Alice’s adventures in yoga
Hi I’m Alice Bell, I first got into yoga because I wanted to improve my flexibility but I soon learnt that yoga was about more. I realised that on a physical level yoga was about finding harmony in the body – you don’t want flexibility without strength (or vice versa) – and that by using the postures (asanas) to discipline my physical body, I noticed I also created balance energetically and mentally. I discovered that when breath (pranayama) is used in conjunction with the asanas I could calm my mind (much needed) whilst opening energy channels in my body. As my yoga journey developed I realised the physical practice also works on the internal body by massaging, stretching and stimulating the internal organs, keeping the cardiovascular system oxygenated and stimulating the endocrine and nervous system too. Amazing, right?
As a yogini I have discovered that yoga is beyond the physical , it’s what we learn about ourselves on the mat that we can bring into the other areas of our lives.
“Yoga is not about touching your toes, it’s what you learn on the way down.”
I completed Sivananda Yoga and Yoga Bugs teacher training courses in 2006 and a Yoga London teacher training course and fertility, pregnancy and mum and baby training with Yoga Gro in 2015. In between I taught some adult and children classes but was mainly a full-time primary school (Nursery) teacher. Now I have listened to my heart and decided to spread my love of yoga to all ages and stages of life full-time. Come and join me on the mat soon and begin your adventure.
The ways in which the child engages with other people and their environment – playing and exploring, active learning, and creating and thinking critically – underpin learning and development across all areas and support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner.
The prime areas begin to develop quickly in response to relationships and experiences, and run through and support learning in all other areas. The prime areas continue to be fundamental throughout the EYFS and are shown below in this excerpt from Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), 2012.
Mini Bells and Littler Tinker classes and Creative Learning workshops aim to empower children with a creative way of developing in these areas and give parents an understanding of what effective learning looks like.