We are a North-East based organisation serving children in the surrounding area. Our programme is rooted in the latest neuroscience research and includes yoga, tranquillity, meditation, mindfulness and stories. However, you can decide if you want us to develop more of one area than the other. Some schools prefer to focus on the physical yoga aspect with some meditation/mindfulness activities, whereas other establishments want us to deliver the story aspect of our curriculum with some relaxation techniques. You choose. For example, we have designed specific curricula for schools including football yoga classes, 'vulnerable girls' coaching and 'pre-exam relaxation' sessions.
We always believe that yoga and mindfulness should be a thread running throughout your daily curriculum. Access to regular practice is intrinsic to achieving the best possible benefits for your children. There are a number of ways in which the Tranquil Treehouse® course can be incorporated into your learning experience:
The fantastic thing about our Tranquil Treehouse® sessions is that we do not rely on masses of equipment or indeed, your sports hall. We know that space is limited in some schools, especially around busy times like Christmas and at the end of the academic year. The more space the better but our sessions can take place in a classroom during the colder months and outside when it gets warmer. Children can wear their PE uniform or loose, comfortable clothing if attending a club. We also offer a free assembly (20-30 minutes) to introduce the programme to your staff and pupils, if required.
We work with your individual establishment to create a bespoke programme to suit your children. We are passionate about tailoring our work to your needs, as we fully embrace the fact that no two children are the same.
As an additional package, we can deliver teacher training to your staff focussing on life-skills and the importance of mental health for your children. We also offer support for adults, including our 'Tranquillity for Teachers' session, which is a course to support the emotional wellbeing of the staff in your school. Please use the contact form for further details.
Yoga is not a religion or a belief system in the traditional sense. It is a philosophy that began in India an estimated 5,000 years ago. The word 'yoga', from the Sanskrit word yuj, means to yoke or bind and is often interpreted as “union” or a method of discipline.
"Traditionally, yoga is the science of the Self. Yoga seeks to help us understand our inner world through various techniques that include meditation, asanas, breathing, focused awareness,and certain rules of behavior and conduct." Deepak Chopra.
In terms of the classical yoga, predominantly it comes from the Hindu tradition. Modern yoga, however, particularly as practiced and understood in the West, often has a different meaning. The yoga taught by The Tranquil Treehouse® is a western secular version with no religious connotations. The intention of our yoga practice is to support and nurture the child spiritually, emotionally and physically. Traditional names for the poses have been replaced with child-friendly terms such as 'dancer pose' or 'butterfly pose'. 'Om' chants and phrases such as 'Namaste', are also excluded from our programme. However, if a school specifically would like their pupils to learn the background of yoga through the teaching, this can be discussed and incorporated so the students, staff and parents feel comfortable.
If you are a faith school and you are worried about the conflict between yoga and your school's religion, then The Tranquil Treehouse® offers specific programmes presenting the exercises as a spiritual discipline that supports the Christian faith (and in particular Catholicism). The meditative practices are a wonderful foundation for the children to use to help them pray or as part of their collective worship. Our programmes can be taught in conjunction with your scheme of work (e.g. 'Come and See') or as part of the liturgical year.
As a fully-qualified primary school teacher and children's yoga and relaxation teacher with an enhanced DBS certificate and insurance, you can feel confident in our safe interaction with your pupils.
Pricing is based on either individual, half-day or full-day sessions.
The recommended sessions are 30 minutes for Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 and 45-60 minutes for Key Stage 2, with a maximum of 32 pupils in each class, although these can be adapted to suit your needs.
We usually require a minimum of a half-term (5-8 weeks) booking but one-off sessions can be arranged.
Please view the 'booking page' to make an enquiry about individual pricing.