our classes help children age 0-7 to be bendy, giggly, clever and strong:
bendy - develops flexibility through yoga
giggly - enhances creativity with multi-sensory stories and original music
clever - aids development with early years curriculum links
strong - promotes wellbeing and relaxation
We are proud to be ambassadors for Child Friendly Leeds and strive to support their ambition which is for Leeds to be the best city for all our children and young people to grow up in. Child Friendly Leeds is the initiative for everyone who shares this ambition, from enthusiastic individuals to large organisations, every contribution counts and we can all play our part in making a difference.
We have also proud that our work with Active Schools has led to a Case Study with a local primary school showcasing our programme and how it impacts positively on the lives of children. To read the case study, click on ‘Yoga Interventions’ at Cookridge Holy Trinity.
Our team of teachers are all qualified to teach the programme and we are proud that our training courses are accredited by Yoga Alliance UK and CACHE [Council for Awards in Children’s Care, Health & Education] We also all hold DBS checks, are fully insured and have up to date Paediatric First Aid and safeguarding training.
Helen is a fully qualified Tatty Bumpkin teacher and excited to be taking on a new adventure with Tatty Bumpkin and the rest of the bendy, giggly team in the Wharfedale and Airedale areas. Helen has been practising yoga for many years, and has an interest in mindfulness and general health and well being.
Before joining Children Inspired by Yoga, Helen worked at the NSPCC and has also volunteered with a local Guiding group and at a local school’s Early Year’s Unit, whilst also looking after her young son.
Helen believes children and young people should be encouraged to find ways to help build their own resilience and to understand themselves better. She believes by accessing yoga and mindfulness sessions, this will encourage children to be active and understand ways they can help themselves to feel strong in both body and mind.
Donna is a qualified Ashtanga yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance as well as becoming a fully qualified Tatty Bumpkin Teacher. She loves to bring the benefits of yoga to children, from the active movement to the stillness which the Tatty Bumpkin sessions provide. Having supported at a local Steiner School for over a year and being a mum herself, Donna is a natural when it comes to building relationships and working creatively with children. In her spare time, Donna enjoys swimming, running and yoga and this makes her a perfect role model for our little yogi’s as she enthusiastically promotes her passion of living a healthy lifestyle.
As co-owner and teacher, Anna is also an experienced Early Years Teacher and Foundation Stage Leader as well as a fully qualified Tatty Bumpkin teacher. She has gained extensive experience working with children both overseas and in the UK educational system. With her background in Early Years teaching and as a mum of two young girls, Anna feels passionately about the development of the whole child through independent, creative provision and loves combining this into her Tatty Bumpkin sessions. Anna believes that Practising yoga and mindfulness is such a powerful way of gaining a healthy mind and body in the busy world we live in and the importance of sharing this with children from a young age.
A co-owner of Children Inspired by Yoga Wharfedale and Airedale,teaching throughout West Yorkshire to bring yoga and mindfulness to children. I am passionate about inspiring children to improve their physical and mental health in a fun and engaging way. I am fully qualified to teach our Baby Bumpkin, Tatty Bumpkin, Advanced and Additional Needs Programme.
As an experienced Early Years and Primary School Teacher, I was delighted to find Children Inspired by Yoga because the classes and the ethos behind them are inspirational. I believe that everyone can benefit from yoga and mindfulness and I love sharing yoga and mindfulness through our curriculum linked educational programme with children and families in nurseries, schools and the community.
I like it when we lie down and you put ducks on your tummies and sometimes when it’s a really good adventure you might get something else on your tummy like a crab. It makes me feel relaxed and when the duck goes up and down on my tummy I feel like I’m on a rainbow. It’s good for children because it’s yoga that is calm and relaxing and like when you do bee pose it’s like you’re calmer. I like the start when you lie down and you breathe and count slowly too. It helps you to control your body and to tell stories and I just really like it.
Year One Child, Age 5
Tatty Bumpkins yoga is a highly enjoyable experience for pupils and staff alike. Melissa and Anna have been extremely flexible and professional which has made the whole process run smoothly. The children look forward to yoga each week and it is the first thing they tell their parents at pick up time on a yoga day. Not only has it provided fun but it has also given the children the opportunity to practice mindfulness. The strategies that Melissa and Anna teach the children during yoga to keep calm and focused are invaluable in a school setting.
