foxfields country park which not only means we’ve got a gorgeous view for yoga – but also means you can bring a packed lunch to have afterwards if the weather’s good. It’s a lovely spot to explore before or after class.
How much is the class?
We have flexible booking options available from single classes to the whole term. Prices start from £6. You can come along for a taster first (use code FREETRIAL) and then book the rest of the term later.
The day/time doesn’t suit me.
Sorry about that – getting venues organised post-Covid has been tricky! We do plan to offer other classes ASAP, so if you’d like to get in touch, we can let you know when we have alternatives available. We also plan on taking Happy Clouds into nurseries and schools from September, so if you think this might be of interest to your child’s setting please let us know!