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  • Lindsay hoping hedgehog friend can help spike children’s interest in yoga

    Danielle Thompson

    A yoga teacher is hoping that her prickly little hedgehog friend will encourage more children to take up the practice.

    Lindsay Flower from Birkdale has just set up her own small business, Wobbly Tree Yoga, running classes for youngsters and adults in a variety of settings including schools, nurseries, children’s centres and soft play areas, as well as one-off events at libraries and local festivals.

    To coincide with the launch of her new venture, established with the help of the Smarta Business Starter initiative run by the Alt Valley Community Trust, mum-of-three Lindsay has written a book about Doris the Hedgehog which is designed to introduce yoga to children in a fun and safe way. At the beginning of the book, Doris is shy and lonely and longs to make friends. The story then shows her yoga journey as, with the help of a little girl she meets, she finds the courage to become Super Doris.

    Lindsay, who has been practising yoga for ten years, believes that the activity can have a very positive effect on people’s physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.

    She explained: “Children can become desensitised to their surroundings due to the development of technology, and as a result many are more prone to anxiety and stress than ever. That’s where yoga can help. It’s all about slowing down and learning to move in a way that helps us to become more in tune with our bodies and our environment.”

    She has been running taster sessions and Doris book readings at venues across the area, and she’s been delighted with the response so far.

    “All the feedback has been really positive,” she said. “The classes are different from most of the other activities the children are involved in, as they are encouraged to take time out from everything that’s going on around them.”

    For more information, visit wobblytreeyoga.com.

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