Year 2 Teacher/Assistant Head – Wycliffe Primary School
Since the class began the Tatty Bumpkin programme, I have noticed an increased level of concentration including an ability to be still and to follow instructions.
Year One Teacher, St Walburga’s Catholic Primary School
My class really look forward to their tatty bumpkin time every week. Melissa is brilliant with all of the children and tailors the tatty bumpkin classes to each individual's needs. It is lovely to see the children practise and make progress with those really vital skills of balance and coordination, carefully inter-twined with mindfulness and with a big sprinkling of fun!
Kate, Nursery Teacher
Melissa came to run a workshop for my Preschool Class today. She cleverly linked the theme of the workshop to what we were focusing on in class. The children took a yoga and mindfulness adventure on their yoga mats into the woods and met butterflies, trees and frogs. She kept the pace appropriate to a room of 3 year olds and with all the props, actions and movement the children had to do they were all on task for the entire session. Melissa then supplied follow up sheets for me to send home with each child, so they can have a go at home with their families. We can't wait to get Melissa back for a Christmas themed workshop at Westville House School Nursery.
A. Lewis, Teacher. Westville House School
A few comments from the children (anonymous) "Yoga days are the best days". "I liked the bit where we went on the bicycle". "I liked all of the stuff". "When we put our feet together - thats the best". "I liked the songs cos it was nice and relaxing".
Children, aged 3
My 8 year old daughter and I joined in a class with Tatty at The Leeds Yoga show and we loved it! Thanks for making yoga so engaging and fun for little people. A fab way to help children move from just doing to actually being. Namaste Tatty :-)))
Parent and Adult Yoga Teacher
Tatty Bumpkin has been an excellent experience for my son. As he is autistic, the sensory approach of Tatty Bumpkin is invaluable in lowering his anxiety which enables him to fully participate and enjoy his learning. The story-based structure is really accessible and the fact that the facilitators are qualified Early Years Teachers is a huge positive. Highly recommended.
Parent of a Year One child
Tatty Bumpkin has been an excellent experience for my son. As he is autistic, the sensory approach of the programme is invaluable in lowering his anxiety which enables him to fully participate and enjoy his learning. The story-based structure is really accessible and the fact that the facilitators are qualified teachers is a huge positive. Highly recommended.
Parent of Key Stage One child
We have loved this half term and had some real improvements in behavior especially directly after the sessions. Our children with Autism have particularly enjoyed the sessions and have gained more attention during the sessions as the weeks have gone on. Their attention skills have improved in the lessons after the sessions as well. We have see a huge improvement. We have also witnessed a child coming into a session today who was angry and upset about something. During the session he was encouraged to join in. By the end of the session he was calm and smiling. We were very happy to see what a difference one session did for this child. We are hoping to try and include some of the poses in their timetable.
Cookridge Holy Trinity CofE Primary School
Tatty Bumpkin adventures inspire our children to write, they retell the stories but also use the repetitive structure of which they have experienced weekly in their own story telling. We can see a big change in the children, not only physically but in the development of their imaginations.
Foundation Stage Teacher, Shipley
The children always had very positive feedback after each session and we have seen a fantastic impact on the children's developing core strength and their attitude to learning. Thank you so much
K Perry, Teacher, Baildon CofE
After each session we can feel the calm atmosphere throughout the room that you leave behind. Your patience with the children is amazing and they all listen to you and follow your every move. We are already looking forward to our next block of Tatty Bumpkin’s adventures with you, and will miss you over half term.
Hickory House, Ilkley
We were thrilled with how the children's concentration and listening skills developed, and how they recalled the different elements of story telling. It carefully fits many areas of the EYFS curriculum and characteristics of effective learning, and is complimented with support materials that we were able to share with parents. I would have no hesitation in highly recommending the Tatty Bumpkin to other early years professionals.
L. Ruddock, Assistant Head, Harden Primary School
We are delighted with how successful this activity has been this year and look forward to welcoming Melissa back in the Spring for follow up sessions with Reception and to undertake sessions with our Afternoon Nursery children.
Head Teacher, Baildon CofE Primary School